The lobby is an impressive use of local lodge pole pine trees with a hint of gnarled wood to add a level of interest. The entire lobby is open to the public with a full dining room, gift shop and lots of sitting. The second level opens up to a large sun deck that over looks geyser fields including the Inn's namesake, Old Faithful.
As impressive as the lobby is, the rooms leave a bit to the imagination. This is not a full service hotel, remember, this is government owned. Most rooms have just a bed and a sink, sharing a communal bathroom and shower facility for each wing on each floor. There are a handful of suites that offer a full bath and shower. These suites are situated on the front of the hotel one floor above the sundeck.
A massive stone chimney, hardwood floors, and lots and lots of wood, the lobby is the epicenter for all things Old Faithful. The 'clock' informing visitors of the approximate time of the next eruption, a massive dining room and a cafeteria style deli all call the lobby home. The lobby once boasted live orchestral music from a platform high up near the roof of the 5 story center. Since and earthquake ruined the structural integrity of the staircase, the Crow's Nest has since been retired.
The price can't be beat at about $499 for a suite with an en-suite bathroom. One challenge is that the hotel only accepts reservations for the next three months and, due to the popularity, usually sells out quickly. Weather permitting, the Inn is open from late Spring to mid-Autumn
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