Where to Stay in Bozeman ✔️ 5 BEST Areas & Hotels for 2024!

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When planning a trip to Montana, you may wonder where to stay in Bozeman. If that’s the case, you’ve reached the right destination! I love all things Montana, and Bozeman is no exception.

I’ve compared ALL the top options (so you don’t have to) and I discovered that Downtown Bozeman is the best area of the town, loved by first-time visitors and those returning to town.

But you’ll also learn more about other great areas like Midtown, the south, west, and northeast parts of town, where you can have a pleasant stay.

I even recommend the best hotels for each area, whether you want a luxury stay, budget accommodation, or something in between.

If you are in a hurry

Downtown Bozeman is the perfect place to stay if you want to be close to the main attractions, enjoy the best cuisine in town, and always have something to do.

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an indoor hotel pool
mid-range hotel
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Residence Inn by Marriott

Best affordable accommodation in the center

Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:

My map features the 5 best Bozeman areas and will help you get around town more easily:

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  1. Downtown: for your first visit:
  2. Midtown: for nightlife:
  3. West Bozeman: for outdoor activities:
  4. Northeast Bozeman: for budget travelers:
  5. South Bozeman: for a family vacation:

1. Downtown – where to stay in Bozeman on your first visit

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Are you visiting Bozeman for the first time? If that’s the case, you need to experience the heart of Bozeman’s downtown. In this area, you’ll find the town’s most notable attractions and the best Bozeman hotels.

Stay steps away from top eateries and along Main Street, and grab a slice at Tarantino’s, then treat yourself to Sweet Peaks ice cream!

The town center is one of my top picks for urban explorers because it offers a perfect blend of culture and nightlife. You can visit the Gallatin History Museum or catch a show at the Rialto. Alternatively, you can try the local beers at SHINE Beer Sanctuary, or if you want something slightly different, visit Lockhorn Cider House and taste some of their natural ciders. I recommend you do both!

Downtown Bozeman ranks high on the list of best places to stay in Montana, so put it on your radar! You can choose to stay in art-inspired accommodations for creatives or choose one of the trendy hotels in Bozeman. Each experience is worthwhile, and you pick your own based solely on preference.

Luxury hotel
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Many people who visit Bozeman want to stay connected in tech-savvy accommodations, and Element Bozeman is the perfect place to do this. The hotel has a convenient location, easy access to town, and luxury amenities like an indoor pool, fitness center, and a safety deposit box. Guests can use the complimentary airport shuttle to get to the hotel.

Other accommodation options in Downtown Bozeman

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The Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, and access to a heated rooftop pool

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The Marriott Bozeman downtown has a fitness center and indoor pool. Visitors also get free bikes at the Residence Inn

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Guest get this cozy apartment to themselves and free parking, as well as access to a shared backyard

Things to do in downtown Bozeman

  • Pay a visit to the Gallatin History Museum
  • Stop for a drink at the Bozeman Spirits Distillery
  • Go on the Adventure Through Time tour
  • Make a dinner reservation at the Montana Ale Works
  • Make a reservation for the steam room at The Loft
  • Rent bikes from Owenhouse Cycling and explore the town

2. Midtown – where to stay in Bozeman for nightlife

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The Midtown of Bozeman, MT, is a great place to immerse in vibrant arts and music scenes. The area has seen rapid development over the past few years and has slowly become the entertainment hub. You can experience the pulse of Bozeman nightlife in one of the bars or on Aspen Street, the first festival street in Bozeman. Most central locations are within walking distance of each other, so you’ll have plenty of time to stop by everywhere.

You’ll find top-reviewed accommodations in the area, minutes away from most local attractions and the town’s Main Street. There are plenty of places to eat in the area, and you can choose between one of the chain restaurants and the local, more unique options like the Fork & Spoon or the Jaliscos Blue Taco Bus.

If you’re looking for places to relax and recharge, Westlake Park should be your top pick. You can also discover the city’s coziest nooks while visiting authentic shops like Bozeman Vintage or cozy coffee shops like City Brew Coffee that give Midtown its irresistible allure.

Luxury hotel
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The SpringHill Suites blend modernity with Montana’s charm. The hotel’s rustic decor provides a traditional Western feel, but guests get modern, top-notch amenities. Each room has a private bathroom and gets daily housekeeping, and all guests are welcome in the hotel’s garden, restaurant, and bar. The 2 most popular hotel facilities are the indoor pool and the fitness center.

Other accommodation options in Midtown Bozeman

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The RSVP Hotel is one of Bozeman’s historic places with a modern twist, with an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi

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The rooms at the Sapphire Motel are spacious, with private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. Free parking is also available

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A newly-build studio with a separate entrance, with a kitchen, living area, bathroom, a king bed, and a workspace

Things to do in Midtown Bozeman

  • Get a drink or a snack in Bourbon
  • Stop by the Gallatin Valley BMX trail
  • Go book-shopping in Isle of Books
  • Taste local beers at Audrey’s Pizza Oven & FreeFall Brewery
  • Book a bowling lane at Ponderosa Social Club

3. West Bozeman – best place for outdoor activities

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When you’re on the hunt for the best places for mountain town vibes, the west part of Bozeman is your best bet. In this area, you’ll find lodgings for the adventurous at heart, as well as more luxurious Bozeman hotels.

There are several parks in this part of town, most notably the Valley West Park and Flanders Creek Park, so it’s the perfect spot for hiking and spending time in nature.

Even though the west part of Bozeman doesn’t have as many shops and dining options as the downtown area, the Gallatin Valley Mall provides everything you need. You can get everything from groceries and fast food to high-end designer clothes and jewelry here. If you want to go skiing during winter, the nearest ski lift is 10 miles (16 km) away.

Luxury hotel
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If you’re a couple that enjoys traveling and adventures in nature, this hotel is the ultimate choice for romantic getaways in scenic surroundings. This Bozeman hotel offers free airport shuttle and parking for guests who arrive by car. There is an indoor pool and fitness center as well as complimentary breakfast. It may be rated only 8 stars, but it’s the best luxury choice in this area.

Other accommodation options in West Bozeman

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The pool and the hot tub are the top amenities at this hotel. The front desk is open 24/7

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At the Country Inn, guests get a free breakfast and pool access. There’s also a business center on the premises


Room with a private bathroom, a queen bed, a fridge, a microwave, and a TV. Visitors get digital room access.

Things to do in West Bozeman

  • Hike around Gallatin County Regional Park (see trail map)
  • Visit Valley West Park and Meyers Lake
  • Have a picnic at Bronken Park-Natural Space
  • Spend a few hours shopping in the Gallatin Valley Mall

4. Northeast Bozeman – best choice for budget travelers

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When traveling with limited funds, you want to find budget options without compromising quality. You’re in luck because most of the hotels in northeast Bozeman, MT, are priced much lower than Bozeman hotels in other parts of town.

Besides affordable accommodation, the area abounds with green surfaces at the Bridger Creek Golf Course and the Riverside Country Club. Whether you want to have a walk in the park, go for a hike, or book a tee time, you’ll have an unforgettable Montana adventure in northeast Bozeman.

Some of the lakes in the area, like the Glen Lake Rotary Park, have fishing access, so you can try fly fishing if that interests you. If you’re after a more urban experience, downtown Bozeman is a short distance away, just along the East Valley Center Road.

Another perk of the northeast area is that it’s closest to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, so you can save time and money traveling to and from the airport.

Luxury hotel
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The best Bozeman hotels allow you to capture Montana’s beauty from your window – MountainView is one of these hotels. All rooms in the hotel are carpeted and furnished with light wood furniture. Complimentary Wi-Fi and free breakfast are included in the price. People staying at the hotel can use the pool, hot tub, and fitness center.

Other accommodation options in Northeast Bozeman

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La Quinta by Wyndham Bozeman has air-conditioned rooms with a fridge and coffee maker. Hotel shops are open to guests

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The Microtel Inn is a pet-friendly hotel with air conditioning. It’s also one of the best options with sustainable practices

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Bedroom with a queen bed in a quiet neighborhood. There’s a dedicated workspace and a view of the mountains

Things to do in northeast Bozeman

  • Book a fishing adventure on one of the surrounding rivers
  • Take a ride to see the grizzlies at the Montana Grizzly Encounter (map)
  • Take a walk through Glen Lake Rotary Park
  • Go on a tour of the Bridger Creek Golf Course
  • Hike along the Drinking Horse Mountain Trail (see trail map)

5. South Bozeman – best place for a family vacation

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Want to stay in Bozeman, Montana, on your family trip? Look only as far as the south side of town. Even though this Bozeman area doesn’t have as many hotels as the other areas mentioned here, you will be surprised by the number of family-friendly choices for all ages.

This applies to accommodation, local attractions, and activities in the area. For example, this part of town is close to Yellowstone National Park and the Bozeman Hot Springs, which are great opportunities for a day trip!

The south part of Bozeman, Montana, hosts many retreats offering peace and quiet, but there’s 1 modern hotel in this area if you want a more upscale experience. Besides the more remote accommodation options, there are also lodgings close to cultural hotspots so that you won’t miss out on any essential experiences.

The Montana State University campus is also easily reachable from this side of town, and is a very nice spot that will bring back uni memories.

The south is also the cultural hub of Bozeman due to the proximity of the best museums such as The Museum of the Rockies and the American Computer and Robotics Museum, where you can spend the entire day. Montana State University is nearby, too, and that’s also worth a visit!

Luxury hotel
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To reside where tradition meets trend, book your stay at The LARK. This Bozeman boutique eco-resort is also close to the town center and Montana State University. Each room has a plush bed for absolute comfort, air conditioning, and a bathroom with complimentary toiletries. While you stay here, you’ll experience living like a local in boutique lodgings.

Other accommodation options in South Bozeman

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24-hour reception desk, cable TV, a hot tub, and a complimentary hot breakfast are some of the motel’s perks

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Whether you’re an angler or not, you can enjoy the pleasant rooms and the comfortable shared spaces in this lodge

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A bedroom with a queen bed and a view. Shared kitchen and bathroom, reliable Wi-Fi, and parking are also available

Things to do in South Bozeman

  • Spend the day at the Museum of the Rockies
  • Don’t skip the one-of-a-kind American Computer and Robotics Museum
  • Pay a visit to The Story Mansion and Story Park (map)
  • Walk around the Bozeman Trail Historic Marker
  • Bring your kids along for rock climbing at Spire Climbing + Fitness
  • Have a relaxing day at Bozeman Hot Springs
👑 Luxury price:US$340
💵 Mid-range:US$260
🛏️ Budget:US$195
📍 Best area:Downtown Bozeman
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Element Bozeman
💵 Best mid-range hotel:Kimpton – Armory Hotel Bozeman
👛 Best budget hotel:Residence Inn by Marriott

BONUS 1: Best budget hotels in Bozeman

The price for staying in different Bozeman hotels varies significantly depending on the area and hotel class. If you are a traveler on a budget who wants to spend a few nights in Bozeman, you will have plenty of options.

The following list consists of the best hotels to book on a budget with an average nightly price of US$144 for 2 people.

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  • Fox Hollow Inn – book a room in the Fox Hollow Inn to get a taste of local hospitality. Each room is uniquely decorated, with a comfortable double bed and designated sitting area. Parking and access to the Wi-Fi network are free of charge. The Inn is close to the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, a huge bonus.
  • Comfort Suites – these upgraded suites are one of the locations with easy transport access to the rest of the town. The indoor heated pool is available to all guests, while the business center offers access to copy and fax services. Parking is available on the property and free for guests. There’s also a laundry room, although the services incur an additional charge.
  • Hampton Inn Bozeman – looking for ideal spots for business travelers in Bozeman? The Hampton Inn is one of the best hotels for a business stay. It offers a complimentary airport shuttle, free laundry, dry cleaning services, and a free continental breakfast. Those staying in the hotel can use the gym or relax in front of the fireplace in the lobby.

BONUS 2: Hotels in Bozeman, Montana near the airport

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport sees a lot of traffic. Passengers from all over the country land here for their trips to Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky, and Bozeman. If you’re a traveler for whom Bozeman airport is just a quick stop, you probably want to find the best hotels in Bozeman that are close to the airport and perfect for an overnight stay.

Below, I’ve listed my top 3 choices, ranked from the most expensive (US$300) to the least expensive (US$140).

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  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman – guests arriving from the airport can use the complimentary shuttle to get to the Homewood Suites, or use the free-of-charging parking. The hotel is pet-friendly and offers access to free Wi-Fi and an indoor pool. Complimentary breakfast is also available.
  • Best Western Plus GranTree Inn – the Best Western hotel offers its guests a free airport shuttle, as well as free shuttle to downtown Bozeman. The hotel also boasts a 24-hour gym, an indoor heated pool, and a hot tub. The GranTree Bar and Grill is located on the hotel premises and serves American cuisine.
  • C’mon Inn Bozeman – at the C’mon Inn, visitors can use the pool, the gym, and the 24-hour business center. All rooms have air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and hypo-allergenic bedding, while baby beds are provided upon request, free of charge. Breakfast is included in the price.

FAQs about where to stay in Bozeman

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📍 Is it worth staying in Bozeman?

Yes! Bozeman is a beautiful town with many unique attractions, good cuisine, and excellent hospitality. Book one of the best hotels in Bozeman, such as the Element Bozeman, and look into some of the things you can do while staying in downtown Bozeman. 

🤔 Is it better to stay in Bozeman or Big Sky?

Bozeman is better if you want more upscale lodging options, shopping, and fine dining. On the other hand, Big Sky is better for outdoor activities like skiing and hiking, and there are also some great places to stay in Big Sky

🚶 Is downtown Bozeman walkable?

Downtown Bozeman is very walkable. Main Street is the heart of town, where you’ll find the best hotels in Bozeman, such as the Element Bozeman and the Kimpton – Armory. Plus, the highest-rated restaurants and cultural venues are within walking distance.

👌 What is the nicest neighborhood in Bozeman?

The downtown area of Bozeman is the nicest neighborhood in town. It has a little bit of everything – gorgeous architecture, cultural events, fine dining, and cozy nooks. If you want to move to Bozeman, the south side is the most peaceful area to live in. 

🗓️ How many days do you need in Bozeman?

To fully explore Bozeman, you will need 2 to 3 days. You’ll need at least a day or two to explore downtown Bozeman and another day to visit the other areas and participate in some of the activities offered in the wider Bozeman area, or take a trip to Yellowstone. 


A woman is posing in front of a statue of a wolf.

Whether you want to reside in architectural marvels or dive into neighborhoods with a buzz, Bozeman has it all! In my article, you’ll discover the essential info about Bozeman’s top areas and the best hotels. As you’ve already seen, there are plenty of options for staying in Bozeman, Montana, but I thought it would be nice to share my 2 personal favorites!

  • Element Bozeman – I love the hotel’s location, but I also appreciate that the hotel welcomes pets.
  • Kimpton – Armory Hotel Bozeman – the food in the restaurant is extremely delicious, and I like the modern and stylish design of their rooms.

I hope I succeeded in my mission to help you find where to stay in Bozeman! Go through my recommendations again, choose a hotel for your stay in Bozeman, and don’t forget to make a reservation! Bozeman is getting busier and busier, and you don’t want to miss out on spending a few days here.

Leave me a comment and share your Bozeman impressions.

Have fun on your Montana adventures,


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