Dunraven Lodge
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Dunraven Lodge

Dunraven Lodge
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Pathfinder1087 wrote a review Feb 2003
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 5 nights at Dunraven Lodge, in YNP. Originally we'd planned to stay in the Frontier Cabins at Canyon Village but when our dates changed so did our accomodations. We thanked fate for that every night we were there! The lodge was incredible. There is no TV or phone in the rooms (but there is a pay phone in the lobby area). Actually, there is no official lobby at Dunraven because you check in at the main Canyon Village entrance. The lodge itself is more like a luxurious dormitory with bathrooms. The rooms have comfy beds, beautiful views (buffalo strolling thru the parking lot or elk grazing in the back yard). It's QUIET, and clean, and new. We had two kids with us (ages 9 and 11) who loved it. We felt safe & well rested for each day's adventures. There were a couple of power outages each day (not so good when you're taking a shower!) but they were brief, as it seems they have generators which kick in. The outages were explained as being caused by lightning strikes elsewhere in the park. The lodge is brand new, so it's clean & energy efficient. I would LOVE to stay there again, and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of going there to do the same. The Xanterra employees who operate the lodge were almost invisible but their thoughtful touches were evident in the placement of a teddy bear on the pillow each morning for our son.
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SkipperTrippers wrote a review Aug 2006
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had booked two (2) nights at the new Dunraven Lodge for $146.00 per night. We were wondering what we would experience for that price. We were not disappointed but with three hours of hiking/walking/rambling we were doing each day, a fresh, clean bed was worth looking forward to! The Dunraven and Cascade Lodges are newly built lodges in the early Craftsman style architecture with large pine shuttered windows and sage-stained shake shingles and huge lodgepole pine porches. Very "Wyoming" and perfectly agreeable, it instantly conjured up images of rest, quietness and solitude. We discovered we were fairly close to the other Frontier and Western Cabins, but not enough to be disturbed by any tourist noise. Interesting tip: located by cabin #C-26, there is a paved path leading to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone-(North Rim?)...maybe a quarter's mile ramble through the pine woods. Be aware of wildlife and keep a spartan eye out for the large, horned variety. I am including a picture of a 10-point Elk buck taken right outside our ground-level windows at Dunraven Lodge. There are maybe, say 30-40 rooms located on 3 floors with a working elevator, that was working fine when we were there last week. Our room was clean, fresh smelling and we were very pleased with the view out our pine-mullioned, double hung windows that captured the scent of the Lodgepole pines near our room. The 1988 fire came near here, but did not touch this part of the woods. We debated whether or not to open the windows at night, but we were on ground level and didn't want the possibility of a bear being attracted to the fruit, cheese and wine in the room. We would be seriously upset if he took our wine! As it was, it gets quite chilly enough at night-(remember this is alpine and sub-alpine climate on the 45th Parallel) Temps were frosty: 40's some nights, low 30's on others--so windows remained closed. We brought t-necks and Anaraks for chill and sleeveless and walking shorts for warm, sunny days. Always bring plenty of water-we carried a 24-pack of large Aquafina bottles to drink-this is glacial, Rocky Mountain high elevation! Very dry-come prepared. Back to the room: we had two double beds covered in new western style bedspreads. As this is not Europe or the Uk, they were bedspreads not duvets. We untucked the blankets and sheets at the bottom of the beds to allow our feetsies to be free. The bathroom is adequate with a fantastic power shower that felt soooo good after our climb up Mt. Washburn. A little glass of wine, some cheese completed our mountain respite, and we slept well those two nights. The carpark filled up with cars from many American states, but we were never aware of anyone in the building as it was so quiet! Ask to have a south room in Dunraven as they overlook the woods. There are the usual American soda machines on each floor ($1.00), should one be thirsty after a hard day's walk around the geyser basins. Great place to stay!
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Date of stay: July 2006
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BackHomeOH wrote a review Aug 2005
CT
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our group of 8 had 3 rms here for the last night of our stay in the Park, and wished we had stayed the whole time here instead. We were on the 3rd floor, but that was Ok cuz of the elevator. Nice huge sitting room on the 2nd floor to sit and chat. Our rooms were very large & clean and the beds were very comfy. A coffee machine to start the morning and a nice sitting table with 2 windows for a bright cheery view. A big plus was all the lighting in the room, 2 swing arm lights over each bed, one at the table and one at the bench set..They also had a fan in the rm. The location was very woodsy, quiet, and private. We heard absolutely no noise from any of our neighbors. Very soundproof room. We had heard the cabins surrounding the area will be phased out. They looked really sad! We had dinner and breakfast in the dining rm. thumbs up for that too. The morning we left there was bison in the parking lot along with a massive huge bull elk...great spot. Its worth the little extra $$$ for such comfort in the Park.
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Date of stay: August 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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andaLynnHaven_Fl wrote a review Jan 2015
lynn haven, fl
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The previous reviews are pretty much on target; so it would be of benefit to read through them. Every lodge in the park has its own characteristics--I will try to describe each in which we have stayed . Old Faithful is a wonderful historic lodge with quite a variety of rooms, everything from a shared bathroom to double suites, some having views of the geysers. It is, of course, old, with quirks, both in size and shapes of rooms--ask about size and location when booking. Not all rooms are created equal, even in the same price range--sometimes it is the luck of the draw. If this will be your first visit to Yellowstone, you should stay there for the experience and get over the inconveniences. If you are more practical, and want more of a standard motel type experience, you can stay behind Old Faithful at the Snow Lodge--sort of a Western "almost Hampton Inn". We stayed there on the second visit, and would certainly return. The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel is also old and quirky, but the rooms are a bit larger. It is not quite as much fun as the Old Faithful area, and in retrospect, we realized we could easily make day trips from the Canyon area to Mammoth area and Lamar Valley, and even Bear Tooth Highway. Lake Yellowstone Lodge has undergone a complete renovation, and is really nice--a bit of luxury and a feel of the old days. If you can spring for it, go for it! We stayed at Dunraven on Opening Day last summer--found the rooms to be in tip-top shape; the staff might have become lax as the summer progressed; I don't know. The top floor is very quiet (and, there is an elevator in Dunraven--maybe not in Cascade--ask); our room was quite a comfortable size (there are fewer rooms on the top floor), and it faced the woods--quite private. It is, like the Snow Lodge, a more of a motel feel, but we had no complaints. There was construction last summer--but unless you spend the day in the room, you will never hear it. There will be many more rooms available in this area soon.
So there is my critique--the first year we stayed at 3 nights each at Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Lake Yellowstone because we photograph, and wanted to be close to the action. The second time we stayed 5 nights at the Snow Lodge and 4 nights at Dunraven (with day trips) to cut down on moving, and found this to be workable.
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Date of stay: June 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AlwaysReady2Travel wrote a review Jan 2006
Colebrook, New Hampshire
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
After reading reviews that Dunraven and Canyon lodge were the least favorable lodgings in Yellowstone, my wife and I booked two nights at Dunraven lodge anyway primarily due to its location. We had two nights booked at the Old Faithful Inn and wanted a second location in the Canyon area. Upon arrival, Canyon appears to be very 60ish and a bit run down. To say "run down" about the cabins would be an understatement. Most look ready to fall down. Lucky for us we were not in a cabin. Our stay in Dunraven was very nice however. Our room was on the top floor of the building (elevator in Dunraven but not in Canyon lodge) and was quiet, clean and comfortable. During our stay in Canyon we dined in the main dining room both evenings. Service and wait staff were very good at this Xanterra location. Typical average Xanterra fare with the usual single choice of green bean veggies (at least during our 2 weeks of Xanterra meals). Oh well you come to Yellowstone for the surrounding and not the dining! The location also has some casual dining options and a huge gift shop. Overall a great experience in a wonderful park.
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Date of stay: September 2005
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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MAamyp wrote a review Nov 2013
Westborough, Massachusetts
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were here in July 2013 and stayed 2 nights at the Old Faithful Lodge and 3 nights at Dunraven Lodge. Dunraven was central and clean. No wifi, TV or AC but we didn't need any of them (the teenagers missed their wifi but survived). It definitely looked like the best choice in the park - newer and clean. I wish it included a refrigerator so we could have bfast in our rooms but it didn't. We enjoyed seeing the bison right outside our window and hearing the coyotes at night. We did the canyon horseback ride and although it was only walking nose to tail it was informative and fun. We also took a ride up to Roosevelt for the BBQ chuckwagon ride which was really fun! There was a huge lightning storm but we survived. I heard if they stopped it for every thunder storm in the summer it would never go out. We stopped at tower falls along the way to Roosevelt. We took morning rides into Hayden Valley to check out wildlife. It was great trip - we enjoyed both our choices of hotels; the Dunraven Lodge (very central location and you could hit all the key areas from here) and the Old Faithful Inn. (loved the classic, old Inn. We spent evenings in the lobby listening to the piano player and playing cards and went out on the deck to watch Old Faithful).
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Date of stay: July 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Supratik wrote a review Nov 2012
Leicester, United Kingdom
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dunraven and Cascade lodges are listed under Canyon Lodge Standard Hotel Room 2 doubles. One cannot reserve the Dunraven lodge specifically. I put an e-mail request for a room at Dunraven at a higher floor facing the woods ( not the parking lot) and the request was honoured. But apart from the presence of a lift at Dunraven lodge the two are almost identical and situated next to each other.
In August 2012 the main Canyon area was a construction site as the whole roof of the dining area was getting replaced. You have to check in first at the main reception (next to the canyon cafeteria ), collect keys and then travel to Dunraven lodge. The young man at desk was efficient & courteous. Explained the map with the lay out of the Canyon area.
You come out of the village, turn right, turn right again at the No Entry for the North Rim drive ,then go beyond the loops of cabins and the lodges are the last accommodation at the end of the road.
I believe there is a short cut from the back of the reception but that road was closed because of construction.
The lodges are just few minutes drive from the main area but miles away in terms of hustle & bustle of the canyon village with all its stores, cafeteria, Visitors Centres etc. Plenty of parking right in front of the lodges and a decent size lift to save your back from carrying bags to third floor. There are no facilities in the lodge other than Ice Vending machine so you have to travel to the main Canyon area for the services.
Would take about 10-15 minutes by foot but we always used the car as I saw a big bull elk several times near the parking lot and people reported bison sighting as well. Please carry a torch as it is pitch dark in the night and the road was full of large craters.
The room was of decent size for 2 adults and 2 kids, brightly coloured walls with a small round table and couple of chairs, Keurig coffee maker , a smallish bathroom and a separate basin area. No fridge. Storage area was a bit tight but we were living out of the suitcases and it wasn't too bad.
I loved those cute little teddy bear soaps.
Just like Old Faithful Inn the shower pressure was not brilliant. Unlike some other reviewers I had absolutely no problem with the bed or the pillows.
No laundromat in the lodge and the nearest one is in the Canyon Camp ground public shower complex on the other side of the road. Closes at 8 PM.
The cleaning ladies first service the rooms which have been vacated and our room was not serviced till 2 pm on couple of days.
No A/C but in late August we were fine with a portable fan in the afternoon with windows opened and the nights and the morning was quite cold, needing a fleece. Windows have fine mesh insect guards.

Our third floor room had the view of back of the lodge with the forest and I could hear the stream faintly in the night. I did not have any problem with noisy neighbours in the night. But remember a lot of people wake up early for wildlife viewing and some of them are not very considerate when coming to closing the doors. If your room is next to the main exit or the stairways you may get disturbed from the closing of the doors in early morning.

There are some chairs in the porch to enjoy a morning coffee and a lounge area at the ground floor to relax and share stories with fellow travellers. Obviously no TV.

Location wise I feel the Canyon area is perfect. Originally I wanted to stay at Roosevelt Lodge to enjoy the isolation and rustic charm. But had to drop that idea as I was late in booking the cabins with attached baths,which can't be booked on line.
One day while returning from Lamar valley I had lunch at Roosevelt lodge and had a good look at the area including the inside of a Roughrider cabin which was being cleaned. I didn't like what I saw and was glad that we stayed at Dunraven which has the modern facilities, the services of the canyon area but still away from the crowd.

Hayden valley is just a few miles and the majestic canyon is literally at the doorstep. Staying so close gives you the chance to see the canyon at different times of the day with changing colours of the canyon wall. Try to be at the Artist's point between 0940-10 am on a sunny day and you'll be rewarded with the most glorious rainbow over the lower falls. Plenty of hiking trails in this area including the North Rim trail which starts from just behind the cabins.
As mentioned I saw the big bull elk on two occasions just next to the parking lot.

Xanterra staff would leave a stuffed animal on the bed but you are under no obligation to buy that. Saying so my little one ended up with 6 soft toys!!
Agreed it's basic but who spends time inside hotel room when travelling to YNP?
Overall a very satisfying experience and I'd strongly recommend Dunraven to anyone visiting YNP.
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Date of stay: August 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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redwood2bay wrote a review Jun 2005
Bay Area, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Dunraven Lodge for three nights in early June. We are a family traveling with small children and found the lodge very comfortable during the unpredictable winter weather in Yellowstone. The rooms were decent sized with nice views of the surrounding woods. The lodge has a great room which our toddler loved to run around in. Like most national park lodges, this one is rather sparse on furniture, but it was a very comfortable place to stay for a couple of days. Sound proofing is also good, I'm happy to say for our neighbors.
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Date of stay: June 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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minerg wrote a review Dec 2012
Philadelphia PA
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I specifically requested Dunraven Lodge because of the Tripadvisor reviews. The booking agent said, "yes, no problem, I'll give you a nice cabin." I said, "Is that Dunraven?" He said, "yes, yes." When I got there we were told Dunraven was full and they gave us a little cabin by the woods. It was old, but clean. You had to get in your car to get ice, unless you want to go for 100+ yard hike at almost 8000 feet. If you do walk, take a flashlight. We were there We were there September 3 to 6, 2012.
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Date of stay: September 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ljn_uk wrote a review Jan 2012
UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 3 nights at Dunraven lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Had stayed before so knew what to expect & as before requested Dunraen over Cascade Lodge.

Room was upstairs (316) featured 2 beds, The bedding was clean but mediocre quality, and as a previous reviewer noted - with flat instead of fitted bottom sheets, and foam pillows (i prefer feather). But we knew to expect this so were not disapointed. The room was very clean and fresh.
Windows could be opened to gain fresh air (there was also an electric fan in the room) and room was very quiet.

Room had a coffeemaker, ice bucket (there is an ice machine in the lodge).

There was a shower & bathtub combo. Toiletries were provided and of a better than expected quality.

There is some outdoor seating and thats a nice spot to sit with a drink & a book.

In my opinion Canyon is a super location for exploring the park - centrally located and a reasonable drive to all locations

Overall very good for a national park lodging experience (in comparison with accomodation at Grand Canyon & Yosemite) - If we return to yellowstone we will once again return to Dunraven
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Date of stay: August 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Denise K asked a question Jul 2018
Eagan, Minnesota73 contributions55 helpful votes
Is this a pet friendly motel? I am highly allergic
Answer from gseab
Portland, Maine83 contributions186 helpful votes
Hi, Denise. Sorry for the late reply to your question, but I only just now saw it. If you go to Yellowstone, just make sure you don't make reservations at any of the cabins, because pets are allowed in cabins - but not in the hotels. You could specify your allergy when making a reservation. If you go, I hope you'll have a wonderful time.
Sonali B asked a question Jan 2018
55 contributions1 helpful vote
Does Yellowstone National Park's Dunraven Lodge have upstairs rooms
Answer from gseab
Portland, Maine83 contributions186 helpful votes
Yes, and an elevator. If you'd like an upstairs room, you can make that request when you make a reservation.
DougVT wrote a tip Sept 2017
Warren, Vermont13 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for room with a view."
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AbeleTeam wrote a tip Sept 2017
Aurora, Colorado11 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Add a note to face the woods and not the parking lot"
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Thomas K wrote a tip Jul 2016
Denver, Colorado32 contributions25 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try booking at the Lake Hotel or the Old Faithful Lodge, though pricier. I wouldn't recommend bookin lodge rooms at Canyon village."
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tripjini wrote a tip Oct 2015
Calabasas, California22 contributions21 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms on higher floor are quieter, and back rooms have good views."
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CoasterWarrior wrote a tip Sept 2015
Tampa, Florida173 contributions121 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pick another place."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dunraven Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Dunraven Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (1.3 km), Yellowstone River (0.6 km), and Lower Yellowstone River Falls (1.8 km).
Is parking available at Dunraven Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dunraven Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tower General Store, Canyon Lodge M66 Grill, and Canyon Eatery.
Is Dunraven Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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