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Finlen Hotel and Motor Inn
Ranked #9 of 15 Hotels in Butte
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Butte, Montana has the largest historic district in the United States. If you appreciate history and want to experience a taste of this unique city, I can think of no better hotel to act as your gateway. The atmosphere of the Finlen acts as an intermediary between the city's past - built on the copper boom at its heart - and present, with the inactive mine an EPA Superfund site. The large lobby speaks to the influence of art deco in its previous glory. A walk down the lobby hallway offers great photographs and other mementos from the Finlen's past. The staff was gracious, the rooms large and accommodations excellent. The parking might be a challenge if there is a large gathering but the location puts you in the heart of an excellent walking tour.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Interesting mix of budget motel and historic hotel. Rooms full of mid century modern funk but very clean, large and comfortable. Enjoyed our stay. Interesting to see inside of beautiful, attached historic hotel with its very rich history. Walking distance to decent local restaurants. Parking a bit crowded. May be tough to find a spot if you get in late.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank buckeye1111
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

This is a nicely remodeled old hotel in Butte, a dusty and depressing city in Montana. The rooms are large (ours featured two bedrooms and two bathrooms) and the hotel is attractive (not so the next-door motor inn). But the beds are very soft and the air conditioning made a lot of loud and unpleasant noises, leading to a tough night of sleep. Affordably-priced. Tip: The Broadway Cafe down the lonely street offers some of the best tasting pizza I've ever had.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank duggem
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Stop in Butte if you're traveling through Montana. This classic Western town is working its way back from economic decline and offers some good places to eat and a lovely place to stay. If we want these classic towns to survive we need to patronize them whenever possible. Pass up the chains and go local - like you would do in Europe.
Ask for a room in the old section of the hotel. You will be amazed at the size of the room and the grand lobby - modeled after the Astor Hotel in New York City. Our room was quiet, clean, very spacious and comfortable. The folks at the front desk are friendly and professional.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank celticgypsy
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

The motor inn is kind of a shady looking place, but once in the hotel your opinion wil change. The lobby and ballroom are amazing with what looks to be some of the original interior still intact. The staff was very friendly and recommended a great dinner spot just up the street. The room was old and not as impressive as the lobby but it was adequate. The portable ac unit couldn't keep up with 90 degree heat. But it was a neat experience.

Stayed: June 2012
1  Thank tnicole351
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

I had reservations here and when we got to the hotel we were a little unsure from the outside. The neighborhood seemed pretty questionable, no tourists wandering around, all we saw were a few vagrant types. The neighborhood was like a ghost town and the motor inn attached to the hotel was very unattractive. We went in to check in and the lobby and ballroom were actually very beautiful. The woman at the front dest was nice enough and we went up to check out the room. There was a notice in the elevator about power outages ocurring for 6 hours during the night, kind of a nuisance, then we got to the room and there was no a/c unit even if there had been power. Maybe not a big problem if it hadn't been such a warm day but it was uncomfortable in the room. We could have opened a window and turned on the ceiling fan but again, if the power was going to go off and on during the night it would have been uncomfortable. Now I know it is an old historic hotel but I think they must be using the original hotel towels! They were rough, thin and a very unapealing shade of gray! After taking all this in we went back to the lobby and told the woman it wouldn't work for us. She very promptly and courteously refunded our money and we drove to Missoula for the night.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
3  Thank ljwflys
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

The Finlen Hotel is a wonderful mix of old and new, and if you're staying in Butte then this is an excellent choice. The rates are as good, or even better, than most other options and staying here is something special.

The golden age mystique of this hotel, and of this uptown part of Butte, is really what its all about. In its time both the hotel and the town were hopping, lots of money and lots of glamor. Viewed from the outside and stepping into the lobby, you can sense the history and the fabulous times of years gone past. The lobby is open, airy, and a perfect spot to meet friends, read a book, or grab a morning coffee.

The room I stayed in was in the Hotel (as compared to the adjacent Motor Inn) and was freshly painted, impeccably clean, and more than adequate. The decor is calm, simple, and understated. The desk was plenty big enough for work, and the flat-screen TV in excellent condition. The smallish ensuite bathroom sparkled, literally - the faucets were flawless, the tiles crisply white, and the shower stall in perfect condition. Abundent towels and adequate soaps were provided. In summer, my room had a brand new airconditioner, although I opened the window which, understandably, allowed streetside noises in.

There's parking both on the curb and in the adjacent hotel parking lot. The hotel has excellent security cameras, although I don't perceive they're needed - this is a very safe town. A peaceful garden is a couple of doors away and one of the best restaurants in Butte (The Uptown Cafe) is a block away. There are more pubs and lounges and cocktail bars (try the homemade bourbon at Headframe Spirits!) in Butte than you can poke a stick at, as well as good choices for breakfast. But, the real joy of Butte is the architecture and the various museums and mines, so go on one of the walking tours or wander around on your own.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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4  Thank wombat18
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Additional Information about Finlen Hotel and Motor Inn

Address: 100 E Broadway St, Butte, MT 59701-9351
Location: United States > Montana > Butte
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Butte
#4 Family Hotel in Butte
#5 Business Hotel in Butte
Price Range: $81 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Finlen is situated in the heart of uptown Butte near dozens of shopping and dining experiences, museums telling the tale of the city's rich and vibrant past, galleries expressing the local culture, and antique shops to own your piece of history. A truly unique and fun experience. ... more   less 
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