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Cooke City's Elk Horn Lodge
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Cooke City
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, Texas
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41 reviews
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“Ordinary motor inn”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I am a bit amazed that previous reviewers have awarded this inn an "excellent" rating. It may very well be the best in Cooke City, for all I know, but it most certainly is not an excellent hotel. It is a clean but somewhat dowdy and dated property that recalls some of the roadside "motels" of the 50s and the 60s. It consists of two one unit cabins and a two story structure containing 6 units for a total of 8 units. I stayed in one of the units on the upper floor of the two story structure. The bathroom was tiny and the wash basin was in a corner of the bedroom. There was no closet. There were two queen sized beds, an antiquated T.V., two old chairs, and a table. The word "lodge" suggests spacious grounds and a grand hotel in a rustic style. This inn has no grounds at all. It is located as close to streets as possible on two sides and it is built to the lot line line on the other two sides. From my room I looked out on a tiny parking apron for the guests and a city street. From the back of my room I looked out on the parking lot of the Alpine Motor Hotel. I could hear any activity in the parking lot from my room. This hotel is certainly okay as a place to stay for a night on the way in or out of Yellowstone, but don't kid yourself that it is anything special.

Room Tip: Insist on one of the two cabins. They appear to be roomier and you do not have to look down on a par...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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cookecitymt, Owner at Cooke City's Elk Horn Lodge, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Thanks for taking time to give us a review! We are so sorry that you did not find our Lodge likeable. It is hard to compare Cooke City Lodging with the likes of those you found in Lake Tahoe, Costa Rica, the UK or Scotland! Every year we update our lodging and this year we furnished our guests with 2013 Flat Screen TV'S so I'm not sure what you are used to when you say our TV'S are antiquated? However thanks for mentioning that our rooms are clean as we pride ourselves on our cleanliness! Thanks, Lisa and Jeff
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I stayed at the Elk Horn Lodge while fly fishing a short distance away in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone. Upon checking in the owner gave us recommendations on where to eat in Cooke City and also a few off the beaten path fishing locations to explore while in the Park. We stayed in one of the cabins which was amazing! Jeff even went to the trouble of tracking down a bar owner early in the morning as we checked out to retrieve a jacket my dad had left the night before. Great service and accommodations! I will stay here every time when I fish the NE corner of the Park.

Room Tip: Cabins are well worth the extra $
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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cookecitymt, Owner at Cooke City's Elk Horn Lodge, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
It was great having you and your Dad as guests at the Elk Horn Lodge! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us while fishing the NE corner of the park! Jeff wished he could have fished with you! Thanks for taking time to give us a review! Lisa and Jeff
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I spent three nights at the Elkhorn and in retrospect, wish that I had reserved a room for a couple of more. The owners were friendly, accommodating, upbeat about their business, and just nice to be around. For example, when I arrived they had just walked in the door from a few days of vacation time, but still made me feel like they would visit for as long as I wanted.

My room was absolutely spotless; it was very nicely decorated, appropriate to the mountain setting. Plenty of room, a comfy chair to read in, microwave and refrig and very comfortable bed.

I really liked Cooke City; like the Elkhorn owners, the town is friendly, informal, and just makes you feel at home. There are plenty of places to eat and/or drink, and I thought the food was very good...plenty of variety.

And, the view...oh, my, the view...I would re-book at the Elkhorn in a heart beat!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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cookecitymt, Owner at Cooke City's Elk Horn Lodge, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! We love it when guests feel right at home! That is the greatest compliment we can receive! They don't call Cooke City the Coolest Small Town In America for nothing! Glad you enjoyed all that our town has to offer! Thanks for staying with us and taking time to give us a review! Thanks again, Lisa and Jeff
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Clear Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

When I called to make our reservation, I spoke with Lisa, and she was very helpful. She anticipated that many people arrive into Cooke City late after a long day in the park and said late arrivals were no problem. We rented one of the cabins and it was clean and comfortable. The futon, which was occupied by my son, wasn't the greatest, but he made due. Jeff checked us in and gave us some great recommendations for dining in the area. He forgot to give us towels for the hot tub, but we were barely finished carrying our suitcases in, and Lisa was knocking on our door with the towels! The hot tub was great and definitely an added bonus. I only wish the hot tub hours could be extended from 9 to 10, as we didn't get to use it our last night because of the early closure. I would definitely recommend this family-friendly place.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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cookecitymt, Owner at Cooke City's Elk Horn Lodge, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Thanks for bringing to our attention that the Futon wasn't the greatest! If customers do not inform us, we do not know if there is a problem! Since you enlightened us, we just purchased a foam topper for it! We want our guests to sleep comfortably! Sorry, but we are not able to keep the hot tub open until 10:00. Some guests like to retire early and we do not want to disturb anyone with hot tub activity so it is locked so no one can get in it after 9:00. Thanks for the kind words and also for the tip on the futon! Lisa and Jeff
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Flat Rock, Indiana
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stayed at the Elk Horn Lodge for 5 nights while doing day trips into Yellowstone and on the Beartooth Scenic Highway. It's located very conveniently to the NE entrance to the park. Jeff & Lisa add the personal touch, making us feel at home & taking the time to chat & make recommendations. Our room was basic but clean & comfortable - it suited our needs just fine. We loved the low key vibe about the lodge & the town, as well as the friendliness of everyone. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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cookecitymt, Owner at Cooke City's Elk Horn Lodge, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Thanks for choosing the Elk Horn Lodge as your base camp while touring Yellowstone! We are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay and our "Coolest Small Town In America!" Thanks, Lisa and Jeff
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Mc Farland
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We stayed here while on a trip West to Yellowstone via Billings, Montana. The drive from Red Lodge, MT to Cooke City is really awesome - the Beartooth Range. Staying at Elk Horn Lodge was also really nice. The following day we were scheduled for an activity in Yellowstone, otherwise we well might have stayed a second night. facilities were nice - everything appeared clean and worked well. Beds were comfy. we're a family of 5 so one of us slept on the floor and that worked fine. we were glad to have the Jacuzzi, even though we were only in it a short while. After a long day in the car, that was really nice. the owners were friendly and helpful with what to find where and they're personal recommendations. My daughter left her little stuffed dog and they kept it until we called and then sent it to us --very personal treatment!

Room Tip: there is a building with 4-6 units and individual cabins. we were in the upstairs of the multiplex a...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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cookecitymt, Owner at Cooke City's Elk Horn Lodge, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
We really enjoy having families stay with us and we are glad we were able to rescue your daughter's stuffed puppy! . We treat people like we would want to be treated if we were staying here. It was so sweet of your daughter to send us a card letting us know her puppy had arrived home safe and sound. Thanks for staying with us! Lisa and Jeff
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

The owners greet you personally and the condition of the room and amenities show that they take a personal interest in your comfort. They have restaurant opening and closing times posted and offered several suggestions for dining, tailored to my interests. Of course, one could stay here just a couple of days and eat at every single restaurant and cafe. This is a very small town.

Check out the historic and authentic general store, over 100 years in operation.

The room and bed were very comfortable. Nice decor, though it is moose-oriented at the "elk" horn lodge. :) The owners are BIKER friendly and supply bike towels in every room (car owners and snow mobilers would find them handy, too). Just ask if you need more. The wifi signal is powerful, which was a plus for using Talkatone. There is NO cell signal anywhere in town. So plan on using one of the pay phones around town or using a wifi phone app on a smart phone.

At just under $100 with the tax figured in, this was a fair price for the high season in this area.

Room Tip: Consider the noise of clunky boots on the deck above if you get a first floor room. Not too much of...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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cookecitymt, Owner at Cooke City's Elk Horn Lodge, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
We are so glad you noticed that we take personal pride in our rooms and amenities! That is the greatest compliment we can receive! We really appreciate it! Thanks for being our guest and talking time to write us a review! Lisa and Jeff
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Property: Cooke City's Elk Horn Lodge
Address: 103 Main St, Cooke City, MT 59020
Location: United States > Montana > Cooke City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Cooke City
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elk Horn Lodge is a family owned and operated business located on Main Street, mid-town in Cooke City. We offer cozy cabins with kitchenettes as well as deluxe motel rooms. All units have two beds, full bath, Flat Screen TV'S, Direct TV, WIFI, small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryers and are non-smoking and no pets. We also have a gas grill and outdoor hot tub available for your use. The Elk Horn Lodge is your perfect basecamp for Yellowstone National Park and the Beartooth Mountains. We are open year around and always offer reasonable rates. We are the only AAA approved lodging in the area. ... more   less 
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