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It may not look like much, but trust us, this is an upgrade from the existing rooms.
The $10 million renovations have updated the lobby, the iconic dining-room and 43 guest rooms in the West Wing of the hotel. With an emphasis on retaining the historic character of the hotel, the project included authentic touches such as reinstallation the original bellhop call box behind a new bell porter desk and restoration of the original windows. The lobby also stays true to the Colonial Revival design with American-crafted furniture made with hardwood.
No grand hotel would be complete without some grand suites. Lake Yellowstone now has four completely new suites and the refurbishment of the existing Presidential Suite that might even make Theodore Roosevelt happy. The added suites feature queen or king beds, a living-room and a wet bar for entertaining in the woods. All new rooms still feature WiFi to stay connected and take it from us, this is a big deal.
One place that is quintessential Americana is our first and oldest National Park, Yellowstone. There are a handful of lodge-type accommodations in the park that boast uninterrupted views of mountains, lakes and some curious wildlife. Today, we bring you Lake Yellowstone Hotel, the butter-hued wooden building on the shores of the namesake glacial lake.
As part of its 120th birthday celebrations, the giant Colonial building is undergoing a facelift of which Phase 1 will be complete for the summer season. The majority of the hotel will see a modernization with the lobby, front desk, dining room and about half the rooms all getting a refreshed look. But one thing that will still be a unique feature is this vintage tour bus that takes guests to excursions around the lake. The White Model 706s are a blast from the early days of Yellowstone.
Hotel lobby design is something that hoteliers have been focusing on to wow guests upon first impressions. Grand lobbies are nothing new and the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park is no exception. Walking into the log cabin lodge certainly elicits oohs and ahhs and might cause some stick necks from gazing upwards. While the lobby is quite impressive, the awe inspiring design isn't left just for the lobby. The uniqueness and 'wild west' feel is carried through the guest rooms, dining room, and gift shop.
The Inn is smack in the middle of Yellowstone's most visited geothermal attraction, Old Faithful. The accommodation is as consistent as the geyser since it has been open for business since 1904, when it boasted steam heat and electric lighting. It has seen almost as much as the surrounding land, by successfully dodging forest fires, earthquakes and the throngs of tourists coming to admire the timber hotel.