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Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

Reviews on this site are sometimes confusing because there are often multiple types of accommodations lumped under one heading and they can be very different lodging experiences.

The Old Faithful Snow Lodge has motel type rooms inside the lodge building. They also have Western Cabins (built after the 1988 fires to replace cabins lost in the blaze) and Frontier Cabins, which were built in 1959 and remodeled over the years since they were constructed.

To make things even more confusing, the Old Faithful Lodge also has cabins (but no rooms inside the Lodge building itself) which are smaller and much older than the Snow Lodge cabins.

So this review is for the Old Faithful Snow Lodge Frontier Cabins. Cabins, even with their varying levels of remodel, are my preferred lodging inside the park so I've studied the hierarchy and I'll share that information here. Yellowstone is not a luxury destination resort; if you want that type of accommodation you need to look outside the park (and deal with the commute).

Xanterra classifies cabins based on their age, size and date of remodel and the price reflects that. Roughrider cabins (Roosevelt) and Budget cabins (Mammoth and Old Faithful Lodge) are the smallest and cheapest and do not have private bathrooms.

Pioneer cabins (Lake Lodge) have private baths. Frontier cabins (Canyon, Lake Hotel, Lake Lodge, Mammoth, Old Faithful Lodge, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Roosevelt) are the next step up.

Western cabins (Canyon, Lake Lodge, Old Faithful Snow Lodge) are the newest and largest cabin accommodations and the price reflects that. If you want two queen size beds in a cabin your only choices are Western cabins or the hot tub cabins at the Mammoth Hotel.

After staying in the nicely remodeled older Frontier cabins at Mammoth Hot Springs and at the Lake Hotel I found these cabins at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge to be a bit shabby compared to newer remodels. The carpet was worn and the bathroom was clearly in need of an update. The furniture looks like 1960s motel furniture.

That said, they are a relatively affordable ($96 in 2011) way to stay in the Old Faithful village. I found the double beds to be comfortable and the linens were clean. (BTW, I'm 6'3: but had no problem sleeping in a double bed.) The heater did run a lot to keep the uninsulated cabin warm overnight but it was the newest thing in the cabin so it was fairly quiet.

I have had bad luck with the "Thumpersons" staying in rooms above me when I've been in the motel type lodging in the park. (For some reason the rooms seem to amplify footsteps in the room on the next floor up.) So the minor noise I heard from the bathroom in the other half of the duplex Frontier cabin was quite tolerable.

I slept in one morning and there was relatively little noise from outside other than hearing my neighbors pack their car for an early morning departure.

So I'm giving these cabins an average rating because they need an update like others in the park have received. But for the price I do find them an acceptable accommodation at Old Faithful and will stay in them again in the future. My philosophy is to treat my lodging inside the park as a place to sleep after a long day of sightseeing and adventure. And I did sleep well in my cabin.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

Enjoyed three nights in the Yellowstone Snow Lodge cabins right before Christmas. The cabins are older and more rustic than the lodge rooms, but rooms and bathrooms are much larger. We rented two adjoining rooms for four adults and one teen. The cabin was in great shape and the interior had recently been redone. Beds were firm but comfortable. Quiet is very deep in snow and cold at night, with no cars permitted in the Old Faithful area in winter. Access for us was by bus from West Yellowstone, MT, and snowcoach rides can be rented to access nearby areas of the park. You can be dropped off at various trails and cross-country ski or snowshoe to explore; then ski back to the lodge. Be prepared for cold and wear layers!
The Lodge itself is beautiful and meals in the dining room are good and served attentively.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Stayed two nights at Old Faithful and haven't slept so much in a long time. During our waking hours we skied to the Continental Divide and back along the Spring Creek and Lone Star trails. Dinners in the Snow Lodge dining room were great. Took advantage of the skating rink, which I hear is new this year. And the visitor center just next door is awesome. The winter experience in Yellowstone is pricey, but worth it - very unique and I'm glad we went.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

We have stayed here 4 times over the past twelve years and will continue to return into the future. The property is well maintained and service is terrific.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

Stayed at quite a few of their lodges and this one is the best. Clean, modern room, better than average food and would recommend that you stay here rather than any of the other lodges at Olf Faithful. I did notice that work was being carried out on the Old Faithful Inn so it could well be improved but stick with the Snow Lodge and you will be very comfortable.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

Wonderful, not to be missed in the winter, the lodge is very well kept, the staff is excellent and friendly

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

We stayed 4 nights at Mammoth HotSpring hotel and then 5 nights at Old Faithful during the Dec holiday. Both are great but Old Faithful is certainly more comfortable being a newer hotel. Here's what we like about it:
- room heat works better and warmer than Mammoth
- more sound proof than Mammoth where you can easily hear people talking in the hallway or going to the bathroom in the middle of the night
- room is bigger and has self service laundry room; also has a nice coffee/tea machine in the room
- has a vast area of scenic walking trails right outside at Old Faithful w/o any need to take any transportation
- food quality is solid at the restaurant
- has wifi throughout the hotel premise (I guess not a bad thing for Mammoth which doesn't have signals so that one gets the excuse not to answer emails!)

Having said that, we did enjoy our stay at Mammoth, just that Old Faithful is a notch up in terms of comfort. Both give out cute Teddy Bear soap bar! Now we have a collection of them!

Room Tip: maybe not the 1st floor where people walk and transit between the Bear Grill/Gift shop and the lobby...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2305 Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Location: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
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Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Yellowstone National Park
Price Range: $498 - $613 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins 3*
Number of rooms: 100
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