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The Summit At Big Sky
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Big Sky
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, TX
1 review
“Great Place to Stay in a Beautiful Location”
Reviewed 11 October 2009

This beautiful condo style hotel at the base of the ski resort was the perfect location for my 2 sisters and I for a week-long getaway. We were in a one bedroom condo (Rooms 805 and 806), but with the Murphy bed in the living room and 2 queen size beds in the bedroom, as well as 2 bathrooms, it was spacious and comfortable. We loved the fireplace and watching for deer on the mountainside at dusk. Having the kitchen was great for breakfast, as well as preparing lunch to take on our hikes. The beautiful pool and hot tub were a delight after those hikes to relieve the sore muscles. All of the staff were outgoing and quick to respond to any requests. I have skied at Big Sky many times and think it is the best, but it was a delight to see it with flowers in bloom and the aspen beginning to turn.

Dinner at the Carabiner was a pleasant surprise after reading some of the negative reviews. Our service was friendly, the food was very good and they offer a nice selection of wines by the glass or bottle. It was certainly convenient and the view was lovely.

Other great restaurants in the area are Rainbow Ranch, Buck's T4, the Timbers at Moonlight Basin, and The Cabin (within walking distance of The Summit). For more casual dining, try Huckleberry Cafe and Bugaboo Cafe. The deli counter in the Hungry Moose is a great place to pick up sandwiches, quiche or other take-out options.

There are beautiful hikes in the area, both easy and challenging. For an adrenaline rush, check out the zipline!! Yellowstone National Park is only about an hour away and it is a beautiful drive. There is so much to see there, you will want to go again and again. Be sure to take your camera!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Birchrunville, PA
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Reviewed 19 January 2009

I dont understand why there are so many blatantly false reviews on this site. The Summit is a world class condo style hotel built less than 9 years ago. There is no noise that comes from other rooms. The fitness room is nice, the condo kitchens come fully equipped, there are local grocery stores, bars, restaurants, and shops. The staff is VERY nice and accomodated all of our requests. The hotel restaurant and bar are a bit pricey and the food only average, but this is easily solved by walking around the village to other places. The skiing is WORLD CLASS with no lift lines and few people. The hot tub is great and the outdoor heated pool awesome.

  • Liked — Slopeside location
  • Disliked — Pricey restaurant with average food
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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Tallahassee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2008

Last week we went to the Summit for a fine dining experience. I have had better tasting food at Sonny's Barbeque....I was so excited as we sat at the bar and heard of the chef from Rome, I ordered the peppercorn encrusted elk loin, first off it was not a loin, it was not pepper encrusted and it was terribly cooked, whatever it was. My wife and another friend had the buffalo, which was as tough as leather and rare, when they had ordered it medium, our other friend ordered pork with collards, the worst collards I ever tasted! My wife never wanted to try buffalo again. Luckily I knew better because I have had elk, buffalo, venison, prepared by great chefs. Get rid of your chef! He obviuosly does not inspect the food, or know what the heck he is doing. I expect when I go to a restaurant that has a school trained chef that the food be perfect. The chef is to inspect all food coming in, hand pick ingredients and oversee quality. I have had some of the finest foods in the world, this experience did not meet expectation. We ate at the 320 ranch, your chef needs to take lessons from the 320!

Bill,
Tallahassee, FL

Stayed December 2008
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washington DC
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Reviewed 1 October 2008

We had amazing time in this gorgeous slope side hotel. The rooms are spacious and warm. The crib for our toddler was the nicest we've ever seen in a hotel. The nightly turn down service was a pleasant surprise. We had a full kitchen so we could cook for our toddler and keep milk in the fridge. We definitely saved on breakfast.

The hotel restaurants were ok- didn't care for the Italian restaurant. We did have pretty good room service one night. The outdoor hamburger shop was pretty yummy.

There were lots of activities- hiking, horseback riding, rafting, mountain biking, etc. Things aren't cheap but they are well done.

I loved the outdoor pools but they were too heated for the summer weather- perhaps they can tone the temp. down in the warm weather. I'm sure they are a hit in the cold snowy winters.

  • Liked — The spacious rooms- we had a two bedroom condo with full kitchen- great for family
  • Disliked — The pool was too warm
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled on business
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 19 August 2008

We stayed at The Summit for four nights recently as part of a conference being held there. The facility is very nice and upscale but parking was very limited and many had to park along roads and in makeshift places when the parking lots overflowed.
A note, too, about the room configurations. The rooms do not have standard bath tubs. ( I think this applies to all their rooms). There is either a shower only OR a jetted hot tub in the main part of the the room in addition to a private shower.
The biggest complaint, however, was the attitude we encountered with the hotel's front desk. We we treated as irritants as much as guests because we had the temerity to ask that we be given the type of room we were confirmed for! Only after much eye rolling, sighing and two hours of cooling our heels in the lobby did they "find" a suitable room that only an hour ago was "impossible".
A further irritant that is far too common at these "resorts" is the "resort fee" of about $12 a night. We were told that this covers things like landscaping!! What it is is a price increase that is not reflected in any price comparison shopping and is, in my opinion, a shady business practice.
On the plus side, the bell staff at the hotel was very professional and quite helpful. The facility overall was very comfortable and had nice conference facilities.
If you're considering staying in Big Sky, ask about additional fees above the room itself and by all means keep the paperwork showing the type of room you reserved and be prepared to fight for it upon arrival.

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  • Disliked — Front desk attitudes
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
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connecticut
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Reviewed 27 July 2008

My family and I just returned from 6 days at the Summit at Big Sky, where I attended a conference and they played. We stayed in a 3 bedroom suite, room 923, which was huge and had breathtaking views. We had a fully equipped kitchen, 3 full baths, and tons of room. Staff was very friendly and attentive, rooms were clean and well serviced. Kids loved the place and so did we.

Great place for a family vacation--but it isn't really a good "base camp for Yellowstone" since it's a good hour to the West Entrance and much farther if you go in from the North entrance near Gardiner (which you need to do for best wildlife viewing). So, if Yellowstone is your sole focus I would stay much closer.

Kids loved whitewater rafting, fly fishing, and horseback riding. The lift up for pictures was fun; friends hiked up "Moose tracks" and said it was fun. We booked a safari via Yellowstone Safari Co which was WELL worth the expense, if all you have is one day. Our guide was a former park ranger and he tailored our stops perfectly.

We stopped and bought breakfast food, which was perfect since breakfast at the resort was expensive and not good, with long lines. Food in most of the restaurants was not good, The Cabin was the best we tried (we never got to the Italian place which looked good). Forget the Carabiner. Down the mountain there is a wonderful bakery and a wrap place, as well as chinese and tons of other options.

Really, really nice place to run--if you turn left out of the resort instead of right, there are beautiful views just a little ways up. Even in the thin air it is worth lacing up your running shoes and heading out.

The area is beautiful and perfect for a family vacation. I'd go back to ski if getting there were not such an ordeal from the east coast. Also, the descent into Bozeman was a little harrowing and my sense was that wasn't unusual.

Finally, the time to the Bozeman airport is in fact an hour and 15 minutes, not the 45 minutes the distance suggests. It's 15 minutes to get down the mountain from the resort.

Must be a perfect spot in the winter!

  • Liked — Location and staff
  • Disliked — restaurants
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled on business
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florida
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129 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2008

Staying at Big Sky Resort? Summit Hotel is located at the lifts. Store skis complimentary at the lift if staying there. Great service and style. Food was good (not great) but a little pricey. Check out The Cabin or Bambu Bistro for dinner right next door. Breakfast buffet at the Peak restuarant in the hotel is worth it. Best floors and rooms= 6th or 7th floors (just renovated)--pick mountainside corner units (611 or 711) or if in studio or studio/1 bdrm then facing Spanish peaks (631 or 731).

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  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
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Property: The Summit At Big Sky
Address: 50 Big Sky Resort Road, Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, MT 59716
Region: United States > Montana > Big Sky
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Big Sky
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Summit At Big Sky 3.5*
Number of rooms: 213
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The elegant Euro-Western Summit at Big Sky has been the vacation choice of both President Obama and Vice President Biden. The Summit is one of the finest slopeside properties in the Rockies with primary high-capacity lifts only 100 yards away. The Summit combines luxury appointments with a prime location in the heart of the Mountain Village Center. ... more   less 
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