The Occidental is one of the more historic hotels in the West. It's right on the main street of Buffalo, next to a pretty creek. During the day the hotel also serves as a museum, as there are several historic displays. We had one issue---front desk staff were not particularly friendly. When we checked in, they were not that welcoming, and twisted my arm to pay with VISA instead of Amex. When I checked out, the tall gentleman (perhaps the owner, never introduced himself) was brusque and had no thank you or anything, just gave me the receipt without a comment. Because of this issue, I would have given them a 3 rating, but the restaurant and bar staff were fine, and it's worth a few hassles to be part of the history here.
Our Cottonwood Suite was large and generally well furnished, with two separate sinks and antique furniture. The bathroom had a neat cedar bathtub. When you stay in a historic spot like this one, you're not going to have all the luxuries of a new, contemporary hotel, but the room was comfortable. One plus was that the room had good lighting, often not the case in historic properties. The rooms are on the second floor, and be advised that there is a long climb up from the first floor. The room rate is about what you expect given the historical setting. We found the service and food in their restaurant, The Virginian, to be very good. There is also a very large bar next to the lobby which has comfort food, good drinks, and a band on the night we were there. Although we would have liked to see friendlier staff at the hotel, it's well worth staying here to be a part of history (and you might see a ghost!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1880 Historical Hotel, Saloon, Cafe and Western Dining Restaurant Living museum, outdoor green area along Clear Creek ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Historic Occidental Hotel And Saloon And The Virginian Restaurant
- The Historic Occidental Hotel & Saloon And The Virginian Restaurant Buffalo, Wyoming