Lake Yellowstone Hotel takes guests back in time and despite its rustic setting, it reminds them of the elegance of days gone by. This stunning lake hotel in Yellowstone is the oldest building in the park and is listed on the Register of Historic Places. Of the selection of hotels in Yellowstone, and those near the park, this is a unique option. The individual frontier cabins along with the 296 well-appointed rooms of the hotel each have all retained their colonial charm.
The architecture of this elegant hotel, which was built in 1891, features dormer windows and porticos with the face of the hotel lined with Ionic columns. Completely restored in the early 1990s, the rooms are spacious, comfortable, and afford panoramic views of Lake Yellowstone.
The hotel features three and four-story wings dedicated to individual rooms, which include queen-size or double beds. The rooms are nicely decorated with stenciled walls and boast comfortable mattresses and quality bedspreads. An annex area of the hotel serves as motel-style accommodations equipped with two double beds. The Lake Yellowstone Hotel also features separate cabins paneled in knotty pine and furnished with a small desk and two double beds.
The hotel also provides a full-service restaurant, nightly piano performances, a sunroom overlooking the lake, and cozy bar. If you’re looking for a light meal or a picnic to take on a hiking or fishing excursion, there a deli on-site, as well as a gift shop for specialty items and souvenirs. In addition, the hotels a non-smoking establishment and allows pets in the frontier cabins.
Accommodations consist of an assortment of room choices, ranging from high-end and premium rooms with private baths and phones, to two-bedroom, two-bath suites, and private cabins located near the hotel for an isolated feel but easy access to the hotel’s amenities. The Lake Hotel in Yellowstone provides wheelchair-accessible rooms on the first floor equipped with roll-in showers and easily accessible toilets and sinks.
While staying at Lake Yellowstone Hotel, you should make the most of the proximity to the lake for fly-fishing or boating excursions. At the Bridge Bay Marina located on Yellowstone Lake, visitors can rent rowboats or outboards or take advantage of guided services including fishing trips, kayaking, or canoeing adventures.
You can also plan a day trip around Yellowstone that might include visits to Old Faithful, Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, or the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. With 2.2 million acres of park space, there is plenty to do while vacationing at the Lake Hotel in Yellowstone. With ice-covered mountain ranges, more than 1,100 miles of hiking trails, 500 miles of snowmobiling trails, and an assortment of rivers, creeks, and streams, not a day will go by in Yellowstone without an unforgettable experience.
When planning your itinerary for any of the hotels in Yellowstone, call or email well in advance and ahead of seasonal visitors, to make your reservations as accommodations within and near the park fill up quickly. This is one of the most popular places to stay, so if your heart is set on the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, book early. The opening date for hotels in Yellowstone National Park is reliant on the approval of the National Park Service, which bases its decision on weather and park conditions; the Lake Yellowstone Hotel is typically open from mid-May through early October.