In fact, the Old Faithful Lodge is one of Yellowstone National Park’s best-kept secrets. While its more famous neighbor, the Old Faithful Inn, overshadows the Old Faithful Lodge, this is not something the Lodge deserves. The Old Faithful Lodge may not be as augustly rustic as the Old Faithful Inn or the contemporary charm of the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, but the Old Faithful Lodge is an appealing place to have a snack, or lunch, and relax.
The Old Faithful Lodge started out as a camp area used by tourists who couldn’t afford to stay in the hotel before 1917, when the Yellowstone Park Camping Company took over and operated on the site of the Old Faithful Lodge. A laundry was built on the site in 1918, and in 1928, the Old Faithful Lodge was completed.
Today, the Old Faithful Lodge is the hub of activity for people wanting to rent cabins or for those just looking for a place to relax. Get up early and head over there for a muffin and watch Old Faithful Geyser before going out to see the Park. The Old Faithful Lodge also features a cafeteria, spacious dining area, and a cozy lobby.
The Old Faithful Lodge Cabins, which date back to the 1920s. These are humble units, to be sure, featuring hot and cold running water. In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location, and these cabins have a great location: off the main Old Faithful drag, yet within walking distance of everything.
Plus, the prices are right. Frontier Cabins (two double beds or one double/one single, showers) cost $112/night, which is inexpensive for the Old Faithful area. Budget Cabins, which lack bathrooms but have one double/one single, cost $68/night. As you can imagine, these cabins go fast when reservations open.
All prices are for 2009.
GPS coordinates: 44° 27.561 N 110° 49.584 W
2009 season: May 16 – September 28