We booked the Absaroka Lodge after seeing it universally recommended by a number of guidebooks. Having stayed there I am of the opinion that these recommendations say more about the surrounding accomodations than about the Absaroka Lodge itself. Not that there is any thing wrong with this place at all. Our room was clean and basic with a nice balcony. There were no fridge or microwave in our room, though I hear some have kitchenettes, so ask when booking if this is important to you. The rooms do have TVs which may be of interest to families since the hotels in the parks do not have in-room TVs.
We initially had reservations at Grant Village in the Park, but were pleased with our switch to Gardiner because it was actually closer to a lot of the attractions in the north of the park that we wanted to see. (The drive from Absaroka Lodge to the North entrance of Yellowstone is 5 minutes or less).
Gardiner itself is very small and quiet which is why we chose it over West Yellowstone and I would recommend it for that reason. Families, though, might feel a little restless there if they plan not to spend every moment in the park as there is not much to do in Gardiner (no pool at the motel either).
If you do stay in this area be sure to check out the boiling river. There is a spot where the boiling river feeds into the cool water of the Gardner River and you can take a dip in the resulting warm water. This one of very few places in the park where you are allowed in the hot springs (most are so hot they will burn you). This attraction is not marked, but you can get to it by parking in the lot for the 45th parallel of latitude (which is on the road between the north entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs). It is about a 1/2 mile walk down a dirt path to get to the bathing pool.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Yellowstone`s Absaroka Hotel Gardiner