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Rainbow Ranch Lodge

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42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730
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Chicago, Illinois
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139 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

The property is beautiful, the rooms are rustic to start with, and a bit rundown on tope of that. Real fireplaces and daily chocolate chip cookies in the room are pluses. Staff too - very nice. My house-keeping experience was much better than many of the other reviews here. No fridges/microwaves. You'd never know from the continental breakfast (cheap, weak... More 

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rainbowranch2016, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your constructive criticism. We value all our guests opinion and when writing responses to reviews, will do a better job at personalizing each and every one. I apologize you had a sub par breakfast, our breakfast program is working progress. What would of you liked to see on our free continental breakfast buffet? I am... More 

Munich
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

We booked the RR lodge for several nights in September based on the positive reviews in TripAdvisor. Basically the price does not in any way correspond to the quality of rooms or service provided. The best feature of the room was the wooden terrace facing the river. Otherwise, the room was dark and the bathroom was in need of renovation.... More 

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Rainbow R, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. On behalf of the entire Rainbow Ranch team, we would like to extend a sincere Thank You, for your feedback. Your recent experience does not reflect our standards of guest service. We will use this opportunity to improve the experience of our future guests, & invite you back to give us another chance. Our entire... More 

Londonderry, New Hampshire
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We visited this hotel in early August, and thought it would be a relaxing, upscale spa -type resort due to the many great reviews that we had seen posted here. What a disappointment. Our room was dirty, had no a/c and no mini-refrigerator. Based on the premium price, we wondered what we were paying for. Other than being on the... More 

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Rainbow R, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. On behalf of the entire Rainbow Ranch team, we would like to extend a sincere Thank You, for your feedback. Your recent experience does not reflect our standards of guest service. We will use this opportunity to improve the experience of our future guests, & invite you back to give us another chance. Our entire... More 

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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Stayed one night at the Rainbow Ranch to celebrate our engagement (over 20 yrs ago). This is one of our favorite places to stay in Montana. The view along the Gallatin River is perfect for relaxing. This trip we stayed on a Tuesday. This time of the year, many of the specialties of the property, including their bar, restaurant, and... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Stayed 2 nights with our 2 kids in August. Superb location with room opening right onto Gallatin river.....could not have found a more beautiful place. Great base for local rafting and hiking at Big Sky. Restaurant a little too fancy/sophisticated for kids but ok options up the road. Room well done, but bathroom was dated. In the end, this hotel's... More 

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Far Hills, New Jersey
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

I booked five rooms (4 river side, 1 pond side) for three nights. We also had the wine cellar conference room and a private dinner. The food is great, breakfast was a feast - lunch was lovely and dinner could not have been better. The rooms are spacious, beds are comfortable, bathrooms are dated but serviceable. The issue is the... More 

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Rainbow R, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. On behalf of the entire Rainbow Ranch team, we would like to extend a sincere Thank You, for your feedback. Your recent experience does not reflect our standards of guest service. We will use this opportunity to improve the experience of our future guests, & invite you back to give us another chance. Our entire... More 

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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We stayed at the Rainbow Ranch during the first week of August, 2015, because we were intrigued by staying so close to the river and because the TA reviews were so good. What a mistake! Here are the details: Pros: The river flowing right outside the riverside rooms is wonderful and we loved having wine on the "deck." The main... More 

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Rainbow R, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. On behalf of the entire Rainbow Ranch team, we would like to extend a sincere Thank You, for your feedback. Your recent experience does not reflect our standards of guest service. We will use this opportunity to improve the experience of our future guests, & invite you back to give us another chance. Our entire... More 

TENNESSEE
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We have stayed here a number of times over the past 10 years. We have always enjoyed our visits. They have an excellent on site bar and a fine dining restaurant. The rooms are comfortable but could use a little updating especially when you consider the price. There is no A/C. Management should add A/C. One comment about the people... More 

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30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

What am I missing after reading other reviews. The best thing about this ranch is the location and grounds on the Gallatin River. Make no mistake, you are paying for the location, not the rustic, 80's decor in the rooms. Lighting is poor, walls are dark but, at least, the bed and down pillows are very comfortable. Dinner is excellent... More 

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Battle Ground
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

I cannot express how much I like this spot. I have been romanced by the moon, rising over the trees and the river, a fabulous meal and vintner's collection, a hot tub situated next to the fire and soft, cozy beds, just feet from the gently babbling Gallatin River! Service is unobtrusive but always available if you might need something... More 

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