I was really looking forward to staying here, to the point where I cancelled a reservation we had made at the Murray in Livingston to stay here instead, because of the great reviews and the beautiful pictures of the property. In terms of the pictures, the property is indeed gorgeous. The rooms are exactly as promised. There is lots of room to walk and hike and roam. The surrounding area is beautiful.
We had a very warm welcome from Carol, with snacks and a lot of advice on where to go for dinner or just out. Another review here is right--there isn't anywhere really nice to eat close by except Chico, and it is very popular so you have to make reservations. Carol is always willing to make the reservations.
Unfortunately, the spacing of the b and b is not made for comfort. The "B and B" portion is the basement of the "main house", so you literally are living in someone else's basement for a night. The rooms aren't really furnished for relaxing, just for sleeping, so you are left with the common room, which is shared with other guests. That was fine, as the first night we stayed up talking to a couple from Kentucky for hours and hours. However, you start to get the sense that you are intruding on Pete and Carol, as they seem to want to get you out of the place as soon as possible in the morning, and the place is not really made for lounging. If that's what you're looking for, this isn't it. That would have been fine for us, except I got sick at Chico Hot Springs on the second day, and just wanted to eat burgers in front of the TV and not go out that night (not that there are many places to go except Chico), but I felt like I was at my prissy aunt's house and not at all comfortable.
When making my reservation, I had written about mine and my husband's various food restrictions. None were considered in the menu. I am lactose intolerant and everything was milk-based and covered in cheese. On the second day, when I reminded Carol of my allergy, she didn't say anything but seemed to sigh in exasperation. My husband also doesn't eat pork and every morning we were served pork. We have been to other B and B's where, when I have told them of our restrictions, they have been more than happy to provide alternatives. It's not hard and we're not picky otherwise. We didn't need fancy, oversized plates of things--some scrambled eggs and toast would have been fine.
Over the course of our visit, Pete and Carol made comments about groups of people that made us very uncomfortable. It was very unprofessional to express such thoughts in mixed company when you are running a business, in my opinion, and the almost constant, colorful commentary at the breakfast table really upset my husband. I hate putting it this way, but I can't, in good conscience, recommend this B and B to LGBT couples or people of color. I also could have done without Pete's chastising us on our choice of sightseeing spots. Helpful suggestions are always welcome, but criticism is a little far.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the North gate to Yellowstone National Park Paradise Gateway Bed and Breakfast and Guest Cabins give our guests a choice of lodging. The scenic facilities are nestled in the majestic Absaroka and Galitan Mountain ranges in the heart of Paradise Valley. Your front yard is the pristine Yellowstone River! ... more less