by Candyce H. Stapen
The accommodations are basic but comfortable and most have private baths. Don’t confuse this hotel with its much more popular sister property near the geyser, the Old Faithful Inn. Choose from lodge rooms located in the main building, or motel-style accommodations in the Western and Frontier Cabins. A full-service dining room and quick-service Geyser Grill provide on-site dining options. This lodge is one of the two park accommodations that open for the winter season. Generally accessible in winter only by over-the-snow vehicles, this lodge attracts many cross-country skiers.
Our Editor Loves
- On-site dining at the Geyser Grill
- Comfortable family accommodations
- Great hotel for winter activities and cross-country skiers
Yellowstone in the winter is truly amazing, words don’t really do it justice. It is peaceful, magical,beautiful, and more than you could ever hope for. If you haven’t been to Yellowstone in the winter, start saving now and make it a priority to go.
To get to the Snow Lodge you ride in these comfy heated coaches that stop a few times on the way down for site-seeing. These are the same snow coaches that will take you on the myriad of tours one can book throughout their trip.
The guy at the front desk who checked me in seemed to be having a bad day, as he was pretty grumpy and curt. He really didn’t explain anything about my stay (ie where the elevators are). He just had me sign a whole bunch of forms and gave me my keys.
I reserved a king room in the main lodge, which mostly meant I didn’t have to put my coat and boots on to go eat.
My room was mostly clean on arrival, but I will say that housekeeping was the only aspect of my stay that was not exceptional. The worst was one day I came in and the only thing that had been done was that my bed was made. The dirty mugs from the day before were still there, there was still some dirt on the carpet that had come off my snow shoes...
My room was comfortable for the most part. I had trouble keeping the temperature where I wanted it-it was either too cold or too warm, but that was minor. It had one of those small keurigs in it and a refrigerator, but no microwave.
I booked tours for three of the four full days I was staying there. I advise leaving some free time to explore the old Faithful geyser basin, as walking around the boardwalks is breathtaking on its own. That being said, the tour guides were all very knowledgeable, and you could tell that they all loved their job and enjoyed doing what they did. I heartily recommend taking several tours to get out and explore the park without the throngs of crowds.
Almost every evening there was a cellist in the lobby playing, which was awesome. There were lots of families sitting around the tables throughout the place playing games and doing puzzles. It was great to see people interacting without the glowing of a smartphone in front of their faces.
There is WiFi in the lodge, for free. I’m not sure if that’s a winter thing or if they do it in the summer too. The WiFi was super slow though, so you couldn’t easily browse the Internet with it. It was great for texting and emails. I also had a strong 3G signal on AT&T, but the download speeds were slow on it too.
Awesome 1 night stay at the Old Faithful Snow lodge.
Worth the extra $ to stay in the park.
Room was standard size, nice bathroom, comfortable double beds, nice and cozy room.
Had a fridge which was nice.
Parking and check in were easy.
Would absolutely stay here again while in Yellowstone!