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“I was raised in Butte, when we go back we stay at least one night at the Mansion”

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Copper King Mansion
Ranked #2 of 5 Butte B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 11, 2009

When you stay at a bed and breakfast you have to expect some out of the ordinary things, its not a motel after all. We have family in Butte to stay with but love the Copper King Mansion. We have never been dissapointed, its relaxing, interesting and we have had a few unexplained experiences, but that just adds to the fun of the visit. Myself and my mother try to get back to visit as often as possible, it will always be home, no matter where we are. I can remember the mansion from when I was very young in the 1960`s.I hope they find a way to always keep it going. We have never been dissapointed.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 7, 2009

As a former Butte resident, my mom was very eager and interested in staying at the Copper King Mansion because as a kid in the 1950s she remembered going there as a little kid. So in making plans to visit family over the Fourth of July, my mom made reservations for our little traveling party of three.

We had a reservation for two rooms over three nights. However, when my boyfriend and I went back to our room in the afternoon after the first night to get out of the thundershower, we were greeted by a knock on our door informing us that our room was part of the public tour. Then a group of about 12 people entered our room while we were there eating lunch. After they left, the tour guide informed us that we needed to clean up after ourselves, make the room presentable to the public, and leave the room until 4:00 p.m., which is when the public tours ended.

I explained that no one had said anything to me or to my mom about our rooms being unavailable to us during our stay and the tour guide shrugged her shoulders and said, "Well, someone should have."

The owner also said the same thing and that she was sorry that no one did. Nonetheless, we still needed to leave our rooms during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also keep the door opened during that time (which was very alarming to my boyfriend who has expensive camera equipment that honestly, anyone could have taken with them on their visit to our room).

We checked out that afternoon.

In looking at their website, there is no mention that rooms will be open to the public and that guests must not be in their rooms. And while the place is fairly tidy and not as dusty as you might think with all the antiques and collections all around, the mansion is not at all a comfortable place to be or to stay. What's more, the room isn't your room. As my mom said later, "The place just felt dowdy and a little rundown and frankly, it's dumpy."

Incidentally, they also charged $5 more per room than the price they quoted to my mom over the phone when we made the reservation.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2009

I was traveling across country to a summer job and stayed at four different bed and breakfasts along the way. This particular one had really good french toast for breakfast and the other people staying there made nice and interesting company. However, there were some weird things about the place... For one, I didn't feel like there was much privacy because there was a window atop the door too high for us to close that allowed us to hear everything in the hallway and probably allowed everything we did to be heard in the hallway as well. The owner is a nice guy, but I didn't expect to have to share a bathroom with him... it was awkward, I kind of wished I'd paid extra for a private bath. Finally we weren't sure what kind of an area we'd be in (we'd never been to butte or montana before) but when we saw it, we thought we had better go out of our way to walmart to get some locks for our car top carrier just in case. Good thing we did... the owner's wallet got stolen out of his car that night! Even though the rooms were well kept and beautiful, and the breakfast just awesome, I still felt a little relieved when we left...

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled on business
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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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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
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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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