First things first; I am going to let you in on a little secret. I LOVE the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park! It’s not a secret at all. What’s not to love?!? Yellowstone National Park feels like home every time we visit, and my favorite hotel in Yellowstone National Park is the Old Faithful Inn.
Fortunately, with our work schedule, we can frequently take week-long trips to visit some of the best national parks in the United States. Being able to take frequent trips is one of the best parts of working swing shifts for me.
Ok, back to the Old Faithful Inn.
Old Faithful Inn History
It is one of the largest log structures in the world and boasts an incredible 85 foot tall stone fireplace in its massive lobby. Somehow this massive building was constructed between 1903 and 1904.
As a result of the rich history behind this lodge, the Inn is listed as a National Historic Landmark. A beautiful and historic lodge, what more could you want?
Day after day during the busy summer season, visitors from around the world visit this building to stroll through the lobby, have a meal in the dining room or try to find a quiet spot to enjoy the beautiful architecture.
During the day, this lodge is bustling and loud, but as most everyone leaves for the evening, the atmosphere changes to cozy and inviting.
In the evening, friends and family gather around the massive fireplace remembering the highlights of the day. Later, geyser watchers can get an almost private viewing of an Old Faithful eruption.
Then make your way to a room that ranges from a modern room in an annex or a cozy up in the Old Faithful Inn old house rooms in the original building with a shared bath (my personal favorite). Find out more about the different lodging options here.
Old Faithful Fun Facts
Christmas In August At The Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park
Every August the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park celebrates Christmas in August. According to legend, Christmas in August began after a freak snowstorm stranded visitors in August at the lodge in the mid-1900s. There are several theories on how this got started, but as of now, an early Christmas is celebrated every year on August 25th.
Location, Location, Location
Not only is the lodging incredible, but as you’ve heard before… Location, Location, Location! The lodge is steps away from the most famous geyser in the world. Did you know that there is a deck on the second floor where you can sit and watch the eruptions? Not only can you watch Old Faithful, but you can also see over most of the upper geyser basin.
I have found that early morning is my favorite time to view the upper geyser basin. Since most vacationers are still in bed, you practically have the boardwalks to yourself.
Be sure to treat yourself and spend some time exploring the geyser basins with few people. Of course, be bear aware especially when the crowds are light. As the crowds begin to descend on the geyser basin, you can set off on the rest of your day.
I love staying in the Old Faithful Inn every time we visit Yellowstone National Park. Have you had a chance to stay here? What is your all-time favorite hotel? I love hearing travel stories!
Important Information For The Old Faithful Inn
Due to the harsh winters, the Old Faithful Inn is only open from early May through early October.
Booking for the following year generally starts on May 1st. Rooms book quickly, so it is best to book as early as possible.
Even if your desired date does not have availability, check back often. Vacation plans change, so cancellations happen regularly. This method is how we have gotten our rooms every trip.
Although the Old Faithful Inn does not have a laundry room, the adjacent Old Faithful Snow Lodge does.