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“Reasonable Rates and Gateway to Yellowstone” 4 of 5 stars
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Big Bear Motel
Ranked #14 of 26 Hotels in Cody
Alamosa, Colorado
Level Contributor
42 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Reasonable Rates and Gateway to Yellowstone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I arrived in Cody with no reservation, but this small motel on the West side of town became a good place to stay for the night. The shower was clean, the bed comfortable, and the TV had my favorite channel. I was in a first floor room, on the East side - there was no microwave or fridge. That was OK - I always carry snacks, but when I decided to look for food, after all, I didn't see anything nearby (should have asked about food when checking in). That was OK, - snacks became supper and I got a good night's sleep. The location was very quiet. I wanted to get off early the next day. I had noticed they served coffee in the lobby at 7:30 a.m., but in the end, I was awake early and ready to roll before 7 - so I cannot speak about their morning food/coffee. Beware as you drive the windy, pretty road toward the Park - at that early hour, critters were everywhere - and I surely didn't want to hit any. I guess it was locals who passed me, oblivious to the wildlife - I didn't care, seeing them and the landscape was more important to me. There are other fancier places to stay between Cody and the Park, but definitely upscale. The river and lovely scenery make the ride very nice. Consider gassing up in Cody, as gas in the Park is expensive - they also have mechanics if you need one, and sell groceries and necessities. Yellowstone was well worth the expense - I'd not seen it in too long, it was great to get back. Next trip, I'll see more of Cody. And this motel would be my overnight destination again.

Room Tip: Excellent location if you are traveling to Yellowstone from the East.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Bigbearmotel2, Owner at Big Bear Motel, responded to this review, June 7, 2014
Thanks for the nice review trying for the 5 stars from here on in
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Moab, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed at the Big Bear for 3 night in January while Ice Climbing in the near by South Fork.
Stayed in a second story room with 2 queen beds. The room was clean and comfortable. Large enough for us to get our gear out and sorted, included a table and chairs, micro, and Mini fridge.

Check in was easy and we got some friendly advice on where to eat.

Recommend this place highly for those looking for a nice room at a good rate.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Bigbearmotel2, Owner at Big Bear Motel, responded to this review, June 7, 2014
I give this guest a A+++++ it only makes sense to pay it forward Bill
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Castelnovo ne Monti
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We loved the Big Bear Motel. The cabin was beatiful, big and completely furnished: TV, AC, fridge and coffee machine. Nice and clean bathroom, and a big swimming pool just outside the room.
The staff was helpful and gentle, suggesting us an excellent reataurant for dinner.
The motel is very close to the city centre, if you want tho see Buffalo Bill gunfire at Irma Hotel, and to the amazing Rodeo, an unforgettable american experience!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Giovanni_Benassi
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Bigbearmotel2, Owner at Big Bear Motel, responded to this review, June 7, 2014
We are the RODEO capital of the world were else can you see a rodeo every night for the whole summer thats 6/1 to 8/31 what a deal Bill
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MISSOURI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

We were on our way to the Yellowstone National Park and needed to stop to sleep. We drove for 8 hours and ready for some rest. We stopped at this hotel because it was affordable for $49/night. We got a king bed and it was ok. It wasn't super comfy but since we were tired, we couldn't really tell and we still got some good rest. The bathroom was clean but the towels were really thin. Out in the parking lot was a foul smell. We believed it was the nearby river/lake turning but it smelled like sewer. The smell never left. It was there when we checked in and was there when we checked out the following morning. Overall, we still had a nice stay and it served the purpose for a place to sleep.

  • Stayed October 2012
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2 Thank SHOW-ME-VACA
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Bigbearmotel2, Owner at Big Bear Motel, responded to this review, June 7, 2014
Stop here, look in a room we have so many different types we love to show them off Bill
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Warrenpoint
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Loved this motel the owners and the location was excellent. Great value and pool if you want to relax. We walked to the rodeo and cassies only a few minutes walk. We walked down town but for some it could be a long walk 3 miles (we noticed not too many people walk in the USA). Lovely large room with big bed and fridge in room, great air con, large flatscreen tv. Would recommend to stay here, we spent 3 nights and loved every minute of it.
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Room Tip: Ask for large bed with fridge in room
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank MemphisCaulfield
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Bigbearmotel2, Owner at Big Bear Motel, responded to this review, June 7, 2014
What a nice review thanks for the time Bill
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Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We got a cabin in the newly renevated area on the end which was excellent - great size bedroom with flatscreen TV and large bed. We asked for a fridge and got this in the room, no problem - separate hall and bathroom.
The area is an excellent place to stay in Cody if you want to experience the rodeo and the old western saloon - Cassies which is just across the road and excellent for food. There is a breakfast cafe straight across the road with great menu and coffee for 25c!
Great owners in this motel and they house horses for the rodeo and we saw a few cowboys there too that were in the rodeo the night before.
We would recommend you to stay here, we spent 3 nights which was the longest stay of our 3 week journey. Great pool outside if you just want to relax. We walked to the nite rodeo and to Cassies only a few minutes. We walked down town but this may be a long walk for some it was aprox 3 miles.

Room Tip: Ask for larger bed with a fridge in the room in the new end.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank MemphisIreland
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Bigbearmotel2, Owner at Big Bear Motel, responded to this review, June 7, 2014
Come to Cody see the rodeo eat the best steak you have ever had at Cassies and come back again the next year it happens all the time Bill
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Clearwater, Florida
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We stayed here based on Trip advisor reviews. If you are budget minded this is great, but don't write picky reviews and cut this family run hotel down. They give you a clean bed and bath. They are a very friendly family. We checked in September, so our rate was $65. I closed my eyes and slept good and left for Yellowstone the next morning. The pool looked nice, but too cool for us to enjoy. We asked for a microwave and coffee pot and both were graciously delivered.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Cindy G
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Bigbearmotel2, Owner at Big Bear Motel, responded to this review, June 7, 2014
Well we think of our place as a great value for Cody as we only have a 100 day season thanks Bill
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Property: Big Bear Motel
Address: 139 W Yellowstone Ave, Cody, WY 82414-8723
Location: United States > Wyoming > Cody
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 26 Hotels in Cody
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Big Bear Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Big Bear Motel is located just 52 miles from the East Gate of Yellowstone. We are a mom and pop American ran motel with 60 rooms on property along with 2 Vacation rentals located in Cody. We are walking distance to many great attractions here in Cody including the world famous Cody Night Rodeo (just a 5 minute walk away). The Old Trail Town is just a 2 minute walk away, and the BBHC or Buffalo Bill Center of The West is located just 2 miles away. We have 32 rooms that were completely renovated in recent years with multiple bed setups including 2 Handicap rooms and 2 Queen rooms with vaulted ceilings . Each of our rooms have cable television, full bath (tub and a shower), A/C and heat, WiFi, and some nice hot coffee in the morning in our main office complimentary to all guests staying with us. Come experience the west at the best place to stay in Cody, Big Bear Motel! ... more   less 
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