The Broadway Hotel is located at the intersection of Philipsburg, Montana’s two main streets and one traffic light. The light merely blinks red, a testament to Philipsburg’s low-keyed ways. The Broadway Hotel, restored in 2003, is a testament to creativity, comfort and history. The building that houses it dates back to 1890.
Each of the hotel’s rooms have their own theme tastefully tied together from the key chains to the decorations. We’ve stayed twice, both times in a suite style option. The first time we stayed in The Britannia Suite, fashioned to represent owner Susan Jenner’s British heritage. Even though our son was just 3 years-old at the time, Susan gave us the keys with a smile and merely asked that we be careful with the creamy-colored bedspreads. We were.
This two room suite–a bed room with two queen-sized beds and a living room with a couch that converts into a double bed is cozy, elegant and comfortable.
Our second stay was in The Sportsman’s Club, another two-room suite but totally different in style. While the Britannia Suite leans towards the feminine, The Sportsman’s Club definitely has a masculine feel with taxidermy animal heads that give a nod to Montana’s hunting tradition. Our son who was then 8, loved it. Though not what I’d call the hunting type, I enjoyed the room as well.
My favorite part of the hotel, though, is the common area. With its walls painted a warm red, and several sitting areas, the room invites guests to visit, settle in with a favorite book or play a board game at one of the tables.
The common room also serves as a breakfast area in the morning, or guests can enjoy the tasteful continental breakfast of fresh fruit, breakfast style breads and cereal in the kitchen where there is an expansive counter designed for gathering ’round.
Each room, whether a suite or a room for two, has a private bath and TV with VCR. The common area has videos and DVDs that guests can take back to their rooms. The Broadway Hotel also has free WiFi.
Philipsburg, once a mining town, has been named one of the prettiest painted towns in the West and was featured on the Today Show as one of the United States’ best small towns for its spirit of giving. It also has one of the best candy stores– The Sweet Palace.
If you do go, don’t miss a show at the Opera House Theatre, the oldest continuously operating theater in Montana. Five of the six original hand-painted back drops are still used in productions. The Opera Theater’s season runs from the end of June to the beginning of September. Each of the three shows is great. The acting is top-notch and the storylines laugh-out- loud funny. I try to see all three each year. If you have kids with you, the Vaudeville Show is a splendid option.
Because The Broadway Hotel is in the heart of town’s National Historic District, shops, restaurants, the Granite County Museum are within a block or two.
Room rates are $79.50 to $129.50, double occupancy, and include a Continental breakfast. An additional person is $10.
The Broadway Hotel
103 West Broadway
Phone: (406) 859-8000
Inside photos courtesy of Jamie Rhein. Outside shot, courtesy of The Broadway Hotel
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