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The Historic Madison Hotel, Motel and Hostel
bradangiebaby from: Birmingham, Alabama
Published Date: Sep, 20, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
Disappointing Accommodations and Service
When we arrived at this hotel/motel, we were impressed by the timbered exterior and historic marker outside the front door confirming the hotel was over 100 years old. Then we stepped inside, and it was downhill from there. Behind the desk is a kitschy t-shirt shop, and the lobby on the right is a small sitting room that apparently hasn't been updated since the hotel opened. It turns out that the hotel portion of the establishment consists of a handful of rooms whereas the majority of rooms exist as a separate motor inn that sits behind the hotel. For the rate we paid, I assumed we were getting a hotel room, but I was mistaken. It wasn't surprising then that the manager charged us for our full 3 night stay upon check-in. Thankfully our motel room was clean; however the bed's mattress was hard and uncomfortable and had only a top sheet and thin blanket for covering even though nightly temps dipped to freezing.
The fact is, if you're going to stay near the West Entrance to Yellowstone and within walking distance of restaurants and pubs, you'll probably need to stay in a motel. Just be sure you don't pay hotel prices for a motel room.
As a side note the manager twice recommended that we check out Bullwinkle's, a local bar/restaurant. This dated, run-down cafe/greasy spoon had an attached slot-casino bar area that we were lead to that smelled smoky, and people there were using loud, offensive language. And this was in the middle of the day. This was striking to us, because on our own, we discovered The Slippery Otter Pub that was a couple of doors down from Bullwinkle's that was an excellent brew pub/restaurant (see separate review). The only way I'd recommend Bullwinkle's to visitors to the area is if they were paying me to. Hmm. The manager also discouraged us from going to Madison Crossing Lounge for dinner, and it turned out to be the nicest restaurant in town (see separate review). So there was some type of local game going on that we weren't privy to.
- Rooms: 3
- Sleep Quality: 2
- Service: 2
508kerrieh from: Orland, California
Published Date: Sep, 18, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Comfortable and within walking distance of many shops and restaraunts
We very much enjoyed our stay here, the room was comfortable, parking was right outside our door - we were in the motel area. Any thing we requested from the staff was immediately made available though there wasn't much we needed as most was already in our room. The hotel/motel is located about three blocks from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park, so convenient! I would definitely stay here again.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
sticklelis from: Cleveland, Ohio
Published Date: Sep, 17, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Historic Hotel with great atmosphere.
This was a great historic hotel with lots of charm, however, be prepared for its quirks. We booked into a room in the historic section, so had to share showers (interesting during Covid) with other guests. Room was comfortable but small, not even room for chairs. They offer communal refrigerators, a microwave and great coffee and hot cocoa in the downstairs back lobby, and there is a lounge with comfy chairs and room to sit and eat. We like to rise very early, eat breakfast on our own and get on trails early, so at first it took some getting used to, but we got in the swing of it and it worked. Staff were very accomodating and always friendly and responsive. If you want all the private conveniences of a modern chain hotel, probably not for you, but if you want a historic experience right in downtown West Yellowstone, and you can be flexible, a great choice.
- Value: 4
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 4
PhillyJim002 from: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Published Date: Sep, 15, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Return visit was wonderful
West Yellowstone is small so a good location is common. This small hotel offers a large variety of rooms from hostel rooms to en-suite. It has a common area for microwave and two coffee machines. It is a value leader in town and has the friendliest staff.
- Rooms: 4
- Value: 5
- Service: 5
BACE2135 from: Miami, Florida
Published Date: Sep, 14, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Perfect for visits to Yellowstone!
On my first visit to YNP, I decided to use the west entrance, and that brought me to West Yellowstone's the Historic Madison Hotel/Motel. We enjoyed our stay from the beginning to end. The rooms are on the smaller side; we stayed in a single room with a Queen bed, mini-fridge in the corner with a microwave sitting on top of that. The bathroom is small, but has a heater, which is nice on those cold mornings. A small round table, two chairs, dresser, and two nightstands/two lamps sum up all the furniture in the room. The room is basic, but provided us with everything we needed, and ultimately, we're here to visit Yellowstone. The room was perfect for what we needed and we were right around the corner from the hotel main entrance/gift shop and next door restaurant, which you get $10 off p/p for staying at the hotel - NICE! We definitely ate at the restaurant and thought it was a good meal.
The bed was comfortable, hot water worked fine, and there is a coffee/hot beverage dispenser behind the gift shop, and it's always open, so for those out at night, you can grab coffee, or hot chocolate whenever you'd like.
- Value: 5
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5