8 Historic Wyoming Hotels to Stop For the Night

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Wyoming is full of fascinating history, and the best way to immerse yourself in that history is to book a stay at one of the state’s many historic hotels. From a luxurious vacation in the resort town of Jackson to a quiet retreat in Elk Mountain, home to 200 people, these hotels allow you to step back in time to when Wyoming was truly the Wild and Wild West.

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1. Wort Hotel

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The Wort was built in downtown Jackson in 1914 by Jess and John Wort in honor of their father and Jackson Hole farmer, Charles J. Wort. The magnificent lobby features priceless Western artwork and a grand staircase leading to rooms ranging from intimate Deluxe Rooms with one bed to expansive suites suitable for large groups. All rooms are accessible by lift.

Spend your time relaxing by the huge stone fireplace in the lobby, lounging at the Silver Dollar Bar, and tapping your feet with local musicians at the Silver Dollar Showroom. The hotel is located within walking distance of Jackson’s best shopping and galleries and a short drive from the south entrance to Grand Teton National Park. Rooms can be expensive depending on the season. For the best value and to avoid the crowds, visit during the shoulder seasons: April, May, September or October.

Pro Tip: Pick up a brochure from reception and take the self-guided tour to see over $1,000,000 of original artwork throughout the hotel.

Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel in Cody, Wyoming
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2. Buffalo Bill’s Hotel Irma

Cody

William “Buffalo Bill” Cody has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. He built Hotel Irma in 1902 in his namesake town – spending $80,000 – named it after his daughter and soon dubbed it “A Gem”. Cody often stayed there when he was in town, securing a full guest list looking to mingle with the Wild West star. Today, visitors can revel in that story, perusing Buffalo Bill’s memorabilia, including his show saddle and, next to the saloon’s cherrywood bar, a gift to Cody from Queen Victoria.

Each room in the hotel is historic in style with a western flair. The original hotel rooms are all on the second floor and there is no elevator. En-suite bathrooms and air conditioning provide 21st century amenities. Summer is the best time to visit. Pick a spot on the hotel’s expansive porch to watch the Wild Bunch Gunfighters fire at them and listen to the roar of the engines as the Cody Yellowstone Mustang Rally rolls through town at the end of May.

Pro Tip: While in town, be sure to visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which features five museums ranging from the Whitney Western Art Museum to the Draper Natural History Museum.

3. Sheridan Inn

Sheridan

The Irma Hotel wasn’t Buffalo Bill’s only foray into the hotel business. He also helped invest in and furnish the Sheridan Inn, often staying there in this bustling town 25 miles from the Montana border. The Inn was built in 1892 and still has the original porch which is 116 feet long and 14 feet wide, perfect for touring downtown Sheridan and chatting with the locals. The hostel has 22 rooms decorated in true western style, each named after an iconic western personality like Bronco Billy, Sitting Bull and Annie Oakley. All rooms are accessible by elevator.

Pro Tip: Pets are not allowed, but the Inn partners with Sheridan’s Country Pet Inn so your pooch can enjoy the same comforts as you.

Historic Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming
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4. Historic Western Hotel

Buffalo

The “Buffalo” has a long and fascinating past. High-society travelers, outlaws, and those seeking a new life in the West along the Bozeman Trail all found respite and a warm bed at the Occidental after its founding in 1880. The Great Depression proved a temporary downfall until Dawn Dawson purchased the hotel in 1997, lovingly restoring it and securing its place on the National Register of Historic Places.

Stay in one of 18 rooms, each exquisitely decorated with historic furnishings and antiques, many of which are original to the hotel. There is no elevator, but rooms are available on the ground floor. All rooms have cable TV, central air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Fuel up for a day exploring the nearby Big Horn Mountains at the Busy Bee Café and share stories of your trip over a plate of Wyoming-sized bison rib eye at The Virginian.

Pro Tip: The hotel hosts bluegrass jam sessions every Thursday night. Musicians come from miles around and hotel guests are welcome.

LaBonte Hotel in Douglas, Wyoming
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5. Hotel LaBonte

Douglas

Whether Douglas is your destination or you’re passing through I-25, plan a stay at the LaBonte Hotel located in the heart of the city. The hotel opened in 1914 as a replacement for the Valley House Hotel, which was demolished to accommodate the Burlington Railroad. It was named for Converse County’s first resident (recorded), Pierre LaBonte.

The sleek lobby features wooden beams, plush chairs, and decorative tile flooring. The second floor is accessible by elevator and offers 20 modestly decorated hotel rooms, each with a private bathroom, air conditioning, microwave and refrigerator. The Yard game room offers ping pong and pool tables for the young or just the young at heart and the Japanese restaurant Sapporo is a convenient on-site option for lunch and dinner.

Pro Tip: Douglas is home to the famous mythical creature, the jackalope, a cross between a hare and an antelope. For the perfect souvenir, take your photo next to the giant jackalope statue located in downtown Douglas Jackalope Square.

Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park
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6. Inn of the Old Faithful

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You could say that the Old Faithful Inn is the best hotel in Yellowstone National Park. Located in the Upper Geyser Basin within shouting distance of its namesake geyser, it would be hard to get a more iconic experience of the American West than a stay at Old Faithful. The inn was completed in 1904 and remains the largest log structure in the world. The lobby is a marvel with its giant locally harvested logs that eternally support each floor with their strong branches.

For a truly historic and rustic experience, choose rooms in the “Old” section that date back to the hotel’s inaugural years. Keep in mind that these rooms have basic amenities and some require you to share a bathroom. More standard rooms are found in the east and west wings of the hotel completed in 1914 and 1927, respectively. All rooms are heated but not air-conditioned even though the hotel is only open from May to October. All rooms are accessible by elevator except for those on the first floor of the west wing.

Pro Tip: The hostel has a huge balcony that offers the perfect view of Old Faithful’s eruption without having to fight the crowds. Check the eruption schedule posted in the lobby and get settled in early.

Hotel Wolf in Saratoga, Wyoming
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7. Hotel Wolf

Saratoga

The Hotel Wolf celebrated its opening on New Year’s Eve in 1893. The grand brick structure is a staple of Saratoga, a small town along Wyoming’s Highway 130, 20 miles south of the I- 80. German immigrant Frederick Wolf and his wife Christina were the first owners of the hotel and enjoyed immediate success as the hotel was the perfect stop on the stage line to town.

Accommodations range from a comfortable Deluxe Room with one bed to an Executive Suite with a queen bed, sleeper sofa, and wet bar. Each room is tastefully decorated with Victorian-style furnishings. Keep in mind that all rooms are on the second floor and there is no elevator. Sip a drink in the lounge and get to know the friendly staff to hear stories about the hotel’s glorious past.

Pro Tip: Take a half-mile walk from the hotel to Hobo Hot Springs, a natural spring open to the public said to have the power to heal whatever ails you.

Historic Elk Mountain Hotel in Elk Mountain, Wyoming
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8. Historic Elk Mountain Hotel

Elk Mountain

Located along the banks of the Medicine Bow River, this charming little hotel has been welcoming visitors for over a century to the quaint town of Elk Mountain, located just off I-80 halfway between Laramie and Rawlins. You’ll feel like you’ve been welcomed into someone’s home with its open porches perfect for swinging and quiet grounds sheltered by cottonwood trees. The lobby offers a comfortable seating area and an on-site restaurant serves three meals a day.

Reserve one of 12 rooms named after historical figures with interesting ties to the hotel and the region, from the Jim Bridger Room to the one-bedroom John Fremont Suite with a fireplace and separate access from the terrace. Each room has a private bathroom, but in keeping with the historic ambience, there are no TVs or air conditioning in the rooms and no elevator to the second floor.

Pro Tip: Take a wacky one-hour road trip from the hotel to Como Bluff’s Fossil Cabin, said to be the oldest building in the world as it was constructed from 5,796 dinosaur bones.

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