There’s no shortage of places to stay in Missoula, Montana – that’s for sure. And if you’re loyal to a particular hotel chain, the town seems to have them all, from the budget-friendly Super 8 to the upscale Residence Inn by Mariott.
But this guide to Missoula hotels features the best locally-owned accommodations – places that are one-of-a-kind and full of local charm, and where the money you spend will support a small business. And the good news is that there are local Missoula accommodations available at all price points.
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Missoula Accommodations at a Glance
|City Center Motel||Downtown||Motel||No||No||Yes||$|
|Shady Spruce Hostel||Downtown||Hostel||No||No||No||$|
|Gibson Mansion||Lewis & Clark||B&B||Yes||No||Yes||$$$|
|Blue Mountain||South of town||B&B||Yes||No||Yes||$$$|
|Lolo Hot Springs||Lolo||Resort||No||Yes||Yes||$$|
|Rock Creek Motel||Clinton||Motel||No||No||Yes||$|
Budget-Friendly Hotels in Missoula, MT
A classic 1950s motel that’s been recently renovated, this place may not look like a whole lot from the outside. But once you see the rooms, you’ll understand why City Center is one of the best-rated cheap hotels in Missoula.
The rooms are clean, modern, and cozy, with hardwood floors and colorful walls decorated with photographs of the area. The upstairs interior rooms are larger (accessible by stairs only), but the ground-level rooms have parking right outside each door. And it’s even pet-friendly!
The location of the motel in downtown Missoula is ideal – it really is in the city center. And importantly to us, it’s just a few blocks from Bagels on Broadway, one of the best bagel shops in Montana.
One thing to note: many of the rooms only have a shower, so double check your room selection if you’re set on having a bathtub.
There are only a handful of hostels in Montana, and one of them is in the heart of downtown Missoula. Hotels with a location this great are usually pricey, but Shady Spruce Hostel is affordable and convenient – and, if the hundreds of glowing reviews are any indication, it’s beloved. Housed in a Victorian-style home dating to 1887, Shady Spruce is like a cross between a hostel, an Airbnb, and a boutique hotel.
Choose from shared rooms with bunk beds, private rooms that sleep one to three people, or a full-service suite, complete with its own private bathroom, kitchenette, and sun porch. Guests in all rooms have access to the shared kitchens, outdoor BBQ, and common space, and the hostel puts on frequent movie nights and other events. Plus, you can feel good about staying at a place that’s so dedicated to sustainability and responsible tourism.
Keep in mind: except for the suite, all rooms have shared bathrooms (it’s a hostel, after all!).
Mid-Range Hotels in Missoula, MT
Of the handful of Missoula hotels by the airport, StoneCreek Lodge feels like the obvious choice – after all, it’s the only one that’s locally-owned.
It also has pretty much all the amenities you could ask for. There’s an indoor pool and hot tub, a small gym, laundry facilities, and a business center, as well as a complimentary breakfast. All the rooms are spacious, with a desk, sofa bed, and kitchenette. The executive suites have a full kitchen with counter seating and a separated living room, complete with a fireplace.
StoneCreek also has a free airport shuttle. And if you’re coming from the surrounding area for an early flight, you can take advantage of their Stay & Fly deal: stay at the hotel the night before, and then park there for free during your trip.
Unlike all our other recommended hotels in Missoula, the C’Mon Inn isn’t technically a locally-owned one – but it is part of a very small, predominantly Montana/North Dakota chain (you’ll also find them in Billings and Bozeman). Add to that loads of amenities and excellent reviews, and it seems well worth a mention.
Maybe the indoor pool, business center, and small gym feel standard – but the separate baby pool, five (!) hot tubs, and arcade room are certainly above and beyond.
Every room at the C’Mon Inn has a microwave and fridge, and some have an indoor patio facing the atrium. There are also suites available with Jacuzzis, fireplaces, and separated office/seating areas. No matter which room you’re staying in, the hot breakfast is complimentary every morning.
The hotel’s located right off I-90 near the Missoula airport, so it’s super convenient if you’re just making a stopover on a road trip or catching an early-morning flight. Another bonus? Highlander Beer, one of the best breweries in Missoula, is a quick five-minute drive away.
Goldsmith’s Inn is going through a period of transition, but it still looks like one of the best places to stay in Missoula. From its opening back in 1989 until mid-2020, Goldsmith’s operated as a traditional bed & breakfast. Now, the owners have renovated and revamped the property to house individual no-contact rooms available on Airbnb.
But in either iteration, one of the biggest draws of Goldsmith’s is its location, just a 10-minute walk to the heart of downtown Missoula. It sits right on the Clark Fork River, facing the University of Montana campus on the other side. The three-story house dates back to 1911, and previously served as the university president’s home, a fraternity house, a laboratory, and more.
Every room at Goldsmith’s is unique, with an en-suite tiled bathroom, and all guests have access to the shared kitchen, dining space, and patio.
Upscale Hotels in Missoula, MT
If a traditional B&B is more your style, look no further than Gibson Mansion B&B (one glimpse of the exterior, and you’ll see that it quite literally is a mansion). This building also has a long history in Missoula, designed in 1903 as a home for one of the town’s first pharmacists. It later served as both a sorority house and fraternity house, before being relocated to where it now sits on the south edge of town.
All four of the B&B’s rooms are opulent, each with its own unique décor and features. For the ultimate splurge, the master suite has a private balcony and cast iron fireplace. But breakfast might be where the Gibson really shines: it’s a gourmet three-course affair, starting with scones and coffee delivered to your room first thing in the morning.
Dog lovers rejoice: one of your hosts at Gibson Mansion is Maggie, the official innkeeper dog (who is totally dedicated to her important job!). And if you’re traveling with your own four-legged friend, two of the rooms at the mansion are pet-friendly.
If you’d rather be more removed from the hustle and bustle, Blue Mountain B&B is a peaceful getaway on the mountainside just south of Missoula. It feels surrounded by nature, but is still only 15 minutes from town.
Guests can choose from three rooms in the main house and two in the neighboring lodge, each equipped with a whirlpool tub. Every room is individually decorated, some with features like a log bed, heated floor, or electric fireplace. And if you’re bringing a pet on your trip, the rooms in the main house are pet-friendly.
Of course, breakfast is also a highlight of staying here. With items like Swedish pancakes and tomato-herb soufflés on the menu, it’s no wonder the food gets rave reviews. Blue Mountain also has facilities like a pool table and movie theater system for guest use, and they offer a personal storytelling hour to share the oral history of the area.
More Hotels Near Missoula, Montana
You don’t even have to stay in Missoula proper while you’re visiting the area, if you’re really looking to get away from it all. Head out of town in almost any direction, and there are plenty of other great places to stay in quieter, more rural settings.
South of town in the Bitterroot Valley is where you’ll find the biggest concentration of hotels that are near Missoula but still feel remote. The main highway through the valley, US-93, connects all of its small communities, and it’s a gorgeous drive.
One of the closer places to stay near Missoula is 45 minutes away in Stevensville, a town of about 2,200 people. In a 110-year-old building that’s previously been a hospital, nursing home, and daycare, the award-winning Stevensville Hotel is now one of the preeminent historic hotels in Montana.
Stays at the hotel include a deluxe continental breakfast, and each of the seven rooms is unique. Some are equipped with amenities like a kitchenette or whirlpool tub, and all the second-floor rooms have stunning views of the mountains.
To really rest your body and mind, the Lodge at Lolo Hot Springs is the place to go. Cell service and Wi-Fi are limited (the free Wi-Fi only works in the lobby), and there’s no cable in the rooms – but that’s okay, because you’ll be busy soaking your muscles in the hot springs anyway.
There are two indoor mineral pools for soaking, and guests can also purchase a day pass to the large outdoor pool next door during the summer. Some of the rooms are a bit dated, but they have a cozy, cabin-like feel, and a continental breakfast is included in the stay. Only certain rooms are pet-friendly, so make sure to call in advance if you’re traveling with a pet.
The Lodge is about a 50-minute drive from Missoula (30 minutes past the tiny town of Lolo). Even if you decide not to stay here, it still makes for one of the best day trips from Missoula.
Another option for a quiet, back-to-nature getaway is to drive 25 minutes southeast of Missoula, to the 750-person town of Clinton. There, you’ll find a funky place to unplug and relax: the Rock Creek Fisherman’s Mercantile & Motel.
It’s just six rooms attached to a fly shop (fly fishing’s one of the main activities out there, after all), but the rooms are spacious with serene views, and some come equipped with a kitchenette. Not only is Rock Creek pet-friendly, but unlike most hotels, they don’t charge an extra fee for bringing your furry friend along.
Other Places to Stay in Missoula, Montana
There are also lots (and lots) of Missoula Airbnb rentals: private rooms, studio apartments, luxurious homes, a glamping dome, and everything in between.
Whether you want to book a private room in someone’s home or an entire place for yourself – and whether you’re just looking for a place to rest your head or you want to splurge on a truly memorable experience – you’ll be spoiled for choices.
Lastly, there are plenty of options for camping in Missoula. The Missoula KOA is right in town, offering tons of amenities, including a swimming pool, hot tub, playground, and mini-golf course. If you want to camp in Missoula proper, the KOA is probably your best bet.
Or about 15 minutes north of town is the highly-rated Jim & Mary’s RV Park, which has all the basics, as well as live music and other social events throughout the summer. For a more rugged (and more budget-friendly!) option, try the Charles Water Campground. Located on Forest Service land 35 minutes south of Missoula, it’s just $10 per night (first-come, first-served).
Map of Missoula Lodging
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