On the Shoshone River between Yellowstone National Park and Bighorn National Forest, Cody, Wyoming, dazzles visitors seeking the natural beauty of the American West. Founded by none other than the legendary Colonel William F Cody – also known as Buffalo Bill – this quaint town boasts dozens of restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and museums, including the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a complex of five museums dedicated to preserving and teaching the history of the American West. Here’s our pick of the best Cody hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.
Located steps from Main Street, this boutique hotel in Cody has been welcoming visitors with a casual Western elegance since 1901. After exploring the surrounding wilderness, rest your weary bones in your clawfoot tub or in front of your private fireplace. Literary fans can even choose the Hemingway Suite, the very room where Ernest Hemingway stayed in 1932 after completing the manuscript for A Death in the Afternoon. Chamberlin’s on-site Spirits Lounge brings live music and creative cocktails to audiences of both locals and visitors – try the To Have and To Hold, a bold combination of bourbon and passionfruit infused with locally grown Thai peppers.
The Holiday Inn at Buffalo Bill Village is the perfect place to recharge after exploring neighboring Yellowstone National Park. Clean, modern rooms offer the expected amenities, and two pools – one indoor and one outdoor – mean the kids can splash out any extra energy. The real treat will be dinner though, at the on-site QT’s Restaurant, serving up everything from burgers to ribs to a vast breakfast buffet. From November to April, aim to stay on a Friday night to take advantage of their legendary seafood buffet. King crab legs, anyone?
For a more authentic stay, try a few nights at these “cowboy cabins” in downtown Cody. The cabins ooze vintage Western charm with original hand-hewn log siding, but without having to compromise on comfort – all the cabins feature HDTV, coffee makers and wifi. A variety of bedroom configurations are available, including the Cabin Suites – two private bedrooms make these cabins an ideal choice for families or friends wanting a little privacy without having to spring for an extra room.
Want rustic, but don’t want to rough it? No problem. For foodies that love a view, check out the Best Western Premier Ivy Inn & Suites. At this Cody hotel, modern rooms open onto mountain vistas, with many offering either a balcony or patio where you can sit and soak up that mountain air while sipping a cup of coffee. And for dinner, you don’t need to go far – one of the best restaurants in town, 8th Street at the Ivy, is located right here on the premises. Try the Grilled Ol’ Fashioned Meatloaf, a local favorite.
There’s nowhere more welcoming than grandma’s house – and the Comfort Inn at Buffalo Bill Village Resort is as close as you’ll get to that level of coziness without having to share a bed with your sister. A stay in their famously comfortable rooms means you’re walking distance to the restaurants and attractions of downtown Cody, plus guests have free access to the Buffalo Bill Resort pool. A free, highly rated hot breakfast is included – but across the street is Granny’s Restaurant, a local favorite offering homestyle classics including their made-to-share enormous cinnamon buns. Two breakfasts is never a bad idea.
If you brought the whole family to Cody, this is the place to stay to minimize meltdowns. The kids are going to love the pools, playground and deluxe complimentary breakfast. Your dog is going to love that the Best Western Sunset Inn is pet-friendly, so it didn’t have to stay in the kennel by the airport. Mom and dad will love the spacious rooms, and that it’s walking distance to Wyoming Roadhouse, a local steakhouse and BBQ joint featuring the local delicacy: Rocky Mountain oysters. Everyone has to try them once – it’s a rule.
Yellowstone is all about the wildlife, and a stay at this rustic-style accommodation in Cody won’t let you forget it. Think “mountain-chic” decor, complete with deer antler chandeliers and plenty of stuffed buffalo and stags, and even a polar bear, to keep you company in the lobby. To go all-in on the mountain vibe, check out Cassie’s Supper Club – just down the street from the hotel – where more horn-and-antler decor provides an authentic backdrop to a killer steak dinner.
If you’re hesitant to stay in town – Wyoming is all about the outdoors, right? – consider making the Green Gables Inn your base. Located on the eastern side of Cody, this comfy motel is far enough from the congestion of downtown to keep your mountain vibes serene, but close enough to the action that you won’t have to catch your own dinner. And you don’t have to go far to warm up your hiking legs – Beck Lake Park is minutes away, featuring miles of trails encircling two large reservoirs and with plenty of inspiring views.
Eycat stands for East Yellowstone Cabins and Tipis. You’ll want to stay in a tipi here: the traditional tipis are comfortably furnished with queen-size beds, or groups can stay in the Deluxe Tipi with five twin beds – your very own tipi slumber party. Guests use a deluxe shared bathhouse, which is decked out with massage chairs, cable television and privacy curtains. If you thought this tipi adventure couldn’t get more fun, there are also llamas and goats to visit. For the less adventurous, the Eycat cabins are available, with traditional doors and windows, walls and roofs – plus, you can still say hi to the llamas.
The Hampton Inn & Suites Cody is located just west of downtown Cody, off of Route 20/Yellowstone Avenue. But don’t let that deter you, this gem of a hotel is located next door to not one, but two can’t-miss experiences: the Cody Cattle Company, a chuck-wagon dining experience complete with country music show and rodeo; and the Cody Firearms Experience, a shooting range dedicated to the preservation, education and handling of old-timey Western firearms, including Colt revolvers and Winchester rifles. Come home to tell stories to fellow guests around the campfire – well, modern fire pit with outdoor sofas – and lounge in the warm waters of the indoor pool.
Looking for more places to stay in Wyoming? Check out our guide to the best hotels to book in Wyoming, USA, bookable with Culture Trip. Fancy something a little different? Discover our guide on where to go camping in Wyoming.
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