Firstly I should say that I don't generally do camping so this was an experience for me. We decided to pay the $681.10 for two nights 'glamping' in one of their Deluxe Safari Tents, unfortunately we were disappointed. Their website is beautiful but the photo's don't show the reality. The campsite is small yet very crowded with all the tents very close together.
We loved the location, this part of Montana is breathtaking. Excellent proximity to Yellowstone National Park and the town of West Yellowstone. The tents were very cute, ours had a double bed with a dresser, coat rack and wood burning stove. The bedding was clean and the tent was cosy. The Bar N Ranch (within walking distance) does a great breakfast!
The tents were so crammed together and I was kept awake the first night by my neighbor snoring. You can hear the tents zipping and unzipping and the generator for the bathroom. There were always people walking by and it didn't have the solitary vibe it portrays on the website.
We payed for our own bathroom tipi but I couldn't use it, it was a little dirty and there was no way to keep your clothes dry while you showered. There was no mirror, no light and it was freezing cold. I used the communal bathrooms which were heated and equipped with showers, sinks and mirrors. They were kept pretty nice but there were only three of these for the whole site so queuing was no fun at all. They are shut down at 11pm so the toilets couldn't be flushed and there was no lighting after this time. I believe they added two additional bathrooms but they were the tipi type so most people avoided those and kept queuing.
Obviously the weather is Montana is unpredictable and the nights get very cold. We were very excited about the wood burning stove but unfortunately on the first night we were banned from using it as there were fire restrictions. I believe they are now announcing this on their website but at the time we booked we were given no indication that this would be an issue. Tsk, tsk!
I would definitely visit this area again but would avoid Yellowstone Under Canvas unless they could make some improvements in the design of their overcrowded camp and improve their value for money. After all, it is advertised as 'glamping'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine waking up to the sights, sounds and smells of nature in one of the most spectacular places on earth, relaxing in your luxurious safari tent. Comfortable enough to rival a hotel room yet with the great outdoors all around you. If you ever liked the idea of doing the outdoors thing, but didn’t like the idea of roughing it, now you don’t have to! Visit the world famous Yellowstone National Park and enjoy the great outdoors in a way that’s not possible anywhere else. Just 10 minutes from Yellowstone National Park entrance our luxury camp boasts fantastic uninterrupted views, a quiet secluded location, an onsite restaurant, a host of on-site activities, and of course, Yellowstone right on your doorstep. This isn’t camping as we know it. ... more less
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