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“Rustic/"Tired" Resort”

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Chico Hot Springs Resort
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We stopped at Chico's on the way to Yellowstone for a day/night. I love rustic but felt the facility was tired looking. Could definitely use a makeover. Had lunch at the bar- very dark and dingy! Our room was simple. The hi- light was dinner; the steak was exceptionally good and the waitstaff attentive.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Was just....eh! This accommodation is good because it is quiet, however, there was absolutely no ambience. Not sure why the name, there was one small fishing sack hanging on the wall for decor. The carpet was light green and bedspreads were dark green. The room was clean, just a bit of effort could really make a difference in the appearance.

The hot springs pools were SO unbelievably crowded and my husband said there was more beer in the pools than water. The smaller pool seemed filled to capacity with men drinking. We decided not to get in the pools as it appeared more of a party atmosphere than a place to go unwind and relax.

The food is very good. I had the Halibut special and my husband had a Blackened Salmon. The Salmon was tastier than the Halibut which should have been marinated to give it more flavor. The wild rice side dish was scrumptious. The waitress was wonderful and very professional. We had told her it was our anniversary so the desserts came with candles and she comp'd us the dessert...a nice surprise. The prices on the food were extremely reasonable. We would return for dinner but probably go to Gardiner for lodging in the future just to try something different and still be close to the Yellowstone Park entrance.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Your experience of this place will be determined by where you are. Although the historic lodge sounds charming - and the reception is - those rooms don't have the amenities and basic comforts of the other options.

We stayed in Fisherman's lodge - a bit above it all. Nice views and well appointed. Don't get the high option corner room with jacuzzi - it was the only one left when we booked. It's a funny space and the other rooms had better window views.

Everyone here is friendly.
I was underwhelmed with the hot springs pool - but it is all shown well in the photos. Fun to have a beer and warm up .

The restaurant has a spectacular wine list - and good prices. Portions are big - don't get anything fancy and you'll be happy.

Although it is a big place, it always was unhurried.

It is a really pretty setting.

We loved it,

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We love this place. It's a perfect Montana getaway spot. We booked a 2-bedroom rustic cabin, a most comfortable room in the Fisherman's Lodge and a room in the main lodge (with bathroom down the hall) for nine members of our extended family (including an infant and toddler). The cabin was cozy, but very comfortable. The room in the main lodge provided easy access to the pool. Everything was clean, quiet, beautiful, so peaceful and fun. This historic facility is so well run, classy without being stuffy, and beautifully landscaped, with of course spectacular mountain views. We stayed one night, which included two days worth of hot springs access. We had dinner in the dining room, which was exquisite (and our two lap babies were made to feel quite welcome.) We'll be back!

Room Tip: The rustic cabins are a fair hike (though an easy drive) up the hill from the main lodge. If access...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We expected a great time of refreshment and mountain resort. Though the area is a beautiful area, Chico is at the end of the road, nestled in a location that does not really give you the full views. The lodge lobby is quaint and attractive. But the beds were incredibly hard, the hot springs pool was full of families and children (which kept anyone from just exercising and enjoying), and the grill/saloon's food stayed with us longer than we wished. Though the dining room is absolutely excellent, our stay was only average. Since we heard so many good things from other people, we were actually disappointed with the stay. In fact, as I described it to an coworker at the office later, he said, "Oh, I wish I warned you about their beds." So this review warns others as you read.

Room Tip: According to several friends who have also been to Chico, the beds in most of the lodges and rooms a...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

There are times you can luxuriate in beautiful primitive mountain hot springs and then there are times you want a little more. I have spent 35 years traveling the world and the US enjoying hot spring locations of all kinds. Chico's offered my wife and I an old fashioned western room with a bathroom down the hall for a reasonable price. The old hotel also has newer more lavish offerings too. You spend what you can afford for the luxury you want. We enjoyed the funkiness of the two story entrance hall and front desk area decorated like Theodore Roosevelt would have seen. The large swimming size pool was just the right temperature in the outdoors bath house for lounging in the afternoon. The smaller pool was even better on a cool spring morning! All with a pass through bar to sip the local crafted brews. But wait there's more; what a fantastic meal we had for dinner! Excellent cocktail list, fine wine, and it is hard to duplicate the quality at any 4 star hotel restaurant, let alone out here next to Yellowstone National Park. Don't spend just one night like we did, plan to spend several!!!

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We have stayed here in winter and spring. Christmas is one of our favorite times, although don't come for peace and quiet at this time. The accomodations are rustic, but mostly comfortable. Don't come if you want spacious rooms and modern amenities. Do come if you want excellent food (in both the poolside restaurant and the main restaurant), amazing wildlife viewing in both Yellowstone and surrounding areas, relaxing soaks in the pools, great places to run/walk. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chico Hot Springs Resort

Address: 163 Chico Road, Pray, MT 59065
Region: United States > Montana > Pray
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Pray
Price Range: £37 - £112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located close to Yellowstone National Park, this lodge offers mineral springs to enjoy. ... more   less 
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Chico Hot Springs Hotel Pray
Chico Hot Springs Resort Montana/Pray

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