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.
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- Also Known As:
- Old Faithful Snow Lodge And Cabins Hotel Yellowstone National Park
- Old Faithful Lodge
- Old Faithful Snow Hotel
- Hotel Old Faithful Snow