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River Rock Lodge
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   88 Big Pine Drive, P.O. Box 160700, Big Sky, MT 59716   |  
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Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Big Sky
Devon UK
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Lovely Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

As part of a girls trip to Montana we spent one night at the River Rock Lodge in Big Sky recently. The Lodge is based in the centre of a very small resort that is mainly used for winter sports and skiing. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the small number of shops and places to eat. We were a party of 7 and booked 2 queen rooms that joined. The room was well equipped, spacious and very clean. Reception were very helpful and there was a pleasant reception area. There was also a complimentary breakfast included where there was a choice of tea, coffe, muffins and toast/cereal.
Overall this was a lovely stay and I would recommend a visit to Big Sky if in the area. The River Rock Lodge were friendly and good value for money and although only there for one night would certainly return.

Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

The RiverRock Lodge is located right in the heart of Big Sky, MT and is not quite as much a lodge as it is a small hotel. With that said, the RiverRock tries to give its place a “Lodge” feel with a number of locally taxidermist animals, lots of rugged lumber, walls adorned with wonderful old photographs and a nice common area that includes leather couches, chairs and a fireplace. The Lodge also has a meeting room that can accommodate company functions and/or events.

The RiverRock Lodge is in walking distance from shopping, nice restaurants and other amenities—the ski lodge is just a few short miles away, so convenience is certainly in RiverRock’s favor. New construction has occurred in the area over the past few years, the community is putting the finishing touches on an outdoor music venue with a fabulous backdrop—again, a stone’s throw from the RiverRock Lodge.

The RiverRock also provides a continental breakfast for its guests that often includes, fresh fruit, yogurt, cold & warm cereal, pastries and coffee/tea & juice.

With many affluent lodging choices in the area, the RiverRock is a nicely appointed lodge/hotel for the money, with basic room rates of $165 per night. RiverRock Lodge is run by Resort Property Management Company, which manages a number of properties in the Big Sky area, from fully furnished homes, condos to cabins. So, no matter your lodging needs, Resort Property Management can probably accommodate.

While in Big Sky, you’ll find an abundance of things to do, from skiing, biking, rafting, horseback riding, climbing, hiking, cross country, fishing to wildlife watching. Whether summer, winter or in-between there is something for everyone in Big Sky. For more information on Big Sky, MT, check out the chamber website.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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san diego, ca
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152 reviews 152 reviews
145 hotel reviews
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2010

Wow, what an awesome place! We stayed here during their low season in the summer, as the place predominantly caters for the winter ski season. This is a charming place and beautifully designed. As soon as you walk through the door it has a homely and comfy atmosphere. The rooms are large and the beds great. It is a great location to visit the surrounding area and also for trips to Yellowstone National Park. The reception has a wonderful lounge area where you can relax and enjoy the free tea and coffee any time of the day. This hotel has every detail catered for and the staff are very pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2010

Second Spring-time visit; well located for shops and dining. Comfortable beds and well appointed rooms-- separate closet area; Discounts provided for locals' favorite spots, including restaurants, lift tickets. We had to leave early, and the manager allowed us to change our plans without an additional charge-- these folks are accommodating and helpful. Nice public lounging area with fireplace; free continental breakfast; coffee maker and fridge in room. Ask for Susie.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

Couldn't wait to share words of praise for River Rock Lodge after a week's stay there. The rustic exterior of the building was certainly inviting, and once the doors opened to a beautifully decorated lobby, we instantly knew that we had made a great selection for a place to stay. The reception desk was topped with copper and the fireplace is constructed with smooth river rocks. The place truly looks better in person than it does on their website!

The interior is constructed of lodgepole pine beams and the comfortable Western style furniture offers inviting places to sit in front of the fire or in an adjoining lounge area. There is a small area in which an adequate complementary breakfast is served daily. (A daily variety of fresh fruit, muffins, bread, cold cereal, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, instant oatmeal, juice, milk, coffee.)

Eight people could comfortably use the outdoor hot tub at the same time but we were fortunate that it was never in use when we chose to use it immediately after skiing. The water is hot and the trace odor of chemicals ensured that it was properly maintained.

The spacious guest rooms share the same Western-style decorating. Pendleton blankets, comfortable mattresses, terry cloth robes, hair dryer, mini fridge - even an iron and ironing board! All very clean, comfortable and inviting.

One of the best perks was the ability to purchase discount lift tickets - for Big Sky and Moonlight Basin - right at the lodge. It was less expensive to purchase tickets there than it would have been to purchase multi-day passes at the mountain.

The personnel at River Rock were all very helpful and friendly with suggestions for places to dine (several of which were in walking distance). We chose to rent a car while we were in Big Sky. However, Karst Stage will deliver you from the airport to their location and the shuttle stop to the mountain is nearby.

We agreed that we would prefer to stay at River Rock Lodge as opposed to staying right at the base of the mountain. The drive to ski is a short one. We had our choide of a variety of restaurants within walking distance, a grocery store/deli, a bank and ski shops.

We took a short drive just south of Big Sky to the Half Moon Restaurant - a really great place to eat. And the sleighride dinner offered by Lone Mountain Ranch was a magical journey into the forest on a snowy night, our sleigh pulled by a team of Belgian horses. The log cabin in the woods was lit by kerosene lanterns and we were entertained by a "cowboy" singer who told great stories and played his guitar prior to the meal being served and after dinner. He also sang to the horses on our way back down the hill to the stable.

Lodging at River Rock Lodge is very reasonable and I can't imagine that it would be possible to not enjoy a stay there - so much so that you'll find yourself planning a return trip even before you leave.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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new jersey
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2009

Can't go wrong with the value and what you get for it. Very clean and comfortable. Only drawback is that your not slopeside-you have to drive or take the shuttle service(I rented a suzuki outback) They include a very health conscience breakfast-great hot tub and bars/restaurants are all walking distance. Locals are very helpful and friendly-see Andrew at the wrap shack gor a burrito-the best ive ever had. I have skied practically everywhere but big sky/moonlight basin was incrdible- lots of room and NO LIFT LINES. Get in shape before you plan a week trip out here. I recommend that you bring your equipment-rentals are expensive though. Plan to ski hard and party hard- lots to do in the meadow and the mountain. If your renting a car watch your speed- the state troopers are big on public safety-I was pulled over for 8mph over.

  • Liked — Clean and comfortable-nice breakfast and hot tub
  • Disliked — wish it was on the mountain
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minnesota
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2009

We stayed here January 5-9 2009 while skiing at Big Sky Resort. It was 6 miles from the slopes but not a bad drive up. Also free ski shuttle available near by. We booked a ski package with our room that was an exceptional value. Great continental breakfast included and other restaurants are within walking distance. Nice big outdoor hot tub. Very quiet. Accomodating staff. Rooms are well appointed with nice fluffy towels and bathrobes, fridge, wet bar. We've stayed slopeside at BS in the past, but this was a great money saving alternative and would definitely stay here again. Highly recommended.

  • Liked — Convenient location, staff, hot tub, cleanliness, nice rooms
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 88 Big Pine Drive, P.O. Box 160700, Big Sky, MT 59716
Location: United States > Montana > Big Sky
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Big Sky
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — River Rock Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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