I have a week-long trip coming up in June. I admit my mistake in perhaps waiting to late for a reservation but here is where I am at:
1. Old Faithful Inn has rooms available for 2 nights, and there is only a $1 price difference - either East Wing queens or Geyserside Queens. Any difference? I gathered Geyerside does not necessarily mean geyser view.
2. Canyon Lodge is available for 4 nights, they have Western Cabins available as well as Lodge rooms, any difference there - anyone better than the other? I like the idea of a Western Cabin but the reviews are mixed - at best.
3. Headwaters at Flagg Ranch at the far north end of Grand Teton has 3 nights available, is this a good alternative? How long does it take to drive to Yellowstone Old Faithful area? How long from Flagg down to Jackson Lake? I know mileage numbers are very different than driving times.
4. Is staying in a border town like Gardiner or West Yellowstone so bad? West Yellowstone did not look appealing to me, but some of the lodging on the bluff overlooking the River in Gardiner has some Western charm and good views - not to mention lower prices and modern amenities.
I don't mind forgoing TV, phone, internet - looking forward to the break, but I would like a nice comfortable bed and a quiet location and something with character would be nice. Any lodging tips based on my 4 questions above are greatly appreciated.
Its going to be 71 degrees here in Austin, if anyone heads this way I've got lots of local tips! Cheers.