Montana April 11, 2019
This Historic Hotel Is Truly A Part Of Montana’s Legacy
We love preserving pieces of the past here in Montana, which is pretty fantastic, especially since it’s known as the Last Best Place. If you’ve ever stayed in one of our old hotels, you know how special it is to be surrounded by living history (if only the walls could talk). The Murray Hotel is one fine example of such a space, and if you’ve never spent a night there, you’re really missing out.
The Murray Hotel is located at 201 W Park St. in Livingston, where it has remained since 1904.
Back then, it was known as the Elite Hotel and owned by Josephine Kline, who wanted to accommodate passengers from the Northern Pacific Railway.
The hotel's construction was funded by the family of a future U.S. Senator from Montana, James E. Murray. And since the beginning, it was in a prime spot for travelers.
However, the hotel fell on hard financial times after it expanded to four floors in the 1920s. Eventually, the Murray family foreclosed on Josephine Kline, took over the operation of the hotel, and renamed it The Murray.
The hotel's guest registry is pretty impressive.
Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, director Sam Peckinpah, and even Queen of Denmark have slept here. Humorist Will Rogers and his friend Walter Hill once tried (and failed) to bring a saddle horse up to their third floor suite on the hand-cranked elevator.
These days, you might still see a famous face if you stay at The Murray.
Robert Redford, Whoopi Goldberg, actress Margot Kidder, and actor Rip Torn have all stayed here. Anthony Bourdain once named it one of his top 10 favorite hotels.
The rooms have been tastefully renovated, and now they have modern amenities while still maintaining a historic elegance.
There are 25 rooms and suites range from standard sized guest rooms to 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom accommodations.
The Murray Hotel has been featured in the New York Times and quite a few publications.
But here in Montana, we know it as another local gem that tells part of the story of our past.
The next time you're in Livingston, stop by and check out The Murray.
Aside from the fact that it's a historic treasure, it's conveniently located in the heart of downtown.
Booking a stay at
The Murray Hotel will give you a great excuse to explore Livingston, which happens to be home to an exceptionally large number of writers.