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The Historic Occidental Hotel & Saloon and The Virginian Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence
Sharonville, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Like we stepped back in time...”
Reviewed July 29, 2009

This was a highlight of our 3 week trip west. We arrived early, the staff was helpful and personable. They were full of suggestions and knowledgeable and seemed to take pride in their hotel. The rooms' doors are left open before arrival, and guests are encouraged to "tour" the rooms and suites. We wandered the halls, looking at the memorabilia, we sat in the lobby, had a beer in the saloon. The whole place is like a museum. I'm not an expert on antiques, I'm not sure if everything in the hotel was a true period piece, but it suited my wife and I just fine. We stayed in the "Hole in the Wall" room, it was comfortable (had a bathtub, which just seemed to lend to the whole experience of old-timeyness) and quiet - the creek alongside the room lulled us to sleep. Did not come for the wireless internet - but it worked quite well in the library (impressive) down the hall. Be sure you arrive here early so you can look around the place, poke your head in all the rooms, and just soak in the atmosphere. Last but not least, the price was cheaper than some of the chain motels up by the highway.

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Chicago, Illinois
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17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 21, 2009

We stayed here on the way from Custer State Park to the east enterance to Yellowstone. The hotel, bar and restaurant actually exceeded the positive reviews. We truly felt as if we stepped back in time. We stayed in the 2 bedroom Butch Cassiday and Sundance Kid suite which is great for families. The beds were comfortable and the room had a working old fashion radio. We had great steaks at the restaurant and enjoyed drinks at the saloon beforehand where the bartender showed us the bullet holes in the ceiling and wall. Although I am not a big western movie or book fan, I read The Virginian based upon comments of an earlier reviewer and really recommend that you read this great book before your visit - the author lived at the hotel for a period of 3 years while writing the book. This place is a hidden gem and I hope I am able to return.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Iowa
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2009

The owners of this hotel truly love what they do, and it shows. We were greeted by one of them, who explained that her husband is the author of Zoo Books for kids. She proceeded to take the kids by hand and let them pick out books to take home. That set the tone.

The building itself has been beautifully restored. The lobby has walls full of old photos of the place and photos of famous people who have stayed there over the years. We felt like we were staying in a museum, but one where we were made to feel welcome at every turn. It was clean and quiet, and lots of extras were provided (like coffee/tea/cookies at all hours). We stayed in the Bordello Suite, and had a TON of room (3 queen size beds each in separate bedroom). They also have a library and free WiFi. Parking is on the street (not a problem, as there was plenty of parking right across the street).

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2009

Both historic and restful. Part hotel and museum. Rooms range from single bed and small TV with bathroom/shower across the hallway to plush suites/rooms. Great staff and restaurant. (The Buffalo steaks were tremendous!) They even have a library. Bar stays open as late as the crowd allows. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
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Sunderland, England
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Reviewed July 7, 2009

the Occidental provides an excellent combination of historic interest but with a plush style and feel more in keeping with the current day - we stayed at the Teddy Roosevelt Suite, which was one of the most lovely suites we have ever stayed in, the staff are really pleasant, the owner goes out of her way to give visitors advice and to make sure they are feeling welcome. The bar is superb, with lots of live music, one bartender lady in particular worked like a trojan to ensure everyone was served as quickly as possible, the food is great in the restaurant too. No breakfast facility is provided but a butler's pantry is available to guests which is well stocked with drinks and cookies - we would make a detour to Buffalo to stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2009

Stayed one night while traveling from Oregon to South Dakota. This is a 'must stay' for anyone who is into history. It's wonderful.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Orange County, California
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

My husband and I were travelling from Yellowstone to South Dakota, and picked the Occidental as our midway stopover because we prefer to stay at interesting places with character rather than the standard travel motel chains.

The Occidental was a fabulous place to stay, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys staying somewhere out of the ordinary.

The restoration of the hotel is beautifully, and carefully done. There are lots of interesting photos and other artifacts in the lobby, and the rooms are furnished with mostly antique furniture, which is lovely. One of my favourite touches is the 1930s radios in every room, which you tune into the hotels own broadcast of orignal 1930s programming. We really enjoyed relaxing in our room to the 1930s music - it really felt like we'd stepped back in time (apart from the TV of course!)

The saloon and restaurant are also excellent. The Saloon had a local country singer performing, and was filled with locals - and lots of atmosphere, not to mention the very cheap drink prices.
The Virginian restaurant served delicious food - we both went for buffalo steaks! We were seated in a 'private area' - a table for two up by the window, that was secluded from the res of the restaurant - this was great fun, and maybe a perk of being a hotel guest?!

Overall, a lovely stay - comfortable bed, nice bath in a hidden room (we stayed int the hole in the wall), friendly owners and lots of history.
I'd love to stay again some day.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Historic Occidental Hotel & Saloon and The Virginian Restaurant

Property: The Historic Occidental Hotel & Saloon and The Virginian Restaurant
Address: 10 N Main St, Buffalo, WY 82834-1815
Location: United States > Wyoming > Buffalo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Buffalo
#7 Family Hotel in Buffalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1880 Historical Hotel, Saloon, Cafe and Western Dining Restaurant Living museum, outdoor green area along Clear Creek ... more   less 
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