When it comes to Yellowstone National Park and its more than 3,000 square miles to explore, you should plan on staying several nights. In addition to the many campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park, there are more hotels, lodges, and resorts. Visitors can find hotel and resort options within Yellowstone , located near the resource-rich villages and operated by concessionaire Yellowstone National Park Lodges. Rates of hotels within the park reflect their easy access to major attractions, making other options just outside the park boundaries a sometimes more economical option.
The two most developed towns near Yellowstone’s gates are Gardiner , at the North Entrance, and West Yellowstone , at the West Entrance. Both towns offer a wide variety of hotels and accommodations, including family-friendly suites and mid-range hotels, and each is within minutes of the national park. To make the most of Yellowstone’s immense landscape, it’s a good idea to travel between the area’s various hotels and lodges to effectively explore all of Yellowstone National Park’s top attractions.
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Where to stay for luxury
To relax in the lap of luxury within the park boundaries, Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins offers pampering areas, a string quartet for a soundtrack, and a dining room with a view. Located in the southern region of Yellowstone National Park , on the shores of Lake Yellowstone near the West Thumb Geyser Basin, the hotel’s luxurious accommodations and central location within the park are its top features.
Just outside the park’s boundaries, other upscale options yield luxury accommodations. A great example is Three Bear Lodge in the city of West Yellowstone . Less than a mile from Yellowstone National Park’s Western Entrance, Three Bear Lodge offers a Western-themed hotel for relaxation and spacious suites that allow for a comfortable night’s sleep. Visitors to Three Bear Lodge are encouraged to also check out the connected Three Bear Restaurant and seasonal stage coach rides.
Just a few blocks south of Three Bear Lodge, and equally close to the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park , the Explorer Cabins in Yellowstone offer a luxurious and rustic retreat with their 50-cabin facility. Each cabin features modern luxuries and stylish decor, allowing for maximum comfort while keeping an eye on the vibrant nature of the rugged Yellowstone environment.
Where to Stay: Mid-Range
There are great mid-range hotel options in both cities surrounding Yellowstone, and one of the best is the Kelly Inn West Yellowstone. Within walking distance of the West Yellowstone Visitor Center and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Kelly Inn also features spacious guestrooms, an indoor pool and a continental breakfast to start your day.
A few blocks south of the Kelly Inn West Yellowstone, and also near the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center , the Gray Wolf Inn and Suites offers great hotel accommodations at an affordable price. With attentive staff, well-maintained rooms and suites, and the ability to hear wolves howl at night, for those interested in the comforts of Yellowstone’s wildlife, the Gray Wolf Inn and Suites is worth more than one night.
Located near the historic Roosevelt Arch and North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park , the Super 8 Gardiner/Yellowstone Park Area offers a plethora of services at a great price. The hotel features a beautiful indoor pool, continental breakfast and a great location close to supermarkets and restaurants in the town of Gardiner, but book well in advance as the Super 8 Gardiner tends to fill up quickly.
Where to stay on a budget
To maximize your vacation dollar, your best bet for a budget hotel is to find it outside the park boundaries. Most of the budget hotels within West Yellowstone include the One Horse Motel, which offers clean and renovated rooms, a quiet environment, and easy access to Yellowstone’s west entrance.
Located just a few blocks west of the One Horse Motel, the Days Inn West Yellowstone also offers close proximity to the gates of Yellowstone as well as spacious guestrooms and suites. In addition to the affordable rates, the Days Inn West Yellowstone scores high, thanks to their attached Trapper’s Restaurant and heated indoor pool and waterslide.
Within the same three-block radius of the One Horse Motel and Days Inn West Yellowstone, Stage Coach Inn is another affordable hotel with western-themed decor. With a grand staircase, spacious rooms, and a rustic feel that can’t be beat, Stage Coach Inn is perfect for those looking for something unique.
Where to stay for families
If you’re traveling to Yellowstone with the whole crew, somewhere near the Yellowstone Village Inn Gardiner can make the whole family happy. Yellowstone Village Inn offers spacious rooms and 2-bedroom suites. It is a family run business that can relieve some of the stress of a family vacation. Yellowstone Village Inn’s huge front yard is perfect for burning off some energy, and its proximity to the park’s north entrance makes it easy to pack and unpack.
Over in the town of West Yellowstone , the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone is a great place for families to stay. With large rooms and double sinks available, there’s plenty of room to spread out your gear. When it comes to dining, kids get a free meal at the attached restaurant. Add in laundry services, an indoor pool, and a convenient location close to the park gates, and the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone is a great choice for families of all sizes.
Where to stay for romance
Few things are more romantic than a rustic retreat in Yellowstone National Park and thanks to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins, a picturesque setting can be part of your next romantic rendezvous. The lodge accommodations are clean and tidy, but the real romantic setting comes from reserving one of the Western Cabins. Offering modern comforts and a rustic theme, Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins is nestled against a unique winter wonderland filled with geysers and fumaroles, making it an unforgettable, romantic retreat.
With spacious accommodations and quick access to the wildlife Hayden Valley region of Yellowstone National Park , the Lake Lodge cabins offer a rustic retreat that can really set the mood for a romantic getaway. Imagine yourself and someone special staying warm in a newly renovated cabin, or returning to your rustic cottage after a day of exploring. For the comfort of space and solitude in Yellowstone, at Lake Lodge Cabins you can feel like you have the whole place to yourself.