I thought that this would be a great option for a mid-trip stopover on our way to Yellowstone. I should have known that this was going to be an "interesting" place to stay when we had to check in at a bar, complete with buzzed patrons using all sorts of colorful language (was glad I'd left my kids in the car with their mom). The website shows a quaint little mom and pop guest ranch with quilts on the beds in bright cabin-like rooms. The room we were given was dark, curtains were thin as cheesecloth, bathroom had a heavily mildewed shower curtain and missing light cover. We were afraid to take our shoes off as the carpet looked pretty old. The quilts on the beds were replaced by what looked to be discards from another hotel (along with most of the furniture in the room). Outside was dusty, junk was lying everywhere, lumber lay in the middle of the driveway, etc. At some point during the LLLLOOOONNNNGGGG night, our rowdy "neighbors" returned from a night in Medora and spent a half hour talking outside our hotel room door. As I lie in bed, I could hear every word as the doors are apparently paper-thin. I woke up at 4 a.m. when the rising sun came in through the cheesecloth-like curtain on the back door.
This all being said, I will say that things were relatively clean in the room. We did not find any evidence of bed bugs and I did not witness some of the bathroom problems reported by others (with exception of the mildewed shower curtain).
I am disappointed that the price that I saw on the web apparently changed between when I made my reservation and when I checked in. The website also makes it seem like children are included with the price of one or two adults - nope, every extra person is another ten bucks. My family of 5 could have stayed in the Medora AmericInn for about $40 more (TOTAL!) and had an indoor pool, remodeled room and hot breakfast. Gosh, I wish I had known this much better quality option was right in Medora. Next time I stay in the area, we will stay there.
We were glad to see the Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch in our rear-view mirror when we left in the morning. I would not rank this as a very relaxing night.
- Also Known As:
- Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch And Trail Head Hotel Medora