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.
- 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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