We've stayed here several times over the years, so when I made reservations for 2 nights recently, we were excited to stay again. The trouble started when we checked in and got the wrong room. They were full due to a wedding party, so we kept the studio room with murphy bed and sofa sleeper, although my teenaged daughters were less than thrilled. (we had reservations for a room with 2 queen beds) The front desk guys were friendly, but not overly apologetic that our reservations were screwed up. (They could dress a tad more professionally, too.) We opted to not stay the second night.
The room had a balcony that looked out over Rock Creek, so the location was fabulous. This part of the resort was built in the 1980s and when it was new, it was that fun southwestern look we were all going for back then. But, that was then. Now, the mauve and turquoise look has seen better days. While some things have been updated (carpet was nice, great new sink with granite top), others have not. The arms on the cheapo mauve couch from the 80s were filthy/stained from years of people grabbing them. The murphy bed must have seemed like a great idea years ago, but even with a relatively good mattress on it, it is an idea whose time has gone. I suggest taking it out and putting in one or two good beds. The kitchenette area is dated (more turquoise and mauve), so updating there would be a good thing, too. The TV is old and reception is poor.
The swimming pool is big with windows looking out to the creek rushing by outside. There is a hot tub and workout area right there, along with a sauna nearby.
We ate supper at Piney Dell restaurant on site. Because we've enjoyed really good meals there in the past, we were excited to eat there again. Hmmm...the chef must've been on vacation that night. Fair was the best we could give it. The prices do not reflect the quality, so save your money and go into town to eat.
Basically, Rock Creek Resort is in a beautiful location and years ago it was THE place to go in Red Lodge. It could be again, but someone needs to pump some money into updating it. Rock Creek is still charging a lot to stay there and I don't mind paying more if the quality is there. But the quality is not there at the present time. It seems like they are resting on their reputation from years ago, but I'm sure most people are like us and don't appreciate paying so much for average, outdated accommodations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the beautiful Beartooth Mountains, Rock Creek Resort is the ideal spot for family reunions, business meetings, conventions, weddings or a romantic getaway. The resort has 87 rooms featuring spectacular views of Rock Creek or beautiful pond side views with the Beartooth Mountains as a backdrop. Activities include swimming, children's playground, catch & release fish pond, local hiking trails. Free wireless internet. Old Piney Dell restaurant & Bar offers fine dining with a cozy bar for drinks. Minutes away from downhill skiing and golfing or a short drive to Yellowstone Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rock Creek Hotel Red Lodge
- Rock Creek Resort Red Lodge, Montana