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Unveiling the Best Hotels in Missoula, Montana and Beyond

Welcome to Missoula, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Montana. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a long-term stay, this vibrant city offers an array of accommodations to suit every traveller’s needs. From cozy cabins to hotels, there is no shortage of options when it comes to finding the best place to stay in Missoula.

If you haven’t heard of Missoula, perhaps you know about a little TV show called Yellowstone. And if you have, then you know Missoula, you just didn’t know it! Parts of Yellowstone are filmed in Missoula, Montana and the surrounding areas. I was shocked at how accurately the TV show represents the area’s geography.

The best place to stay in Missoula
The Missoula County Court House has been featured on the TV show Yellowstone.

With its stunning natural beauty, outdoor enthusiasts will be drawn to the numerous guest lodges and cabins dotted throughout the surrounding area. Imagine waking up to the crisp mountain air, ready to embark on a day full of adventures. If this sounds incredible, keep reading because I have the ultimate cabin stay for you!

If you prefer a touch of urban sophistication, downtown Missoula boasts a variety of boutique hotels that combine comfort with modern amenities. And for those seeking a more unique experience, why not consider staying in a historical inn or a rustic lodge?

As a vibrant hub for culture, entertainment, and outdoor adventure, Missoula has something for everyone. So whether you’re here for business or pleasure, let us help you uncover the best place to stay in the charming Montana city of Missoula. My visit was a mix of the two and I certainly made the most of it.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Accommodation in Missoula

When choosing the best place to stay in Missoula, there are several factors to consider. First and foremost, you’ll want to think about your budget. Missoula offers a range of accommodations to fit every price point, from budget-friendly options to high-end luxury.

Missoula is a very outdoorsy city so I wouldn’t waste money on a high-end hotel you’re never going to have time to enjoy. Unless you’re a fan of hot springs, then I have an incredible spot you’ll love. It’s located outside downtown Missoula, but well worth the drive.

Next, consider the location. Are you looking to be in the heart of downtown, close to restaurants and nightlife? Or would you prefer a more secluded spot, surrounded by nature? If you don’t have a car, you’ll want to be right downtown, within walking distance of all the action.

Additionally, think about the amenities that are important to you. Do you need a fitness center or a pool? Are you travelling with pets and need a pet-friendly hotel? It’s important to always do your research to ensure that the accommodations meet your expectations.

Downtown Missoula: A Vibrant and Convenient Option

If you want to be in the center of it all, downtown Missoula is the perfect choice. I think the best place to stay in Missoula is downtown, in the center of the action. This is where I stayed for the majority of my time. This bustling area is home to boutique hotels, charming bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals.

Stay in the heart of downtown and experience the vibrant atmosphere of Missoula’s art galleries, breweries, and restaurants. Whether you’re catching a show at the Wilma Theater or exploring the Saturday farmers market, you’ll have everything at your fingertips.

Plus, the convenience of downtown means you can easily walk to many of Missoula’s attractions. While I was on a road trip and had a vehicle with me, I rarely used it during my stay downtown. You can walk pretty much everywhere when you stay downtown.

Best Place to Stay in Downtown Missoula

During my stay downtown Missoula, I stayed at two different hotels. I recommend both but for different reasons.

Remember, there is no one right hotel for everyone. Your stay should always be based on your wants and needs. Let’s break it down.

The Wren is one of the best places to stay in Missoula, Mt

Editor’s Pick For The Best Hotel in Missoula – The Wren Missoula

The first hotel I stayed in was The Wren. It is currently the number 1 traveller ranked Missoula hotel according to Trip Advisor. At the time of writing, it was still number 1 out of 40 hotels on Trip Advisor. And that says something! That’s it, pictured above with its bright blue doors and green roof.

Upon arrival at The Wren, I noticed there was no parking. They have a valet who will take your car and bring it to you whenever needed. And while there is no on-site restaurant, Black Coffee Roasters is there for all your caffeine needs and quick bites.

The Wren considers itself to be your basecamp for all things Missoula. The beds are very comfortable and they all have super cozy blankets on them so even on those chilly Montana nights, you’ll be warm.

Most of the rooms at The Wren don’t have a fridge, but you can ask for one if needed. The same goes for coffee. They are happy to accommodate. One feature I absolutely love is their do not disturb signs. Since the doors are outside, they use magnets so they don’t fly off your door – how smart!

I will also note that The Wren Missoula is dog-friendly so if you’re travelling with your canine companion, you are both welcome here.

A room at The Wren hotel in MIssoula
Do not disturb sign at The Wren

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Missoula

Now on to the second hotel I stayed at in Missoula. I am a firm believer in collecting travel points for free stays. Because of this, I try to be loyal to one or two hotel chains to maximize my points.

As an avid collector of Hilton hotel points, I decided the best place to stay in Missoula to collect points was the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Missoula. Unlike other hotel chains, you can book through a third-party site and still collect points so you know you’re always getting the best deal.

This hotel and its rooms are exactly what you would expect from a Hilton hotel. They have some of the most comfortable beds, which is another reason I love staying at this chain. This one had an on-site restaurant called Finn Restaurant and it was always busy. Pictured below is my breakfast and how gorgeous are those views?

This hotel’s location is fantastic. It’s on the outskirts of downtown and closer to the scenic and peaceful Rattlesnake Neighbourhood. Plus, it backs onto the Clark Forth River, making it very scenic.

River views from the Hilton hotel in Missoula
Breakfast at Finn restaurant

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The Rattlesnake Neighbourhood: A Tranquil Retreat in Nature

Now we are heading just outside of the downtown core. For those seeking a peaceful stay surrounded by nature, look no further than the Rattlesnake neighbourhood. Situated just a few miles north of downtown Missoula, this area offers a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle.

Stay in a cozy cabin or a guest lodge and wake up to the sounds of birds chirping and the gentle rustling of the nearby creek. Spend your days exploring the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, hiking its scenic trails, or fishing in its pristine lakes. This neighbourhood is a gem for nature lovers and those looking to escape the city.

Staying downtown, this area is a 10-minute walk so you don’t really need to stay here unless you want your accommodations to be more secluded. It was easy to explore and hike the area without staying in this neighbourhood.

The University District: Perfect for Visiting Parents and Students

If you’re visiting the University of Montana, the University District is a great place to stay. This neighbourhood is located just a short distance from campus and offers a mix of accommodations, including hotels and vacation rentals.

Whether you’re in town for a parent’s weekend or a graduation ceremony, staying in the University District allows you to easily explore the campus and take advantage of the nearby amenities. From coffee shops and bookstores to hiking trails and parks, this area offers a charming and convenient stay for university visitors.

The University is practically downtown so you can easily stay at The Wren or DoubleTree by Hilton and walk to the University of Montana. It’s a short, flat 1.1-mile walk. When I was staying at The Wren, I did this walk one evening to attend an event.

Montans views

Accommodation Options Outside of Missoula

If you’re looking to explore the surrounding area, there are plenty of accommodation options just outside of the city of Missoula.

In fact, two of my favourite stays while in Montana were about an hour outside of downtown Missoula. Both were absolutely worth the drive and I can’t stop thinking about one of them.

Spoiler alert, that’s it pictured below. How adorbs is this cabin in the woods?! I can’t wait to go back and stay here again one day. I could easily have spent a week in this cozy cabin.

My cabin at The Double Arrow

Editor’s Pick for the Best Place to Stay Outside Montana – Double Arrow Lodge

An hour’s drive east of downtown Missoula is the Double Arrow Lodge. When you picture a cozy cabin stay surrounded by trees and nature, this is it. We even saw deer roaming the grounds and grazing on the grass.

Each cabin is fully equipped with a washer and dryer, making it the ideal place to stop if you’re on a longer road trip like I was. Conveniently, I stayed here about halfway through my trip so being able to do laundry was amazing.

Kat at the Double Arrow Lodge
The best place to stay in Missoula has a clawfoot bathtub

Even more amazing, was having my laundry going while I was soaking in the jetted clawfoot tub. Glass of wine in hand, chandelier glittering above me and the soft glow of the fireplace in the background, it couldn’t have been a more idyllic moment.

Stay in one of these cozy cabins when you’re ready to embrace nature but also have some relaxing self-care time. Not only was the tub the perfect way to end a long day of sightseeing, but the fireplace was situated with chairs in front of it, making for the ideal spot to read a book.

These accommodations are perfect for those looking to truly disconnect from the outside world and immerse themselves in the beauty of the great outdoors. Or the beauty of a warm bath or fire. The rooms don’t have TVs and I loved that feature. At Double Arrow, you can truly disconnect.

Cozy cabin with a fireplace

The Double Arrow has an on-site restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor fire pit to enjoy in the evenings.

We made s’mores one night after dinner and caught a faint glimpse of the Northern Lights in the distance. It was pretty darn magical. I think the best place to stay in Missoula is just outside the city, here at The Double Arrow Lodge.

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Quinn's Hot Springs Resort is a great place to stay in Montana

Quinn’s Hot Springs, Paradise

My second stay outside Montana was an hour west in Paradise, Montana. Aptly named, a stay at Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort is truly paradise. It was honestly hard to choose which of these two stays was my favourite, but ultimately I had to go with the cabin. However, I would stay at Quinn’s again in a heartbeat!

The main attraction here is the hot springs. They have several pools of varying temperatures from cold to warm, to very hot. They are all outside and surrounded by nature. It’s a very serene spot for a healing soak.

Quinn’s has cabins as well as a lodge with spacious rooms. I stayed in a room inside the lodge and my balcony overlooked the river. After everyone else had gone to bed, I bundled up, stood outside on my balcony and stared up at the sky. It was pitch black and glittered with more stars than I’d seen in ages.

Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort is very popular and books up quickly during peak seasons so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. You can visit the hot springs if you aren’t staying here, but guests have longer hours to enjoy the hot spring pools.

Views from my room at Quinn's Hot Springs, one of the best places to stay near Missoula.
Room at Quinn's Hot Springs Resort

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Conclusion: Find Your Perfect Stay in Missoula

In all honesty, the best place to stay in Missoula is wherever you choose. Clearly, I have my favourites and if you decide to stay at one of these, I can almost guarantee that you will love it!

Montana’s vast landscape, combined with the bustling city life in Missoula make it a fabulous place to visit. I can’t wait to return and explore more.

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