We stayed here on our recent trip to Yellowstone. We were in the Camp Sacajawea Cabin (#14/15). There were 2 rooms each with 2 queen beds and a sitting area with sofa. 1 bathroom. One room had a TV and refrigerator and microwave as well. We absolutely loved the cabin! The rockers on the front porch are great! I had looked at reviews ahead of time on Tripadvisor and saw that there were no drawers so I brought along pop up storage bins from Dollar Tree...one for each of us so the no drawer thing wasn't a problem. I also read that there wasn't much room in the bathroom. The bathroom itself isn't that small, but there's not much counter space to set stuff on so I brought a hanging pocket organizer and hung it on the back of the door....worked just fine. I would recommend the pop up bins and a hanging organizer if you are staying here and are concerned about the space. The actual cabin was spacious though.
We really enjoyed the nightly campfires and the kids loved roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. The people who run it are all very nice. The scenery if fabulous! We had a deer walking around right outside our cabin one day nibbling on the plants. Someone else who was staying there at the same time we were had a bear walk right up to their porch...so if you have small children be sure to keep an eye on them.
We ate at the restaurant one night. It was too pricy to eat there more. The food was ok. The salad bar was excellent, but the steaks were just average. We got the pan seared ribeyes. I'm from Texas where we grill our steaks over mesquite so I was a little disappointed with the pan seared steak...not as much flavor as a grilled one. It was nice that my husband could order a beer from the restaurant and just charge it to the room and sit and drink it by the campfire. They do have a propane grill available if you'd like to save a little money and cook your own food. There are stores in Cody. We stocked up on supplies at Wal-Mart there on our way in. The one night we were going to use the grill it was raining so we never got to, but it's right by the campfire area.
There is also a play area with a teepee. It really needed to be mowed when we were there though. There's also a swingset right near the Camp Sacajawea Cabin.
Wifi is spotty. It came in best from our porch. They also have a computer you can use in the lodge. The lodge was a nice place to sit in and visit with other guests too. Normally, we did that around the campfire, but one night we had a storm move through so we had to head inside.
The location of the cabin is great. It's only 3 miles from the East Entrance of Yellowstone. Keep in mind though that Yellowstone is huge so you still have another twenty-something miles to go before you get to a junction that will either take you over to the geysers or the Grand Canyon area. I was not impressed with the in park lodging so Shoshone Lodge was perfect for us! It's also only 45 min. from Cody. We spent one day in Cody and went to the Dam and the Buffalo Bill Historic Center...I'd highly recommend the Historic Center.
All in all, the cabins were great. I just have one complaint that keeps me from giving them the "excellent" rating. The restaurant on property is quite popular with the local citizens so it can get pretty busy especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Several days we came back from a long day at the park to find lots of restaurant customers parked in front of our cabin. One day we barely found space to park there ourselves. I really think they need designated parking for restaurant guests. It was annoying to have random people parked in front of the cabin...especially when they pulled up blaring music from their cars and screaming and yelling. Their website states that from our cabin we had a view of the waterwheel...well, not with everyone parked in front of our cabin!
One night was particularly bad. A woman with a bunch of kids pulled up right as I was trying to take a picture of a rainbow over the cabin. She pulled right into my picture and parked right by our front porch. They ate at the restaurant and then her kids proceeded to run around the campfire and the property for well over an hour screaming at the top of their lungs! Totally ruined the nice peaceful setting we were paying for. When they finally left, they set off their car alarm...again, right in front of our cabin. Since those kids were so obnoxious none of us, not even our kids, wanted to go to the campfire that night. Some people who were there told us the next night that the kids were throwing stuff into the fire and almost burned themselves several times. Stuff like this wouldn't happen if the campfire was reserved just for cabin guests.
So, as wonderful as the cabins and the location are, it could be better if they would find a way to keep the restaurant customers separate from the cabin guests when it comes to parking and the campfire.
- Also Known As:
- Shoshone Lodge And Guest Ranch
- Shoshone Lodge & Guest Ranch Hotel Cody