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“Just a fun place to stay!”
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O'Haire Motor Inn
Ranked #12 of 29 Hotels in Great Falls
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Little Rock, Arkansas
Level 6 Contributor
448 reviews
55 hotel reviews
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“Just a fun place to stay!”
Reviewed 8 December 2010

We checked into a little place called the O’Haire Motor Inn, this is one place you want to Google. Be sure to read about their lounge, the Sip ‘N Dip!! Behind the bar is a huge aquarium, they actually hired a guy and a gal that don mermaid/merman attire and they swim around entertaining the customers. They also have a piano bar where Pat, probably in her eighties, plays. She was a hoot. She has been playing at the place since they opened in the mid-sixties.

A fun part of this place is the rubber duck. In your room is a rubber duck which becomes yours. Then when you travel you take your duck and take pictures of where you are and send them back to them. They have huge wall where they post all the pics they receive. Really, you need to Google O’Haire Motor Inn!!

The restaurant attached to the motel is Clark and Lewies and serves a great dinner and an equally good breakfast. At $70 a night it can’t be beat. Have duck will travel!!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 29 October 2010

My boyfriend and I were doing an across Canada then USA trip and drove from fargo North Dakota to Great Falls Montana and had found this place online.

The room was great, all the staff was amazing and super friendly, we stayed for 2 nights.

The staff felt horrible because when we got there everything was closed, there were no mermaids and the amazing piano lady was off the the weekend and they hadnt got their shipment of O'Haire Motor Inn rubber duckys and honestly...even without all of this we loved it!

Close to everything and all the shopping we could ask for.

I would recomend this place to EVERYONE!

(and 2 blocks away is an AMAZING tattoo shop, Electric...we walked in on a monday afternoon and had a tattoo appointment that night, both got amazing tattoos to remember our trip!)

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Greenville, South Carolina
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2010

This inn is right downtown in Great Falls, however, you will probably want to drive to most attractions. There are some nice parks in Great Falls. The desk will offer directions. The room was reasonable, clean and quiet. No breakfast was provided. I would recommend this hotel for someone who is trying to find an expensive place for the night.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Red Deer, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2010

This is an old motel that is clean and inexpensive. It is probably a 2 or 3 star but it is a fun place to stay. The lounge was a major attraction with the mermaids swimming past behind the bar in a pool with a glass window. An elderly lady played the piano and sang the night away. It is a great experience for a Saturday night.
We ate in the restaurant. Lots of good food and reasonable.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Grafton, Wisconsin
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71 reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

We reserved from the road and the front desk staff was most accomodating and gave us the AAA rate. This motor inn is comfortable, very clean and very affordable. Great staff. Covered parking near the room. A great place to stay on the way to Glacier National Park. The "Sip and Dip Bar" with the live mermaid show is unmatched fun in Great Falls. We had a wonderful tex mex meal and delicious drinks there as we waved to the mermaid who was charming. The rubber duckie traveled with us the rest of the trip! Stay here and you will have interesting stories to tell after a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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South Korea
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2010

We were very happy with our stay here. It's a great value for a clean, comfortable room - not to mention the kitsch factor of the famous "Sip 'n Dip" bar. We were skeptical at their "best bar in the world" claim but have to say after visiting that they may just be in the running! Staff was very friendly and even gave us a ride to the airport at 4:45am in the morning!

Note that the mermaids only swim on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2010

This motel is the most unique I have ever stayed at, and we loved it. It's an older building, not beautiful. However, the room we had was large, with a couch, table and chairs, king-sized comfortable bed, and a dressing room area with lavatory, etc. I often get up in the morning earlier than my husband, and it was easy to sit and read without disturbing him. The breakfast in the attached restaurant was really good, and, though we did not eat there, the other meals sounded good, too. The price was quite reasonable. But, what makes this place really fun and unique is the "world famous" Sip 'N Dip Lounge upstairs from the lobby. It's a small bar with a piano, which is played by a talented woman who must have been there since the hotel opened. Behind the bar is a large glass panel which looks like an aquarium and permits views of the hotel pool behind. Women dressed as mermaids swim around behind the glass. Now where else in the world can you go to see mermaids? The drinks were good, too. I think we paid about $70 for our room, and we would definitely go back if we're ever in Great Falls again. You can stay at a chain motel anywhere; this is the one an only opportunity to stay in a hotel like this one. Oh, they also offer free, indoor parking and the use of the internet on their lobby computer.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: O'Haire Motor Inn
Address: 17 7th St S, Great Falls, MT 59401-3692
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Region: United States > Montana > Great Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Great Falls
#9 Romantic Hotel in Great Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — O'Haire Motor Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in beautiful and historic downtown Great Falls. Within walking distance of shopping, dining and the Charlie Russell museum. Home of the famous Sip 'n Dip Lounge and mermaids. Offering you the kind of western hospitality you expect to find in Montana. ... more   less 
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