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“Cute "little" cabin” 4 of 5 stars
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1170 Yellowstone Hwy, 1170 North Fork Hwy, Cody, WY 82414   |  
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Ranked #8 of 20 Cody B&B and Inns
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“Cute "little" cabin”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We stayed two nights at the EHL for our recent trip to Yellowstone. When we arrived, Jason, the young man helping the owners, was pleasant and showed us around the property and where to park our car. Our cabin, Lobo, was pretty small, but adequate. We knew we'd only be sleeping there so we really didn't need a lot of room. I thought we would have wifi in the lobby (I thought I had read that) but the only thing available was the use of their laptop which was fine for checking email. There was no cell service but just up the road towards Cody we were able to use our cell and also access the internet via iphones.

One thing we did love was their restaurant. We had a fantastic dinner the first night and ordered cinnamon rolls for the next morning as we were leaving before the dining room was open. They had them ready to go as scheduled. And they were the biggest cinnamon rolls I've ever seen. Loved the orange cranberry. We couldn't even finish them and could have split one! We also had breakfast in the dining room the next morning. Forgot her name, but loved the waitress (she was from SLC).

They also have a huge lobby/sitting area with a nice bar. Did enjoy a beer from a local brewery.

We also met Ray, who is a photographer and also helps them out at the lodge. He gave us some tips on where to go to possibly see local animals. He was a really nice man.

My only minor complaint would be whoever is doing the housekeeping needs a refresher course. Nothing was dusted and on returning in the early evening from our day out to the park, the only thing was cleaned in the room was making the bed. The coffee pot never tended too, trash still in the containers, etc.

And, I did enjoy the owner, Debbie (her husband was out of town). We sat in their bar, had a beer and nice conversations.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Jerusalem, Israel
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We have travelled widely and this is the first time that we have felt the need to review our experience on Trip Advisor. Our large cabin was certainly rustic, adequately fitted out but shabby and not cleaned properly. But we found the owner sullen, unhelpful and unwelcoming. She had assured us on booking that there would be no problem with us using wifi. In the event this was only available on the hotel computer and she refused us direct wifi access even for payment. She had also claimed that there was a phone for guests' use as there is no cell coverage but her phone was an old-fashioned finger dial phone and therefore we could not use it for any number needing push-button response so that we could not even call Yellowstone to make reservations. She had a push button phone which she refused us. She was most unpleasant. Her staff tried a bit harder, but we would recommend staying inside the park, and at any rate, not here.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We went to discover Yellowstone park and stopped the first night at Elephant Head. We discover it by TripAdvisor and we were positively impressed. Good cabins for families, friendly owners and good food for dinner.
Nearby there is a river for fishing or horses to rent. Good stop for a half day before Yellowstone park.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Our group of 13 stayed in 2 cabins for four nights. The cabins were clean, comfortable and had everything you needed. Loved that we didn't have TVs and internet access right in the cabin. The full service restaurant was available for breakfast and dinner. We appreciated having delicious dinners there after a long busy day touring the area and Yellowstone National Park. The staff was friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012 via mobile

This was supposed to be our "splurge" of our two week road trip but was less than pleasing. I decided to not stay in the park because reviews talked about mustiness and bare basics for outrageous prices. We got one of the biggest cabins but I still felt clausterphobic. My daughter's slight cough turned into an all-night coughing fit that lasted until we left for the day. My husband's asthma got worse. Even though the lodge is 8 miles from the park, it took 45 minutes to get into the center of Yellowstone and even longer at night. The best thing was the playground right outside our window. The kids could play while we packed for the day. Next time we'll look more into hotels in the park.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We stayed the first weekend of July, and could not have been happier! The food was good, the lounge/bar was fun to hang out in, and location was perfect for going into Yellowstone...The kids did a horseback ride, and they want to go back next summer!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, CA
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94 reviews 94 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

This well-run lodge, consisting of individual rustic cabins, is a sure thing! The owners -- a former rancher and school teacher -- run a tight ship with well-maintained, cozy cabins, a down-home restaurant with solid comfort food, and welcoming hospitality.

We stayed there two nights and were very pleased with our experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1170 Yellowstone Hwy, 1170 North Fork Hwy, Cody, WY 82414
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Location: United States > Wyoming > Cody
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Cody
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elephant Head Lodge is a small AAA log-cabin mountain resort located just 11.7 miles East of Yellowstone National Park and 40 miles west of Cody, WY. The lodge and most of our cabins are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It gets its name from a rock formation overlooking it. The Lodge, Restaurant, and the "Trapper" cabin were built in 1910 by Buffalo Bill Cody's niece, Josephine Thurston, and her husband Harry W. Thurston. Harry chose the site for its dependable water for early travelers to Yellowstone - and for trappers and Indians. Our small lodge is a wonderful base for touring the Yellowstone National Park, Cody, and the Shoshone National Forest. It is a great place for horseback riding, relaxing, fishing, hiking, and viewing wildlife, as well as good homecooked meals, with homemade bread, soups, and desserts, as well as famous homemade cinnamon rolls. Cabin rates vary depending on size (house 2-8 people per cabin)& accommodations (some with kitchenettes). High season rates Memorial-Labor Day $153-356/night. Low season rates May & September until early October $137-320/night. All with bath(s) & non-smoking. ... more   less 
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