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Lake Yellowstone Hotel And Cottages
zed1958 from: Chula Vista, California
Published Date: Jan, 17, 2022 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Charming Hotel; Good Location
I booked my room for five nights in early March for a visit that started on Labor Day in September. Even booking that early, availability of rooms in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) was an issue. The room at the Lake Hotel was one of the few available.
The hotel faces Lake Yellowstone and has a large great room when you enter, where you can sit and lounge and just enjoy a drink from the bar.
The rooms are a tad on the small side, but for a solo traveler like me, it was just fine. There is no air conditioning (fan available) and the only internet access is via an Ethernet cable (none of my devices had Ethernet ports). Cell phone service in the park is very spotty at best, but luckily, I had cell phone service at the hotel through Verizon.
YNP is huge, and the Lake Hotel is about a 45-minute drive to the center of the park where you'll find Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It's about a 2+ hour drive up to Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley. In a way, though, the Lake Hotel is away from the hustle and bustle around those main attractions, and that can be good.
During the pandemic, the restaurant at the hotel didn't accept reservations, and you could easily wait 30-45 minutes after checking in and being given a pager/buzzer before getting to your table. Your only real option was to go to the buffet where they had a wide selection of menu items. A hotel deli sold pre-made sandwiches, chips, and sodas as a less pricey, faster alternative.
There's a nice gift shop in the lobby and a short walk away was a little general store that sold a variety of food and other items.
The staff were welcoming, friendly, and helpful, but not as diligent as they could have been enforcing masking and social distancing requirements in the common areas.
Of course, staying within the park in a somewhat central location did come with a hefty price tag for the experience and convenience—$2,100 for the five nights (meals not included).
I would consider staying there again if / when I return to YNP.
- Value: 4
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Service: 4
CTinAR from: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Published Date: Oct, 30, 2021 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
When you book the Lake Yellowstone hotel, you are paying for nostalgia and location. It is a beautiful hotel! The rooms are small, but elegant. There is no air conditioning, and the windows are blocked so that they can only be raised a few inches. No WiFi. No cell service, but there is a phone booth! No refrigerator. No microwave. Breakfast is not included, but there is a buffet. The dining room was open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet style. I enjoyed the meals that we had while there. (We spent three nights.) But.... it is handily located near Hayden Valley and the southern half of Yellowstone. The hotel staff was courteous and helpful.
While I probably would not stay at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel in the future, I am glad that I stayed there once.
- Value: 2
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Dakit55 from: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Published Date: Oct, 2, 2021 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
Vacation in Yellowstone
My husband and I had a wonderful stay in a cottage at Lake Yellowstone. The staff was so nice and helpful. We enjoyed some reading time in the sun room after getting back from trips throughout the park. The breakfast buffet was a great start to our days. The cottage was very nice and bed was comfortable. We heard elk bugling the first night of our stay. We saw elk, a mother grizzly and her cub, a black bear, a wolf and lots of bison during our trips. The folks we talked to at other cottages were very friendly. The color of the leaves on the trees was beautiful. There is so much to see and give thanks to the Lord for his creation!
- Rooms: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Published Date: Oct, 1, 2021 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Lake Yellowstone Cabin Stay
We stayed in one of the yellow cabins for 3 nights last week (third week of September). The cabin was a duplex cabin, I would rather have had a single, didn't realize that was an option when making the reservation. The cabins are sparsely furnished with 2 double beds, one night stand & lamp between, a desk and 2 wooden chairs & a vanity sink, all in the one big room. The toilet and shower are in a separate room. We used the chairs to place our luggage on and sat on the beds to eat. We brought our own food, sandwich fixings, chips, cereal, milk etc., there is no refrigerator, you need to bring your cooler.
668tammyc from: Knoxville, Tennessee
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 29, 2021 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
Beautiful Historic Hotel
Beautiful Historic Hotel surrounded by nature. This quaint hotel is a great location to explore all of what Yellowstone has to offer. Unfortunately, the restaurant is buffet only since the pandemic. The food was subpar on all levels. I would have eaten from the deli every night if I had discovered it sooner.