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Where to Stay near Yellowstone NP: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018

When it comes to Yellowstone National Park and its more than 3,000-square miles to explore, you'll want to plan on staying multiple nights. In addition to the many campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park, there are even more hotels, lodges, and resorts. Visitors can find hotel and resort options within Yellowstone, located near the resource-heavy villages and operated by the Yellowstone National Park Lodges concessionaire. Rates of hotels within the park reflect their easy access to the main attractions, leaving other options just outside the park boundaries a sometimes more economical option.

The two most developed towns near the gates of Yellowstone are Gardiner, at the North Entrance, and West Yellowstone, at the West Entrance. Both towns provide a wide range of hotels and accommodations, including family-friendly suites and mid-range hotels, and each are within minutes from the national park. To make the most out of Yellowstone's immense landscape, it's a good idea to move around between the different hotels and lodges of the area to effectively explore all the top attractions of Yellowstone National Park.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Yellowstone Lake and Abyss Pool in West Thumb Gyser Basin
Yellowstone Lake and Abyss Pool in West Thumb Gyser Basin
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To relax in the lap of luxury within park boundaries, Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins provides pampering rooms, a string quartet for a soundtrack, and a dining room with a view. The hotel is located in the southern region of Yellowstone National Park, along the shores of Lake Yellowstone, near the West Thumb Geyser Basin, and the upscale accommodations and central location within the park are its top features.

Just outside the park boundaries, other luxurious options deliver on upscale accommodations. A great example is Three Bear Lodge in the town of West Yellowstone. Located less than a mile from the Western Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, Three Bear Lodge provides a western-themed hotel to relax in and spacious suites that allow a comfortable night's sleep. Visitors to Three Bear Lodge are encouraged to also check out the connected Three Bear Restaurant and seasonal stage-coach rides.

Just a few blocks south of Three Bear Lodge, and equally close to the Western Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, the Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone provide a deluxe and rustic retreat with their 50-cabin facility. Each cabin comes with modern luxuries and stylish decor, allowing for maximum comfort while keeping the spirited nature of the rugged Yellowstone environment in view.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

West Yellowstone
West Yellowstone
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There are great mid-range hotel options in both towns surrounding Yellowstone, and one of the best is the Kelly Inn West Yellowstone. Within walking distance of the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Kelly Inn also features spacious rooms, an indoor pool, and a continental breakfast to start your day.

A few blocks south of the Kelly Inn West Yellowstone, and also near the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, the Gray Wolf Inn and Suites provides great hotel accommodations at an affordable rate. Featuring attentive staff, well-maintained rooms and suites, and the ability to hear wolves howling at night, for those interested in exploring the wildlife of Yellowstone in comfort, the Gray Wolf Inn and Suites is worth more than a night or two.

Found close to the historic Roosevelt Arch and North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, the Super 8 Gardiner/Yellowstone Park Area provides a plethora of services for a good price. The hotel features a beautiful indoor pool, continental breakfast, and a great location close to grocery stores and restaurants in the town of Gardiner, but book well in advance because the Super 8 Gardiner tends to fill up quickly.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Bison in Yellowstone National Park
Bison in Yellowstone National Park
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To maximize your vacation dollars, your best bet for a budget hotel will be found outside the park boundaries. Most budget hotels are in West Yellowstone, including the One Horse Motel, which features clean and refurbished rooms, quiet surroundings, and easy access to the West Entrance of Yellowstone.

Just a few blocks west of the One Horse Motel, the Days Inn West Yellowstone also provides proximity to the gates of Yellowstone, as well as spacious rooms and suites. In addition to the affordable rates, the Days Inn West Yellowstone ranks highly, thanks to their attached Trapper's Restaurant and heated indoor pool and waterslide.

Within the same three-block radius of the One Horse Motel and Days Inn West Yellowstone, Stage Coach Inn is another affordable hotel that provides a western-themed decor. Featuring a grand staircase, spacious rooms, and a rustic appeal that can't be beat, Stage Coach Inn is perfect for those looking for something unique.

Where to Stay for Families

Thermal Pool in Yellowstone National Park
Thermal Pool in Yellowstone National Park
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If you are traveling with the whole crew to Yellowstone, somewhere like the Yellowstone Village Inn in Gardiner can make the whole family happy. Featuring spacious rooms and two-bedroom suites, Yellowstone Village Inn is a family-owned operation that can help alleviate some of the stress from a family vacation. The enormous front yard of Yellowstone Village Inn is perfect for burning off some energy, and the proximity to the Northern Entrance of the park makes it easy to pack up and go.

Over in the town of West Yellowstone, the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone is another great place for families to stay. With large rooms and double sinks available, there's plenty of place to spread out your things. When it comes to dinner, kids receive a free meal at the attached restaurant. Add in laundry services, an indoor pool, and a convenient location close to park gates, and the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone is a great bet for families of all sizes.

Where to Stay for Romance

Old Faithful at sunset
Old Faithful at sunset
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Few things are more romantic than a rustic retreat in Yellowstone National Park, and thanks to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins, a picturesque setting can be a part of your next romantic rendezvous. The lodge accommodations are clean and tidy, but the real romantic setting comes from reserving one of the Western Cabins. Featuring modern comforts and a rustic theme, Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins is set against a unique winter wonderland filled with geysers and fumaroles, making for a memorable, romantic retreat.

Featuring spacious accommodations and quick access to the wildlife-dense Hayden Valley region of Yellowstone National Park, the Lake Lodge Cabins provide a rustic retreat that can really set the mood for a romantic outing. Imagine yourself and a special someone staying warm in a recently remodeled cabin, or returning to your rustic cottage after a full day of exploring. For the comfort of space and solitude within Yellowstone, Lake Lodge Cabins can have you feeling as though you have the entire place to yourselves.

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