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Old Faithful Inn

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The Old Faithful Inn is a National Historic Landmark and has been a favorite of five generations of park visitors. The "Old House" was originally built in 1904 and is just steps away from the famous "Old Faithful" geser.  The lobby has a 76-foot-high, eight-sided fireplace; bright red iron-clad doors, and two balconies as well as a fantasy-like "tree house" of platforms, ladders, and dormer windows high above the foyer. You can stay in 1904-era rooms with thick wood timber walls and ceilings for less than $100 if you are willing to share a bathroom.

Poshbrood opted for a room with a private bathroom in the older wing.  It was rustic but comfortable and our only critiscim is there is no insulation and noise travels but that's a part of the turn of the century charm. For folks wanting a less rustic stay, the newer "wing rooms" offer better facilities and more privacy.  We loved that we were in the heart of the park and were facsinated with the gigantic buffalo who walked the grounds completely unfazed by park vistors.  The lodge is only open seasonally so summer is very busy.  The Inn was filled with families, many of them multi generational.  We ate mostly in the Old Faithful Inn Dining Room, they offer buffet meals and kids menus.  Thefood was good but not great but who cares?  With the huge timber logs and stone fireplace, the ambiance is the showstopper.

Another popular gathering spot is the Bear Pit Lounge. Adorned with etched glass panels inspired by the original wooden Bear Pit Murals, the lounge offers a pleasant spot for a drink, appetizers and recaps of the day's adventures.

Tip:  On the way to Yellowstone, stop by Yellowstone Bear World, a drive-through wildlife park.  From the comfort and safety of your car you can view elk, bison, goats, deer, moose, black and grizzly bears (gulp!) and lots of wolves. 

Room rates range from $96 a night for small room with shared bath to $500 a night for a renovated suite with a sitting room with refrigerator,  bedroom with two queen beds and a private bathroom.

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Community Review Diane Carling February 2, 2011

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Great fun and lots to see. The rooms are updated and very nice. You need to book WAY ahead. We stayed in "the old house" because it was all that was available. There is a basin in the room, but the toilets and showers are down the hall. You HAVE to do it at least once in your life! The drive through the Grand Tetons going and/or coming is wonderful. Stay in Jackson at least one night. The kids love the "street show" which closes down the main road each night for about 20 minutes.

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