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Lake Yellowstone Hotel And Cabins
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No lake view, but lovely room
User: Lauri H from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jun, 24, 2019
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019
Rating: 5
We did not have a lake view from our room, but it really wasn't an issue. The room was large, clean, and very comfortable. We loved the amenities in the bathroom, especially the teddy bear soap, which was so cute for our grandchildren. We enjoyed the lobby area, the sunroom, and walking across the road to Lake Yellowstone. Our stay at Lake Yellowstone Hotel was one of the highlights of our trip and we highly recommend it.
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Lake Yellowstone Hotel / Tour
User: midtown17 from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jun, 24, 2019
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019
Rating: 5
Stayed at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel for 3 nights. Reserved room with lake view which was fine though not great, as it was over the lounge/ bar area. If possible avoid rooms on the West wing 108, 110 and 112, for a better view. Though its still very nice, looking at the lake instead of parking lot. Rooms are very nice and were remodeled a few years earlier. Don't look to get your towels washed every day as its is never necessary, as i think the staff is limited for this type of work. Of course, as it mentions over and over and over again in these reviews get your dinner reservations the same time you get your room. Yes the walls are a bit thin, but the hotel is over 100 years old, so quit complaining. Also, no internet (no big deal), but our phone was good maybe 60-70% of the time at the Hotel with Verizon. So we were able to text and call people. Do the Circle of Fire Tour first, so you can get ideas of where to go to the next days you are there. Jeff our tour guide was excellent and gave us "Jeff's Gems" -areas to hit on your own later.... Plus a ton of information on the park you cant get anywhere else. The food in the park was excellent, not sure why a bunch of people complain, though i think they might not be happy with anything. I had the Elk chops, Bison Burger (lunch), Bison Rib Eye and the Trout and all were excellent. The desserts were also very good. Was out early every day so we didn't eat the breakfast. Important: If driving up from Salt Lake City, do not take the Google maps directions if they redirect you up the 15 Fwy to Dubois for the cut over to Highway 20, as about 10 miles of this road is NOT PAVED. Instead, even if backed up, take Highway 20 North cut off at "Idaho Falls" to West Yellowstone entrance. Not sure why Apple / Google maps sent us this way maybe an accident/traffic on 20 North? Also, ran into other people on this "rock/ gravel trail road" and they were surprised as well on crappy road conditions that Google maps gives everyone. Bet this happens all the time, until someone at Google Maps gets a clue... Finally the location is the best one in the park, close to many things that you can get to before all the tour buses arrive. And the Lake is amazing. Not to mention we saw Elk and Bison right out front everyday... Now go for it- you wont regret it!!
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Disappointing
User: Peter B from: Danville, California
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Jun, 23, 2019
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019
Rating: 2
Remodeled rooms in annex very small. View is parking lot. Heat thermostat did not work. Room service was spotty. no internet. No cell service. Dinner service was terrible--we walked out the second night we dined there after waiting 60 minutes for our wine and receiving no food for 90 minutes. Would not stay there again. Xanterra agent who booked room had no clue about hotel facilities and practices. Was told twice they do not take dinner reservations and they do. If I was paying $150 per nite I might excuse the experience, but at $400 +++ forget it.
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Still a Great View , But Noisy
User: Bruce C from: New Orleans, Louisiana
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 20, 2019
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019
Rating: 3
Stayed here 3 years in a row. In our annual 2 month trip, it is hard to find a better view. I would not stay here without a lake view. The room was very comfortable. However, the hotel is old and historic which means noisy. Footsteps above and in the hallway are loud. There is creaking when anyone moves. Pipes and heating constantly bang and cause other strange noises. We could have participated in the conversation in the room above us. Without the view, it would not have been worth it. No WIFI which seems outdated. Easy to throttle it at a low enough speed to prevent movie streaming, but still allow email to download. No TVs which I appreciate.
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Wanted to LOVE it but didn't
User: sbmspnrt from: St. Paul, MN, US
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 20, 2019
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019
Rating: 4
We stayed for 2 nights in the Sandpiper Lodge, the "annex" of the Yellowstone Hotel. We had dinner in the hotel dining room one night as well as breakfast both mornings. We understood that we were paying a premium for staying IN the park on the grounds of a historic property but found ourselves disappointed in several aspects. The highlight was sitting in the lounge each late afternoon/evening, looking at the water and listening to the string quartet and piano player. The drinks were decently priced and the servers were friendly but short-handed. We chatted with other guests which was fun. We chose the breakfast buffet both mornings. It was a tasty option and our servers were very friendly. We were there as it opened each morning (6:30am). Unfortunately our dinner experience wasn't as good. We were not offered a drink menu or wine list when seated. When we asked our server what was available, she was clearly annoyed with us. She didn't say anything when she brought our drinks and slammed our soup on the table when she brought it. After she left, I commented that we had the "unhappy" server as we noticed other tables having pleasant conversations with their servers. Someone must have overheard as her demeanor was completely different throughout the remainder of the meal. The food was delicious but the "experience" was less than expected. The room itself was OK. We had a nice view of the woods. The bed was comfortable and clean with the exception of the dirty shower floor. The walls are VERY thin. We could hear someone in the next room snoring throughout the night. The maintenance of the room was less than expected. Our towels were piled on our table instead of being put away. Our garbage/recyling was not emptied. The body wash dispenser was empty so I left a note asking for it to be refilled and asked whether our room was supposed to have bathrobes (I thought I remembered that on the website). A note stating "bathrobes are for main building only!" (with a large exclamation point) was left next to the sink. I don't think I would stay here again. I liked parts of the stay but there was enough that was underwhelming to look at other options next time.
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