Its old, its fascinating, it has great staff, it creaks a little (all part of the character) and I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
We had to stay somewhere on our way between South Dakota and Montana. By pure luck we picked the Occidental Hotel.
We were lucky and arrived on a Thursday when all the locals bring their guitars, banjos, violins, and voices, and have a really good blue grass/ country music evening. We were also there on Friday to see their resident singer Chris, who gave a great show.
Breakfast is taken at a great little diner across the road, and although we didn't eat in the Virginian Restaurant we did eat in the Bar on the Friday evening, and the food was good. The waitresses were friendly and efficient, and eye contact was enough to get another round of drinks, and even though we were two Brits surrounded by a roomful of locals we didn't have to wait for service, and the locals around us chatted to us and updated us on who was singing at any one time, etc.
Not only is the hotel great, but Buffalo itself is a great little town, very friendly, with a lovely air about it.
The rooms were in character with the age of the hotel, spotlessly clean. We even had an old style radio in the room.
Whilst I was in the lounge/reception area waiting to leave I heard somebody trying to get a weekend stay (they had visited before) and my advise to anyone who wants to stay here is to book early - its popular.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Historic Occidental Hotel And Saloon And The Virginian Restaurant