Wondering where’s the best hotel in downtown Big Sky, Montana? I stayed at The Wilson Hotel Residence Inn Big Sky, a recent addition to town center. This Marriott hotel has the best views of the Rocky Mountains in southwest Montana. Hopefully, after you’ve read this Big Sky Montana hotel review, you’ll agree with me that the Wilson Hotel is a gem.
Wilson Hotel:Big Sky Montana base camp
Known for the biggest skiing in America and blue ribbon trout streams, Big Sky is an outdoor lovers playground. There are so many things to see and do in Big Sky! The brand new Wilson Hotel – Residence Inn Big Sky is the newest Big Sky Montana hotel in the area and the very first hotel, built from the ground up, in Big Sky Town Center. It’s a big deal and great value for those looking to use Big Sky as their base camp to Yellowstone National Park or any of the outdoor activities offered in this part of southern Montana.
Big Sky Montana lodging in town center
It was love at first sight for me when I walked in the doors of The Wilson Hotel. The gorgeous lobby in the 4 star hotel was warm and inviting with its earth-toned color scheme and see through, multi-sided fireplace. Stepping outside to the patio with sounds of children splashing in the heated pool and ladies lounging in chairs set in the water made me want to drop my bags and join in the fun.
If we had stayed longer, I would definitely have made use of the outdoor barbecue available to hotel guests.
I loved that Residence Inn Big Sky has thought of everything for the multi-day hotel guest. From extended stay suites, to complimentary grocery shopping, a complimentary shuttle service to Big Sky Resort (15 minutes away), free breakfast and free high-speed WiFi, this hotel is a travelers, skiers or snowboarder’s delight. If you are traveling with kids or your pet, they have that covered, as well.
Is The Wilson Hotel pet-friendly?
Hotel rooms are pet-friendly with a maximum of two pets per room. There is a $100 pet fee, per pet, per stay, but there are goodies included. Besides walking your dog around town center, there are plenty of dog-friendly restaurants and breweries such as Beehive Basin Brewery. For a good hike close by, Beehive Basin allows dogs to be off leash if under voice control.
What is there to do at Wilson Hotel Big Sky?
The five story hotel has plenty of perks for Big Sky Montana lodging options. My visit was in the fall, so in addition to fly fishing on the Gallatin River, hiking to Beehive Basin and horseback riding in Yellowstone National Park, I took advantage of the complimentary bicycles at the Residence Inn and tooled around Town Center.
If you don’t want to cook meals in your hotel room or eat downstairs at the on-site restaurant, you can walk to the many local restaurants at town center.
You’ll have to drive to Bucks T40 restaurant, but if you like Bison tenderloin, the short drive is worth it. Finally, I would be remiss in this Big Sky Montana hotel review if I forget to mention the bbq and picnic area by the outdoor pool.
Hotel fitness center and game room
Downstairs has a plethora of activities for kids and adults. There’s a recreation room and for those wanting a workout during your hotel stay, check out the fitness center with cardiovascular equipment and free weights. The fitness room is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Is breakfast included at The Wilson Hotel?
Like all Residence Inn by Marriott hotels, a free, healthy hot breakfast is included with your stay. The complimentary buffet style breakfast includes hot items with 2 proteins, eggs, fruit, pastries, waffles, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, meat and cheeses. There was also a selection of tea, fruit juice, hot chocolate and coffee.
If you prefer eating in your room, one of the best things about this Big Sky Montana hotel was the fully equipped kitchen. My one bedroom suite had a microwave oven, full size refrigerator, stove top and oven. There was also a dishwasher, pots, pans, toaster, coffee maker, dishes and utensils.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the hotel offered a free refrigerator stocking service. Of course, you have to pay for the groceries, but this is an amazing hotel perk for harried travelers or parents with children.
By the way, my balcony had a killer view of Lone Peak with Wilson Peak to the right. Corner rooms have an extra window to show off the Lone Peak Mountain view.
By the front entrance there is water on tap; don’t forget your eco-friendly water bottle. You’ll want to keep hydrated on this Big Sky playground.
Need to know:
Room categories include 53 king studios, 40 2 bedroom queen studios, 18 one bedroom suites, 12 one bedroom with balcony, 3 king/king 2 bedroom suites and 3 king/2 queen, 2 bedroom suites.
Prices range from $269 – $400 depending on the time of year. My room #333 was a studio suite and listed for $299 on a Saturday night in September. Check the website for hotel deals.
In addition to laundry facilities and a ski storage room, The Wilson Hotel has complimentary on site parking and four electric car charging stations.
There’s a fitness center, game room, laundry facility and outdoor children’s playground.
Check in: 4:00 p.m.
Check out: 11:00 a.m
Thinking about going fly fishing or horseback riding during your stay in Big Sky, Montana? I went fly fishing on the Gallatin River with Gallatin River Guides and caught a fish during a two hour “walk and wade.” That’s a lot of pressure to put on a guide for a short time frame and my fly fishing guide delivered. For the absolute best horseback riding in Yellowstone National Park and Big Sky, Montana, book a stay at Covered Wagon Ranch.
If You Go:
The Wilson Hotel – Residence Inn Big Sky (406) 995-9000
145 Town Center Avenue
Big Sky, Montana 59716
Wilson Hotel: Big Sky Montana Hotel Review, YouTube video and all Big Sky hotel photography by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was hosted one night at The Wilson Hotel Residence Inn Big Sky while gathering material for articles in Big Sky country.