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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Rainbow Ranch Hotel Gallatin Gateway
- Rainbow Hotel Gallatin Gateway
- Rainbow Ranch Montana
- Rainbow Ranch Lodge Montana/Gallatin Gateway