This review is for the Moose Creek Inn, not the Moose Creek Cabins which is actually a different property (though same owners). Some reviewers below have actually posted their review here but they are for the cabins, so this may be confusing for people reading the reviews. We stayed at Moose Creek Inn for 5 nights in September 2011.
The Moose Creek Inn is a two story motel that has about 24ish motel rooms and one Moose Suite. It is an old motel that the owners (a husband and wife) have renovated to a country rustic style. The motel does not have a lift but if you book online you can select a ground or first floor room. If you show up without a booking then it is a lucky dip!
We stayed for 5 nights in September 2011 in a first floor room. The exterior of the property is very cute with hanging flower baskets, moose themed ornaments and ample parking front and back. The reception area has a large check in area, with sofa, tv and computer with printer. Adjacent to reception is the breakfast area with three tables (more on that later).
The room itself is what I would call compact. A large bed dominates the room and is covered in a patchwork style quilt. On the bed are 4 very thin pillows (owners please fix these!) Inside the room is a small hanging area and bag storage, a small flat screen tv (more on this later), small microwave and refrigerator, small desk and a bedside table. Attached to the room is a very compact bathroom with the worlds smallest shower.
The room itself is decorated in dark colours with dark curtains that are blackout. This makes the room appear smaller than it really is. If the owners read this, it would be good also have a sheer curtain to allow for some privacy without totally darkening the room. The only lights in the room are a light on the wall above the bed and a dim bedside lamp on the desk, owners need to address this as well as the poor lighting does not assist with the already claustrophobic feeling of this room. The decoration however is quaint and very moose and bear themed. I did notice that things that were on the wall were actually screwed to the wall, which made me wonder if they had guests steal furnishings in the past.
On the first floor there are some fairy type lights that hang on the underside of the roof, these look cute but are not conducive to sleep! The blackout curtains still let light in around the side, so the fairy lights still shine into the room. The air conditioner in the room is ridiculously noisy and we both could not sleep when it was on.
The bathroom was very small. I mean very very small. The toilet appears original, and whilst it was clean it was very low, I would compare it to a child's toilet! The shower is quite possibly in the Guiness Book of records for the worlds smallest shower. I would estimate it to be about 65cm x 70cm (26 x 28 inches) in size with a shower curtain. The shower head was mounted on the wall very close to the curtain which means you had to direct the spray diagonally and somehow manouevre yourself into one corner to bathe. I am 5'5" and petite framed and I had a lot of difficulty. My other half is over 6' and had a tougher time than I did!
The bathroom did however have a hairdryer and a shelf for you to store your goodies. The shower has a rack that hung over the shower head for your soaps and shampoos. I am absolutely certain there is no way you could bend over in that shower to pick anything up, so that rack is very useful. The bathroom had a light that doubled as an exhaust fan. The exhaust fan was completely ineffective, however was on the same light switch so you couldn't turn the light on without the fan as well.
In my opinion the TV is too small for a room of this price ($109.90 per night +tax). Whilst it is flat screen, it is tiny. Of course you don't come to Yellowstone to watch TV but after some big hikes, it's nice to come back to your room, put your feet up and watch some TV. The motel has satellite which gives you about 200 channels, however on Day 3 of our stay the satellite broke down and was fixed the following day. The owners gave us 10% discount for 2 days and offered to move us to one of the cabins for one night (the second night was booked). We didn't want to go through the hassle of moving all of our things for one night so stayed where we were.
The breakfast area is, like the motel, compact. There are bagels, toast, coffee and juice and three tables to sit at. To be honest whilst this is cute, it doesn't open until 7.30am and we had already left to go to the park on most days. It is also too small to accommodate guests that were having breakfast and the breakfast area was poorly laid out so guests were constantly bumping into each other.
The motel also had wifi which was on the whole ok but pretty patchy in terms of reception. It also went down completely on the day of the satellite problems, when I told the young male at reception he said 'it works fine for me'. It wasn't until several other guests complained that he did something about it.
Due to the size of this property, I would not recommend it to anyone other than couples (unless staying in the Moose Suite which I believe is bigger but also twice the price) and for short stays of 1-2 nights only. I can't comment on the cabins as I didn't see them.
We are going back to Yellowstone again but won't be staying at Moose Creek Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Moose Creek Inn is family owned and operated, located just 3 blocks from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, in the town of West Yellowstone, Montana. The west entrance is the most favorable entrance to visiting many of Yellowstone Park's most scenic features such as Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone Lake, and Norris Geyser Basin. Moose Creek Inn is within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and more. Book one of our clean and cozy rooms for your Yellowstone vacation! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moose Creek Inn Hotel West Yellowstone
- American West Yellowstone