The 12 Best Luxury Hotels in Montana

Rebecca Hanlon
Last Updated: March 4th, 2023

Ever since Montana has become a popular holiday destination, all the major hoteliers are taking notice of it. As a result, you can find some of the best luxury hotels in Montana to complement the perfect holiday.

When you are touring the Bonanza State, you’ll come across both the big chains and as well as some local exclusive lodges. From high-end hotels to deluxe ranches, Montana seems to have a choice for almost everyone.

Montana is home to some breathtakingly beautiful scenery and natural habitats. It is the fourth largest state in terms of size and has, therefore, earned the nicknames ‘Treasure State’, ‘The Last Best Place’, and ‘Land of Shining Mountains’.

The state is also where you will find the world’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park. From the best country resorts to the top high-end luxury hotels in the United States, if you like to stay in style, Montana offers everything from dedicated hotel service to high-quality facilities to attractive rates.

In this article, we will cover the best luxury hotels in Montana to add to your staycation bucket list for a perfect getaway this season. Are you ready for some seriously luxurious R&R? Let’s go!

The Best Luxury Hotels in Montana

the ranch at rock creek
Image: The Ranch at Rock Creek

1. The Ranch at Rock Creek

When you go to the Ranch at Rock Creek, the first thing you’ll notice is the Granite Lodge which will be the focal point of your stay here. It’s something one can just not miss!

Being a 100-year-old farmhouse with equally vintage and stunning furnishing, antiques, pictures, finger-licking delicious food, and some surprisingly relaxing spa treatments, the Granite Lodge will be the highlight of your holiday.

You can organize your day-to-day activities directly from the Granite Lodge. From romantic getaways to some fun equestrian activities to fly fishing, you can choose how you want to spend your day, and the Ranch Ambassadors will make sure you have a time of your life doing that.

After the Granite Lodge, the next best place at the ranch is the Silver Dollar Saloon, which houses a variety of billiards tables, bowling, darts, a private movie theatre, and a luxury cowboy saloon complete with a classic Montana backdrop.

The Ranch also rents out spacious vacation homes with luxury bathrooms and baths, and bedrooms with enormous brass beds. Guests have the option to book luxurious camping tents which can be fully warmed up by potbelly burners for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

On top of it all, the Ranch at Rock Creek is the only ranch in the world awarded the title of “Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Ranch”. With only 29 rooms and a maximum capacity of housing 125 guests at a time, the Ranch is a delightful vacation retreat.

2. Triple Creek Ranch

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Image: Triple Creek Ranch

In Darby, Montana the Triple Creek Ranch provides the ultimate relaxing nature-centric adventure.

The highlight of a vacation trip at the Triple Creek Ranch is staying at the 25 private luxury log cabins looking out onto the Bitterroot Mountains. The one-bedroom cottages are ideal for couples. These luxury lodgings include wide-open living spaces with a genuine Western rustic vibe.

From actual fireplaces, log king beds, and enormous bathrooms with two-person bathtubs and high-pressure showers, there is a heavy dose of luxury for even the most discerning guests. The massive wraparound decks, each with its own private hot tub, are unquestionably the best feature!

The guests may enjoy a number of on-site facilities in addition to the various year-round outdoor excursions. There is tennis, horseback riding, hiking, archery, and snowshoeing if you are feeling adventurous.

If you prefer some peace, spend a relaxing time in a hammock between the beautiful pine trees.

To top it all, the Triple Creek Ranch runs a gourmet kitchen that serves delectable meals with a new dinner menu each evening. You can enjoy everything from rattlesnake sausages to slow-roasted pork ribs to shrimp cocktails.

3. Sage Lodge

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Image: Sage Lodge

Sage Lodge, which is spread over more than a mile of the Yellowstone riverfront and just 35 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, is an exciting vacation spot for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Sage Lodge, which overlooks Emigrant Peak and its green and gold meadows, mixes Paradise Valley’s raw and rugged magnificence with real Montana warmth.

It’s a lovely place to start a day of fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, or cross-country skiing. Furthermore, your outdoor experiences will culminate in absolute indoor luxury when you retire for the evening.

This rural resort includes a total of fifty luxurious bedrooms, including thirty-four in the main lodge and four distinct Ranch Houses, each with four guestrooms. With over 6,200 square feet of event space, a full-service luxury spa, and an indoor and outdoor wood-fired grill and bar, the venue is perfect for both personal and professional events.

The Lodge guestrooms and Ranch Houses provide a genuine Montana ambiance inspired by anglers. While staying at the Lodge, you can also visit their full-service spa and the Fireside Room for a drink and a delicious Montana-inspired supper.

Sage Lodge also hosts a versatile event barn that is ideal for weddings, corporate retreats, and other special occasions. Everything is conveniently located near Bozeman about 50 minutes away.

4. Kimpton Armory Hotel

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Image: Kimpton Armory Hotel

This historic landmark is located in the heart of the American West. Kimpton Armory Hotel is more than just a comfortable place to sleep at night, offering a variety of social gathering spots and opulent facilities.

The location is ideal to help you unwind, explore, and indulge during the duration of your stay.

Kimpton Armory carries forward the heritage of the historic Armory and the same distinct architectural motif is carried over into any new building extensions. The ambiance is classy and the décor is informal, yet modern and tasteful.

The Sky Shed, the rooftop bar, and the rooftop pool all have stunning views of the mountains. Furthermore, the famous café-style Fielding’s Bozeman Restaurant serves grab-and-go breakfast meals in the morning and locally-inspired dinners in the evening.

Tune Up, a basement whiskey bar with live music on most nights, is a wonderful late-night choice. Yoga mats, luxurious bedding, and a catered social hour are available right in the rooms.

Montana’s rich heritage has been carefully preserved at the resort. From their warm and inviting communal areas to their exquisite but comfortable 122 guest rooms and suites, the hotel’s new style and feel combine the ruggedly handsome with the fashionably modern–drawing inspiration from the natural environment of the region.

Do you want to know the best part? The Northern Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is just 78.4 miles away, the Chico Hot Springs is 48.2 miles away, and Paradise Valley is only 27.8 miles away!

If you are curious about the other options in Bozeman you can browse the list of available accommodations here.

5. The Resort at Paws Up

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Image: The Resort at Paws Up

If you wish to stay at an idyllic, safari-style retreat, the Resort at Paws Up offers an unforgettable experience. This incredible vacation resort is approximately 35 minutes from Missoula and offers unrivaled luxury in Montana’s pristine wilderness.

The Resort at Paws Up, near Greenough, is one of Montana’s largest ranch-style retreats covering 37,000 acres of land. This beautiful five-star holiday destination is perfect for anyone who seeks a taste of the Old West, as it is also a thriving cattle ranch raising hundreds of Black Angus cows and resident elks.

The rooms here are undeniably cozy and comfortable. Among the upmarket facilities are safari-style tents and large multi-bedroom apartments with soaring ceilings, full kitchens, gaming spaces, and en-suite bathrooms. The bigger condos have a wide deck with a hot tub.

Whether you’re aiming for a quick round-up or exploring the ranch’s 100 miles of trails, your outdoor adventure will involve lots of horseback riding. Other favorites among guests include, fly fishing, clay pigeon shooting, ATV rides, hiking, and mountain biking

Looking for something more adventurous? Kayaking, rafting, and even paintball are all available at the resort. There are also programs for children, which involve educational activities and horseback riding.

There are two restaurants on-site that serve authentic ranch cuisine prepared from fresh produce and meats. You will also find a swimming pool, a fitness center, and hot tubs to complete your vacation experience.

The Resort at Paws Up is the ideal luxury resort for families, honeymooners, or couples looking for a chance to escape the daily routine and let loose in Montana’s breathtaking landscape.

If you are looking to spend some time in nearby Missoula, you can browse accommodation options here.

6. Blue Damsel Lodge on Rock Creek

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Image: Blue Damsel Lodge on Rock Creek

Surely you’re aware that, in addition to being a mountainous state, Montana is also immensely popular for its fly fishing. And there’s no better place to go than Blue Damsel Lodge for the best of the best fishing experience.

This one-of-a-kind lodge, entirely built from massive lodgepole pines, is located on the banks of Rock Creek, surrounded by the majestic Sapphire Mountains and the gorgeous Lolo National Forest, just 40 minutes from Missoula.

To provide an unparalleled experience to the guests, the lodge only takes ten boarders at a time, but the wait is well worth it. This three-story log lodge has seven bedrooms, three of which have fireplaces and four of which offer a Jacuzzi, along with sitting areas, a gourmet kitchen, a bar, dining rooms, and a sitting area with a wood-burning stove.

For those who just want to relax while gazing at the star-filled skies, the outdoor fire pit and wood-fired hot tub are like the icing on the cake. Blue Damsel Lodge is the place to go if you want to experience country living at its best.

7. The Green O

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Image: The Green O

Hidden away under a thick canopy of dense towering pines, The Green O is a luxury hotel designed for adults seeking isolated serenity along the southern edge of the Paws Up Ranch.

Featuring 12 secluded Haus accommodations that include a Green Haus, a Light Haus, a Round Haus, and a Tree Haus, The Green O is one of the most majestic corners of Montana that offers an escape from civilization while maintaining all the convenient amenities of a five-star hotel.

On the property, guests can engage in various activities and adventures that include horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking and biking trails, shooting sports, winter sports, and a variety of river and lake activities.

And after a day packed with rigorous adventures, guests can unwind at the fitness and spa center located at the center of the facility, or they can head on over to the Social Haus, where they can enjoy a delicious meal made over a live fire or a specialty cocktail from the inner circle bar.

Whether seeking a romantic holiday with your loved one or simply desire to escape to the quiet seclusion of the hidden-away countryside, The Green O offers the ultimate luxurious hotel tucked away in the dense forests of Western Montana.

8. Triple Creek Ranch

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Image: Triple Creek Ranch

Nestled in the Bitterroot Mountain Range in Southern Montana, the Triple Creek Ranch is one of the state’s most opulent all-inclusive resort hotels.

With rustic mountain forest elegance and top-of-the-line services and amenities that include gourmet cuisines and a world-class wine list, guests at the Triple Creek Ranch bask in the lap of luxury as they explore the mountainous terrain of the surrounding landscape.

With over 50 acres of pristine property to explore, guests have a massive selection of activities and forms of entertainment directly in their backyard.

Guests can engage with the environment and traditions of Montana along one of the many hiking and biking trails that weave through the property, by panning for sapphires in the nearby creek, or through one of the many river adventures offered by the hotel.

Once they have had their fill of fun outdoor adventures, guests can swing by the hotel’s dining room, where they can enjoy world-class cuisine ordered from the hotel’s diverse Dinner Menu. And don’t worry about racking up a bill. All meals at the Triple Creek Lodge are included in the nightly rate.

9. Northern Hotel

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Image: Northern Hotel

The Northern Hotel has a longstanding reputation in Montana as one of the state’s most modern and luxurious hotels.

Initially constructed in 1904, the hotel was established to house the increasing tourism that flocked to the budding community of Billings. It was believed to be the most modern accommodation in Montana and enjoyed vigorous prosperity for over three decades.

However, in 1940 the original building burned down. But this was not the end of the Northern Hotel’s story, and shortly after the original building’s demise, a newly remodeled hotel stood in its place.

Continuing operations, the hotel began to lose some of its lusters until new owners purchased the building in 2009 with the mission of restoring the Northern Hotel to its place as a premier modern accommodation. Today it continues to serve as one of the most luxurious hotels in Montana.

Featuring opulent rooms, two onsite restaurants, and a plethora of specialty services and amenities, the Northern Hotel is a must-visit destination in itself.

1o. Gallatin River Lodge

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Image: Gallatin River Lodge

Occupying 20 acres of pristine countryside in Gallatin County, the Gallatin River Lodge is one of Montana’s most luxurious accommodation options.

The Gallatin River Lodge employs only the most luxurious amenities and facilities to meet any occasion, offering a fantastic property for a private getaway, family vacation, or special event.

Featuring world-class cuisines, blue-ribbon waters, and breathtaking trails and mountains, guests to the lodge will have their every need met by the hotel’s well-informed staff and guide services.

While plenty of fun and engaging activities are located directly on the property, guests who want a taste of the city are welcome to venture into Bozeman, which is only a 20-minute drive away.

Guests have a selection of rooms both in the Main Lodge and the nearby Trout Lodge. In the Main Lodge, guests are at the center of the action and have access to their own private jacuzzi tub in their room.

Meanwhile, in the Trout Lodge, guests have the option of a ground-floor King Room with private access, or the luxurious Trout Lodge Suite, which features two separate queen rooms, each serviced with a private bathroom.

11. Firebrand Hotel

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Image: The Firebrand Hotel

Located directly in downtown Whitefish, the Firebrand Hotel is steps away from premier dining, nightlife hotspots, and many outdoor adventure sports.

Modeled after the adventurous stylings of Montana’s Northwest, the Firebrand Hotel is a favorite accommodation for visitors exploring Whitefish and the nearby Glacier National Park.

Of course, when exploring the many adventurous landscapes of the region, visitors want accommodation where they can unwind and relax. And thanks to its world-class amenities, there is no better place to unwind than at the Firebrand hotel.

The hotel offers a wide array of services, including a rooftop patio and hot tub, a coffee bar, a fitness center, yoga classes, complimentary shuttle services, and equipment rentals for various summer and winter sports.

The Firebrand hotel is the pinnacle of luxury accommodations in Whitefish and is the premier spot for basing your trip to Northwest Montana.

12. Montage Big Sky

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Image: Montage Big Sky

Situated only 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park and surrounded by the Spanish Peaks Mountain Range, Montage Big Sky is the region’s premier luxury resort. It boasts unparalleled accommodation in Big Sky Country.

From the hotel, guests can venture into the mountains for a fun-filled afternoon of hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and many more outdoor activities.

For dinner, swing by one of the hotel’s four onsite restaurants or order your meal directly to your room. Alternatively, guests can swing by the Wildflower Market and pick up some fresh ingredients for their own concoction.

And after a rigorous day of adventures, why not unwind with a full-service massage at Spa Montage? Also available at the hotel is an extensive fitness center, an indoor pool, and over 100 beautifully designed rooms and suites that cater to every need.

The Best Luxury Hotels in Montana – Our Quick Picks

Kimpton Armory Hotel

Kimpton Armory Hotel

  • Swimming Pool
  • Pets Allowed
  • Tea/Coffee Maker In All Rooms

Final Thoughts

We hope that you find our recommendations of some of Montana’s best luxury hotels proves useful for a pleasant and exciting stay in the “Land of the Shining Mountains”.

If you want to check out more destinations in Montana, read our blog dedicated to travel and tourism in the state for the latest updates.

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About The Author

Rebecca Hanlon

Rebecca has been a travel blogger and editor for over 5 years, working with some of the biggest brands in industry. She’s taught English as a foreign language in 5 different countries, and her most fulfilling role was as a tour guide around some of Europe’s finest vineyards. She the one behind the social channels here at Discovering Montana, whilst also finding the time to perform an assistant editor role.

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