by Amanda Norcross
Planning a vacation to Yellowstone National Park? Be sure to spend a day or two in Cody, Wyoming—founded by William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody—for an authentic experience in the Old West.
Cody, Wyoming, offers several family-friendly hotels, and among our favorites is the Holiday Inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village. Managed by the friendly Blair Family (who also manages the Comfort Inn at Buffalo Bill Village next door and several other hotels in the area), this hotel offers spacious guestrooms with free Wi-Fi, an onsite restaurant and bar, an outdoor swimming pool, onsite convenience store, fitness center and complimentary shuttle service to and from Yellowstone Regional Airport (just five minutes away). It’s also located within easy walking distance of all the shops and restaurants in downtown Cody.
Our Editor Loves
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Complimentary airport shuttle
- Location within walking distance of downtown
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
The hotel offers 185 guestrooms, plus one suite with a full kitchenette. All guestrooms have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, safes, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, and free Wi-Fi. Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request. Guestrooms offer one king bed or two queen beds, and most have showers only.
by Robert L
This Holiday Inn is located in central Cody and is thus within easy walking distance of many attractions, shopping, and restaurants. The Inn is fairly large with ample parking in a relatively quiet setting for being so centrally located. It is a great departure or return location for a trip to Yellowstone NP, though it is a long drive to the park's east entrance and construction on the road in the Fishing Bridge area added a lengthy delay. So day trips from this location to Yellowstone may be a challenge. It took over 3 hours to drive from Old Faithful area to this location. Note that breakfast is not included, but was purchased for an extra $9/person when making the reservation. This turned out to be a good deal as the price of the breakfast buffet or breakfast menu entrees is much higher. The breakfast buffet was quite good and table service was excellent.
The hotel is nicely renovated with comfortable beds. It had a restaurant where younger children eat free. A breakfast buffet as a daily choice. It also has a small bar and outdoor swimming pool located at the center of the complex. Fairly spread out facility. This is not downtown but is walking distance if you are able bodied. Summer rates are high and expect to pay over $200 per night.
The hotel has a heated, outdoor pool that's open seasonally, May to September. It's the perfect place to relax after a day exploring Cody and/or Yellowstone National Park! Shaded tables and chaise loungers are available.
The onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. We highly recommend the breakfast buffet, which includes made-to-order omelettes and waffles, French toast sticks, eggs, oatmeal, bacon, sausage, biscuits, oatmeal, fruit, pastries—you name it.
QT's is open 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. daily.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Free parking is available onsite.
- Business Center
Print your attraction tickets or boarding passes at the onsite business center.
- Fitness Center
The hotel has a small fitness center with cardio machines and free weights.
- Welcome Reception
A complimentary welcome reception is hosted in the summer months.
- Convenience Store
Located next to the lobby is a small area where you can purchase snacks, beverages and miscellaneous toiletries.
The Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Cody is during the 4th of July, when the Cody Stampede Rodeo takes place. If you want to (mostly) avoid the crowds in Cody and Yellowstone National Park, we suggest a mid-June visit or a trip in September or October.
If you're coming to Cody, you're going to Yellowstone and will most definitely want your own vehicle for exploring. However, the hotel also provides a complimentary shuttle to and from Yellowstone Regional Airport, just five minutes away. If you need the shuttle, just ask a staff member at the front desk and a driver will pick you up within a few minutes. If departing for an early-morning flight, let the staff know about your departure the night prior.
You can easily walk to the shops and restaurants in Cody, but will need a vehicle to get to attractions outside of the downtown area, such as the Buffalo Bill Museum of the West and Old Trail Town.
Enjoy a nightcap at the Bottoms Up Lounge, located inside QT's Restaurant.