We stayed at the Yellowstone Lodge in West Yellowstone in 2005 (couldn't go back that far when choosing the year) for the majority of our stay, but we had to stay one night at Old Faithful Inn - for the experience. And what an experience it was!
We stayed in the old wing in a cheap room and it was fine for our purposes. We ate in the dining room and it was very good, although pricey. My chicken meal was tiny - more like a peep meal - luckily my dad's steak was huge & he shared! Very cool to hear what countries the waiters and waitress are from - very varied!
We intended to turn in early since we had to get up early the next day to head for Billings. We knew we were staying the last night the Inn was open for the season, but we didn't know about the get together that is held every year. I think it was called the Bear Pit Party. Employees and former employees gather for one last party. Since the walls are thin, we had a difficult time getting to sleep, but weren't too upset about it. Figured they deserve to celebrate before heading home for the winter.
However... in the middle of the night we were wakened by alarms telling us to evacuate immediately. As we were disoriented, we ran out of the room in pjs at 5am. We had to stand outside in a light snow while the staff tried to figure out if there really was a fire or if a drunk pulled a fire alarm. They finally let us wait in a sitting area of the new wing while the guests peacefully slept the night away... until we were ordered outside... only to be told 5 minutes later that we could go back to the sitting area! We had no access to restrooms for what felt like an eternity - was actually 2 hours! Never did hear what the fuss was about.
Overall it gave us an interesting story to tell and all turned out well. We were just so thankful that everything we left in the room didn't go up in flames! Funny what's important to people. I grabbed my camera, my 10 year old grabbed her stuffed animals, my mom grabbed her purse, and my dad took his wallet...
So be prepared for anything when you stay at the Old Faithful Inn.
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- Also Known As:
- Old Faithful Hotel Yellowstone National Park
- Old Faithful Inn Yellowstone
- Old Faithful Wyoming