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Old Faithful Inn
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“Trip down memory lane”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

This really a wonderful trip down memory lane. An amazing hotel build in the days of yesteryear but with all the comforts of a modern hotel. The hotel is also in very close proximity to Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park (2 minutes walk).

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

We stayed one night at the Old Faithful Inn. Despite booking months in advance, we were unable to book two consecutive nights. This lodging relies very much on its prime location and historic significance, but is too expensive, nonetheless, for the privilege of staying there (the most expensive lodgings in the entire Park).

Our room was in a "newer" wing. Down the hall, up some stairs, down some stairs and down another long hall. Good thing we discovered another entrance/exit as this made it less of a journey with our luggage. The room was quite nice with the sink situated old-school fashion outside the bathroom. We were surprised to encounter a cute little stuffed bison on the bed (these are for sale, proceeds to an environmental charity). He is now a treasured travelling companion!

We opted to have dinner at the nearby Snow Lodge as the Old Faithful dining room was very busy and quite expensive. Breakfast the next morning, however, was not so busy and was reasonably priced comparable to other locations in the Park. The Inn itself is grand, an architectural marvel and well worth exploring. At certain times of the day, however, (i.e. check-in and check-out times) the lobby is reminiscent of Grand Central Station.

Old Faithful is very faithful and erupted every 90 minutes (plus or minus) like "clockwork". The staff very religiously post the next Old Faithful viewing time on a clock-face at the main desk. We did the loop of all the other geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin and each erupted in turn, just for us!

We would come to this location again on at later trip to YNP, but would not likely stay in the Inn again because it is so expensive.

Room Tip: If you are going to stay here book WELL (at least a year) in advance.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

The Inn is truly beautiful and pretty impressive. Reception was busy when we arrived but check in was speedy and efficient. We had booked a room in the old house with private bathroom. The room itself was pretty good, very cosy and rustic although quite dark because of its location practically facing a wall. For some reason I really liked the bathroom with its old style tub and big cast iron radiator.

Unfortunately, it was a long and noisy night. Perhaps it isn't always as bad but during the night we were there it seemed like every couple of minutes someone was moving around, banging the doors or talking loudly outside. These rooms seem to have zero soundproofing. Bring ear plugs!

I think it was cool to stay here for one night in the old part of the hotel purely for the experience, and of course the location can't be beaten, but I doubt we'd stay here again.

One big disappointment was that due to refurbishment the fire in the lobby wasn't lit. The second disappointment was the sandwich we bought from the deli; it tasted like it had been sitting there for at least 2 days and it wasn't cheap. The canteen over at the nearby Old Faithful Lodge however was surprisingly good.

Room Tip: Rooms in the old house are cool but noisy.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

Beautiful old hotel with lots of character. Foyer is stunning, and the architecture of the place is lovely. The rooms are basic and aged but that's what you expect from a building with age. The shared bathrooms were clean and large, very well maintained. Rooms were small but not an issue because we were not in them for long. Only issue may have been the loud noises of the pipes when others were using the taps etc.
Dining room experience was uneventful....slow service and food unimpressive. We had to send our back to be reheated, and we waited a long time to be served our meal.
Enjoyed the location because there was plenty to see and explore in the area were in. Lots of boardwalks and walking trails. Not to mention Old Faithful herself right outside the hotel.
Word of advice....book early because the rooms don't last long!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Park Rapids, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

Boy were we lucky! We did not make our reservations for The Park until late July (for a September trip). This meant very few choices - but it also turned out great as we had a suite on the 3rd floor facing Old Faithful ! A beautiful marble bathroom, spacious sitting and sleeping areas, and lots of time to get some interesting shots of Old Faithful erupting -without all the crowds!
The service and food in the dining room were superb.

Room Tip: If you really want to treat yourself, try to get the 3rd floor outer corner suite facing Old Faithfu...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kaysville, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

This is not about the rooms. It is location and the ability to see the many geysers in the area of Old Faithful. Most people just arrive and leave the area but you should spend a day and see Grand, Riverside and some of the other bigger geysers within a short walk. The lodge is still a wonderful place to relax, have a drink and eat dinner. Stay two nights at least once in your lifetime.

Room Tip: The old interior rooms share bathrooms in the hall just like the good ol' days! But you can als...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cortland, New York
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We spent two nights in September. The lobby is absolutely breathtaking and you could spend hours just staring at the incredible woodwork and the masonry in the fireplace. Our room was in the west wing; the room itself was small with a tiny, but workable bathroom. The sink is actually in the bedroom, not the bath. The bed was advertised as a queen but it was probably closer to a double in size, so all you tall and bigger people be ware. The mattress and pillows were worn out and quite awful, definitely time to change them out. We heard the people above us move around, not much in the way of soundproofing. Yes, there are no amenities, no TV in the room or wi-fi, however, there is a nice Keurig coffee maker. We didn't miss the TV, didn't come to Yellowstone to watch mindless entertainment. We had made advance dinner reservations in the dining room and were seated within five minutes. Folks without a reservation were out of luck. The dining room was packed, yet our waiter was prompt and attentive. Because it was filled to capacity it was a little too noisy for my taste. Chose the buffet; the trout and prime rib were excellent. The second floor of the Inn has a great partially covered balcony which is a wonderful spot to watch Old Faithful. Try and get up there about 10-15 minutes before the predicted eruption time (posted in the lobby) to get a seat in the front row. Grab a glass of wine at one of the bars, sit back and enjoy nature's spectacle.

Our room rate was $159 per night, which would be steep if you only consider the quality of the room, but worth it because of the location of the Inn and wonderful ambiance of the entire property. You are not staying at a Marriott, but at a 100+ year old log structure in the middle of a National Park surrounded by natures great wonders. That's priceless.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Old Faithful Inn
Address: Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Region: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
Amenities:
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Old Faithful Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 327
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