Don't expect the Ritz, but do expect a pleasant, comfortable and nostalgic motor lodge experience.
Second floor room (no elevators so prepare to lug your luggage), accessed from an excellent, wide walkway that has a great view of the mountains and surroundings.
The room was sparse and low budget, but like I said, don't expect the Ritz. It looked clean, smelled clean, tasted clean (kidding...). High ceilings in the room gave it a spacious feel too.
Decorations were rustic, bathroom toiletries were modest, bedding was comfy and carpeting was borderline indoor/outdoor. Again, totally within the old school motor lodge vibe so I dug it all.
Motel is conveniently located on the main drag, a stones throw away from a Walmart and Arby's The local rodeo grounds are walking distance (in fact we could hear the rodeo announcer in the distance during the local show).
Best thing about this hotel was they used actual keys. It was fun showing my 14-year old and the other high school photography students how hotels actually used keys in the past. Dug it. Oh yeah, no flat screens here. Old school cathode ray tube tv's mounted up high in the corner.
If the owners updated this place I'd be a bit depressed to see it got all modern and spiffy. If you want to stay in a cookie cutter hotel, find a Hampton or Holiday Inn Ex.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Big Bear Motel is located just 52 miles from the East Gate of Yellowstone. We are a mom and pop American ran motel with 59 rooms on property along with 5 Vacation rentals located throughout Cody. We are just walking distance to many great attractions here in Cody including the world famous Cody Night Rodeo just a 5 minute walk away. The Old Trail Town just a 2 minute walk away, and the BBHC or Buffalo Bill Historical Center, located just 2 miles away. We have 32 rooms that were just completely renovated with multiple bed setups including our Handicap King and Regular King and our 2 Queen rooms with vaulted ceilings and our Single Queens that are very spacious, along with our regular 2 bed and Handicap 2 Beds. Each of our rooms do have full cable, full bath (tub and a shower), A/C and heat, WiFi, and some nice hot coffee in the morning in our main office complimentary to all guests staying with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Big Bear Hotel Cody
- Big Bear Cody