If ever you want to see what the lack of market forces do in terms of quality and service, this place makes it clear. Anywhere else, healthy competition between hotels and dining vendors keeps prices reasonable and quality high. Here, as I understand it, a US Gov chosen vendor runs most all the hotel/dining options within park boundaries. The result: both lodging and dining choices are quite pricey, and the quality in most cases is mediocre. The Lake Hotel restaurant is a good case in point. Nicely dressed waiters/waitresses and elegantly presented food, but the quality of nearly every item on the menu (we tried most everything over several days), was dreadful.
Pity, since the location is still beautiful.
we have visited 27 state in as many years. Visited various hotels, motels, Guest Ranches, Bed & Breakfast. We reserved our rooms for 2011 and can't wait to enjoy one of the most relaxing, interesting and well staffed, well run vacation spots. The building is one of a kind. The meals and service are beyond value. The outlook on the lake and suroundings are relaxing and the walks and visitors are inviting. Lake Yellowstone Hotel is often missed by many but to others it has its own rewards.
I lived in a lakeview room in the summer of 1987, right before the last major renovation. At the time, I managed the Lake Hotel Dining Room, and this was my employee housing...loved it!
Now the hotel is renovated, but still maintains a quaint and historic charm. There are not many modern amenities like internet, cable TV, etc, but you get to stay by the largest lake at this elevation in the country. You are at over 7500 feet above sea level, and the view and the wild surroundings are simply unique and wonderful.
If you like well kept, historic old hotels of the early 1900 vintage, you will love Lake Hotel in Yellowstone.
Those looking for cable TV, WiFi and a spa have missed the idea of Yellowstone. The park is about escaping all of that. This old hotel is of a bygone era. I have stayed here many times both in cabins and in rooms with a view of the lake. It is a perfect place to return to after a vigourous day hike or a few days of backpacking. The dining room has the best food in the park and is best experienced later in the evening, after a shower and a beverage on the veranda listening to a pianist playing old standards. It is much preferable to any of the out of the park accomodations and you are well positioned for the next day's adventure.
I had a wonderful time at lake hotel! the service was great and the lake was beautiful! the food was pricey but what do you expect in a tourist area? room decor was dated but who stays inside when you're in yellowstone? the staff were friendly and quick! the staff welcomes over one million visitors a year! it was impressive that they were full of so much energy in mid-september. i suggest that you ignore all negitive reviews and start booking the vacation of a lifetime!!!!!!
I HATED HOW MUCH MONEY IT WAS!!! IT WAS HORRIBLE!!! If you make it like $25-$35 bucks, SO many people will stay there!! You need to improve by getting an indoor pool, indoor spa, office, and a WHOLE bunch more!!!!!!!!
We enjoy historical places. Service was great. We had a premium room overlooking Lake Yellowstone - a most peaceful view. The hotel was quiet - it had more adults than children. We enjoyed the string quartet in the sun room in the evenings. This is in the quietest village in the park because there are not a lot of attractions around. The dining room and service were very good. The food - although rather pricey- varied in quality.
We plan to return and spend time just relaxing in the hotel.It would be nice to have chairs on the front porch the way it appeared in the historical photos.
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