Let me begin by saying that I enjoy camping- I don't rough it - the campsites I stay at have power and hot showers. So, when I read about glamping- my first thought was I'M IN. After looking at Paws Up Resort and Yellowstone Under Canvas, I decided to stay at the latter because it was closer to my planned vacation route. The pictures looked great, the reviews were good. For $400.00/night, I chose the suite so I could have a private bath. Upon arriving, we were informed that this was bear country, so NO food or drinks would be allowed in the tent - huh- that tidbit of information wasn't on the website. We were then driven by golf cart part-way to our tent. We were then informed we would have to carry our luggage the rest of the way because the cart couldn't go any further. Okay ...... no problem, except the luggage had wheels and got bogged down in the mud. The furnishings in the tent were just as advertised , except there was no electricity - ( the professional photos look like the tents were lit up so I assumed there was electricity.) We were told if we needed our phones or whatever charged, we could drop them at the "office" and they would be charged for $5.00 extra. The wood stove had water in it, so the fire was a little difficult to start. Okay- little glitches- still good - after all, we had a private bathroom with "running hot water" according to the website. My friend turned on the hot water to the tub and nothing came out - so she opened the valve to the hot water pipe and surprise - still no hot water. Okay - forget the tub - lets just get a shower. The shower came with a pull handle that you had to hold down to get the water to come out - so I guess 1 hand is for bathing and the other hand is to hold the pull chain - by this time I'm thinking "glamping" is the wrong word and I am stupid for paying this much money for this. After pulling the chain three times to get the water flowing warm - surprise - all the hot water was gone. This is not working out so good. We gave up any hope for getting clean and decided to call it a night. Next morning, we were up at 6:30 am. When I opened the tent up the first thing I saw was an electrified fence - how come the fence can have electricity and my tent can't. The last thing anyone saw of us was our dust trail. The tents are nice but be prepared to pay a hefty price for no electricity, no food or drinks allowed and possibly no hot water. From now on - I'll stick to regular camping for $27.00/night.
- 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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