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Rainbow Ranch Lodge
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

We had an amazing stay at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge. We arrived after a long day of travel followed by an afternoon of guided fishing on a few local rivers. We arrived at the lodge in the evening very hungry and tired. Holly greeted us with a smile and welcomed us to the lodge by offering us a complimentary glass of wine. Check in was a breeze and she directed us across the street for a great dinner. We had reserved the River Front rooms and the moment we walked in we were happy with our room selection. The room was Montana cozy with a lovely rock fireplace in the corner near the doors that opened up to our own small deck. The sound of the river floated into the room which itself gave a calming, relaxing feel. Our room which was the "Beaver" room was an end unit not far from the main lodge. There were fresh cookies to welcome us along with a Keurig coffee maker in the room. Wifi worked great which is a good thing since cell service is not so hot in Big Sky. Breakfast each morning was terrific with a wonderful selection of juices, fresh hot coffee, fresh fruit, hot eggs, sausage or bacon and fresh scones, croissants and breakfast breads. The entire staff along with such a beautiful setting made this a memorable stay. Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2013

Dear Guest,
We are happy you enjoyed your time at Rainbow Ranch, it was wonderful to have you visit! The Rainbow Ranch Team is proud to hear that you found your stay to be relaxing and pleasurable. Please come again so that you can experience more of the Big Sky area and all we have to offer. Our team is always happy to assist with concierge services and welcoming you with a beautiful glass of wine!
Until we meet again, take good care!
Mollie

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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Stayed in the Beaver cabin one night...clean and comfortable, loved the sound of the river. Stayed in the Bald Eagle house 2 nights, 4 bedrooms, 4 couples. Very dirty (and ill-equipped)kitchen (crumbs on shelves and dirty dishes in dishwasher) and used toothbrush in one bathroom. House has low capacity hot water heater so we all had cold showers. Had the continental breakfast that comes with the room. Only scrambled eggs that were left in the chafing dish too long and turned gray although pastries were tasty. Good location for exploring Yellowstone and nice hiking trails in surrounding area. Gallatin River is beautiful.

Room Tip: Very happy with the Beaver room. If it hadn't been for travelling with our friends to a wedding...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank DeeDee6291
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2013

Dear Guest,
Hope your day is well!
Thank you for the valuable feedback. I am concerned to hear about your experience with the cleanliness of your guest cabin. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize, as this is not the way we typically take care of our guests. We have discussed this topic with the housekeeper who cleaned the room before your arrival, and the Supervisor who should have double-checked the room, and given the room an additional preventative maintenance cleaning. I know that does not change your experience but I hope that you can feel confident that we heard your concern. We also are working on a solution for eggs by adding a quiche or frittata.
I apologize again for the problems, and thank you for taking the time to let me know about it. Without your guest feedback we cannot continue to improve our services.
Thank you for coming to visit and if you are open to giving us a second chance I would love to personally take care of you. Please be in touch with me if you would like to take me up on this offer: mollie@rainbowranchbigsky.com, 406.995.4132.
Again, my apologies. We wish you the best!
Thank you,
Mollie

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Reviewed 8 July 2013

If there's availability- and we're in the Big Sky/West Yellowstone area- we're @ Rainbow Ranch! Whether it's just a quick last minute trip to Bozeman/Big Sky for biking and hiking overnight- or a planned out long weekend trip through the park(s) we're always welcomed with open arms from the staff.
The newly remodeled hot tub area with the BEAUTIFUL river rock clad fireplace- overlooking the property is FINISHED! YEAY! Good job to everyone who was involved in bringing that huge undertaking across the finish line (Go Molly! Whoop! whoop!) Be prepared for AMAZINGLY prepared meals (including melt in your mouth steaks & fresh fruit & homemade croissants) kudos to the top notch chef(s) - (applause). From the comfy beds and warm cookies waiting for you in your room all the way down to the european locks (yes Josse-we know how they work...) you will be more than pleased with your stay at this resort.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2013

YOU are family to us! So happy to hear you enjoyed your stay!!! We absolutely LOVED having you! It is such an honor to be your go-to vacation destination in the Big Sky/Bozeman area. We are thrilled that you enjoy so many aspects of your time at Rainbow! Come back soon: the new hot tub, comfy beds, homemade croissants, and warm cookies are always here waiting!
Thank you!
Mollie & -RR Family

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Reviewed 2 July 2013

We stayed here for a night for a friend's wedding. Our room had a terrific patio right on the banks of the Gallatin river. The staff was super friendly & helpful, and the complimentary breakfast the next morning was really great.
We were bummed that we only stayed one night.

One note of caution: There is no cell phone service at the ranch. Our room had a fast & free wifi connection, and there's cell phone service if you drive 5 minutes in either direction, but the ranch itself is in a dead zone (which is actually kind of nice).

Room Tip: Get a room with a patio on the Gallatin. ALso, be forewarned: There is no cell phone service at the...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank acon2012
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your kind words! It was a pleasure hosting you and the wedding party - what a beautiful bride! You will absolutely have to come back and spend more time with us! See you soon over the Rainbow!
Thank you,
Mollie

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Reviewed 9 June 2013

My grandson and I stayed here two nights while visiting Yellowstone National Park. It was an excellent location. We had a two bedroom cabin with fireplace at the end of the building. It was clean, tastefully decorated, great porch overlooking the pond and Gallatin River. We slept very well and the bedding was nice and relatively new. The staff was helpful and excellent. Set up horeseback riding for my grandson which he enjoyed. The breakfast was very nice with scones which I love, fresh fruit, granola and a breakfast casserole plus juices and great coffee. While using my laptop in the breakfast room I was offer later in the morning a scone and lemonade by staff that was really very nice and made me feel welcome. After we checked out got a nice email from Holly one of the staff thanking us for our stay and wishing us a safe trip back to Atlanta. Upon arrival home I received a very nice thank you note from the Rainbow Ranch family thanking us for our stay and offering a $50 savings discount if we returned in 2013 which I thought was very nice. Great place to stay I recommend completely. Susan and Jacob. PS My grandson caught a trout in the pond and set it free but he enjoyed the experience.

Room Tip: If you are a couple with a child or children I recommend the two bedroom room "Golden Eagle:
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Susan S
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2013

Thank you for your kind words and thank you for choosing the Rainbow Ranch as your place to stay during your YNP trip!! We are so happy that you had a great time! It’s always a pleasure to hear of our guests’ experiences and it thrills me that your grandson was able to catch a fish!! I’m delighted that you enjoyed the Golden Eagle room and that you were able to have a cozy fire while taking in the beauty of the Gallatin River! Please come back and stay with us again soon!
Until then, take good care and have a great summer!
Thank you,
Mollie

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Reviewed 4 June 2013

We stayed at Rainbow Ranch the week of May 20th, 2013 and had an outstanding stay. The accommodations were cozy and warm and the sound of the river coming through the window made me never want to leave. Breakfast by a French-trained chef every morning got every day started off right. There was no meat on the menu for breakfast but everything was so good I can't complain. I would love to pick up that lodge and attach it to my house as a massive man cave. It was so inviting and relaxing. I would definitely come back to the Rainbow Ranch on my next visit to the Big Sky area.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2013

We LOVED having you stay with us! I’m so happy that you were able to enjoy our one of a kind breakfast prepared by our talented, pastry chef, Liz! Please come back and see us the next time you are in Big Sky!
Thank you & cheers to a great summer!
Mollie Eckman

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Reviewed 31 May 2013 via mobile

This is a very special lodge in a gorgeous location. It's pet friendly too. We loved the coziness of the Riverside cabins and sitting on our wee stoep in our gowns and Adirondack chairs relaxing and watching the river rush by. Inside a fire was ready to be lit. The staff are warm & welcoming. The main area is well appointed with a tasteful lodge feel and the dining room has huge picture windows overlooking the river. Dinner was 'a romantic night out': delicious food, beautifully presented, an impressive wine list and charming staff. We highly recommend Rainbow Ranch. PS: there's a character-filled pub across the road too!!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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rainbowranchlodge, General Manager at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2013

Pleasure to have you stay with us! I’m VERY happy that you enjoyed our lodge, dinner, and staff! We would love to have you stay again---please come back anytime!!
Thank you & see you again soon Over the Rainbow!
Mollie Eckman

P.S. Glad you got to enjoy the “character filled” pub across the way from us!! I will be sure to share the good news!

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Address: 42950 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59716
Region: United States > Montana > 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: £142 - £195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Rainbow Ranch Hotel Gallatin Gateway
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