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“Fabulous location - make sure you use it”
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Being from the UK I may only visit Yellowstone once. We loved the park, and enjoyed the Old Faithful Inn.
The location is just brilliant and you have the opportunity to visit so many geysers without getting in the car. You can also take advantage and see them at times when there are not many people around- eg we saw Old Faithful erupt at 9pm in the dark, with a thunderstorm going on as well. Magic! We also enjoyed the 8.30 am Ranger walk.
Why only a 4 rating? Well first the restaurant - brilliant menu which appears to deal with most requirements. Unfortunately the food is not as good as it should be and the service is worse. (We also stayed at the Mammoth Hotel - their restaurant is much, much better - so sort the Old Faithful restaurant out Xanterra).

Then the room - well its just about OK, but if there is space in a closet for a hanging rail - why not put one in? Why do we have to use coathooks to hang things on?

Finally we made the mistake of ordering a cooked breakfast at the Store café. Big mistake - they had a huge backlog of orders which they only mentioned after we ordered and were served drinks. When the food came it was the worst breakfast of a two week trip.

So its a slightly annoying place in a magical location. If I was lucky enough to be in the Yellowstone again would I stay there - you bet I would!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

Great location! We were able to view Old Faithful both indoors and out. The restaurant was wonderful. Surprising to find such fine dining in the middle of Yellowstone. Don't miss the Huckleberry Ice Cream! It is special. The room was OK. it was clean and serviceable. We live in such a beautiful country, and Yellowstone is a must see.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Alice H
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Reviewed 27 October 2013 via mobile

This was my secong trip to OFInn. We stayed in a historic room with a bathroom down the hall. Nice comfy robes make that ok. There are a few historic rooms with bathrooms attached. There is also a private bath w claw ft tub but you have to search for it. The beds are comfy but no tv. I absolutely cannot express how wonderful the lobby and decks are. You sit and listen to a grand piano rendition of Beatle songs & Bach. Be sure and eat at the Old Faithful Store as it is the best food we found in Yellowstone. Make your reservations a year in advance! The hotel is 2 hrs from the south gate! YS is huge! It takes 4 days to see it! Drive slow as animals are killed every day! This place is one of the most beautiful in US and this hotel is a once in a lifetime! Travel back in time with no TV, cell phones or internet... Relax and enjoy history.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

There are so many things wrong with this hotel that anywhere else the score would be lower but there are so many other things that are fabulous that you forgive the faults!
We had a standard room in the west wing. It was quite small with just one double bed. The decoration was dowdy dull and a little worn. The bathroom was small with mediocre fittings. There was no TV, no fridge, no microwave, no wifi etc but............. LOOK OUT OF THE WINDOW! Even without a geyser view the hotel location was probably the best we have ever experienced. Who needs wifi when you have Yellowstone? Who needs a TV when you have that lobby?
If there is a more fabulous lobby in an any hotel anywhere in the world I have yet to see it! To sit on a balcony sofa drinking wine, listening to the live music and just soaking up the history and atmosphere is a fabulous experience! To get up early and see Old Faithful erupt on a bright frosty morning with no one about is amazing! To walk out of the front door straight into the geyser basin is incredible! The location is perfect!
We ate dinner once in the hotel as I had booked in advance. Any other evening we would have had to eat so late it would almost be time for breakfast! No problem, the Snow Lodge is close by and the wait time is much less there. Breakfast at the Old Faithful Inn was good value.
The staff was mixed. Some were excellent. Others reacted like they were seasonal workers who didn't give a dam. If only this place had to try harder to have full occupancy it would be unbelievable!
One final thing, by booking through a UK travel company that used a USA booking agency we ended up paying double the rack rate! Supply and demand! Book direct if you can! Also check your final bill. There were things on ours that we had already paid in advance!
So despite a poor room, mediocre service and being ripped off we have no regrets about going to the Old Faithful Inn. They must be doing something right!!!!

Room Tip: Book direct with the hotel when reservations open in May for the following year!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Beautiful old hotel with lots of character. The entry way and foyer is stunning, and the architecture of the place is breathtaking. We stayed in the Old House rooms are basic and aged but that's what you expect from a building built at the trun of the centry. . The shared bathrooms were clean and large, very well maintained there was no waiting to use the showers or the toliets. The room was cozy, the bed was very comfortable, we did have a basin type sink in our room which brought out even more of the charm. The dinining room experience was uneventful....slow service howver the food was worth the wait. We really enjoyed the location because there was so much to see and explore in the area. Lots of boardwalks and walking trails Morning Glory gyser was worth the walk it's not as beautfiful as it once was due to abuse by visitors tossing coins and garbage in it blocking the steam vents but still beautful none the less. The big bonus is having Old Fiathful right outside the hotel only a two minute walk. We would sit on the the second story balcony early in the mornings with our coffee and watch her go off as well in the evenings with a cup of Huckleberry ice cream in hand. One word of of advice....book early because the rooms don't last long!

Room Tip: Any room in the Old House facing Old Faithful or the Gyser area
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank starsweptsky
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

My family and I save up every few years to go here. It's historic significance has been preserved through the years, even through the Yellowstone fire in the late 80s. I have seen it transformed from the old hardwood floors to its more modern floor restoration, but you can buy frames of the old flooring in the gift shop. Those planks had ladies and gentle treading on them all the way back to the late 19th century! Right next to Old Faithful geyser, which if you are lucky to get an extension room on the West Side, you might be able to see it take off from your room! Wake up to brisk, fogging mornings and fresh Starbucks coffee downstairs. Really a magical place.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank CaptainCutlazz
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

We were on a tour in September and stayed at the OLD FAITHFUL INN for two nights. The lobby was just magnificent and the rooms was just like old time but very cozy, looking out the window I was so impressed at all the smoking geysers and at a perfect picture with the snow, yes snow in September. We were not ready with winter accessories and had to buy jackets and sweat shirts, next time we would not go there at this time. The restaurant was also very nice all made with logs, food was good but must have reservation, the first night our tour director made the reservation for us but the second night we had to go at the Snow Lodge restaurant but very nice there too. The Old Faithful is right out the door of the Inn. Just an amazing place to visit.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Region: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Yellowstone National Park
Price Range: £349 - £456 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Old Faithful Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 327
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