Press & Awards
National Geographic Traveler Magazine©
For more than 50 years, True West Magazine® has been a leading authority on everything to do with the Old West. That is why we were so very pleased when they named The Occidental Hotel as The Best Hotel In The West!
Since True West Magazine concerns itself with the authentic Old West, the awards were primarily given for the authentic reality of the American frontier that has been preserved at The Occidental Hotel.
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But the awards were also given for the other things that make The Occidental a great Western hotel: the outstanding hospitality and Old West ambience... the personal service... the wonderful Western dining... and the beautifully decorated rooms and suites.
With its original back bar, tin ceilings and furnishings, the Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming, is not a re-creatio of a historic hotel, but a refinement of the historic structure that has been frequented by guests such as Teddy Roosevelt, Buffalo Bill Cody, Calamity Jane and Butch Cassidy. Started in a tent, The hetel later moved into its first permanent building —a log barn-like edifice that was renovated into the present hotel. It was on the edge of demolition when John and Dawn Wexo bought it in 1997 and began the restoration that brought it back to its early days of grandeur. They not only salvaged the structure but also most of its original furniture, pieces that are now used in suites and guest rooms as well as the common areas with some special items included in the Occidental Museum in a downstairs area of the hotel.
Staying at this hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming, allows visitors to slip back into time and sleep where Western heroes and regular folk laid their weary heads. Built in 1880, the hotel still showcases many of its original features and furnishings. The saloon and restaurant are also original, which makes for a fine setting for a cool drink or a delicious meal. don't forget to allot some time to read a book in the lobby/parlor and rock in the chairs on the front porch.