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“A Little Slice of Heaven” 5 of 5 stars
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Rainbow Ranch Lodge
42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730   |  
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Bozeman, Montana
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A Little Slice of Heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

We took our son and daughter-in-law along with our two dogs to Rainbow Ranch Lodge for a night to sample their wonderful food from the dining room and enjoy a night out together. The lodge is beautifully done and the staff was wonderful from beginning to end...friendly, welcoming and helpful. Our room was very comfortable with a fireplace ready for the light and the rest of the room nicely decorated and well set up so our dog could enjoy the evening also. We took the dogs for a walk up the hill behind the inn for some play and exercise. Cookies and wine were in the room for us to enjoy and two bowls were provided for each dog. Cocktails at the bar were wonderful with the bartender recommending one of their specialties...an old fashion with house made grapefruit bitters....it was fantastic! The dining room was the real reason for our visit and we were not disappointed. The gnocchi in the mushroom veloute and black truffle was to die for as was a special offered that evening....pheasant. It was a truly terrific experience and since we live in Montana, we will be back again soon to see Rainbow Ranch Lodge in a different season.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
Dear Guest,
It was lovely to have your family at Rainbow this past April! So nice that you enjoyed the many aspects of our property from the hiking trails to the amazing cocktails! We are putting the final touches on our summer menu (soon to be unveiled on our website) and hope that you will bring the family back to experience more!
Until then, take good care!
Mollie
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  • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Right from our initial booking to our check-in and beyond the crew at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge had thought of just about everything to make our stay a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Our room was so lovely, when we first walked in the door the room was warm with welcoming cookies, chocolate truffles and a bottle of champagne. How spoilt we felt! The open fire was all set just waiting for us to light it. The large soaker bath was glorious as was the shower. The shower head was the size of Montana - obviously no water restrictions here!!! As was the double size closet space.

The king size bed was deluxe, comfortable and with a myriad of lights to choose from. At first we couldn't find the TV, it is ingeniously concealed. I won't spoil it for you.

Our room was decorated in a modern log-cabin style - cosy but didn't feel like a cheesy theme park. It had the charming log wall, large river rock fire place, gorgeous recycled timber floors and moose antler light. For us Aussies this is a special treat.

We didn't eat dinner at the resturant but if the complimentary breakfast was any measure you would not be disappointed. We enjoyed our breakfast, everything was home made and delicious.

As the hot tub was closed for repairs we were given a voucher to enjoy a drink from the bar. It was a great gesture and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, the barman was great, chatty and didn't mind us 'picking his brain' for travel tips. Oh, and his cocktails were fabulous.

If I had to be picky, the room only had one towel each and no hand towels - extra towels would have been nice. But, that is picky because I am certain that if I had asked more towels would have appeared without any trouble.

It's hard not to wax lyrical, I wish we could have stayed longer, our room was beautiful comfortable and the location on the river is really pretty.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bozeman, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

The Rainbow Ranch is the perfect weekend get-away! The rooms are rustic, but refined, giving you a taste of Montana without losing the ammenities expected from a resort. The food is excellent, staff incredibly friendly and accomodating, and the grounds are well-kept. Kudos to manager Mollie Eckman, I would recommend the Rainbow to anyone!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

The ranch was beautiful, the rooms were cozy, the food was great. We stayed one night and loved the feel of our little cabin room with a wood burning fireplace, big tub, and views of the river. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and made our stay fantastic. I was a bit surprised the ranch is right off the main road, but there was hardly any traffic so we didnt notice. Overall, great experience!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Basin, MT
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

4 of us went to the RRL for a Wine Dinner and night. Our rooms were very comfortable and beautiful. We were all pleased with our experince. The Wine dinner was amazing as was the wine and kitchen staff. In the morning we found a wonderful breakfast with perfect pastries. Thak you Rainbow for a wonderful time!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Helena MT
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012 via mobile

We just returned from a weekend visit to the Rainbow Ranch and can't wait to go back! The location is one of the prettiest places in Montana and we enjoyed the scenic drive ro the losge.

My husband planned a birthday get-away at RR, which was complicated by my food allergies. My husband worked with the staff to make sure the food would be ok, and RR knocked it out of the park! The staff are wonderful, and I appreciate their effort to make the weekend special.

We loved the hot tub with the outdoor fireplace and the fireplace in our room. I can't remember the last time I fell asleep with a glowing fire lighting the room....wonderful ambience! We'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

We stayed for two nights on our way into Yellowstone. The facility, food, service, etc. was all excellent. We chose to stay in the larger rooms (more expensive) on the pond, but they were well worth it. True, wood burning fireplace, huge bathroom with jacuzzi tub and walk in shower. Staff was great (especially Matt the bartender). We will be returning for sure to see what it is like in the summertime.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Rainbow Ranch Lodge

Address: 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730
Location: United States > Montana > Big Sky > Gallatin Gateway
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Gallatin Gateway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rainbow Ranch Lodge is an intimate twenty-one room hotel and gourmet restaurant located on the banks of the Gallatin River in Big Sky, Montana. Whether riverside or pondside, accommodations at Rainbow Ranch Lodge provide a sanctuary for post-adventure relaxing or a romantic getaway for two. Located in a sweeping valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge's location is ideal for both summer and winter activities. Our proximity to Yellowstone National Park affords our guests endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration, including world-class fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. Whether you choose an experienced local guide service or venture out on your own, the breathtakingly rugged, natural beauty of southwest Montana will restore and rejuvenate your senses. One of the top 10 winter destinations in North America, the Big Sky area offers a variety of winters activities including downhill skiing at Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin and Lone Mountain Ranch, as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and winter fly fishing. If your winter preferences lean more towards comfort and warmth, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge's spa services and luxurious guest rooms provide the perfect alternative to a day spent outdoors. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Rainbow Ranch Hotel Gallatin Gateway
Rainbow Hotel Gallatin Gateway
Rainbow Ranch Montana
Rainbow Ranch Lodge Montana/Gallatin Gateway

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