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Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Redmond, Washington
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Nice *but* expensive and a few other things.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2007

We spent our 10th anniversary at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge for 4 days. We had a great time in and around the Big Sky area. Our stay at the ranch was nice...but for a few things.

We stayed in a Riverside Luxury room.
Good things:
free filtered drinking water (water here tends to be hard)
Super comfy bed! We slept great-the sheets were wonderful and the bed itself made it tough to get up in the morning. Very snuggly.
Bedtime Cookies-2 cookies for the evening. A yummy combo of oatmeal and chocolate chip.
Ready to go fireplace-logs in place and all the stuff you need to keep it going.
Nice deck, sound of the Gallatin River rolling by.

Not so good things:
For a room that is $250-$300 you'd expect it to be in fairly pristine condition...
our room's iron curtain rod was broken. The decorative piece on one end was missing.
The fire extinguisher holder was busted as well.
Big dead bug on the floor by the fireplace.
Broken caulk around the tub edge was growing a nice dark mold.
Road noise
Construction cranes building a bridge to the new spa across the river.

*note* The ranch is not exactly 12 miles from Yellowstone NP as they state on the website. It's actually 48 miles to West Yellowstone which is the formal "pay your fee" entrance to the park.

Restaurant
I made reservations in advance for our anniversary evening dinner-telling the person on the phone that it was our 10th...

...and ended up being seated in an awkward corner when there were other nicer tables available. We got the impression maybe we were being viewed as not money'd enough or something. Although we weren't dressed in stylish black we were dressed nicely (jacket for my husband, me, skirt...etc).

The evening went on and we were a bit surprised at the matter of fact service. The food was good but not sure it was equal to the almost $40 a plate cost.

For dinner our review would be- restaurant is listed as a 5 star, but the food is 4 star and the service was 2 star.

The rest of our stay we ate at the Corral across the street...

Everything was good at The Rainbow Ranch Lodge, we had a nice time, but it wasn't great and we'd probably find another place to stay if we headed this way again.

  • Liked — Comfortable bed, being along the Gallatin River
  • Disliked — general service for the price
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Mid Coast Maine, Maine
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33 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2007

We stayed at RRL for two nights after flying into Bozeman, explored Yellowstone (yes it's a trek but do-able if you get up early) then drove to Wyoming for a few days and returned for a final night). After reading other reviews I was a little worried about the location right off Route 191, but this was not a problem at all. Buffer plantings shielded the traffic both visually and audibly. In any case, all the rooms seem to be oriented to the lovely Gallatin River in back where any noise becomes unnoticeable. The staff of both hotel and restaurant are all very congenial and helpful. Our charming corner room, the "Wolverine," had a very nice riverstone fireplace which we made good use of each night. Decorated in a western theme there is plenty of space with an extremely comfortable bed, generous seating area and desk. The glass door and windows allow plenty of light and give out onto a decked porch with adirondack chairs. The lack of outdoor privacy is a drawback - there is no partitioning between rooms. Granted, a solid wall would cut out part of the wonderful vista but even a trellised vine would help. After a day of sightseeing we were looking forward to returning to our room to relax with a glass of wine on the porch but were greeted by a row of smelly hiking socks draped along our neighbor's railing literally 2 feet away. The restaurant is excellent with a top-notch wine list. We ate there three times, tried different dishes, and it was consistently good. I'm a bit disappointed about one thing: the waitress told me the chef would email me a recipe for the incredibly delicious green bean salad with fresh artichoke hearts and local chevre - I told her chefs never give out recipes, but she insisted Mr. Donohoe would. A month later, the recipe had not come and I was still lusting after this superb dish so I sent a grovelling begging plea, but still no reply...but I think I've managed to come close to copying it! On our last day my husband got the urge to ride a horse. The concierge arranged it with the on-site stable in no time at all, and the next morning we went up into the hills on horseback with Perry - an absolutely beautiful excursion - with time still to shower and get to the Bozeman airport..

  • Liked — The western feeling interpreted through decor and food
  • Disliked — lack of privacy in outdoor area of room
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank NJSCME
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Bozeman, Montana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2007

Living in the area for over twelve years, Rainbow Ranch is far and above one of my favorite places to go and “get away.” Nestled right along the Gallatin River, staying at the Rainbow is a serene experience with its beautiful lodge and rooms, excellent restaurant, friendly and accommodating staff, and charming amenities such as river rock fireplaces, infinity hot tub, snug robes, and delicious home-made cookies thoughtfully placed in every room.

A few weeks ago, I had dinner outside on the lodge’s back deck and enjoyed a wonderful meal (perfectly cooked elk tenderloin) while gazing at breathtaking views of the mountains. Their restaurant has a food and wine selection that rivals anyplace in the world. Their main lodge is enticing with its leather couches and elegantly rustic décor-a perfect place for an after dinner drink. My room was equally inviting-comfortable bed and great Jacuzzi bath-I especially enjoyed the next morning sitting in the Adirondack chairs on my own private balcony and sipping room-serviced coffee.

A fabulous place-elegant yet unpretentious, relaxing and fun. I look forward to my next visit!

  • Liked — Everything.
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with friends
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1 Thank klgottago
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ketchum
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2007

The Rainbow is a gem. Attention to detail can be seen in every aspect
of the Lodge. The rooms are spacious and exceptionally well appointed. The staff professional. I was on a three week trip thru the rockies and found the resturant at the Rainbow unequaled. The quality of the food, service and the wine list would hold its own against any of America's high quality resturants.

  • Liked — just about everything
  • Disliked — the trout weren't as coooperative as I would have liked
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled solo
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2 Thank cowbeau
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Laguna Beach
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2007

For the third time in the last eleven months we have had the pleasure of staying at Rainbow Ranch and there is no doubt that we will return again. Our recent stay was especially fun as we participated in the Siduri/Novi dinner with Adam Lee. We have met Adam before and he and his wife make some of the best wines to ever come out of California. Adam's presentation was informing yet very fun. The setting for the event in the Bacchus Room was amazing and the chef wowed us with a meal that was perfect with the wine. The e-mailed Rainbow Ranch newsletter about the event prompted us to come back and we thank Rainbow Ranch for putting it on.

The entire staff are always very nice and very helpful. Karen, the event coordinator, was especially helpful with the dinner and room reservations.

Michael Trudeau & Nina Grossman
(Californians who love Montana)

  • Liked — Location and the staff
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank BenjamminLagunaBeach
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on the road
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2007

My husband and I stayed at the Rainbow Ranch (we chose it by the reviews on this site) for a weekend getaway. It was just as lovely as the pictures look. The first negative thing we noticed is that there didn't seem to be anyone around to check us in. After walking the lodge for about 10 minutes, Meghan (the hotel manager) turned up. She was polite, if hurried, and helped us to our room. We stayed in a Riverside Luxury room. It is a quaint little room with a great view of the river and hills behind. We loved the room, but it was pretty run down for the rate charged. It needed new paint, carpet and the bathroom needed to be redone. Besides the minor stuff, we loved it. It is cozy with a big bed, sofa, fireplace and a private deck overlooking the river.
The next morning we called the front desk to see if coffee was available. It was not only available, but delivered to our door (through the snow) by Emily (the friendly-at-7am front desk manager). She brought us coffee, scones and strawberries-mmmm! We had plans to go out for the morning, but decided to cuddle up by the fire and enjoy our surroundings. Check out was a breeze with Emily. We will definitely be back. Also, we never tried the restaurant, but will next time.

  • Liked — cozy room & friendly staff
  • Disliked — rundown for rate
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank roadtripers
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savannahblue2006
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2007

Rainbow Ranch is a lovely place. Beautiful views. Great location. However---check out was terrible!! The bill looks like Greek. Can't understand anything, was overcharged and it took nearly two hours to get our bill straight. Paying the entire stay upfront also seems rather odd. I've never heard of a place like that.

Stayed June 2007
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Property: Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Address: 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, MT 59730
Region: United States > Montana > Big Sky > Gallatin Gateway
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Gallatin Gateway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rainbow Ranch Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rainbow Ranch Lodge is an intimate twenty-one room hotel and gourmet restaurant located on the banks of the Gallatin River in Big Sky, Montana. Whether riverside or pondside, accommodations at Rainbow Ranch Lodge provide a sanctuary for post-adventure relaxing or a romantic getaway for two. Located in a sweeping valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge's location is ideal for both summer and winter activities. Our proximity to Yellowstone National Park affords our guests endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration, including world-class fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. Whether you choose an experienced local guide service or venture out on your own, the breathtakingly rugged, natural beauty of southwest Montana will restore and rejuvenate your senses. One of the top 10 winter destinations in North America, the Big Sky area offers a variety of winters activities including downhill skiing at Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin and Lone Mountain Ranch, as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and winter fly fishing. If your winter preferences lean more towards comfort and warmth, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge's spa services and luxurious guest rooms provide the perfect alternative to a day spent outdoors. ... more   less 
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