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“24 Years and still coming”

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Rainbow Valley Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ennis
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 13, 2012

Ed and Jeannie are the best, Spent one January here in the bitter cold year of "89. Temperature varied from -40F to -20F. It was wonderful. You knew you were alive. Been coming back as often as we can. We do live 1000 miles away in LA. We are not fishermen so we don't come for that. We come for the hosts (Ed & Jeannie), for the town, the special Montana feeling, and the feel good about the place. One of our special treasures. Everything you would want in a holiday accommodation.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

Absolutely spotless rooms! The owners take real pride in ownership. From my initial call to Ed for a reservation, it was clear that the owners would be extremely accommodating. Ed and Jeannie were welcoming hosts. For guests that stayed more than a single night, Ed and Jeannie seemed to know everyone's names and skillfully created an atmosphere of friendliness throughout the property that transferred to guests and help. If you want to fish, Ed can arrange anything and the fly fishing shop on the premises can supply your needs. Our spacious room (#24) was in the corner and offered a wonderful view out two large back windows.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

This is a lovely establihment with friendly staff. The flowers and outdoor seating make for a nice setting. There were a few negatives, there was no AC and front window does not open, in August this can be a problem. Also the TV is very small and was located in the far corner from the beds.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

Rainbow Valley Lodge oozes pride of ownership from the spotless rooms to the lush flower pots that decorate the exterior from the first days of summer. This place is cared for, as we've always been when staying here, because the owners live just a few steps from the front desk. It’s their only business and they make sure it’s run right.
When you arrive in the lobby, one of them is almost always there, whether 10 at night or for the 6AM breakfast. The rooms are large; the towels are thick; the beds appropriately plush; the carpets fresh and the bathrooms squeaky clean. The place is classic Montana, with knotty pine everywhere and shedhorn antler lamps and chandeliers in the rooms. The rooms aren’t air conditioned, so there’s a mid-summer night or two when you’ll want the windows open before bedtime and maybe enjoy sitting outside. On the other hand, there’s plenty of nights in July or August when you’ll be glad you control the electric heat in your room and that you took a jacket along to enjoy the patio in the evening.
The lobby serves as a breakfast area and a holds a surprisingly well stocked but small fly shop. The owners can offer advice on what’s working, sell you the hot flies for the river or some fishing clothes or gear, rent you a rod or arrange a float trip or guided fishing on private water.
We have returned many times and there are always other returning guests as well as those just passing through. This is small-town Montana. Don’t expect a 5 star hotel with a restaurant, room service, evening turn down, etc. At Rainbow Valley Lodge you can always count on a good room and honest advice on where to eat, fish or hunt and a firm handshake when you arrive or depart.

Room Tip: Some rooms have kitchens, fridges, microwaves and/or patios. Be sure to ask.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2010

Returned to the Rainbow Valley in October to hunt, and as usual the staff was gracious and helpful. The weather was warm, but couldn't blame that on the Rainbow Valley, and the one that controls that is infinitely of a higher power! As usual coffee and pastries were out and ready for service at 6:00AM, and the owner couldn't have had much sleep as I saw him in the office after 10:00 the night before. As usual we met several others staying there and all of them seem to be enjoyingtheir trip as most were like me and this wasn't their first stay here... It' isn't Boston or New York so the night life is quiet, but I wasn't there to tear up the town. Hope to see the nice folks at the Rainbow next July!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 14, 2010

PrairiePrincess must have slept on a pea when she stayed at the Rainbow Valley Lodge . . . though I doubt that's possible since the lodge is the cleanest place we've ever stayed. What else could have caused her to find so much wrong with a beautiful, friendly place? I know . . . she missed her coffee in the morning because there are no coffee pots in rooms without kitchens. Pity! There is coffee (and juice and rolls) in the office at 6 am, and the owners encourage their guests to come into the lodge for coffee so that they can interact with them. In this case, the owner offered to have a large thermos of coffee ready for the princess to pick up in the office, but she refused. For the record, there IS a refrigerator in the room she occupied, and the shower head was NOT broken. It is an adjustable angle shower head because that is a room available for guests with disabilities. The hinge holder was simply left in a loose position, and Miss Princess neither called the office about it nor figured out for herself that she needed to do to tighten the handle. As for sparse furnishings, what internet was she reading? It's log furniture, honey, to keep the Montana theme . . . get it? Yes, there is a highway passing by the lodge, but it is two lanes and is pretty quiet at night. And you failed to mention the spectacular view of the Madison Range just on the other side of that road. I know what I'm talking about, because my husband and I have stayed at Rainbow Valley Lodge every summer since we first discovered it (and the wonderful owners) 15 years ago. I'm not asking you to give it another chance; in fact, I'd rather you stay away, because you're no fun.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2010

This was our 2nd (and last) visit to Rainbow Valley Lodge. During our first visit in 2008 we stayed in "deluxe room with patio and view". While the room itself (interior) and view was nice, they failed to mentioned that the room was situated near a road with heavy truck traffic. We decided to give RVL lodge another try this year and opted for a different room away from the road noise. After a long day of travel all we wanted to do was have a good nights rest. This was not to be. The facility next door was hosting an outdoor wedding! Starting at around 9pm the band started. The bass was so intense and loud that our entire room (walls/floors) vibrated as if the band were in our room. To make matters worse, we had party goers staying on either side of us. They were going strong until 4am with cell phones chiming and knocking on each other's doors. The walls of this lodge are not insulated and you can hear clearly what's being said even under normal circumstances. We thought that the owners should have warned us about this "special" event and given us other options. Another drawback to this place is that there are no restaurants within walking distance. Town of Ennis is 1-2 miles away though a number of good options.
If you consider staying hear - beware that may not be quiet. If you see tents next door ask before you commit.

Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 4781 US Highway 287 N, Ennis, MT 59729-9055
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Location: United States > Montana > Ennis
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ennis
Price Range: $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ranch style cabin/houses. Comfortable rooms with rustic log cabin decor & knotty pine interiors. Fully equipped kitchens are available. Our deluxe cabins include our 2-bedroom units with queen beds, fridge, cable TV and phones in rooms. High Speed Internet connection is available in the Lodge. ... more   less 
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