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Yellowstone's Absaroka Lodge
Cruising-along from: Lake Stevens, Washington
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: May, 13, 2021 Travel Date: May, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Will come again!
We come to Yellowstone every year, so have stayed at many different places over the years. This time I snagged one of the kitchen units at the Absaroka Lodge for 5 nights. We liked it so much I will book it again for next year.
We really liked our accommodations. It was clean and comfortable and the deck over Yellowstone River has beautiful views. The bed was super comfortable and the shower was great. Plenty of room to stretch out.
Loved having the kitchen with cooktop (could have used some measuring cups and spoons though) lots of pans, cooking utensils etc.
Just a couple little problems (but not bad enough to not book again). The light on the deck is on automatically every night so it’s a bit bright since the blinds aren’t room darkening. Also the room runs warm. It was only in the 30’s-40’s while we were there but I had to turn on the A/C to cool it off. That can be a bit loud, but again, not bad enough to not book this room again.
Published Date: Apr, 6, 2021 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
This is the place. Location. Super clean. Balconies ON the river. Great family owned motel.
Though It is a long drive from Florida, Yellowstone is one of the most magical places on earth, calling us back time and time again . The Absaroka Lodge is --the-- place to stay. The Old Faithful Inn is a must stay once, but the Absaroka Lodge is our go to place. All rooms are right on the river, all have balconies with plenty of chairs to enjoy the sunset, look at the mountains and of course the river. Elk often in residence. Rooms are immaculate. It is wonderful after a day of hiking and exploring to come back to awesome beds, great heat or air dependent on time of year, fast wifi, TV and cable (yes, it is good to check the weather and plan the next day, if nothing else,) and a bathtub /shower; not to mention fridge. Kitchen suites are great if available. Perhaps the best part of the experience is the owner-- Richard. A true gentleman, always helpful, gracious and genuinely interested in each guest. I traveled here for years with a very elderly relative who was finally in a wheelchair -- Richard always found us a room that 'worked. ' My ancient truck broke down one trip, Richard recommended a great mechanic and moved heaven and earth so I had a room -- a true class act. Apparently so many agree, I have made friends staying here from China, Japan, Germany, Denmark and France. Can't wait to come back October this year. Elk in rut, Bison everywhere and Grizzly Bears fattening up for winter hibernation. When you pull under the arch at the Asaroka Lodge, it feels like visiting family at a beloved second home.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
CJSArizona from: Scottsdale, Arizona
Published Date: Mar, 21, 2021 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Bright, clean, comfortable and affordable convenience
Absaroka Lodge deserves a positive shout-out for convenience, cleanliness and comfort. After visiting Yellowstone National Park last fall, Absaroka seemed downright luxurious compared to the basic Frontier cabins at Old Faithful Lodge.
The hotel is three stories on a hill right above the Yellowstone River. Open your patio door to enjoy fresh air and the sounds of water! The middle floor is level with the parking lot; stairs access the upper and lower floors. Two elk were nibbling on grass in front of the ground floor rooms during the afternoon I visited. Watch sunrise color on the distant mountains early morning --- fresh snow fell overnight during my September visit.
I slept well: beds and pillows were not too firm. The small refrigerator plus microwave were perfect for my one-night stay. Breakfast is not included. A good grocery store and gas station are just a short drive away on Route 89. The Gardiner Bridge above the river is next to the hotel and takes you to the historic part o town with restaurants and shops.
Rooms at Absaroka are a bright, comfortable “base camp” when exploring north Yellowstone NP, or when you simply want one night of relaxation before traveling onward. Check-in and check-out were gracious. I would stay here again.
- Rooms: 4
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 4
DePere from: De Pere, Wisconsin
Published Date: Feb, 6, 2021 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Stayed six nights at the Absaroka Lodge in January. The lodge is beautifully situated on the banks of the Yellowstone River adjacent to the bridge. From our balcony in the early morning, we could see elk on the property near the river.
Do not expect four- or five-star comfort from any lodging in Gardiner. We were in the park for the majority of each day and were simply looking for a clean and comfortable room. Mission accomplished.
Due to COVID there was no daily room cleaning service but a short stop at the office provided us with clean towels and a new tissue box. The lobby opens at 8:00 A.M. and they have complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and hot apple cider for their guest.
We found the staff at the front desk to be friendly and helpful.
The snow coach tours offered by Yellowstone Vacations has pickup and drop off service at the Lodge. Very convenient.
Gardiner is a small town and all lodging will provide easy access to a variety of restaurants and of course the NW entrance of Yellowstone National Park is on the out-skirts of town. (Note if you turn right at the Roosevelt Arch and drive on the road past the high school you have a good chance of seeing pronghorns. We also had a great sighting of a coyote on this road)
- Rooms: 4
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Service: 4
Published Date: Nov, 11, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 1
I’m not usually one to write reviews, but I feel responsible to put this out there for people to see. First, this hotel is cheaper than others in the area (they’re all overpriced because of the location), very close to the North Entrance of the park, and has a great view of the Yellowstone River. In my experience, the good things end there. Our room smelled like a backed up toilet, there were spiders/gnats/mosquitos in the room, the parking was inadequate, and there was an open trash can right next to our room. All other trash cans we encountered in Gardiner were bear proof, so this was troubling to us.
By far the worst thing about this hotel, though, is that we discovered two live BED BUGS in our bathroom on our second night. Of course, we didn’t feel comfortable staying there and called management for a refund. He came down and looked at the bugs and agreed to give us a refund for the night. I appreciated this but thought we deserved a full refund as we would now have to go home and treat ALL of our luggage and clothes to prevent bringing the bed bugs home. We called back and voiced this to management, and we were told that these were ticks and that we would not be refunded. I was shocked and disgusted that he would call these bugs ticks. They’re clearly not. I’ve included pictures here so that you can see for yourself. The pictures are not the best quality, but I can attest that these bugs have ridges on their backs and are indeed bed bugs. My mom was so disturbed by the situation that she briefly considered taking legal action, but it’s not worth the trouble.
Instead, I’m writing this review. I’m not writing it because I want a refund or to be spiteful because we didn’t get one, but because I wish I would have read a review like this before booking at the Absaroka. Management’s refusal to even acknowledge that these are bed bugs leads me to believe that they are not going to take the proper steps to correct the issue. Beware to all looking to book here.
Side note: we received no bites. We also briefly looked at a quarter of the mattress seam (it was zipped up in some kind of mattress cover and hard to inspect more carefully) and found no evidence of the bed bugs there. That said, there were a couple of stains on the sheets that looked like blood spots. We can’t confirm that’s what they were, but the fact that they’re there at all is still troubling to me.
- Value: 1
- Location: 5
- Service: 1