I Found the Best Hotel West Yellowstone!

September 8, 2021

Thermal pool in West Yellowstone. Brown, red, and orange earth met a smoking pool of water next to green mountains.

Last Updated on September 24, 2021 by Candy Wafford

You’re planning a trip to gorgeous West Yellowstone! Yay for you! With more than 4 million visitors each year, finding lodging in or near Yellowstone can be tricky. And West Yellowstone is one of the more popular areas to stay at. But I’ve got you covered – I found a fantastic hotel West Yellowstone and loved it so much I want to share it with everyone! Read on to see why I think The Evergreen is one of the best hotels West Yellowstone!

Hotels in West Yellowstone

I heard that booking a hotel when visiting Yellowstone should be done months in advance. Most of the options are small and fill up quickly. Initially, I looked at staying at one of the resorts located in the park, but the lack of wi-fi and/or televisions made me dismiss this as an option. Further research led me to West Yellowstone as a good option for a first-time visitor to Yellowstone. So I began searching and quickly found a couple of things:

  • There are very few chain hotels in the area.
  • I love staying in AirBnbs but most were located further from the park entrance than I wanted. (Check out my 10 tips for finding the best vacation rental).
  • Even searching 6 months out I was finding some hotels were already fully booked.
  • Looking for cheap hotels in West Yellowstsone? Hotel West Yellowstone, regardless of the type or rating, are more expensive than I am used to.

The Evergreen Motel West Yellowstone

Exterior photo of hotel West Yellowstone atThe Evergreen hotel

We pulled into the parking lot and took in the log cabin appearance of the building. It’s a small hotel with only seventeen rooms. There are clearly marked parking spaces in front of each room and colorful baskets of flowers hanging outside of the rooms. Our arrival was earlier than check-in but we took a chance on our room being ready.

Lobby at the Evergreen Hotel. This is a great hotel in West Yellowstone that features tasteful design and thoughtful touches throughout.

The lobby is located in a separate building that includes a cozy sitting area and a fireplace. We were promptly greeted and were thrilled that our room was ready for us. I had a scheduling issue prior to arriving where I needed to combine two reservations and the staff at The Evergreen provided outstanding customer service. This commitment to the customer experience was evident during check-in. A couple of things that I didn’t expect were that a light breakfast was available in the lobby at 7:30 each morning and that in addition to a coffee station in the lobby, there was also an assortment of self-service snacks including peanut butter filled pretzels, trail mix, M&Ms, biscotti, and candied pecans. A thoughtful touch that we took advantage of several times during our three-day stay.

Coffee and snack station in lobby of hotel in West Yellowstone

Rooms at The Evergreen

The Evergreen is a historic hotel dating back to 1931. They have maintained the rustic charm of the original business. But they have also incorporated modern conveniences providing you the best of both worlds. As a historic building, the rooms are on the smaller side without being cramped. As we entered the room, I could see that it had been recently renovated and are decorated in what I would call mountain farmhouse style. Cozy touches include a faux fur throw on the bed, locally sourced lodgepole pine furniture, and artwork of the wildlife you’ll see when visiting Yellowstone.

Bed with log headboard and white bedspread at The Evergreen Hotel in West Yellowstone.

I immediately noticed a lovely handwritten note on the desk along with bottled water and hand sanitizer. More thoughtful touches! And that is the word I kept coming back to during our stay – thoughtful. The bathroom included a dispenser of hand soap on the sink and dispensers of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in the shower. I appreciated these eco-friendly amenities.

We stayed in a Queen Deluxe room and found the bed and bedding to be comfortable. The mini-fridge was put into use to house soft drinks and snacks and the satellite TV and wi-fi were fast and reliable. The Evergreen West Yellowstone offers other room types including rooms with two queen beds, king beds, and rooms with a kitchen. All rooms are smoke-free and pet-free.

Wooden desk and chair, upholstered chair, and small refrigerator at best hotel West Yellowstone

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Amenties at The Evergreen

We continued to discover thoughtful touches during our stay. A list of recommendations on activities, restaurants, and itineraries popped up when we logged into wi-fi. The recommendations included favorites in the area and staff favorites on the menu. Such a nice touch!

Walking out of our room, I noticed small tables and chairs set up outside the room providing guests a place to enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal. I also spied a patio area with a grill and more tables perfect for groups wanting to cook and dine alfresco.

Rows of hotel doors from parking lot at The Evergreen Motel in West Yellowstone, Montana

Location of West Yellowstone The Evergreen

Most visitors are looking for a hotel near the West Yellowstone entrance and you can’t ask for a better location! The Evergreen is located off the main road in West Yellowstone which means less traffic but you’re still close to everything! You can walk to restaurants and the main shopping area on Canyon Road. The West Yellowstone Park Entrance is right around the corner.

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Restaurants in West Yellowstone

One of my favorite things about The Evergreen was its proximity to restaurants. Food in West Yellowstone was good and we were surprised by the variety. You’ll find quite a few restaurants in a few block radius in this small town! Here are a few of the restaurants we tried and loved during our visit:

Pizza in West Yellowstone

Wild West Pizzeria & Saloon – Pizza in West Yellowstone has to be Wild West! We loved their freshly made dough and toppings and appreciated delivery to our hotel room.

Wild West Pizzeria & Saloon – 14 Madison Avenue

Euro Cafe – Euro Cafe is literally next door to The Evergreen. I popped in as soon as they opened and ordered breakfast to go. My husband had a huge breakfast sandwich and I had a big container of Greek yogurt topped with blueberries and granola. Both were delicious and the perfect way to start a day of sightseeing in Yellowstone National Park.

Euro Cafe, 237 Firehole Avenue

Firehole Bar-B-Que Company – This little gem was featured on Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives and offers a variety of smoked meats and delicious sides. One of our favorites during our three days in West Yellowstone.

Firehole Bar-B-Que Company – 120 Firehole Ave

Taqueria Malverde – Who wants real-deal Mexican food served out of a food truck that was once a school bus? Me! An extensive menu with good prices and generous portions makes this a great spot to get lunch or dinner.

Ernie’s Bakery & Deli – We ordered Ernie’s boxed lunches to take into the park two of the days we were in town. The lunches included huge sandwiches, chips, an apple, a drink, and a cookie. They feature vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. Convenient and delicious!

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Accessibility at The Evergreen

The Evergreen is a historic structure and modifying the structure may threaten the historic significance of the building. However, an impressive list of available accommodations to ensure accessibility is available.

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More about Candy Wafford

Candy Wafford is a US-based travel blogger and while she travels frequently for her job, she is happiest when traveling for pleasure. Preferably strolling along a cobblestoned street with an ice cream cone in her hand.

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