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Yellowstone's Absaroka Lodge
Wichita, Kansas
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214 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Great VALUE & Great HOTEL!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2008

We stayed in a kitchenette suite on 7/22/08 & 7/23/08 with two queen beds. It was on the lower level (down a flight of stairs) with a view of the river. The large room was very clean. A little foot noise could be heard from the room above. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. Coffee, tea & hot chocolate are available anytime the office is open (7am - 10 pm). Great location just a couple blocks North of Yellowstone. Great value. This town did not seem very crowded even during this peak time. I think this is a great "secret" location to base your Yellowstone trip! This room was such a better value than the room we booked in the Grand Tetons the next day!

We used this location as a base to travel 2 days around Yellowstone. On day one, we got up early and drove straight down to the Old Faithful area, except for a quick detour along the southbound only Firehole Canyon Drive. We beat most of the crowds (luckily) and some of the heat. We took a couple hours to walk the upper geyser basin trail (up to the Mornign Glory Pool) and saw lots of active geysers. Then, we traveled back North, stopping at Midway Geyser Basin (Grand Prismatic Spring is amazing), northbound only Firehole Lake Drive, and Lower Geyser Basin. We arrived at the hotel very sun-burned and tired! We used sun-screen but big floppy hats are a MUST - as there is not much shade! The second day we traveled down the east loop of the park - visiting the Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Grand Canyon, the upper and lower waterfalls, and Yellowstone Lake. The view of the canyon is AMAZING at "Artist Point" and should not be missed! Over the course of the two days we saw lots of buffalo, a black bear, elk, lot of wildflowers.

  • Liked — Very clean and comfortable room with kitchette & town not super-crowded.
  • Disliked — Had to travel quite a ways to some Yellowstone attractions - such as Old Faithful.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2008

GREAT VIEW, basic room but GREAT RATE. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable enough. Toiletries are very basic so bring your favorite soap and shampoo. The view from from the room was very nice with at least two chairs on each balcony to watch the sunrise and sunset while listening to the rushing Yellowstone River. Hot Coffee in the office each morning gets you going enough to go in search of breakfast or bring your own picnic.

We will definitely be back to stay here.

  • Liked — The location on the Yellowstone River is awesome.
  • Disliked — Very basic toiletries but that is a minor issue.
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Willcox, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2008

We stayed two nights at the Absaroka Lodge during our week in Yellowstone. It was terrific! The location was perfect for access to the Park, and the wildlife and scenery was amazing! The lodge was just perfect for our needs, comfortable and quaint. Each room has a balcony overlooking the river, which was just lovely. We were able to walk to the convenience store across the street, and there were several restaurants just a few blocks away. I chose this lodge based on reviews, and it did not disappoint! We plan to return next year and will definitely choose the Absaroka again.

  • Liked — The views!
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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denver
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2008

I stayed here 2 nights Fall '07, a good value considering proximity to park. Unlike others comments, had no issues with room, no better or worse than other motels. The plus was walking distance to things, overlook of the river. The first floor has an open balcony, unlike the second with private ones. Who cares, it's Yellowstone. I found the place well-kept and like that it is pet friendly. I plan to come back next Fall.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Irvine, California, USA
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65 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2008

I was soooo looking forward to staying there, had a very 'romantic' vision of the running river, views, etc. after reading the posts on Trip Advisor. Wow. I am sooooo happy in retrospect that we had to cancel one night because of car problems and drive somewhere - 'anywhere' else! Front staff was courteous, however. Our room smelled awful, and the balcony even more. The balcony smelled badly of urine, which leads us to believe they accept dogs, it was pretty obvious. The balcony was on the river, and unfortunately had a view over the bridge with homeless people living underneath. As we indicated this to the front desk, the answer was "if I see a police car drive by, I'll mention it". The coffee maker in the room was gross, I tried to clean it with water and paper towels. Sounds awful? It was. Perhaps in the winter the views are nice; remember that snow hides a lot of things! Could not wait to get away from there.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WorldExplorer50
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Chris H, Owner at Yellowstone's Absaroka Lodge, responded to this review, 11 June 2012
You'll be happy to know that in the Spring of 2012 we renovated our hotel upgrading all of the rooms with plush new beds, high profile toilets, and brand new carpeting throughout the hallways and office among other things. We also upgraded all of our deck chairs which makes sitting and relaxing on our balcony's and decks an even more pleasant experience.

Also our entire property is non-smoking and does not allow pets so all rooms are fresh and clean. There typically are not homeless people under the bridge in Gardiner but maybe you hit one day that there was and we're sorry for that but it's public property and we don't have control of the bridge.
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Additional Information about Yellowstone's Absaroka Lodge

Property: Yellowstone's Absaroka Lodge
Address: 310 Scott St, Gardiner, MT 59030-7793
Region: United States > Montana > Gardiner
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Gardiner
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,399 - ₹ 15,274
Hotel Class:2 star — Yellowstone's Absaroka Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our motel is strategically located directly on the banks of the Yellowstone River.... right at the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, two blocks from Roosevelt Arch.Our rooms are extremely clean, come with free wifi and stunning views. In January of 2012 we renovated adding plush new beds to every room, new toilets, and new carpeting in the hall ways and office. Most rooms have a private balcony which is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the views.We have Satellite TV, AC, outstanding hospitality and complimentary in-lobby tea, coffee and hot chocolate.We encourage you to stay with us and make your trip to YNP a trip to remember.Sincerely, Absaroka Lodge Ownership. ... more   less 
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