In the heart of Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful Inn commands a central location. Built in 1904, the rustic log hotel became the “parkitecture” pattern for many park lodges. Its immense lobby centers around a large stone fireplace, and balconies rise above on several stories. In addition to its rustic appeal, Old Faithful Inn is a National Historic Landmark.
The main lodge contains a gift shop, restaurant, bar, lobby, and old-fashioned rooms, some with shared bathrooms down the hall. Outside, the second floor features a deck with views of Old Faithful Geyser. Additional multi-story wings built in the next two decades added more rooms.
With a five-minute walk, you can reach the visitor center and the famed geyser. Out the front door, boardwalks and trails tour the Upper Geyser Basin. The Old Faithful area also has two general stores, five additional restaurants, and two other lodging facilities. To learn the history of the inn, take one of the daily tours.
The inn opens in summer only, usually early May through mid-October. Due to the inn’s popularity, you’ll need to book rooms 13 months in advance. Sometimes, last minute cancellations open up, but when they do, they also go fast.