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The Lodge at Big Sky
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Big Sky
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 12, 2008

We stayed here for 2 nights to accomodate a rafting trip on the Gallatin River with Whiewater Rafting. We were 2 families traveling together with 5 kids. The kids loved this hotel! They loved the indoor pool and the game room. The game room had 2 ping pong tables, foosball, and bored games. The adults loved the easy access to laundry, the beautiful lobby, and access to great restaurants close by. After staying in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, we welcomed the change of having a few more amenities. Yes, the kids were thrilled to have a TV.

We booked a Mountain View room that had 2 queen beds and a pull out sofa. The room also had a wet bar, microwave, and refrigerator.

We had pizza delivered the first night and the second night we went down to the meadow and ate at Choppers...a fun place to eat!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 28, 2008

I just spent a week at the Lodge at Big Sky (formerly known as "The Mountain Inn") while at a conference at The Summit in Mountain Village. This hotel is definitely NOT a 2-star class per the listing on TripAdvisor. I equate 2-star class with Motel 6 level service. This is more like a La Quinta or Holiday Inn, but without that "chain hotel" feel.

First of all, it is a little difficult to find. Once you turn off of Hwy 191, you'll need to drive about 9 miles up the mountain, past Meadow Village (3-mile mark). At 9 miles, turn left into the first turnoff for Mountain Village. There is a little lake to the right. Turn right at the next road, and right again in about 1/2 mile when the road forks. The hotel will be immediately on your right.

I recommend you ask at the front desk for a map of Mountain Village which shows the Lodge in relation to the other buildings. Mountain Mall (dining & shopping) is about 3 mins' walk away.

I had a room on the top floor, and it had vaulted ceilings and big windows. The furnishings were modern & clean. The kitchen area had a big sink, microwave & mini-fridge.

The TV was a little funky - no HBO (they just cancelled the service - no explanation when I asked), no other movie channels, some channels "fuzzy", others fine & then they cut out altogether for a few seconds.

Breakfast is provided each morning in the lounge just off the lobby. It was mediocre and unimaginative. A nice option is pizza available at the bar each evening for $2.50 a big slice. They get it from the Blue Moon Cafe, and it is good pizza.

I found the whole dining experience at Mountain Village to be mediocre. Better & more varied dining can be found back down the mountain about 6 miles in Meadow Village. Check out the Blue Moon Cafe & Hungry Moose Grocery (they have a deli counter). But the best food & casual atmosphere I found was lunch at Cafe Bugaboo. When you come down the mountain and hit the Hwy 191 intersection, turn left, go over the bridge, and immediately turn left into the Cafe Bugaboo parking lot.

The staff at the Lodge at Big Sky were excellent & courteous. I would definitely recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled on business
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1  Thank elissaw
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Reviewed July 15, 2008

We stayed here while on our way to Yellowstone Park. During the summer Big Sky is pretty empty, but there are some nice accommodations up there close to the Park.

The main feature of The Lodge at Big Sky is their great room where they have a bar where they offer happy hour pizza and cocktails (extra charge). They also offer a lovely breakfast there which was included in the price of our stay.

While the great room is fabulous, our room was standard. The beds and bedding were average; the bathroom was average; the pool was average (pool towels are small and ugly). The bright spots were the microwave in our room, the little freeze compartment in the mini-fridge, and quiet and effective air conditioning.

I'm sure in the winter it's great to be so close to the lifts, but it was kinda bland for us this summer.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2008

When we arrived we had some initial confusion as the name had changed to The Lodge at Big Sky but we'd booked into the Mountain Inn, and expedia hadn't informed us of any changes. It looks like it might have been a recent change as some things were still labelled as Mountain Inn (key cards and bus) but the gift items in the shop were labelled as The Lodge (t-shirts etc) so clearly they are in transition.

Our room looked like a travelodge - no character, many shades of brown and beige - but it was huge with two queen sized beds. It had a small kitchen area - microwave and fridge but no cutlery or crockery or stove, making eating in almost impossible.

The Lounge area is nice with a fireplace, bar and wifi. Breakfast was a free for all in the lounge with paper plates and plastic cutlery. It consisted of basic fare - cereals, bagels, English muffins - and also frozen food ready to be prepared in a microwave (omelette, waffle, sausage) - there was, however, no shortage of food available even though I'd consider the qualith food quite poor. On Saturday morning the breakfast area was a riot - people standing to eat their food.

There are 3 outdoor hot tubs and one inside with the swimming pool - these were very welcome after a long day playing in the snow.

The Lodge is a short walk from the slopes of Big Sky and the bars and restaurants in the resort village. The Meadow Village is an easy drive away and has another set of restaurants, bars and shops. Moonlight Basin is just a short drive away if you don't fancy riding/skiing both Big Sky and Moonlight Basin in one day, and is definitely worth a visit.

Big Sky was the place we had the most difficulty finding accommodation at during our month long snowboarding tour of Oregon, BC, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and the Lodge at Big Sky was the most expensive of the places we visited. We felt it was overpriced in comparison with the other places we stayed but the riding was excellent and that's what we were there for.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 3, 2008

This hotel was nice. Our room was big w/ two queens, nice sized bathroom. It was very noisey, lots of kids running through the halls at all hours and people walking around with their ski boots on sounded like they were going to come crashing down into our room. Just a short walk to the lifts and restaurants. The breakfast in the morning was just ok. No free wireless internet connecton. They have laundry machines but were often in use for washing the hotel linens. Overall it wasn't bad for $135/night.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 2, 2008

We arrived on 3/26/08 and the staff happily greeted us after a long travel day. The lodge was absolutely beautiful. Our room was excellent and nice and clean. The bathroom was nice and clean and the shower was really good. We received complimentary breakfast each morning that was great. Really convenient, since we wanted to get right to the mountain to snowboard. Speaking of that, SO CLOSE! Close to all the restaurants and some bars. Very limited to that, but they are there. We found our food up on 191. Bugaboo Cafe we ate at 2 nights in a row!!! Fantastic. This lodge made our first experience in Big Sky a wonderfully memorable one. By the way, the staff was really helpful in directions and recommending different places of interest.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank muszhie
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Reviewed April 1, 2008

Very seldom do you spend 3 - 4 days in a facility without
encountering at least one staff member who makes you
feel like your bothering them. From the front desk, to the bar/lounge staff, to management, and the maids, everyone
we encountered was happy, smiling, and helpful. Rooms were very spacious and clean. Amenities were plenty for all family members. Great breakfast bar, and reasonably priced food available in bar/lounge area. Good music/entertainment
too. Shuttle to mountain helpful, but easy walk if you need to go back to hotel mid-day. As we were packing up, we realized we had left a vehicle light on and needed a battery jump. Again,staff were most helpful not just giving us a jump once, but twice, because we didn't let our vehicle run longer enough to recharge after the first jump. Thank you Ryan for the jump starts, and all
staff for a great skiing experience.

Stayed: March 2008
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Address: 75 Sitting Bull Road, Big Sky, MT 59716 (Formerly Holiday Inn Express Mountain Inn Big Sky)
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Location: United States > Montana > Big Sky
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Big Sky
Price Range: $209 - $369 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lodge at Big Sky 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located minutes from the Base Village area yet quiet and private, The Lodge at Big Sky is Big Sky's only independent lodging located slope side in Big Sky Montana. We are the best value on the mountain. Come visit us and see what sets us apart from the others:) ... more   less 
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