Overall, the Huntley has some nice positives, but also some strong negatives. It's clear that the majority of the staff make efforts to enhance the guest experience at the Huntley. Almost everyone we dealt with was friendly and helpful: bellboys, convention center employees, cafeteria and Chet's Bar staff, health club staff, and other facility employees. The included breakfast, with its huge selection and great staff, and the three hot tubs were the highlights of our stay. Don't sit near the windows of the cafeteria when it's cold out. The Huntley's location near the Express Chair and easy walking distance to the Ram Charger and Swift Current lifts also win it points. Other reviews have expressed concerns over cleanliness, but our room was clean. Make sure to catch the Crazy Austrians who perform in Chet's Bar almost every day. Infectious fun, lots of audience participation, really nice guys.
On the down side, the Huntley facility was seemingly built without the benefit of interior or exterior insulation. As other reviews have noted, the walls are paper-thin and noise was a constant problem. Try for a room on the third floor to avoid having overhead guests make your resting times miserable. Even normal walking overhead pounds and squeaks the floorboards enough to keep you awake and wondering if the ceiling is coming down. Other members in our group experienced frequent lack of hot water for showers and arctic blasts of air from the leaky windows, requiring them to hang a spare comforter in front of the window using duct tape. Beds were average. There's also a serious lack of storage space in the rooms. With two of us in one room for a week of skiing, we could have used another set of drawers for all of our gear and clothes. While having a small refrigerator was better than none at all, its exceptionally small size made it hard to stock very much in them. Microwaves are available near the vending machines making them somewhat inconvenient. Lastly, there's no repair / wax room for touching up our gear which took a beating from the partially-exposed rocks particularly near the Shedhorn and Dakota lifts.
If visiting the magnificent Big Sky area is in your future, you may want to look at other lodging options. Overall, the Huntley wasn't fantastic, but it was tolerable and couldn't diminish the excellent week we spent at one of the best ski resorts in North America. I rated it 2 out of 5, mainly due to the sleeping rooms, although the included breakfast almost prompted me to bump it up to a three.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in the heart of Big Sky's Mountain Village, this three-story hotel was part of the late NBC News broadcaster Chet Huntley's original vision for Big Sky Resort. It is as tasteful as it is convenient: the Explorer Lift is just out the back door. Under the same roof are concierge, dining, shopping, ski storage, meeting rooms, and spa. The Huntley Lodge features Boyne Beds and flat panel televisions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Huntley Hotel Big Sky
- Huntley Lodge Big Sky, Montana