Rainbow Ranch Lodge

Address: 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Montana, 59730, United States | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, is near Lone Mountain Ranch, Moonlight Basin, Big Sky Golf Course, and Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Garden Inn Grand Forks

    Mixed Feelings About Hotel


    I'll admit I have some mixed feelings about this property. These center mainly around value for price paid, because the property itself is very, very nice. Room rate was $285.00/night. Maybe I'll just list pros and cons:


    1. The location is wonderful. Not in Big Sky, but 5 minutes south. Makes you feel like you're almost in middle of nowhere, although main road passes in front of hotel.

    2. Very nice, very comfortable rooms. Bed was great. Nice fireplace. Sitting area. Desk.

    3. Great restaurant. See my review under the Rainbow Ranch dining.

    4. Very relaxing lounge area. We had coffee there one evening, served by Nate, and didn't want to leave. It was just so comfortable.

    5. Room looks out on Gallatin River. Very nice.


    1. At this rate, you'd expect staff member to escort you to room. We were just given key and told to drive around. No offer to help with luggage, etc. I tend to like the personal touch.

    2. Also, I would have expected staff member who checked us in to familiarize us a bit with activity options. No, they just sat behind a desk, didn't even get up to complete any part of interaction. Sometimes individuals in jobs like this show you around main lodge, give orientation tour. Not here.

    3. Another value thing - at this rate, you might not expect to be charged for phone calls, even toll-free numbers. Not so at Rainbow Ranch.

    4. Hotel only provides muffin and coffee for breakfast. I expect a property of this quality to provide more options. We went across street every morning to Corral Restaurant, a great option.

    5. We were perplexed by heating system. There was thermostat which we attempted to adjust, but couldn't get room warm. I called front desk and asked where heat came from, meaning should I find outlet to tell if heat was even on OR should I just use fireplace as primary heat. Person told me they find out and call us back. They did call us back, but didn't have an answer, telling us that they couldn't find anyone to help them. The person at front desk then said, "Does it really matter?". Well, if I called, I think it matters.

    6. Small decks that overlook river are very, very close to deck of next room, like about 4 feet away. Luckily, no one was on adjacent deck during our stay. Had they been, it would have been like we were all sitting together.

    I'm rating this property as "above average" because it truly is a good lodging option. With a few minor service enhancements, they could make it just wonderful! Maybe I was there at an "off" time. I would probably return to Rainbow Ranch if in the area and just know the pros and cons of the stay.

    Great location


    My husband and I spent three days at the Rainbow Ranch at the end of July. The rooms are large and very well maintained. The porch overlooking the river is wonderful. We were able to go horseback riding right from the ranch. The restaurant is very good, but we ate most meals right across the street at a local restaurant. We especially liked the location of this hotel, as we could visit the Big Sky resort which is 10 minutes away or travel to Yellowstone 45 minutes away. The mountain location is both beautiful and quiet. I would highly recommend this lodge.

    Big Sky Country at its best!


    We visit Montana regularly and have stayed at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge on several different occasions, both during the winter and summer seasons. Everything about the facility is extraordinary. The elegant western ambiance, well appointed rooms, world class gourmet restaurant, the scenic views of the mountains and the Gallatin River, and the unparalleled service and attention to detail by the staff truly makes the Rainbow Ranch a gem of the west. The Rainbow Ranch is without question a five star facility.

    Retreat to a paradise in the mountains


    I have never been to a place more beautiful, serene, or relaxing in my travelling experiences. It does not matter if a person visits in the summer or winter, there is definitely no place like it.

    Best Vacation Ever


    My experience at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge was unlike any other I have had. The rooms were very comfortable and spacious, and the food was outstanding. The best part, however, was the service. Eveyone there did their part to make sure my every desire was met. Thank You, for a wonderful experience.

    It's The People!


    While the beauty of RR is breath taking, it's the service that really sets this little gem apart from the rest of the field.

    Both summer and winter, my stays there have been spectacular!



    Staying at the Rainbow Ranch can be anything you want a vacation to be.

    I've stayed there in both the winter and the summer seasons and left satisfied that my week away from home could not have been any better.

    The friendly staff arranged several activities for me including dogsledding, white water rafting and horseback riding. They also provided transportation to and from the ski resort. After a busy day, the accomodations at the RR invited me to curl up in front of the stone fireplace in my room or relax on my deck enjoying the Gallatin River...

    and the hot tub is perfect after a long day of skiing!!! I especially enjoyed exploring nearby Yellowstone National Park, but was glad to return to my comfortable room at the end of the day. The restaurant can be described in one word... impeccable. From the attentive waitstaff to the gourmet meals and extensive wine list... from the outstanding view to the western decor, everything was perfect. I would recommend the Rainbow Ranch to any and all types of travelers.

    Fantastic Vacation Resort


    Our stay at the Rainbow Ranch was one we will never forget. The setting is just incredible, beautiful mountains and the famous Gallatin River.

    Our room was very spacious and comfortable with a fireplace and relaxing private deck. Drinks in the lounge with the huge stone fireplace and gourmet meals in the five star dining room are just an experience beyond words. The wine cellar is something to behold and the staff will make you feel at home from the first minute you arrive until you leave. We hope to go back soon, don't miss this one!

    Breathtaking Experience


    The Rainbow Ranch is the most incredible vacation I have ever experienced. The beauty of the area and the lodge are beyond words. If you are looking for a truly relaxing vacation where you can hear the Gallatin River flowing and enjoy being nestled away in the spectacular mountains surrounding the lodge, the Rainbow Ranch is the place. The staff, restaurant and rooms are all wonderful. What a treat to have a glass a wine with the rock fireplace crackling in the background, while getting ready to dine in the fabulous 5 star restaurant right in the lodge and don't forget to check out the wine cellar.



    We stayed at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge in Big Sky, MT for five nights. The accomodations were very attractive but not spacious enough. The setting was gorgeous on the Galatin River, but our "private" deck was not private or comfortable. The restaurant featured delicious gourmet meals. The staff at the lodge was friendly and helpful, so the service was great....But overall, the accomodations were definitely overpriced, and because of this we would never stay there again!

    TripAdvisor Reviews Hilton Garden Inn Grand Forks

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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