First of all, the location, which is west of town, is ideal for making the trip to Yellowstone a breeze. The entire complex feels very new. The cottages appear to be just a few years old. The rooms, though a bit small (at least mine was) had very charming western touches throughout, with a strong contemporary cowboy theme without going overboard.
The beds were fantastic and the sheets were fresh and beautiful. The linens were fantastic. The room was impeccably clean. Spotless.
Now, I do have some concerns which may deter me from future visits. From the moment I entered any of the interior spaces, which consisted of the lobby/dining area and my room, there was a strong, powerful aroma which smelled like a deodorizer or a potpourri basket on steroids. It was not an organic natural scent, but something that was man made. It was clotingly sweet, and for some it could be nausating. It was not a bad smell, but it was powerful and disruptive to an otherwise lovely room. I think that the guests must be too polite to say anything. There may be a very good reason for using this scent as the area is very close to a creek that has some sulphur vents, which can be smelled outdoors pretty clearly if the wind is just right. I smelled that on a regular basis outside. It would be nice if management told us in advance about this, but this would really drive away business before anyone got to experince the charming rooms.
Breakfast is the standard fare that seems to have taken over all mid level hotels in the $100-$200 range in much of the country. Mass market coffee, tea, powdered hot cocoa, hard boiled eggs, cereal, bananas, minute maid juice etc. for something different, they did have biscuits and gravy. However, this trend of monotonous continental breakfasts at chain hotels really squanders the opportunity for any property to stand out. Nothing appears to be locally crafted, locally grown, organic, sustainable, or for that matter, terribly healthy. There is no innovation or creativity at all. Maybe it is a sign of corporate hotels, but a small charming and unique hotel like this can do something great by breaking with tradition, and serve some local eggs, cheeses, or produce, or anything to highlight some of Cody's great small businesses such as bakeries or other artisans.
I am a hard grader when it comes to hotels. For this price, I thought the room was good, with great beds and spotlesslely clean facilities, and I would give it three stars accept for the artificial scents in the room, the sulphur gases and the below average breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel located at the east entrance to Yellowstone park. Facility has the "best Beds in the West." These beds are triple sheeted with very high thread count linens. Limited dog rooms, must call ahead. ... more less
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