If you are looking to stay in the northern portion of Yellowstone National Park you will want to check out Mammoth Hot Springs hotel and cabins.
This hotel was recently renovated and offers the perfect place to stay to explore the Mammoth Hot Springs area and have easy access to the Lamar Valley.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins
2 queen bedroom with a private bath
We stayed in a 2 queen bedroom on the 2nd floor of the hotel. The room included 2 queen beds, a reading chair and ottoman, a nice size closet with luggage rack, a private bathroom that included a clawfoot tub, a coffee set up and mini-fridge.
The room was nice sized with space to spread out and relax. The bed was firmer than we like but great if you like a firm bed.
The coffee station was perfect for starting the day with a hot cup of tea and coffee. There is a variety of organic Tazo tea blends available along with organic Rainforest coffee in both caffeinated and decaf.
The water glasses are made from recycled wine bottles that have been turned into water glasses. There is a soda machine down the hall and an ice machine on certain floors.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel History
The McCartney’s Hotel opened near the current hotel in 1871 a year before the area was declared a national park by Harry R. Horr and his partner James C. McCartney. Mr. Horr named the Mammoth Hot Springs.
Philetus W Norris who was the early superintendent of Yellowstone realized that the Mammoth Hot Springs Area with its lower elevation and year-round ease of access was the perfect choice for the park’s headquarters. He built his residence here in 1879.
The U.S. Cavalry took control of Yellowstone in 1886 building Fort Yellowstone. In 1918 the newly created National Park Service took control of Yellowstone and the fort which is still used today for administration, maintenance, and personnel housing.
The first large hotel in Yellowstone opened in this location in 1883 named the National Hotel. The hotel was over 400 feet long and had 150 rooms, electric lights, a large lobby and vermillion spittoons.
In 1906 plans were created by architect Robert C. Reamer to update the National Hotel and create a larger space. Financial restrictions caused the plans to be shrunk to only one wing being renovated in 1913.
In 1936 the National Hotel was found to be unsound and was demolished except for the wing that was renovated in 1913.
Architect Robert C. Reamer designed a new hotel including a new lobby for the front of the 1913 wing, a new restaurant building, rec hall and cabins behind the hotel that would make up for the rooms lost with the demolition.
The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel as you see it today was opened in 1937.
The Map Room off the lobby was designed by Robert C. Reamer and his associate W. H. Fey. The map contains 2,544 pieces of wood from 16 types of trees from 9 countries. Each type of wood is identified on the left side of the giant map in a frame. One thing to look for is what capital on the map is shown incorrectly!
Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room
The dining room is located across the street from the hotel next to the Terrace Grill. The dining room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are large windows to gaze out at the elk and the people taking pictures of the elk.
The dinner menu has a nice variety of menu items available including items marked vegetarian. I enjoyed the bison burger with bacon and it was delicious. It came with shoestring fries that were cooked perfectly.
My wife tried the macaroni and cheese and it was not her favorite. It was slightly bland in flavor and just a bit blah.
The burrata cheese platter looked amazing. Multiple people ordered it around us and we wished we would have ordered it
Value for Money
Price we paid per night – $210 + Tax = total of $233.60
Location – The location is amazing just down the street from Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. You can walk out the front entrance of the hotel and see the hot springs along with elk all over the place. The hotel is located in the northern part of Yellowstone with easy access to the rest of the park.
Amenities – The clawfoot tub in the bathroom is amazing. There is shampoo, conditioner and body wash in the tub ready for you. The coffee set up had organic Tazo tea and organic Rainforest coffee available with multiple packets. There is a mini-fridge in the room. There is a USB plugin on the lamp next to the bed for easy phone charging. There is an electrical plugin next to the bed in case you need to plug in a c-pap machine.
The chair in the corner is comfortable with the ottoman for reading and relaxing.
Night sleep – The bed was firmer than we normally enjoy. The room was pretty quiet once people were not walking down the hall to get to their rooms. You can definitely hear people in the hallway especially the kids running up and downplaying at 10 pm. In the morning you could hear the garbage truck at 730 am.
Would we stay here again? – Yes, the price was amazing for staying in Yellowstone and being so close to Mammoth Hot Springs. It is the perfect place to stay to easily get an early morning start to see wildlife in Lamar Valley.
Things to know when planning a stay at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins
Check-in – 4:30 pm
Check out – 11 am
Wifi – There is a WiFi connection. It is strongest in the lobby area and map room. It sort of worked in our room but was not very fast.
Cribs – Cribs and crib sheets are available from the front desk upon request
Firearms – firearms both open carry and concealed weapons under permit are prohibited in Xanterra operated properties.
Additional Yellowstone National Park Resources
Things to do in Yellowstone – These are the top things to do that you don’t want to miss during your trip!
Yellowstone National Park Camping – Guide to every campground within the park, reservations, site photos and more.
Yellowstone National Park Facts – Learn more about our 1st National Park and fun facts about the wildlife in the park.
Jackson Lake Lodge – Find out what it is like to stay in this gorgeous Grand Teton NP Lodge.
National Parks in Wyoming – Check out all of the epic parks in Wyoming you can visit near Yellowstone.