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The 13 best hotels in Montana, for an unbelievable stay in the wilderness

From rustic wood cabins to pastel-hued boutique motels, these are the best places to stay while you explore the wilds of Montana

Edited by
Time Out editors
Danielle Goldstein
Alex Floyd-Douglass

Wildnerness doesn’t get more epic than in Montana. This western state holds a treasure trove of natural wonders, from star-spangled inky blue skies and sublime snow-capped mountain ranges to huge lakes, beautiful alpine meadows, and melting glaciers. It packs in no less than eight national parks, including the gorgeous Glacier and world-famous Yellowstone. 

That means holidays here involve a lot of walking, exploring, and general exertion. So adventurers will be in need of a top-notch place to rest and recoup. We’ve rounded up the best places in the region to do just that. From rustic log cabins deep in the forest and bohemian-style yurts just a stone’s throw from national parkland to historic townhouses and pastel-hued boutique motels, these are the best places to stay that’ll put the cheer on top of your stay in Montana. 

February 2024 update: We stumbled across these two incredible properties we had to add in: North Forty Resort and 7 Point Ranch. Keep an eye out...

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines

Best Montana Hotels

Sage Lodge
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1. Sage Lodge

A rustic homestead, but make it luxe. Set on the banks of Yellowstone River, this handsome wood pile has everything you could want from a cabin deep in the Montana wilds: views of snow-capped mountains, plaid furnishings, moose heads hanging from the wall and roaring fires to nestle in front of after returning from one of the lodge’s fishing, river trips and trail rides. But, everything is laced with luxury from the carefully-arranged plates coming out of The Grill restaurant to the glamorous spa. Plus, you’re just a 35-minute drive from Yellowstone National Park.

Where is it? On the banks of Yellowstone River, just ten minutes' drive to Chico Hot Springs and about 30-minutes to the entrance of the park.

Which room? The Londge Deluxe Window King isn't the most expensive room you can book, but with a window seat right by the fireplace, it's beyond cozy.

Time Out tip: Forget the gas-guzzler and instead take advantage of the free bikes that Sage Lodge has on offer.

Montage Big Sky
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2. Montage Big Sky

While this five-star resort might look straight out of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’, there’s nothing scary about its luxury approach to mountain living. If you can tear yourself away from the views of the rugged Spanish Peaks mountain range that surround the place, you’ll find cosy rooms designed with locally-sourced wood and stone, plus five elegant dining options dishing up everything from wild game and barbeque to Italian classics. Adventurous types can take advantage of skiing, snowboarding, fly fishing and golfing. Those looking for something more laidback can hit up the alpine-inspired spa.

Where is it? Nestled within the Big Sky community at the base of the Spanish Peaks, providing ski-in/ski-out access.

Which room? A fireplace in the bedroom? You better believe it! There's one in every room, all of which are kitted out to the nines, so you can't go wrong with any of the 139 options.

Time Out tip: Don't leave without stopping in at the Wildflower Market. Here you'll find freshly baked goods, specialty coffee and tea and house-made ice cream, as well as local artisan goods.

North Forty Resort

3. North Forty Resort

This four-star resort sits in the heart of Columbia Falls, surrounded by abundant forest and stunning nature. On-site, the resort features private log cabins, hot tubs, and a sauna, as well as regular amenities such as Wi-Fi, free parking, and flat-screen TVs in the cabins. Keen to explore? You're just a short distance from Whitefish and the Big ASky Water Park, while Glacier National Park is 20 minutes away.

Where is it? Columbia Falls, where you can try out various activities such as horse riding, golfing, and skiing.

Which room? The Tamarack Cabin is the real winner here – a rustic dream fit for a group of 10. Dreamy.

Time Out tip: As this is a self-catering resort, be sure to pack plenty of essentials for your arrival – and book a local restaurant or two while you're at it.  

Historic Hotel Arvon
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4. Historic Hotel Arvon

When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition into the territory of the Louisiana Purchase in 1805, they were so bowled over by the five waterfalls they found here gushing from the Missouri River that they named the spot Great Falls. The town’s pioneering heritage is woven into the fabric of this handsome redbrick downtown hotel, which was founded in 1886 by Welsh immigrant Robert ‘Celtic Cowboy’ Vaughn as the most advanced livery in the Pacific Northwest. The horses may be long gone, but you’ll still find historic features littered throughout the place as well as a pretty authentic Irish (or should that be Welsh?) pub selling all the classics.

Where is it? Central Great Falls, a couple of blocks away from the Missouri River and within strolling distance of attractions such as Electric City Water Park and the Children's Museum of Montana.

Which room? Pack your chef hat and stay in the King Suite Cooking Loft, which comes with a mini stovetop in the kitchen and room to sleep four.

Time Out tip: Flying into Great Falls? Make use of the hotel's free airport shuttle.

7 Point Ranch

5. 7 Point Ranch

This five-star ranch hotel is located in Emigrant, nestled between the Gallatin Range and Absaroka Range. The area is most known for its proximity to the Emigrant Peak mountain, located along the Yellowstone River. While the ranch offers rustic-style rooms with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and mountain views (in certain rooms), the real appeal is the nearby fishing and boating opportunities. 

Where is it? Emigrant, a tiny community in Park Country, with a draw to many adventurous travelers. 

Which room? The private suite is best for mountain views and a family of four.

Time Out tip: Pack a picnic and visit the nearby Paradise Valley – you won't be disappointed.  

Coyote Bluff Estate
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6. Coyote Bluff Estate

No matter what time of year you visit this impressive wood cabin you’ll be treated to sublime views of the neighboring Flathead Lake, which glistens beneath the log balconies and sun-trap terraces. In winter, snuggle in front of a roaring fire in the bombastic lounge (which features dramatic antler chandeliers), soak in the hot tub, sip scotch in the bar or retreat to the cozy rooms full of thick log beams and leather furnishings. In summer, sip wine on the alfresco terraces, explore the surrounding forest or while away the evening by the outdoor fire pit.

Where is it? The lakeside community of Somers, about 40 minutes' drive from Whitefish and Glacier National Park.

Which room? The Yellowstone and Alyssa Rose King Suites both come with private balconies, hot tubs and views to die for.

Time Out tip: There's an outdoor whiskey and scotch bar and it's complimentary. We'll drink to that!

Spanish Peaks Cabin Lakeside Vista
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7. Spanish Peaks Cabin Lakeside Vista

The Spanish Peaks are one of North America’s most sublime mountain ranges, as well as a popular skiing destination. This homely cabin is tucked right in the foothills of the range, making it a perfect spot for those wanting to take to the slopes. When you’re done sliding across the Alpine vistas, you can warm up in front of a crackling fire, soak beneath starry skies in the hot tub and sleep soundly under patchwork quilts.

Where is it? Another one at the base of the Spanish Peaks in Big Sky that's perfect for those ski-in/ski-out vacations.

Which room? There are five to choose from in this three-level home and they're all as rustically charming as each other. Get in early and bagsy one of the two with private patios.

Time Out tip: Learn about the earliest settlers in the Big Sky area at the historic Crail Ranch Homestead Museum in Meadow Village.

Lodge at Whitefish Lake

8. Lodge at Whitefish Lake

With an uninterrupted view of Whitefish Lake, a full service spa and gym, you'll struggle to feel stressed after a stay at this Montana lodge. We haven't even mentioned the fireplace in every one of the spacious rooms, or the complimentary teas and fruit-infused water in the relaxation lounge. When you get peckish, grab a bite in Boat Club, the award-winning restaurant and bar, which serves American fare and live music three nights a week. Alternatively, sip a cocktail from Tiki Bar beside the pool or a fresh (and locally sourced) brew from the Coffee Dock in the lobby.

Where is it? On the shore of Whitefish Lake, just six miles from skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort and 35 miles from Glacier National Park in Montana's Rockies.

Which room? Book a Lakefront Condominium. These self-contained stays have floor-to-ceiling windows and private patios with barbecues.

Time Out tip: Get out on the water with a rental from The Lodge's marina, including motorized watercraft, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, waterskis and wakeboards.

Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
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9. Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel

After a completely unique Yellowstone experience? This bohemian collection of luxury tipis in Gardiner, just a stone’s throw from the national park’s north entrance, will give you just that (although note that it's only open from May to October). Each of the billowing white tents at this glamping spot has its own fire pit, comfy double beds (no sleeping bags here) and is decorated with Native American touches. Fuel up for those daily hiking trips with the complimentary grab-and-go breakfast and, in the evenings, gather around the community campfire with a couple of cold ones and a s’mores kit and swap stories from your stay. Oh, and pets are welcome too.

Where is it? In the lively town of Gardiner, right beside Yellowstone's northern entrance and the iconic Roosevelt Arch.

Which room? Each tipi is fully equipped to ensure you stay in comfort and style, so you'll be happy with any of them. And they sleep five, so bring the whole crew.

Time Out tip: There's a personal fire pit and seating area outside every tipi, so sit out at night and enjoy a spot of stargazing.

The Ridge At Glacier
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10. The Ridge At Glacier

Henry David Thoreau would have been right at home in these cheery cabins crafted with rustic hardwood floors and tongue-and-groove walls and ceilings. Each one has a front porch overlooking the thickly forested countryside where you can try your luck at spotting redheaded woodpeckers and eagles. Perfect for large groups and families, the cabins can sleep up to eight people. The only thing to remind yourself you haven’t gone back to a simpler time is the plug sockets and bathrooms full of mod-cons.

Where is it? Coram in Flathead County, close to the National Park, Hungry Horse Dam and the very laidback Packers Roost Saloon and Eatery, which serves American diner fare and is frequented by the locals.

Which room? There are five cabins to choose from—sleeping six or eight—and all are nestled into the woods, providing privacy and comfort.

Time Out tip: Get the blood pumping with a day on the ropes—the high ropes that is—at Glacier Highline, just a five-minute drive away.

RSVP Hotel
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11. RSVP Hotel

Owners—sisters Hillary and Haylee Faolkvord (who know a thing or two about Montana, having been raised in the state on a three-generation farm)—opened this Midtown spot to ‘change the way you stay and play in the mountain town’. As well as pastel-hued Insta-friendly interiors, you’ll find a restaurant and cafe serving up local whole food dishes and an outdoor pool with a Miami vibe.

Where is it? Southwest Montana, in Bozeman, close to the Historic District and Montana State University.

Which room? The King Suite with Patio not only has that private—albeit modest—yard, but within it is an outdoor fireplace, so you can curl up and watch the stars.

Time Out tip: Explore downtown Bozeman without spending a penny on one of RSVP Hotel's free bikes.

Under Canvas West Yellowstone
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12. Under Canvas West Yellowstone

If you’ve come to Montana to get closer to nature, this safari-inspired collection of tents will ensure you get well acquainted. The only thing separating you from star-studded skies and towering snow-capped peaks is a sheet of canvas. Rest assured, though, this is most definitely glamping, with each tent housing a wood stove and a private bathroom full of spa products. Plus, there’s an onsite restaurant available. There’s no electricity, so this is your chance to go off-grid, explore Yellowstone, which is a short walk away or hike to the Old Faithful geyser.

Where is it? In a wildflower-strewn meadow close to the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Charming doesn't even begin to cover it.

Which room? Hands down it has to be the Stargazer. There's a viewing window above the king-size bed.

Time Out tip: There's a nearby Grizzly (that's bears) and Wolves Centre to explore – if you’re brave enough.

1872 Inn
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13. 1872 Inn

This adult-only boutique hotel is just a short walk from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park, meaning adventurous types are well-placed to do some serious exploring of the natural wonder. After a hard day’s hike, relax in snug rooms decorated with locally-handmade furniture or sweat it out in the onsite sauna.

Where is it? West Yellowstone, close to restaurants, bars and shops, and within 15-minutes' walk of the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.

Which room? They're all Premium Kings here, with personal fireplaces, large double showers and flat-screen TVs.

Time Out tip: Given the proximity to the National Park, eating out in West Yellowstone can be a minefield to navigate—especially as few places take reservations. Head out just before 6pm to secure yourself a spot somewhere.

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