We have visited Yellowstone NP many times over the years during summers, having camped in the park a few times and stayed in many of the park lodges. Early January was our first winter visit to Yellowstone and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We stayed 2 nights at the Mammoth Hotel followed by 2 nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge (separate review) then back to the Mammoth Hotel again. This was also our first stay at both lodges. Mammoth Hotel is close to 100 years old but is well maintained. This is the only lodge that can be driven to in the winter, as Mammoth is the only entrance open to cars in the winter. The road is open to cars along the northern part of the park to the turn off to the NE park entrance (Beartooth Hwy is closed beyond that however) but is closed to cars just beyond Tower and closed just a few miles south of Mammoth. There is plenty of opportunity to see lots of wildlife along the northern road because they tend to move here in the winter because of the lower elevation. The terraced hot springs near the hotel are great to visit too but unfortunately aren't really spectacular enough to fill a day of sightseeing. The Old Faithful area has much more to see and do. Our room in the hotel was comfortable and had a nice view of the visitors center across the street. Being an older hotel we could hear lots of stuff through the walls and above us. Each room has a radiator and most people we talked to complained that their rooms were hot like ours. We had ours turned off but apparently the gage wasn't working. Our radiator made a lot of clunky noises too in the first room we stayed in. The bathroom was small and the shower was definitely something out of the 70's, but everything was clean and worked fine. The main part of the hotel is very nice. The large common area has a huge beautiful map of the United States made out of all kinds of wood. The dining hall is across the street and is well maintained and elegant looking, and the food is good too. Be sure to dress for the outdoors when heading over for a meal. Everyone working in the hotel and dining hall were friendly and helpful. We were even able to check in early. As mentioned in the review for Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Xanterra does a great job with their Yellowstone operations. We would stay here again.
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