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“Pleased, but there were some hiccups”

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Yellowstone Village Condominiums
Utah
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14 reviews
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“Pleased, but there were some hiccups”
Reviewed 19 September 2008

What was good:

Accommodations for Yellowstone are really, really, really pricey. For the amount of money you pay, the Yellowstone Village condominums give you a huge amount of space compared to other possible options. This is especially nice for a family.

We have three children and really enjoy being able to put them to bed and still have lights on, converse with each other, read, etc. without disturbing them. We booked a two bedroom unit and it was amazing! It was a duplex and it was wonderful to have that kind of privacy. Two big bedrooms with queen beds, a decent sized laundry room with full size appliances (not coin-op, totally free) a good sized bathroom with a shower and tub, large storage closet totally stocked with towels, full kitchen (older appliances, but still quite functional. Very well stocked with dishes & pots, pans, and all the equipment you would need) and a living room and dining room. It was great!

What was bad:

The office is often closed, so it can be difficult to reach the management if you have a question. Be sure you have directions on how to get there ready, because you don't want to call and ask directions and find the office is closed. One thing we didn't realize is that they do provide a way to get into your unit when they aren't there. We wish we had known that--because we skipped seeing a big portion of the park as we hurried to make it there by 5. As it turned out, no one was even there at the time of our check-in.

The mosquitoes! This location (not inside the house necessarily--except for what you let in) but outside--I have never seen so many mosquitoes. I went outside to retrieve something from the car one night and inadvertently let a cloud of mosquitoes into the unit. Urgh! We had envisioned on going on some quiet family walks around the property--no way!

The pool--ice cold! An earlier review mentioned that they couldn't swim when they went. This was not a one time event. We couldn't swim either. The pool looks beautiful--it is nicely maintained, but the water is not swimmable. We were there in the hottest part of August and we tried but it was just too cold. We don't know why they bother to maintain the pool when they don't pay to heat it. It is a shame. The hot tub is still available, but keep in mind you will be worrying about those omnipresent mosquitoes.

The TV--rabbit ears. Only one channel.

  • Liked — So much space for the price!
  • Disliked — The huge number of mosquitoes
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Kent, WA
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Reviewed 16 July 2008

We just returned from what was supposed to be a 1 week stay at Yellowstone Village--we only stayed 5/7 nights. We exchanged through RCI to stay there. While we knew that the place would have less amenities that what we were used to, we looked forward to our stay. The maintenance staff and the front desk lady were very kind and tended to our needs without hesitation, so I have no complaints regarding the employees, they go out of your way to help you.

We were, however, very disappointed with the accomodations. The unit was very dated--the decor is 1970s. The burns or stains in the yellow-brown laminate floors were some of the first things we noticed. The carpet in front of the fireplace as full of burn marks covered by a throw rug. The beds were nearly concave in the center, so you had to almost hang onto the edge to keep from falling in, and then the rest of the mattress was quite hard. We woke up each morning with a backache. If you plan on sleeping on the pull out--forget it! The sofa itself was worn out and uncomfortable--it made it difficult to relax after long days in Yellowstone National Park. The mattress is even worse--you'd be better off on the floor. The window screens didn't fit properly, so they allowed mosquitoes to come in--I sprayed deep woods off on the screens and edges to help deter the large mosquitoes. We knew there would only be 4 TV channels, which was fine, but we at least expected a DVD player to watch movies with the kids at night to help them relax and wind down after a long day. This is the first time share/condominium where we didn't have a simple DVD player. Had we known we would have brought our own. The pool was clean, but very cold the first few days because they had run out of gas prior to our arrival and had to wait for delivery.

The good things about the resort: Close to Yellowstone and West Yellowstone, beautiful area with a view of the lake and mountains and very nice staff. There were laundry facilities in our unit which we used, especially with children. The resort has the potential to be nice if they would just replace the worn out furniture and mattresses and perhaps update the decor.

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — All furniture and beds were worn out, need to be replaced in order to recommend resort
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 June 2008

After reading the favorable review on trip advisor, I,too, booked a condominium at Yellowstone village. It was a good choice for us.
We are a family of two adults and two children. We were very comfortable at this place. It is located about 10 miles outside of West Yellowstone (5 miles north to Rainbow point road, and then another 5 miles out to the property)-- which is my only quibble with this property, because you spend such a large amount of your time at Yellowstone driving around. Otherwise, as the reviewer describes, it is indeed a very clean facility (I am very picky, as well). We stayed in a spacious one-bedroom unit at Grey Wulff. The living room had a sofa bed for the kids--its was nice to be able to get a little more space compared to the trip to yellowstone. The decor was from the 70s, but was very neutral and acceptable. The kitchen was well equiped with everything including fairly decent pots and pans, full sized refridgerator, microwave, oven. They even provided salt and pepper-- and steak knives! There was a (very nice) fireplace and you could purchase wood for $5 (this would cover every fire you have during your stay). The laundry was free and they even provided detergent (Tide) and softener. There was an outdoor swimming pool which was not available (it was snowing in Yellowstone during our stay) and a hot tub (it was a little dark in there) located in a separate hut. The woman at the front desk is there during standard business hours. There is no wireless internet connection from the condominium , nor are there phones--but then you are supposed to leave those things behind you when you go to a national park! I would recommend this as a good place for families to stay.

  • Liked — cleaness, space
  • Disliked — distance from yellowstone
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Newtown Square, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2007

My husband and I just returned from 10 days in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. We stayed at Yellowstone Village Condominiums near Hebgen Lake located in West Yellowstone 5 miles north of the town center. I could not find any reviews before we went so I wanted to share our experience.
Yellowstone Village consists of a few houses and buildings with either 1,2 or 3 bedroom units. The location is in a quiet private development in a meadowed area surrounded by mountains on 3 sides. It is a serene and relaxing place and is about 10 minutes from the West Yellowstone National Park entrance.
We stayed in the Gray Wulff building with 1 bedroom. The facilities are 1970ish style furnishings and are a little worn. However, the rooms are extremely clean, spacious, with a large bedroom, living room with fireplace and kitchen. The kitchen has full appliances including microwave, large fridge, oven, stove, and utensils. There were washers and dryers available. The bed was a double size and was a little on the hard side, but I slept quite comfortably. This is not a hotel as I am normally used to, but I am picky and had no problem staying here - it depends what you are looking for.
Don't expect daily service - this is like renting a house for the week - it comes well stocked with clean linens, towels, soap, etc... but you take care of your food, trash, laundry, dishes, etc... during your stay. The cleaning woman and maintenance man are wonderful people who are onsite 7x24 for any needs. They are friendly and helpful.
There is a pool and tennis courts however I did not use them. My favorite thing was seeing a coyote run down the path next to the house in the early morning.
I felt that staying at a location close to the park was well worth it since you do enough driving in the park itself and don't want to spend another hour after exiting to reach your lodging.
You can see more information at their website: http://www.wyellowstone.com/yellowstonevil/yellowst.htm

  • Liked — Quiet, clean, beautiful views, location near park entrance
  • Disliked — older furniture and rug, small bathroom
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Yellowstone Village Condominiums
Address: P.O. Box 973, West Yellowstone, MT 59758-0973
Region: United States > Montana > West Yellowstone
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 36 Speciality Lodging in West Yellowstone
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nice one bedroom one bath condo in Yellowstone Village, approx. 10 miles from Yellowstone National Park. Full size refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishes, pots & pans. Linens provided as well. Comfortable and clean. Nice views of Hebgen Lake and the mountains. Relaxing and quiet. Ask for Gray Wulff #204 when making reservations please. ... more   less 
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