Arrived late and thought I had made a mistake in booking at lst sight in the dark.
The "motel" is an older motel in the center of town that has been extremely well-maintained! Carpets, all linens, bathrooms and adjoining restaurant were spotless. Comfortable bed and pillows. We found the reception desk to be extremely helpful. Ask for a 2d floor room with the vaulted ceilings. This is a typical 1940s-50s 2-story motel that provides partial payment of taxi ride from the airport (we paid $4 of the $10 fare in City Cab.) Gave the cab driver a $3 tip and he looked surprised and said it was not necessary. We told him it was. We just needed a place to sleep for the night before heading out. We paid $58 and had cleaner and nicer accomodations than some we have paid triple price. Breakfast not included but great and reasonable in restaurant at motel. Staying in a motel that reflects the laid-back west and not the usual chain was a delightful departure in this instance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dude Rancher Lodge is an historic downtown Billings hotel. We are proud to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which is America’s official list of important properties that provide a valuable link to the past and have been deemed worthy of preservation. Built in 1949, our hotel near downtown Billings is a rustic ranch that features weeping brick mortar and full-length porches. Our interior is designed with knotty pine paneling, custom-built western-style furnishings, decorative lampshades and carpeting that is adorned with the brands of local ranchers who originally invested in the property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dude Rancher Hotel Billings