As local travel experts, we know what travelers are looking for when it comes to finding the perfect accommodations for their next trip. To compile our lists, we scour the internet to find properties with excellent ratings and reviews, desirable amenities, nearby attractions, and that something special that makes a destination worthy of traveling for.
A good hotel experience can really take a vacation from good to great, especially when your hotel happens to be beautiful. We’ve got plenty of ornate and elegant places to spend the night in Montana, and some of them play a big role in our local history. Add these nine beautiful hotels to your bucket list and book your next “staycation,” stat.
1. The Pollard, 2 N Broadway Ave., Red Lodge
The Pollard Hotel dates back to 1893 - and in fact, it was Red Lodge's first brick structure. Originally called The Spofford Hotel, it was renamed when Thomas F. Pollard took possession of it in 1902. These days, it's a renovated masterpiece with a pub, an elegant dining rooms and relaxing rooms and suites.
2. The Baxter, 105 W Main St., Bozeman
Bozeman's Hotel Baxter radiates elegance, which is why it's such a popular wedding and romantic weekend destination. It has been a local landmark since 1929. The onsite chocolate shop, La Petite Châtelaine, provides the perfect sweet treats to enjoy on your getaway.
3. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, 1380 Wisconsin Ave., Whitefish
Doesn't this just look relaxing? The Lodge at Whitefish Lake spares no expense in creating a beautiful, serene environment for skiers, snowboarders and people who just need a nice mountain getaway.
4. The Grand Union Hotel, 1 Grand Union Square, Fort Benton
The Grand Union Hotel was built in 1882, just 36 years after Fort Benton was founded and 7 years before Montana became a state. It has been beautifully renovated, and guests can enjoy a fine dining experience at the delicious Union Grille Restaurant.
5. Rainbow Ranch Lodge, 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway
The Rainbow Ranch Lodge is open all year long, and you'll want to experience this stunning property in multiple seasons. And with an onsite restaurant, bar, garden, hiking trails and massages, you may find it extremely difficult to leave.
6. Northern Hotel, 19 N Broadway, Billings
Another historic gem, the Northern Hotel dates back to 1904. Although it burned to the ground in 1940, it was rebuilt and remains a beautiful Billings staple.
7. Gallatin River Lodge, 9105 Thorpe Road, Bozeman
Talk about a relaxing retreat. This cozy luxury hotel and fly fishing lodge is located near the Gallatin River, and it's absolutely gorgeous. The onsite fine dining restaurant and fly fishing equipment ensure you don't even have to leave the property to have a great vacation.
8. The LARK Bozeman, 122 W Main St.
Accommodations at The LARK are definitely unique, and that's the way they like it. Sleek and modern, this one-of-a-kind hotel is delightfully quirky. Best of all, it's the home of Victory Taco, the best taco and ice cream shop in town.
9. Premier Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel, 835 Great Northern Blvd.
With modern amenities and a theme reminiscent of the Great Northern Railroad days, this Helena hotel is warm and inviting. When you stay here, you'll be close to all that downtown Helena has to offer.
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