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“Great Cabin Retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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The Pines at Island Park
3907 Phillips Loop Rd, Island Park, ID 82429   |  
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Willington, CT
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“Great Cabin Retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We were thrilled to arrive at the Pines and find our cabin so clean, well maintained, and peaceful. We loved the high ceilings, the jacuzzi, and the deck. Our favorite place to go while we were there, besides Yellowstone, was Mack's float, on route 20, down the Big Springs water trail. As we kayaked down the river, we encountered three moose grazing along the beautiful river banks. A variety of bird and huge trout inhabited the river and they were so easy to see in the pristine spring fed water of the river. It was an easy drive from the Pines to Yellowstone, about 25 miles, and so much nicer than saying in touristy West Yellowstone. Be sure to stop at a town to get your groceries before you get to Island Park, as there is limited places to shop for food and the grocery store in West Yellowstone is awful. We highly recommend the Trout Hunters for a wonderful dining experience.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bayside, Wisconsin
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222 reviews 222 reviews
50 hotel reviews
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We reserved a room for three nights. The first thing we noticed was that it was expensive. $1260.36 ($420.12/night) for the three-bedroom cabin with loft. It’s not that expensive because it was a stand-alone unit with a hot tub and wrap-around porch. It was also near Harriman State Park, so the location was just what we wanted.

The first odd thing about the hotel is that you must check in between 4-8 pm unless you call to arrange a different time. We’d been driving all day and ended up stuck in traffic. We were worried about not making it in time. Because we had no cell service, we could not call. Luckily we made it. Also note that the restaurant closes at 8 pm as well. We checked in and then immediately went to dinner without going to our room first.

I have written a separate review of the restaurant. It is called The Pines at Island Park also, but it is under the restaurant section of Island Park.

It was a short walk from the restaurant to our cabin. The cabin had a great layout. Large kitchen with full-sized appliances. The washer and dryer were full-sized as well. As stated in another review, there is no AC. On our first night, the place was very hot, but cooled down at night. The upstairs remained hot, but the downstairs was cool in the mornings. We left the windows open at night. The wildlife rises with the sun, so be prepared for early alarm clocks.

The cabins are close together, so it’s good that there are quiet-time rules from 10 pm – 8 am. At night, we could hear our neighbor’s conversation while they ate dinner inside their cabin. On the other side of us, there were kids running around all the time. I will say, however, that everyone was quiet during the quiet time.

There is no wi-fi. You can walk down to the restaurant, which doesn’t serve breakfast, and sit outside, but you can log onto the internet. It was funny to see everyone sitting there in the morning.

There is also no maid service. When you leave, you fill out a form and leave it on the counter. You also must take out the trash and put the towels in the laundry room.

We did enjoy the place because we had so much space. The three-bedroom cabin would have easily slept 8 people in 4 double beds. I was just a bit taken aback with the lack of services.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bozeman, Montana
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13 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Four generations, 40 people, a mix of economic situations, travel methods, and family sizes, huge differences in interests and comfort levels in outdoor settings....how on earth do you accommodate everyone in one lodging and location choice? The Pines proved to be our nearly ideal answer for a 3-day family reunion! The setting was remote-feeling, yet easy to reach for travelers arriving from homes coast-to-coast; the many children loved the woodsy surroundings and the loft sleeping areas; fishermen fished, birdwatchers watched, hikers hiked, and explorers explored...something for everyone is not too much of a stretch. The historic Phillips lodge served food and drink for some, while others cooked to their hearts' content in the well-appointed cabin kitchens. When it was time for the entire group to share a meal or an evening, any one of the cabins served the purpose well, with indoor and outdoor space enough for everyone.

Room Tip: The range of cabins, from 1 to 3 bedrooms, made mix-and-match family assignments easy.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Park City, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We recently stayed in a two bedroom with loft and two baths along with another couple. It is very nicely appointed with a great deck, fireplace, jacuzzi - everything you need. Its location puts you very close to Henry's Fork, one of the most famous trout rivers in North America, and a short scenic drive from Yellowstone. It is in the woods off the highway so you don't hear traffic noise, and beyond the fly fishing there are a number of beautiful spots to visit nearby. Just a great place to get away from it all.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arizona
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101 reviews 101 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

10 days in Yellowstone and the Tetons.

We chose this place because it looked cool, had a jacuzzi on the deck, and was close to Yellowstone. Worth every penny as a place to stay. However, not close to Yellowstone (40-60 min drive). Not far if you're only planning a day in Yellowstone, but we drove back & forth everyday. We still enjoyed it though.

Very cool drive to the Tetons. We took a little back highway called Ashton Flagg Ranch Rd or something... It was awesome. Driving up through the Tetons and dropping in above Jackson Lake. Only do this in summer though.

We liked the lodge, loved the little loft upstairs. Bring your own burner to cook with. We brought a little collapsible burner and purchased propane at a store along with a little $2 frying pan for the week. Perfect. The place doesn't have anything other than a microwave, little fridge and a sink. But it's nice! Very nice decor. Very comfortable. Would definitely stay again.

Nothing in the area in the way of food, so be prepared. Stock up an ice chest and enjoy the surroundings! Bring some bug spray if going in the summer. The mosquitoes are killer!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Worth, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We recently stayed at the Pines during a Yellowstone/Grand Teton/Big Sky vacation.

The cabins are quite nice, comfortable, and well appointed. Huge hot tub on the porch. Nestled in a pine forest, away from most everything; it was great. Nearby we saw mule dear, a bull moose, a bull elk, and a badger of all things. While we were out one day, a moose and her calf roamed the premises. You just have to love that.

There were a few small issues:
1) Bring your own shampoo and hair dryer. Most things are included, and we found it odd that these aren't included, or available.
2) No kitchen sponges provided.
3) If you're an average sized adult, you're going to have to crouch to see your head in the bathroom mirror, at least in our cabin.
4) The non-stick pans looked like they'd been in WW4 (again, at least in our cabin)
5) This is definitely as far away from Yellowstone/Tetons as you'd want to stay. The drive in/out got a little old.
6) Do note that it's at least 2 hours 1 way to Grand Tetons area.

Issues 3 & 4 are likely related specifically to our cabin (they're all privately owned, and the Pines manages them as rentals).

The staff was friendly, helpful, and great.

So, yes, it's very a good place to stay and unwind; these were the *only* complaints we had. I would certainly recommend the Pines for a great getaway; and a great place for a Yellowstone base if you're willing to add 40 minutes to your day.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

I tried to find a site to review these seperately but was unable so I will start with the food. We ate dinner here twice during our stay. The first night on Sat. They were having a prime rib and crab leg special. It seems that no one there knows the difference between Alaskan king crab and snow crab because the lodge personnel and our waitress both said "Alaskan King". Oh well It was snow crab clusters. We got settled in our cabin and walked to dinner, that was the nice part of our stay. No more driving after a hard day playing. I had the prime rib ($22), hubby had the combo ($32). It came with soup or salad, choice of potato and warm rosemary bread. We both asked for medium, both came out med rare to rare. I ate mine but hubby's was a little to bloody so he had them put it on the grill a few minutes. Came back perfect. the flavor of the prime was excellent with a sort of smokiness to it. It was a good portion 12-14oz. and the combo came with one snow crab cluster that was not overcooked and came out of the shell easily. Super sweet fresh taste. The salad was standard and the cup of clam chowder I had was very good. The rosemary bread was awesome and easy to eat a couple of baskets. The next time we had a half slab of ribs ($18.95), and the half chicken (13.95) beef stew was the soup. Both were very good and cooked right. Large portion of ribs. stew was Dintymore tasting, but not terrible. We both had to take a box home. The thing I do like about the large dinners is that they will charge you to split a meal(5.95), but you get the soup or salad and potato choice and vegatable with it as well as the delicious bread. The food rating is very good...Now for the CABINS: We booked a one bedroom for for 5 nights ($945). When we arrived it had been about 85 that day and was expected to be in the 80's the next three days. The first thing we noticed was...NO A/C. That wasn't in the brochure! We were told to leave the windows open at night and close them in the day and it would be comfortable. After the second day it was. But if coming during the heat of summer be warned. You are given a box fan,ours was broken but the front desk had one waiting when we got back from dinner. The cabins our nice but basic. No phone,no internet (not a problem for us but you need to know) and the TV in bedroom can't be changed from living room channel, no remote. Beds were comfortable, towels were clean, but the fridge and the dishes needed to cleaned before using. The prior renters clean those. I'm sure the hot tub would have been great but when we tried it the chlorine smell was so strong we gagged and couldn't breathe. No more after that. As for the complaint of 10pm noise control. I appreciate that fact. I do not come to a place to listen to others carry on all night when I'm trying to relax. Get a private home for that and even then the homes in the area are pretty close together and the owners are particular. We almost didn't stay here after viewing with a drive by because of the exterior condition. There are old cabins scattered in front of the new ones and the grass is knee deep by the cabins. Apparently the old cabins cannot be removed for historical value. At least clean them up a little! This is not what I would consider a resort. It is a bunch of cabins together on a small acreage. The one bedroom we stayed in was basic yet comfortable. However I would rent a house with all amenities before I would pay that price for this cabin. I could have at least done my laundry, and had the grass cut!

Room Tip: If booking check Houses in area first. one room cabins have minifridge,micro coffee maker. No a/c,ph...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3907 Phillips Loop Rd, Island Park, ID 82429
Location: United States > Idaho > Island Park
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Number of rooms: 26
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