Best Cody WY Lodging Near Yellowstone’s East Entrance for a Wild West Adventure

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Rustic two-seater log bench overlooking Gunbarrel Creek at the Absaroka Mountain Lodge, one of the best Cody WY lodging options
You’ll be tempted to sit and stay awhile at the Absaroka Mountain Lodge. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kopf

Heading to Yellowstone National Park through the East or Northeast Entrance? Cody WY is the most appealing gateway community. With a nightly summer rodeo and the premier museum complex in the West, plan to spend a night (or two). Here are the top Cody WY lodging options for families and friend groups, couples and solo travelers.

Sun room in the Chamberlin Inn, a Cody WY lodging option
You’ll want to linger over morning coffee in the Chamberlin Inn Conservatory. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kopf

Chamberlin Inn

1032 12th St.
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-0202

The Chamberlin Inn is a cozy boutique property one block off Cody’s main drag, Sheridan Avenue. Originally built in 1901, this 21-room property is one of the best hotels for a romantic couples’ getaway or girlfriend trip. I stayed during a recent solo trip to Yellowstone for one night. It was so charming, I wish my stay had been longer.

Famous guests have included Ernest Hemingway who finished his manuscript “Death in the Afternoon” while staying at the Chamberlin. Stay in his suite, if you’ve got deep pockets. Or look for his signature on the guest register in the lobby. The friendly staff will show you where it is.

I had one of the least expensive rooms, but it was large with a very comfortable bed and a clawfoot tub with shower. If you have mobility concerns, ask for a room with a walk-in shower. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate. Take it back to your room or eat in the sun-splashed conservatory.

Featured amenities at the Chamberlin Inn:

  • Complimentary continental breakfast included in room rate
  • Live music in season
  • Room choices range from guest rooms to cottages
  • Appealing public spaces like a relaxing sunroom and courtyard with fire pits
Exterior of the Cody WY Holiday Inn at the Buffalo Bill Village
The Cody Holiday Inn has 185 deluxe guest rooms. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kopf

Buffalo Bill Village Resort

1701 Sheridan Ave.
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-5555

The Buffalo Bill Village located minutes from the Yellowstone Regional Airport on Sheridan Avenue has three different lodging options to choose from, making it ideal for your national park adventure. Family-owned and operated by Blair Hotels, the complex includes a Holiday Inn, a Comfort Inn and the charmingly rustic Buffalo Bill Cowboy Cabins.

Guests at all three properties have access to the heated outdoor pool, QT’s Restaurant and the Bottom’s Up Lounge. Check-in for the cabins is in the Buffalo Bill Village gift shop which has an excellent selection of vintage Western jewelry in addition to expected souvenirs.

Amenities vary by property; here are some of the highlights.

Featured amenities at the Buffalo Bill Village:

  • Rooms at the Holiday Inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village and the Comfort Inn have coffeemakers, microwaves and mini-fridges; cabin guests may request a microwave and fridge
  • Parking is free for guests at all properties
  • A complimentary airport shuttle service
  • Continental breakfast included in the Comfort Inn room rate
  • Earn or use award points at the Holiday Inn (IHG One Rewards) or Comfort Inn (Choice Privileges)
  • Buffalo Bill cabins are individual units with lawn areas for littles to stretch their legs
Ranch-style entrance to Absaroka Mountain Lodge, a Cody WY lodging option near Yellowstone
Include a trail ride during your stay at the Absaroka Mountain Lodge. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kopf

Absaroka Mountain Lodge

1231 N Fork Hwy.
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-3963

Formerly owned by Buffalo Bill’s grandson, the Absaroka Mountain Lodge is located in Gunbarrel Canyon, about 39 miles from Cody and only 12 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The 15 rustic log cabins range in size to accommodate groups of two to eight.

Check-in and the resort restaurant are located in the lodge building which has wifi. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner daily. Up for a food challenge? Win a t-shirt by scarfing down the Absaroka Mountain Man Burger, a one-pound burger covered with bacon and cheese, and a plate of cheesy fries.

Activities available near the Abasaroka Mountain Lodge include horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking and rock climbing.

Featured amenities at the Absaroka Mountain Lodge:

  • Gorgeous creekside setting in Gunbarrel Canyon
  • Minutes from Yellowstone
  • Family-owned and operated since the early 1900s
  • Rustic log cabin accommodations with modern features including heat, mini-fridges, microwaves and private bathrooms
Entrance sign to The Cody Hotel, a luxury lodging option in Cody WY
The Cody Hotel is a luxury lodging option in Cody. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kopf

The Cody Hotel

232 West Yellowstone Avenue
Cody, Wyoming 82414
(855) 746-3431

Looking for a modern luxury option for your stay? The Cody Hotel has 75 spacious rooms decorated with an upscale Western vibe. The hotel’s located on the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway, the road to Yellowstone’s East Entrance.

It’s one of Cody’s newest hotels, proud of its commitment to the environment. The cozy lobby with fireplace will make you feel at home, if home was the Dutton family ranch in Yellowstone.

Featured amenities at The Cody Hotel:

  • Complimentary hot breakfast
  • Indoor pool and hot tub
  • Fitness center
  • Free parking and airport transport
  • Free wifi
  • In-room coffee maker, microwave and fridge
  • Flat-screen TV with cable
Blue and gold bear sculpture in parking lot of Best Western Premier Ivy Inn, a Cody WY lodging option
The Best Western is within walking distance of many Cody attractions. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kopf

Best Western Premier Ivy Inn & Suites

1800 8th St.
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-2572

A participating Best Western Reward property, the Premier Ivy Inn & Suites, is a family-friendly hotel in Cody Wyoming. Guest rooms come in a variety of bed configurations and have microwaves, refrigerators and 42” LCD TVs. Buffalo Bill named his hotel after his daughter, Irma, so the Best Western is named after its owner’s daughter, Ivy.

The full-service on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and there’s an indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center too. It’s close to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Cody rodeo.

Featured amenities at the Best Western Premier Ivy

  • Guest rooms are modern, with balcony or patio options available
  • Breakfast is not included but is available as an optional room rate enhancement
  • Lodge-style exterior, lobby and restaurant feel very high-end for a budget-friendly hotel

SheBuysTravel Tip: There are two Best Westerns in Cody. The Best Western Sunset Inn is located across the street from the Ivy. To further complicate the situation, the Sunrise Inn, a motor lodge-style hotel, is in the same area. Double-check your booking info to make sure you’ve booked the right one!

Irma Hotel bar in Cody WY
Wet your whistle at The Irma Hotel. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kopf

Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel

1192 Sheridan Ave.
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-4221

In the northeast, historic hotels like to add the boast “George Washington slept here.” In Cody, bragging rights go to The Irma Hotel which was built by the town’s founder, “Buffalo Bill” William F. Cody, and christened “the sweetest hotel that ever was.” At The Irma you can sleep in Cody’s historic suite.

The Irma features modern guest rooms and historic ones, including Rooms 35 and 16 where ghostly apparitions have been reported. The hotel’s dining room is a delight, with a magnificent cherrywood bar gifted by England’s Queen Victoria to Buffalo Bill. An all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet is served during the summer season. There’s a free gunslinger reenactment every day outside the Irma at 6 pm. And be sure to grab a drink in the Silver Saddle Saloon, an authentic honky tonk with live music.

Featured amenities at Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel:

  • Choice of modern or historic guest rooms
  • Prime Sheridan Avenue location
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Free wifi
  • On-site gift shop, full-service restaurant and bar

Hampton Inn & Suites Cody

8 Southfork Rd.
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-4505

Hilton Honors members can earn or use points at Cody’s Hampton Inn & Suites. With connecting room availability and in-room microwaves and fridges, the Hampton Inn works for families. Large single-room suites accommodate six. The indoor pool is a huge plus for families.

This property is not located downtown, if that’s an important consideration for you.

Featured amenities at the Hampton Inn & Suites:

  • Free parking and wifi
  • Indoor pool and fitness center
  • Free hot breakfast included in room rate
  • On-site gift shop
  • Coin-operated laundry room
Life-sized moose sculpture outside entrance to Moose Creek Lodge, a downtown Cody WY lodging option
Moose Creek has a marvelous location on Sheridan Avenue. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kopf

Moose Creek Lodge & Suites

1015 Sheridan Ave.
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-2221

Husband and wife Larry and Sharon King recently purchased the Moose Creek Lodge & Suites to create a legacy for their grandchildren while helping families create lasting memories.

With an indoor pool and downtown location, plus suites with kitchenettes, this kid-friendly property is a great option. Plus there’s a public park across the street, if the kiddos need to blow off some energy.

Featured amenities at the Moose Creek Lodge & Suites:

  • Free wifi
  • Flat screen TVs, fridge and coffee pot in room
  • AC/Heat
Exterior of the Scout Inn one of the best downtown Cody WY lodging options
Can’t-be-beat location on Sheridan Avenue makes The Scout Inn a good lodging option in Cody. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kopf

The Scout Inn

1455 Sheridan Ave.
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 527-6291

Heading to Cody with a group of friends? Consider The Scout Inn, a 30-room property on Sheridan Avenue. A top to bottom renovation was completed in 2022. The modern guest rooms are available in single queen, single king and double queen configurations.

Included on-site is the Blanca Tatanka Bar and Restaurant featuring small plates, signature cocktails and live music. It’s a great place to start (or end) your night out on the town!

Featured amenities at the Scout Inn:

  • All rooms feature a/c, coffee stations, microwaves and fridges
  • Fast, free wifi
  • Free parking
  • Flat screen cable TVs
  • Coin-operated guest laundry
A Western Rose Motel entrance with covered wagon is a Cody WY lodging option
A Western Rose Motel is a classic in downtown Cody. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kopf

A Western Rose Motel

1807 Sheridan Ave.
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-4258

Another classic, budget-friendly Cody WY property is A Western Rose Motel. Its downtown location at the quiet end of Sheridan Avenue puts you within walking distance of popular attractions. Multiple room configurations work for solo travelers, couples or families.

Featured amenities at A Western Rose Motel:

  • Keurig coffee maker, fridge and free wifi in rooms
  • Guest laundry and community microwave available
  • 24 rooms available in four configurations: single king, single queen, double queen and triple queen

Wyndham Hotels in Cody

If you’re a Wyndham Rewards member, you’ll be happy to know there are two Wyndham properties in Cody: the AmericInn and Super 8. Both are located on the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway and offer expected guest rooms and brand amenities.

The only major hotel rewards program without a participating property in Cody is Marriott Bonvoy.

RV Parks and Campgrounds in Cody

Cody is a welcoming gateway community for campers and RVers, located about an hour from Yellowstone’s East Entrance. You can choose a privately operated, amenity-rich resort, like the perennially popular Cody KOA. Or get off the grid and pitch your tent for free in Buffalo Bill State Park.

Amenities vary by location. I’m not a camper, but some destinations, like America’s Wild West, almost demand an outdoor night under the stars stay. While there are no luxury glamping resorts in Cody, you can stay in a TIPI or sheep wagon for a “how I roughed it” story and Instagrammable photos.

  • Absaroka Bay Campground
  • Black-Footed Ferret RV Resort
  • Buffalo Bill State Park
  • Buffalo Bluff RV Park
  • Chief Joseph RV Park
  • Cody KOA
  • Cody Trout Ranch Camp-RV & TIPI Park
  • Park County Fairgrounds
  • Parkway RV Campground & Trailer Village
  • Ponderosa Campground
  • Shoshone National Forest Campgrounds
  • Yellowstone Valley Inn & RV Park

Location is a Consideration in Cody

Location is an important consideration when choosing your Cody lodging. If you want to be in the middle of the action on Sheridan Avenue, a downtown hotel like The Chamberlin, Irma and Scout Inn are steps from the restaurants and bars.

The Buffalo Bill Village properties are a quieter option, closer to the airport and still within walking distance. The Best Western hotels and The Cody are on the opposite end of town, near the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Cathy Bennett Kopf serves as the Daily Editor of SheBuysTravel, reporting to Editor-in-Chief Cindy Richards. She began travel writing after serving as the unofficial (and unpaid) vacation coordinator for hundreds of family and friend trips. She launched her blog, The Open Suitcase, in 2012 and joined the SBT (formerly TravelingMom) team in 2016. A lifelong resident of New York, Cathy currently resides in the scenic Hudson River Valley. She’s a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, the International Travel Writers Alliance and TravMedia.
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