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“Spectacular!” 5 of 5 stars
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Chico Hot Springs Resort
163 Chico Road, Pray, MT 59065   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Pray
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“Spectacular!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This resort is situated in a most spectacularly beautiful valley in Montana with stunning views of surrounding mountains, farm land and prairies. The main lodge is very old and rustic with a comfortable feel. The fireplace is always stoked with wood and attracts many to sit nearby. The menu is varied, the food exquisite, wine selection is extensive, service is as good as any 5-star restaurant and the staff is very helpful and friendly.. The attached pub is a fun environment and has live music on the weekends. We stayed in the Caboose and already made reservations for the same when we return again. The real relaxation comes when entering one of the two pools fed by the local hot springs. The temperature is divine, the water clean (emptied and refilled daily) and is most fun to enjoy in Winter. The steam from the pools can cause thick frost to build on your hair while your body remains toasty.
This is a wonderful place to take children or just a romantic getaway for couples. There are multiple options for outdoor activities as well as a Spa to treat yourself.
The oldest entrance to Yellowstone is just a short drive - less than 30 minutes. Wildlife is abundant yielding free entertainment. If you just want to stay at the resort, you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Rooms in the main lodge can be noisier because the wood floors creak and lots of guests bustling abo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Billings, Montana
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We booked the Caboose and loved it. We hadn't stayed at Chico before, so were looking forward to it, after hearing so many good things about it. The Caboose is uppermost on the hill behind the main buildings, very private. It felt like we were miles away from civilization. The room consisted of a queen-sized bed on one end (where you could lay in bed and see the sky out the upper observation window of the caboose) and a sitting room with gas fireplace on the other end (near door), plus a beautiful bathroom addition on the side (stand-alone shower and huge soaking tub). No TV (who needs it) or phone (again, who needs it). Only 2 downsides: extremely slippery wood floor (a little too much polishing...very dangerous) and not much room on either side of the bed so some toe stubbing (honestly, we are not clutzes!). The hot springs themselves were so relaxing and uncrowded (at night was really fun). The evening meal at the lodge was one of the best we've ever had - it seemed like we could taste all kinds of special distinctions in our entrees and other additions, even though they were quite "common" (prime rib and shrimp scampi). Don't forget to get towels BEFORE you go into the hot springs area!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights, the hotel made an error with our room but this meant we ended up in the Lower Lodge which was very comfortable. Strangely the hotel has a very 60s feel to it. We ate in the dining room on our 1st night, we were advised to book early as in the winter the hotel is full due to the yellowstone winter packages on offer. The room was full and very loud. The waiters were excellent, very fast and skilled. The portions are huge! I know American portions are far bigger but our 2 courses were ambitious. Unfortunately I found the menu to be slightly odd, steak with pesto, onion and garlic?! Lentils soaked in Madeira? I felt it was unecessarily fussy and the massive portions had already stopped the meal being a fine dining experience. The gift shop is extensive with plenty of souvenirs and essentials! Whilst here we went on a walk around the local trails, as there was snow on the ground we didn't walk to far. Saw some deer, a stoat in its winter coat, and rabbits. Overall I would say if you are staying in the winter months there is not a lot to do during the day except go in the pool unless you have a car.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Axbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

Stayed on their winter package which included half board. The north 40 cabins are well appointed with plenty of space and a great shower as well as spa bathtub. The pool was really great although the smell of burgers is a bit off putting while you float in the water! I didn't really care for the smaller pool which was full of people drinking beer. Dinner was good as was breakfast. Perhaps more landscaping around the cabins would give a more private feel.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Billings, MT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Chico is our local favorite for a quick getaway; they even offer a Winter Getaway package that's a great deal, especially if you can get a room in the Warren Wing. The hot springs are natural, no chlorine, and the pools drain and refill each night with hot water from the depths of the mountain, so the temperature varies slightly and is not artificially heated or cooled. Just bliss.
The restaurant is the best in the state, as far as we're concerned. Absolutely first rate ingredients and service in a casual atmosphere.
Plan far ahead, as they book way out, especially weekends. Great stop-off on the way to or from Yellowstone Nat. Park via Gardiner.

Room Tip: This is a rustic inn; if you want a cheaper room, the bed may not be the greatest, and the bathroom...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bozeman, Montana
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Just got back from spending two fun nights at Chico over New Years. It was completely opposite the review Kreshman and Harry B. posted on here. Chico is the true Montana experience. The staff is friendly and goes out of its way to make you comfortable. They have a wide selection of rooms and price levels. Rooms are very clean. The returaunt is excellent and you get the the true Montana experience in the Chico saloon. The hot springs pool is great and relaxing. If you want big city amenities an services then Chico is not the place for you. If your looking to have a good time in a beautiful spot then go to Chico.

Room Tip: We like the old lodge. Rooms are inexpensive and you do not have to go outside to get to the hot spr...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cameron wv
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

chico,was very over priced,dirty,the food was very poor,I stayed there 4 nights never again,my card was over changed,the staff at the bar was rude,it was a dump.Iam from the state of wv and Iam very surprised they call this a resort,my husband enjoyed the hot springs for back problems,the mineral water heated soothed his back.but I would never return to chico again ,and we do plan to re visit Montana The area around chico,the buildings,the view is good but the actual stay was poor quality..We stayed in the caboose cabin and the honey moon cabin it was terrible the price per night.The prices also to dine in was very high for the poor quality food. so choose another destination when going to Montana not chico

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Chico Hot Springs Resort

Address: 163 Chico Road, Pray, MT 59065
Location: United States > Montana > Pray
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Pray
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located close to Yellowstone National Park, this lodge offers mineral springs to enjoy. ... more   less 
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Chico Hot Springs Resort Montana/Pray

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