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Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins
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Reviewed July 30, 2006

We've just returned from 5 days at the Western Cabins. Our group took up 6 cabins, and luckily 5 of the 6 had been updated. The poor folks in the cabin that hadn't been updated had to deal with moldy carpet which was bad enough to stick to their feet. They tried to switch cabins but nothing was available. I would highly recommend requesting an "updated" cabin if staying here. Our only complaint about the updates is that the renovation apparently went to the cheapest bidder, because every cabin already had some areas of broken porcelain in the bathroom/vanity area. The updates certainly won't stand the test of time. Having said all that, we did enjoy our stay. We were there during the heat wave, yet our room actually got chilly at night. The area that most needs help is the restaurant. I'm not sure how the staff can work in the heat. It was unbearable in the restaurant. They didn't even have ceiling fans (or any kind of fan for that matter.) The location was perfect. Each day we explored a different area of the park. In the evenings we always tried to get back to Hayden Valley in time to search for wildlife. In this area alone we saw bison, elk, deer, river otters, bald eagle, fox, wolves, and grizzlies. Good binoculars are a most. And everyone with scopes were very generous in letting everyone take a look, especially the kids.
Overall it was a great trip. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife. If you're looking for gourmet food and luxury accomodations, go somewhere else!

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2006

My family and I stayed at the Canyon Lodge in late July, 2006. Yellowstone was experiencing a 90 degree heat wave and there is no air conditioning, no telephones, radio/ TV in the rooms. This is what we expected but what we did not expect was to hear every step, every toilet flushing and voices from all the rooms around us. The lodge is described as a high range room at $157. Someone should have added insulation. The food in the dining room at Canyon was terrible but at the little soda fountain in the gift shop- it was fast and fresh. The menu contained mostly burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese and vege burgers. It was great. Be certain to visit the Lamar Valley - we saw more bison, coyote, pronghorn, deer, beaver, and elk than anywhere else in the park. We took an evening tour arranged through the park. On the way back to Canyon, many people had stopped to observe bear in a large valley. Bring good quality binoculars. DD. Ft. Lauderdale, fl.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with family
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8  Thank Dlucille
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Reviewed July 25, 2006

We stayed in Yellowstone at Canyon in June 2006. Our last stay in Canyon was June 2004 and June 2003. Check-in at Canyon was greatly improved from our previous visits- we did not check in until after 7pm.

We had a pioneer cabin with 2 double beds. These cabins have no TV, phones, etc. They are simple cabins- no frills. We basically use them to sleep, shower and leave! We tend to wake up, shower and leave our lodging until we return around 10pm at night. When in Yellowstone- we spend as much time enjoying Yellowstone rather than staying inside a cabin or any lodging for that matter!

For this visit, we had Rabbits near the cabin, a Bison in the parking lot in the morning, Bull Elk nearby, and a Moose & calf within a few miles of the cabin/Canyon area.

Canyon is close to the Hayden Valley, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Dunraven Pass and Tower. In these areas we saw Grizzly bear, Bighorn Sheep, Black Bear, Wolves, Bison, Coyote, Elk and so on.

The Pioneer Cabins are small- not a lot of room if you have a lot of luggage or people. We love the Pioneer cabins based on how much time we spend in them and the price.

For a larger cabin, I suggest trying to get a remodeled/renovated Western Cabin at Canyon. As of June 2006- they had renovated some of the Western Cabins, but not all of them. Some of the Canyon Western Cabins now have Queen beds rather than double beds.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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9  Thank YNP4me
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Reviewed July 15, 2006

When in Yellowstone, one's accommodations don't matter too much given the unbelievable number of things to do and reasons to stay out of one's cabin for as many hours in the day as possible. I have been to Yellowstone many times, in all seasons, and stayed in most areas of the Park. This was the first time, however, that I have stayed in the Canyon area (that is, the developed area closed to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone). I rented a "Pioneer" cabin, the lowest price with an in-cabin bathroom. The cabin was very small, very spare, clean, and functional. The beds are single-size, and comfortable enough (but if you're very picky, bring your own pillow; all of Xanterra's - the exclusive concessionaire of in-Park lodging - pillows are awful.) The energy-saving over-bed reading lamps use some kind of fluorescent bulb that makes you look like you're ready for a liver transplant. I don't know why the light is so exceedingly yellow, but at least the light is bright enough to read by comfortably and the bulb is cool.

The cabins share at least one thin wall with the one next door. Pray for quiet neighbors!

They're also rather hot after being closed up all day. There are windows on two sides, and eventually, at least if there is a breeze, you can get it cooled off to a comfortable temperature. The heater works exceedingly well. One problem, however, is that the water heaters are evidently either slow to function or far away, and I was unhappy to have to run the water for a long time - like 5 minutes - before good hot water came up the pipes. In an area where water conservation is an issue, this represents something badly in need of modernization.

Another problem I have observed in the Canyon area, on two occasions 9 months apart, is that the electricity periodically goes off. Last fall we were waiting to be served dinner when it went out for a good 10 minutes; this June, the lights went out in the cabins for several hours before being restored.

However, it's all about location. The Canyon village area is central to everything on the eastern side of Yellowstone National Park, which makes it ideal to stay in, at least for part of your visit. The National Park Service is opening what promises to be a beautiful new Visitors Center at Canyon in August of 2006. It's also well supplied with restaurants, souvenier and supply shops, and services including a Post Office and gas station in addition to the National Park Service-run Visitors Center.

Yes, I would stay there again. The negatives DO NOT outweight the plusses!

  • Stayed: June 2006
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15  Thank YellowstoneGal
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Reviewed July 13, 2006

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Reviewed July 10, 2006

Our family of four (including 7- and 9-year-old kids) stayed in a Mammoth cabin for 3 nights. Of all the Yellowstone lodging options, Mammoth was the least crowded and touristy. Our basic $68 cabin had two double beds and a sink but no bathroom. However, I asked to be located near the public bathroom. Queen beds would have been more comfortable, but those are hard to find anyway. Unfortunately, the view was not very scenic. The back window overlooked the employee parking lot (and the bathroom, of course) and the front overlooked a gravel road and the neighboring cabins. The interior was recently renovated and clean, but the exterior looked rough with peeling paint. The porch was nice with two chairs, but the mosquitoes made it impossible to sit out there without bugspray. However, none of that was important to us because we really only needed a place to sleep and store our stuff. At the restaurant, the goat cheese salad with smoked trout, pine nuts, and bacon was the best meal I had the entire trip. The Terrace Grill served fast food that everyone except my husband liked. He thought the eggs were overcooked and greasy. The general store sold coffee, ice cream, souvenirs, and a small selection of grocery items. At $3.39, the prepackaged sandwiches were the best deal for a picnic. We'd recommend everything except the egg salad. Mammoth was conveniently located near Norris Geyser Basin, the Roosevelt cookout, and Lamar Valley. Even the drive to Canyon wasn't that bad.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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13  Thank MI-travel-mom
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Reviewed July 5, 2006

We stayed in a Pioneer Cabin for 2 of our 4 nights in Yellowstone (6/23 and 24). Personally, I am not someone who stays at a Westin or Four Seasons when I travel. All I want is a clean bed and bathroom.

The Pioneer Cabins are set up motel style. We were in E2-6. The rooms are very basic but after a long day of sightseeing, all I want is a bed. We didn't have any problems with noise but it was noisier the day we were leaving. I believe that was because it was Sunday and everyone else was packing up as well. We were already awake so it didn't make a difference.

The only issue we had was the morning we were leaving as my friend did not have hot water for her shower. Though it wasn't freezing, it definitely wasn't warm. She also had some problems figuring out the heat but I was happy for that because I prefer a colder room for sleeping!

If you are expecting the Ritz, you will be disappointed. But if you are fine with basic accomodations, Canyon will serve its purpose. There is also a cafeteria here which helped us get a quick breakfast before starting the day. I personally did not find the food to be bad and thought the prices were fairly reasonable given the surroundings.

This is also a good location for exploring Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We were up early and it allowed us to beat the tour buses.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Address: 1 Grand Loop, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Location: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Yellowstone National Park
Price Range: $260 - $282 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins 2.5*
Number of rooms: 257
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