“ Traditional cabin accommodation in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. „
We spent three days in Yellowstone National Park and we stayed in one of the Frontier cabins which are part of the Old Faithful Lodge run by Xanterra Parks and Resorts. We booked our stay before we left the UK through their site on line and this was a good idea as they do very quickly get booked up especially at busy times.
We arrived at the Lodge quite early, we parked our car and decided to take advantage of the wonderful sunny weather and do the walk around the geysers and hot pools near to Old Faithful Lodge. The walk took us about 3 hours by the time we stopped and took photos. It was just the most amazing walk as every geyser and pool offered something different.
When we arrived back at the Lodge I went with our paper work to the front desk but our room was not ready. They gave us a room but said we would have to come back in an hour or so for the key as it was still being cleaned. We decided to spend the time sitting and watching Old Faithful as it was getting pretty close to the geyser going off again. Having watched this rather spectacular display, taken lots of photos and walked around to view from all sides we went back to see if we could get in the room.
Luckily they had a key and so we drove around to find our little cabin. In my view they looked more like garden sheds but rather pricey garden sheds. We paid as much or more for that shed per night than any other accommodation in the States this time. I believe we paid about $120 US a night before tax and this did not include breakfast and in all the other places we got breakfast included.
The door was pretty basic with a turning old fashioned key. The windows were pretty ill fitting with wooden frames that just about opened and shut. Bear in mind that it was lovely and sunny but there was snow on the ground. On either side of the road as we drove in the snow was above my husband's head height so pretty thick. I was concerned that it would be cold at night as the windows were not too snug fitting but we survived to tell the tale.
So in the room we had a small double bed, a basin and a small desk. On either side of the bed was a small table and there was a single light above the bed. The tiny ensuite bathroom had a shower with a curtain and a toilet. The shower was so small that it was hard to shower without the curtain sticking to you. In this bathroom was an opening window but no fan at all so in order to de steam the room the window had to be opened.
The room had a thin carpet on the floor but it certainly wasn't warm and cosy. During the afternoon when the sun was shining it was quite pleasant but as soon as the sun went down and it was dark it became very chilly. I don't find a shower warms me as much as a bath but I had a shower then hopped into bed. We slept okay and I was warm enough but wasn't keen on getting out of bed in the morning as it was very cold. The bed was very small and my husband is quite big so every time he moved I was aware.
I was quite pleased with the little soaps we were left on the basin shelf. One was in the shape of a teddy bear and the other was an eco soap that had a hole in the middle to save the waste! We were given another one the next day. We kept the bear ones for our grandsons and the others to show our children as they were quite a novelty.
There was no food included in our room rate but we did eat at the Lodge. The cafeteria style restaurant at the lodge offered VERY basic fare at hugely inflated prices. They have a captive audience as there is nowhere else to go to eat. We had a couple of sandwiches and a cup of chilli and it came to about $25 . It was very ordinary food and the place was pretty uninviting.
We decided that we would not eat there the next day and went over to the other venue across the geyser basin and had breakfast at the Old Faithful Inn which was much better food. It wasn't cheap but as the food was actually quite good it worked out much better value.
We have found from previous experiences that the food in the National Parks is expensive and pretty poor but as there is no competition there is no incentive to improve. This is just something you have to suffer when staying in the parks unless you are camping and so doing your own cooking.
Despite the rather basic room this was a perfect location from which to explore Yellowstone Park so I would recommend it from that point of view. The accommodation in the cabins is basic and rather like sleeping in a garden shed in my view but well worth putting up with in order to experience the wonderful Yellowstone National Park.