We visited Yellowstone NP in this month and chose Pahaska Tepee since it was located so close to the east entrance to the park. It is advertised as only 2 miles to the park entrance….that much is true. The facility (check in/gift shop/restaurant) all look very nice upon arrival, but then it goes downhill from there. There is a reason they require a 50 percent deposit at time of reservation and a penalty for cancellation…..because once you get there, it’s too late to find anything else. We booked a room with a single queen bed in one of the A-frame cabins for 4 nights. We soon found out that in these small A-frame cabins, if you book a single queen, there are 4 rooms in each cabin and sound proofing was not a major concern during construction. If you book an A-frame cabin room with more than one queen bed, then the rooms are larger. But our room was about 8’ x 12’, plus the bath. Upkeep of the cabins has obviously not been a priority over the years. The entrance door to the room was just an interior style door (with an imprint of a shoe where it had been kicked) with a very inexpensive lock that you would find on the bedroom/bathroom door of a house. There was a single awning style window in each room that needed to be kept open all the time otherwise the room would soon become very stuffy. But don’t worry if you lock yourself out of the room because all you have to do is reach through the window, push the screen out of the way and unlock the door. Security was also not a consideration. The bathroom consisted of a shower unit, wall hung sink and toilet…..but the sink looked like it had been there since the 50’s or 60’s and was obviously stained/dirty from many years of usage. The towels were very thin and not clean looking and apparently the laundry facility did not know that fabric softener had been invented yet. Back to the room…..stick a queen bed in an 8 x 12 room, add a very worn and beat-up desk and chair, and you can imagine all the more room is left to maneuver around in. There was one ceiling light fixture with one bulb and a desk lamp. We actually had to take the shades off both fixtures to have enough light to see at night. There is no air conditioning in the rooms and no television. But there is a telephone…..supposedly to use and try to find better accommodations in the area. The woodwork was very old and marked up and the carpeting was in a word….BAD. And if you stay here, you really don’t want to look under the bed. Ours did not look like it had been vacuumed since the early 1900’s. Buffalo Bill’s original hunting lodge is on the grounds and is mainly used as a museum piece. It is on the register of historic places, but I have a feeling if Buffalo Bill were to see the place now he would have a fit. Let’s just say it also needs a lot of attention. The woman who gave us the tour told us that Pahaska has been owned by the same family for a few decades and therein lies the problem. The owners have become too concentrated on taking advantage of a prime location just outside of Yellowstone rather than providing a CLEAN and COMFORTABLE location to enjoy a vacation. And of course they also take advantage of the peak travel season by charging more than what the rooms are worth at this time of the year. We paid $105.00 per night for a room that was maybe worth $5.00 a night.
We're not snobs and we didn't expect upscale accommodations but we didn't expect something this bad. Next trip to Yellowstone will be better planned and we won’t be staying at Pahaska Tepee (my apologies to William F. Cody). Can't comment on the restaurant - did not eat there.
- Also Known As:
- Pahaska Teepee Hotel Cody