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Old Faithful Inn

At a Glance

    Pros

  • a one-of-a-kind property
  • truly memorable rooms

    Cons

  • thin walls
  • waves of tourists in the lobby
  • shared baths make you recall college dorm days

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Old Faithful Inn Review

Easily earning its National Historic Landmark status, this lovely lodge has been a favorite of five generations of park visitors. The Old House was built in 1904 and is worth a visit regardless of whether you are staying the night. The lobby has a 76-foot-high, eight-sided fireplace, as well as bright red iron-clad doors, two balconies, and a fantasylike "tree house" of platforms, ladders, and dormer windows. You can stay in century-old rooms with thick wood timber walls and ceilings for about $100 if you are willing to forsake a private bathroom. Rooms with bathrooms are in the Old House or the "modern" wings built in 1913 and 1927. There's no insulation, so it's closed in the winter.

2010 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

Five generations of visitors have gasped at the tree house– like lobby with its 76-foot-high, eight-sided fireplace and have marveled at Old Faithful erupting on schedule just 100 yards from the inn. Pine paneling and gnarled wood balcony supports bring the outdoors into the "Old House" in the heart of the geological wonderland that is Yellowstone National Park.

    Hotel Details

  • 324 rooms, 246 with bath; 6 suites.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed mid-Oct.–early May.
Updated: 11-25-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Unpleasant stay at Old Faithful Inn

    The room we reserved on the geyser side of the hotel was not worth the money. The view was blocked by 2 trees. Our reservation for dinner at the dining room was lost. We encountered the rudest bartender I have ever met. Mike, the bartender greeted us with "Do you know what you want?" without making eye contact. When my wife asked are you talking to us, he made a smart comment. Later he threw a set of keys over my wife's head to someone behind us. Won't stay there again. Poor value for the money.

    by jjoconnor, 9/11/13
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    The Classic Park Inn

    The total atmosphere experience can not be matched. The inn is hand made of wood & stone a 100 years ago. The wood beams, huge 4 flue fire place, very high open lobby, viewing deck above entrance & The Old Fathful Geyser were breath taking! Take the free tour of the inn & learn something. Sure the rooms were not elegant & the food could be better, but the staff was helpful & friendly. Many were foreign exchange college kids. If you can, book your stay with a full moon & watch the guyser from the deck. Stayed 3 nights on the second floor with a view of The Geyser & elevator access. Wish it were a month! Absolutely loved The Inn!

    by RWV, 4/13/08
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    Great building, bad food

    I would recommend staying at the Inn a few nights just to enjoy the historic ambience of the building. It's not a luxury hotel but was clean and had great towels! We ate at the Old Faithful Inn dining room and, while the atmosphere was nice, the food was not good at all and very overpriced considering the quality. We found food throughout the park to be consistently poor--aside from a few breakfasts we enjoyed at the soda fountain counters at the Hamilton and Canyon Village general stores and the sandwiches we picked up at delis. In our opinion, dining in the Park suffers due to Xanterra's monopoly.

    by sashley, 8/21/07

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