We stayed at the Western cabins at Lake Lodge (not the yellow cabins of the Lake Hotel) in July 2010, at the peak of the YNP tourist season. The Lake Lodge is ideally situated to conveniently access all the sights on the lower loop of the Grand Loop Road, while still being a bit off the beaten track, providing the best of all worlds: comfort, solitude and accessibility! Unlike the Canyon and Old Faithful Village areas, the lodging and food choices at the Lake Village are more limited, but so are the crowds--definitely a much quieter area than those other two villages.
The Lake Lodge provides a decent cafeteria (think Disney counter service, but less expensive: for $6 the turkey dinner was enough for an adult woman) a cozy lobby with fireplace, and a large front porch with multiple rocking chairs and an expansive view of the lake and wildlife that frequently wander by (we saw mule deer and bison and our friends saw a bear!) A short walk away is the Lake Hotel with a fancy dinning room and a bit further is a general store with a counter area where you can get some very good burgers. If you want more selection then you can head to the Canyon area a relatively short drive (about 30 min.) north of the Lake Lodge. The staff at the lodge are very friendly and helpful (our only problem with the room, a clogged toilet, was taken care of in under 10 minutes and the staffperson would not accept a tip). The room (2 queen beds) was ample enough for a family of 4 and filled with nice unexpected extras (benches at the foot of each bed, a small table and chairs and a hair dryer). The room was also very clean and had plenty of electrical outlets for recharging camera, video, laptop and phone batteries (no need to bring an extension cord if staying in the Western cabins).
For those who prefer a more quiet and secluded Yellowstone experience, but without the "roughing it" of camping, this is the perfect place to stay!
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Lodge Cabins Hotel Yellowstone National Park
- Yellowstone Lake Lodge
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