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Copper King Mansion
Ranked #2 of 5 Butte B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 24, 2009

We wanted to stay in the Butte area while traveling with our dog, and options were very limited. The Copper King Mansion was pet friendly, so we booked a room. The place is a museum as well and a free museum tour is included with the bed and breakfast. However, due to time constraints we elected to skip the tour.

The owners are to be commended for being pet friendly. The rooms are full of antiques and so we were pleasantly surprised to learn that our dog would be allowed. She was welcomed, which we appreciated very much.

We had a large bedroom, a sitting room, a huge bathroom, and a huge closest, with more space than many apartments! The place is truly antique in every sense. The water pressure is non existent so there is no shower, but a nice old bathtub. There are no electrical outlets for a hairdryer so don't plan on using anything electric while there. (No internet access either). No tv or phone - this is a place to get away from it all so go expecting that and not expecting modern conveniences. We have no complaints about this, just know that you'll be staying in a very old and very unique place and go for the experience, not modern amenities. The bed was not very comfortable because the modern mattress did not fit well on the antique frame and the bed sagged in the middle. Also there is some noise from nearby bars that made it a little difficult to sleep (not the fault of the B&B).

The hosts were very nice. This area of Butte, however, is quite run down. While historic, it has not been maintained or restored much, so only the B&B and one or two other homes seem to be making any effort. There is a new correctional facility nearby but most of the buildings in this area and falling down or boarded up. That said, there are some nice restaurants in walking distance so if you want a unique place to stay and a good meal, you can get that. (The Uptown Cafe is nearby and excellent; see separate review).

Overall, a decent place to stay if you want unique and not a chain place, and you know what to expect. Very kind of them to be pet friendly.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2008

What a unique experience to sleep in a room that is part of a museum tour!! 34 room red brick mansion built in the 1880's by copper magnate, William Andrews Clark.
The current owners are restoring it (and this will take a long time for the exterior. The interior is in good shape and much of it is original) and it is furnished with unbelievable amount of antiques. The home has been in their family for many years, and they truly love the home and are dedicated to it.
The rooms don't have TV's or phones, as they are kept as true to time period as possible. We stayed in the family suite, which has a bathtub and no shower. We were the only guests that night, so we were able to use the shower in a different bathroom. What an experience that was! The fixtures are original and the shower has shower heads spraying all around you in a circle and from above.
Breakfast was excellent and our hostess was charming. It was so interesting to hear her tell about her family and their mission of restoring this gem that has been in her family for three generations.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2007

We just returned from a road trip through Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana. Much to our surprise the crowning event was an overnight stay in Butte, Montana the night before we returned home. The Copper King Mansion has been beautifully restored inside. Once the home to the Copper King, WIlliam Clark, much of the original interior work remains.

We stayed in the Family Suite, which is a large room with two double beds, a sitting area, a large private bathroom and vanity for only $85.

The owner was very gracious and treated us to a tour of the mansion. Her family has owned the mansion for three generations and she is very knowledgable about the home and the surrounding area. She also gave us a great tip on a restaurant called the Uptown Cafe, just a few blocks away and scrumptious!

A lovely breakfast was included in the price, and consisted of fresh fruit, french toast, and sausage.

I would recommend the Copper King Mansion to everyone that is traveling through the area.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 17, 2007

Visiting the Copper King Mansion is like going home to stay with relatives, that is, if your relatives are fanatical history buffs with endless stories to tell.

The accomodations are not 21st century, but it's we weren't looking for that. We found the house and our hosts fascinating and charming. The house and furniture is history coming alive.

The biggest treat is what you cannot find in ordinary hotels: a genuine past with people happy to tell you about it. That we were walking through the halls Copper King Clarke once did gave me a bit of thrill. So make sure you stop and chat with the owners and knowledgeable staff.

P.S. We don't go in for air conditioning, and being an Easterner accustomed to heat and humidity, even "hot" days in Butte aren't uncomfortable.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2007

It was an interesting night. We were tired and hot and rolled into Butte looking for a motel for the night. We tried 5 motels and all were full. Who would think that Butte would have full motels all over town? The last motel suggested we try the Copper King Mansion Bed and Breakfast. We tried and took the last room they had. The owners were very nice and we had a very good breakfast. We were on the second floor in the family room, there was no air conditioning and no shower, just a tub that leaked. There was a fan in our room that we kept on all night. The temperature was in the 90's. Guess next time we will make a reservation, except that we don't know for sure how far we would travel for the day. You can get so far and think oh, let's push it and go to the next town. Traveling is a fun experience.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2006

What a great experience. We had never been to Butte; went on a whim. Saw the Copper King Mansion listing in a travel guide; the total cost of $65 for bed & breakfast for 2 was much less than cost of a cheap motel and cheap restaurant. The Mansion is incredibly interesting, with gorgeous hand carved woodwork, ceiling frescoes, and filled to the brim with an incredible variety of antique furnishings, paintings, decorations, china, and even a giant organ in the attic. The building isn't in perfect condition, and the outside needs a little maintenance, so don't be discouraged when you arrive. After being inside, we would have gladly paid MUCH more to stay there. The current owners' mother bought the place long ago after it hadn't been maintained well, but she refurbished it and scoured the country for the antiques. Current owner was friendly and willing to talk as much as we wanted, but respected our privacy and time. Tour of the mansion included in B&B cost. Stay in the suite--huge rooms and huge private bath, and breakfast, and tour, all for only $95-- well worth it. It's only a block off the main street of Butte, which was also fascinating. I've seen lots of mining towns, but Butte is different; it was a huge city of over 100,000 with an incredibly international population. I would love to go again.

Stayed: September 2006
1  Thank SalidaGal
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Reviewed August 20, 2006

34 room mansion housing a bed and breakfast. This mansion is in a remodeling stage - and probably will be for a long time.

The room we stayed in ($85.00 for 4 adults) was comfortable with 2 full size beds.

You have to check in by 9:00 p.m. and out by 9:00 a.m.

There is no television or phone in the room. The bathroom we had (Family Suite) included an old tub, small sink, and toilet. The water ran out very slowly in the tub so it took a while to have enough water in the tub to bathe. Also I have long thick hair and there was no way I was able to wash my hair in this bathroom (the sink was too small with the faucets too close to the sink, and the spout to the old tub was located toward the bottom of the tub).

There is no air conditioning, but fans are available if you want them.

Breakfast the next morning was very good and nice - fresh strawberries, bacon, and waffles with coffee, milk, and orange juice.

After breakfast you are treated with a tour of the mansion (it took a little over an hour).

This place is beautiful and full of history. The owners are collectors of everything you can imagine and you will see the collections on your tour.

I recommend this place because of it's uniqueness.

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Additional Information about Copper King Mansion

Address: 219 W Granite St, Butte, MT 59701
Location: United States > Montana > Butte
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Butte
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The mansion is a 32-room Victorian mansion built in 1884 by William Andrews Clark, one of Montana's territorial pioneers. We are located one block west of the Butte Silver Bow County Courthouse.The Copper King Mansion is one of Butte's most elegant Victorian period architectural achievements. The moment you enter the building you are overwhelmed by the elegance of craftsmanship; the stained glass windows, hand painted ceilings, and hand carved woodwork are just the beginning.We boast 5 Bed and Breakfast rooms for rent, either individually or together. ... more   less 

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