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“Great for those who want a warm clean place to sleep and shower.” 5 of 5 stars
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Lake Lodge Cabins
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Old Faithful Bypass Road, PO Box 165, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190   |  
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“Great for those who want a warm clean place to sleep and shower.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

If you simply want a warm, clean place to lay your head at night after a day in the park this place is perfect. If you want anything else I think you may be disappointed. Our room was small but clean and had plenty of hot water and heat. We were there the first day the cabins were open for the season so our room had a but musty smell at first but we opened the windows and it quickly left. The lodge is beautiful and has an amazing view of Lake Yellowstone and the mountains. The staff was also friendly.

Note: We stayed in May of 2010 but trip advisor would not let me select that date

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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29 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

From my point of view, this is the best place to stay in Yellowstone. The cabins are nothing special, although they are clean and comfortable. What's special is the location, and the wonderful old lodge. You can sit on the front porch and look out over a meadow, likely full of bison, with the lake just beyond. Or you can spend and evening (or even a rainy day) sitting in the comfortable furniture in the rustic but spacious lodge in front of a fireplace. The dining room, although it is cafeteria style, has very good food, including delicious prime rib. And all this is located right in the middle of the park. Love it there!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

We had a wonderful stay in a medium sized "Western" cabin at Lake Lodge. We stayed in room H14 at the top of the hill. I liked the H and J sections which are furtherest from the main lodge, The buildings in these sections seem to be surrounded by more trees than those toward the bottom of the hill. Some rooms in these two sections look out at the convenient parking spots, and some rooms look out at trees.

Our cabin was newly refurbished in a western style. (See the photo from Sander9t's review on September 8, 2011) Our room had two attractive and comfortable queen beds, a wood table and two chairs, and two benches. The sink was outside the bath and toilet area.

We ate in the cafeteria for breakfasts and dinners. The food choices were limited, but fine. We also had burgers from the General store diner. When we were there, it closed at 5:00.

The drive around the Yellowstone loops are lengthy, but rewarding. It took almost two hours to get to Old Faithful from here and about 45 minutes to get to Canyon.

We have stayed in Canyon, Grant's Village, and Lake Lodge. All three places are similar in quality, depending on the category you choose. Grant's Village is nice, because the motel rooms are standard and functional. The Canyon area is central and close to Hayden Valley. And, the Lake Lodge area is wonderful, mainly because it is in a less populated area. I have never stayed in the Old Faithful area, but I would not hesitate to stay there. It is crowded, but close to so many natural wonders.

We prefer Lake Lodge and would stay here again.

Room Tip: Stay in the H or J sections. It was cold and rainy in June.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

Our stay at the Lake Lodge Pioneer Cabins was so peaceful, beautiful and relaxing. The cabin is definately not pretty on the outside and was very basic inside with a double bed, small table, 2 chairs, one small end table and closet. The bathroom also was small with a portable shower.
Overall, the room was very clean, the heater worked well, the soaps, shampoo and moisturizing lotion was all natural and smelled nice, and the shower had plenty of pressure. There is a laundry room that is very inexpensive. I would suggest to bring less clothes and just do a wash midweek. You can sit in the rocking chairs on the porch while your waiting with no bugs to bother you. Often times the buffalo and mule deer arrive during the day and roam all around the lodge, in the street, or in the field across the street. We had a beautiful full moon over the lake in the evenings. The day temps ranged on the average from 50 - 68 and the nights 30 - 38. We brought a power strip to charge our video camera and digital camera batteries as there isn't many available outlets in the cabin. No TV, no cell phones, no hair dryer, no AC but it was great. Our bed was a little uncomfortable so we flipped the mattress and after that it was good. Food in the lodge was decent in taste, cafeteria style with free refills on coffee and soda, a little expensive but only about $10 more than usual. Consider it a donation to Yellowstone Park. The location was perfect for getting around in the park. Most days we left at 9 AM and returned by 5 PM. We saw the elk at Mammoth Springs. The buffalo were in many places. We hung out at the turn off in Hayden Valley after 5 pm and was able to see wolves and a bald eagles when the kind and knowledgable people there shared the use of their scope. We stopped at every spot except Lamar Valley. It was a vacation of a lifetime.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Turku, Finland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

We had booked one week in Yellowstone. 6 nights in a very old and poor cottage was too much to handle, even my body didn't like it as I got a stomach flu and a flu. My cottage, C3 or C8, don't rememer it correctly, had an awful smell inside. Even repair men came to check it but all they could say was that well, these cottages are out of use for 6 months a year, so there definitely are animals living under the cottage etc. This cottage was dead cold during the nights (in July) and I slept with day clothes on, two blankets and the heater on but I still got a little sick. I wouldn't recommend these old cottages to anyone. But, there were some more modern cottages too, which were OK. Also the common areas or the main building was nice. Location was good.

Room Tip: Just make sure you don't take the cheapest cottages.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Xanterra, General Manager at Lake Lodge Cabins, responded to this review, February 3, 2012
Dear Tupuna M,

Thank you for your recent comments advising us of your visit to the Lake Lodge Cabins last summer. Valuable comments from visitors assist us in monitoring the levels of service we provide here in Yellowstone.

I was disappointed to learn about your stay at Lake Lodge. Every year we receive thousands of comments, mostly favorable, about the cabins. The poorly functioning heater in your cabin was unfortunate. Please accept my apologies for any inconveniences this caused, and be assured I have shared your observations with our management staff for their review. We have been renovating a number of these older cabins at Lake Lodge and hope to begin the next stage of renovations in the near future.

Thank you again for your comments. I hope you will visit us again in Yellowstone. If I can be of any further assistance, please contact me via the information provided below.

Sincerely,

Mike Keller, C. H. A.
Executive Director, Operations
Xanterra Parks & Resorts
PO BOX 165
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
(307)-344-5206
mkeller@xanterra.com
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Lincoln, NE
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15 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

We stayed in a Pioneer Cabin at Lake Lodge in Yellowstone in September 2011. The cabin had a season of use by the time we stayed, yet it was clean and everything was in working order. This is one of the cheapest lodging units in Yellowstone but it was warm and comfortable for the small amount of time we spent there. When in Yellowstone most of our time is spent out in the Park, not in a cabin. You should not expect more than a clean bed, warm room and private bath facilities when staying in a Pioneer Cabin. We consider it one step above camping but is comfortable. It had more room in it than some of the more expensive lodgings we stayed in while in Yellowstone.

Room Tip: Reserve early, they are difficult to get.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East Brunswick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

My family stayed at Western Cabin at Lake Lodge Cabins. Clean and new room, decent size, bigger than we expected. Walk to breakfast at the lodge every morning. Centrally located inside the Yellowstone National Park. We had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay for 4 nights. Kids love the park so much that they don't want to leave.

Room Tip: Book early, like a year early.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Old Faithful Bypass Road, PO Box 165, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Location: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #9 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Yellowstone National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Lodge Cabins 3*
Number of rooms: 186
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