Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park

The world's biggest log hotel, Old Faithful Inn provides unobstructed views of the world-famous geyser "Old Faithful" named because of the predictable nature of its eruptions. Designed by architect Robert Reamer, the building features a multi-story lobby with a massive stone fireplace flanked by long frame wings that house guest rooms. One of the country's finest examples of the "Golden Age" of rustic resort architecture, the inn joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as the centerpiece of the historic district that includes several other buildings and the geyser itself. Constructed using only local materials, the inn remains one of the last great park lodges of the American West, attracting as many visitors today as it did when it opened in 1904. Our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker tool makes visiting Old Faithful Inn and other Yellowstone National Park attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • such a massive building with old wood and spacious ceilings. walking distance to the famous geyser and we even found a garter snake near a stream outside the grounds!  more »
  • Wonderful place to stay in original building food pretty basic unless you pay top dollar. Our room fantastic wonderful period features. Star were the staff in gift shop  more »
  • Stop the bike tour to rest, lunch and get to know the hotel. Entire hotel built of wood. A charm.
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  • My fiance and I visited Yellowstone for a week after Labor day. We went to the Old Faithful area to see the geysers and eat dinner at the Old Faithful Inn. This area of the park is extremely crowded, even late in the season. Hundreds of people assembled to see the geysers erupt. I recommend finding a seat an hour before the erruption. If you want to eat at the Inn, make a reservation days or weeks ahead if possible. We made our reservation day of and we're only able to reserve for 845 pm. You may also arrive at 5pm when the restaurant opens to sign up for a waiting list. We were able to eat at 520 by doing so. You may either order of the menu, for $15-$35 per plate or choose the prime rib buffet. We choose the buffet for $30/each. The food was delicious. The staff was very polite, and the atmosphere was nice. Highly recommend this area and restaurant/inn.
  • Absolutely beautiful. The architecture is amazing! We had wanted to go there anyways, but our yellow bus tour began here. We got there two hours early and had coffee, hot chocolate, and ice cream in the lobby, went out to watch Old Faithful erupt, and took in the scenery. The rooms looked small and bathrooms might be communal, but the place is absolutely beautiful.
  • Great place for a base to explore Yellowstone. Rooms are fine and the Inn is iconic. We loved the geysers and you can view Old Faithful from the balcony. The only down side is that they don't staff some restaurants properly and waits for simple things like Ice cream end up being 45 minutes.
  • We had lunch in the dining room. Prices are high as expected for something inside the park. Service was good. The staff was very attentive. Our server, Trey, was patient and helpful.
  • One of the most beautiful lodges in the park, the inside looks like a movie set and they have live music most evenings. We had dinner there and while a bit expensive the food was very good. The meatballs were exceptionally good. They also offer a buffet option. Overall I would recommend their restaurant and if you can I'd recommend booking a night as well.

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Where to stay in Yellowstone National Park

As one of the U.S.'s most popular national parks, Yellowstone provides plenty of options for sleeping within its boundaries. Choose from lodges, inns, cabins, hotels, motels, and campgrounds throughout the park. Most of the structured accommodations lie in the park's most-visited areas, such as Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Old Faithful Geyser, and Yellowstone Lake. Staying on the northern side of the lake puts you right in the heart of the park, making it relatively convenient to visit other areas. Resorts, lodges, and guest ranches line the road just outside the park's east entrance, and a cluster of motels and hotels fills the town of West Yellowstone near the west entrance. You can also opt for lodges and inns to the north in Gardiner, Montana, or find nearly every type of accommodation to the south in Jackson, Wyoming. Staying outside the park is fine if you plan to drive through in a day and catch the highlights, but you'll want to spend at least one night inside the park if you plan to explore it more thoroughly.
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