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“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel
Ranked #13 of 29 Hotels in Cody
Shoreline, Washington USA
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59 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2010

The good is the location and the historic nature of the hotel. It is in the center of Cody on the main street and highway. It was originally owned, operated and named after one of Buffalo Bill's daughters.

Also, it appeared that the room had been recently renovated. Unfortunately, it was above an HVAC unit that made considerable noise spoiling our sleep

The bad is the unsafe nature of the fire exit(s) and the lack of lighting in the parking lot. I found one of the exits blocked by roll-away beds - this exit led to an enclosed area on the roof of an older part of the building (it appears that there were at least two additions - we were in the newest). The only other exit was down a flight of stairs where the overhead was padded to prevent possible concussions for those over 6' tall. One of the doors was not locked, ever and other always locked without the needed panic device.

When these conditions were reported to the fire department, the firefighter taking my report was very concerned. He said he would visit the hotel that day to get the safety violations corrected.

The ugly were the carpets in the hallways, particularly the areas leading from the parking lot. They were torn, stained and generally disgusting.

Another comment is the complete lack of internet capability. No wifi and no lobby computer - I guess it is like the old days.

Thus, we do not recommend staying at the Irma. There are other properties that are much newer and likely in better condition.

This said, we recommend eating in the restaurant. Like the hotel it is historic and the food and service were excellent.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2010

We were 3 families that had reserved 3 rooms for our weekend stay. Irma Hotel is a historical landmark that is full of history. All 3 rooms were clean, comfortable and reasonably priced for the weekend. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Each meal the hotel offers not only a menu but a buffet that is delicious and very inexpensive. The young children loved looking at the pictures on the walls and laughed at the old fashion toilets that are in each rooms bathroom. We had a great time and experience.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Shropshire
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2010

Nice hotel, looks very gruby when you go in . Rooms cosey and very clean
Friendley staff and made us feel so welcome
Lots of history . FREE Wyfi, coffee in the room, TV

Great place for a one night stay when traveling

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kennebunkport, Maine
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2010

Clean, comfortable hotel complete with old photos of the 'cowboy days'. It's a step back in time.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2010

...but a bit shabby in the communal areas. We entered for our one night stay from the car park so used the side entrance. First impressions are of old, scruffy carpet and a slightly stale smell. Luckily the rooms were quite different and had obviously not long been refurbed, thankfully. We visited some years ago for lunch when travelling with Tauck Tours and had always vowed to return. We're glad we did as Cody is such a great place and this is such an historic hotel. The rooms are modern but still retain the old style and charm. The tiled bath had a fixed shower head but no hand rail. It was a nice length for having a soak! The wash basin was in the room. There was no fridge, microwave or safe but there was a full length mirror and a small open hanging space for clothes. There was a coffee maker and a flat screen TV. The lighting was very good.
We had the prime rib buffet in the restaurant which was acceptable but the desserts were very poor. We thought we would have a drink in the bar but were put off by the smoke so ventured outside onto the verandah and the corny gunfight was being played out. All part of the Cody scene.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Pittsburgh
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32 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2010

We enjoyed the stay here. The room (historic section) was lots of fun and the setting in the other areas was unique. We didn't have dinner here but I'll agree that the buffet breakfast is sticker shock (surprisingly expensive). Overall we had fun for a one night stay.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2010

Our first impressions were that the hotel was tired and a touch on the expensive side. The communal areas had a tired appearance about them. Carpets old and worn.

We felt we'd paid a premium price for our room and given the state of the communal areas we were more than relieved to find our room to be well decorated and clean. The bed was comfortable and afford a good nights sleep.

We didn't eat breakfast or dinner in the hotel as the idea of a cattle market buffet didn't appeal.

The hotel is in a prime location in Cody and can't be faulted on this.

Chances are i'd not stay here again as i'll never be back in Cody however give some serious thought if you're looking for accommodation in the town. There are a ton of chain motels just outside the town but they don't have the charm, real or imagined, or the worn carpets of the Irma.

If you've never stayed in Cody before and are looking for a central hotel that's not a Holiday Inn or Super 8 then consider the Irma. If you've been to Cody before or are traveling on business then look elsewhere.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel
Address: 1192 Sheridan Ave., Cody, WY 82414
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Location: United States > Wyoming > Cody
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 29 Hotels in Cody
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Step back in time...into the old west of today, at the Irma Hotel - a place that Buffalo Bill Cody called "a gem". The historic Irma Hotel hosted Buffalo Bill's Wild West show tryouts and European nobility who headquartered there for hunting trips.The historic section of the hotel offers 15 renovated rooms that housed some of the most famous personalities the world has ever known. You can even stay in Buffalo Bill's private suite, or in a host of other historic or non-historic rooms, all with up-to-date amenities.Enjoy the finest dining in the West, including our famous prime rib or enjoy a drink and friendly camaraderie at the Buffalo Bill Bar or in the Silver Saddle Saloon.The hotel also offers a private meeting room which can accommodate groups up to 70 people.The famed Cody Gunfighters perform nightly in front of the Irma Hotel. Join the crowd on the Irma porch at 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday from June through September. Family fun, and it's FREE!The Cody Trolley, headquartered at the Irma, offers live narrated tours of Buffalo Bill's town...you won't want to miss it.The Irma Hotel is centrally located in downtown Cody within walking distance to many area attractions including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, shopping and the City recreation center. ... more   less 
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