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One of the great national treasures in the United States, Yellowstone National Park attracts visitors year-round. Here are the 5 best family hotels in Yellowstone.
Kelly Inn-West Yellowstone
The Kelly Inn-West Yellowstone is a smartly positioned hotel on the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Southeast of Yellowstone Airport (WYS) in a nearly walkable distance, the property is convenient for visitors flying or driving to the park.
The Kelly Inn offers a pair of guest buildings, Grizzly and Canyon, each with substantial accommodations and amenities for families visiting the parks. Modeled in a western theme, rooms come furnished with heavy wood design elements reminiscent of lodges at America’s westward expansion. Stone features abound as well in the large property providing a direct representation of the natural beauty that surrounds it as well as the western and Native American influences of the area.
Families can take advantage of extra space in the rooms, many of which offer a pull out couch, large bathtub, and shower. An indoor swimming pool is available to keep families busy when they return from the park located just 30 miles west of the Old Faithful geyser.
The Kelly Inn is a Best Western hotel and as such offers guests the benefits and privileges of membership. Best Western Rewards members can earn and burn points for their stays and have access to upgraded amenities if they hold elite status in the program.
Best Western Desert Inn
Also at the western gate in Montana, the Best Western Desert Inn provides family-friendly experiences to those visiting the park. Keeping with the area, the leather, wood, and stone lodge motif interior allows guests to stay in the moment even when leaving the park.
The Desert Inn offers more than just clean rooms to visiting guests. Many of the hotel’s guest rooms feature a kitchenette and dining room. This is particularly helpful to those on a long road trip to the parks for families that want to be able to self-cater.
For those that prefer to eat at the area’s many restaurants, pubs, and bars, they will enjoy the town’s walkability and the Desert Inn’s enviable location. The hotel isn’t just family-friendly, it’s also pet friendly for four-legged family members. Deposit is required.
The Desert Inn (like the Kelly Inn) is a Best Western hotel and as such offers guests the benefits and privileges of membership. Best Western rewards members can earn and burn points for their stays and have access to upgraded amenities if they hold elite status in the program.
Perhaps one of the best lodge experiences from a national chain, the Holiday Inn – West Yellowstone gives the experience of a traditional National Park lodge with the convenience of the Holiday Inn branded experience. Murals of the Grand Teton mountain range, adorn reception as well as comfortable leather couches, and a stone mantle fireplace.
The rooms are recently renovated, modern, and a slight departure from the lodge theme of the rest of the property. Large walk-in showers, comfortable linens, and flat-screen televisions make guest stays at the hotel comparable to any large city in America. However, suites add the privacy of separated bedrooms and even fireplaces in guest rooms.
The hotel has an indoor pool and whirlpool for guests looking to unwind.
Located in West Yellowstone on the Montana side of the western gate, the property is well-located for families who want to shop, dine, and drink in the town’s walkable entertainment area.
Elite members of the IHG loyalty program will enjoy elevated perks including upgrades to preferable rooms and suites. All members of the IHG program may earn and burn points for their stay.
Yellowstone Park Hotel
When guests search for family hotels, one of the first things they identify is a selection of activities for kids and adults to do together, for which the Yellowstone Park Hotel a significant amount. From bikes to borrow, to entertainment rooms, to the pool and hot tub, and even foosball the Yellowstone Park Hotel is one of our top picks for family hotels in Yellowstone.
The property is located in town close to shops, restaurants, and bars at a walkable distance. South of the Yellowstone Airport and right in the heart of town near the west gate, the hotel compares favorably to hotels with fewer amenities like the Old Faithful Inn.
Brandin’ Iron Inn
Living up to its West Yellowstone surroundings, the Brandin’ Iron Inn fits in with the National Park it borders. Wide wood beams, stone features and spacious rooms make families feel at home in the western-themed hotel.
Rooms and suites feature kitchenettes that make families more comfortable and help reduce costs by being able to keep food on hand and prepare their own meals. Another key advantage, again in the food category, is a complimentary breakfast with hot items available each morning. The location is ideal for families in the middle of town but close to Yellowstone’s west gate.
The 5 Best Family Hotels in Yellowstone
These our the best family hotels in Yellowstone National park as chosen by the writers and editors of Suites and Lobbies. Through extensive travels we have found these properties to be some of the best, but there may be others that should be added to the list.
What family resorts in Yellowstone would make your list?