Motels in Helena, Montana

by Don Amerman Google
Helena is Montana's capital and the gateway to vast wilderness areas.

Helena is Montana's capital and the gateway to vast wilderness areas.

Montana state contour with Capital City against blurred USA flag image by Stasys Eidiejus from

Visitors to Helena, Montana’s capital, find several motels in and around the city. Helena, a regional business center as well as the seat of state government, is also the gateway to northwestern Montana’s vast wilderness areas. The selection of motels is broad enough to ensure that both business travelers and vacationers find accommodations that have the amenities they want at a price they can afford to pay.

Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel

Set amid the Great Northern Town Center, a short drive from the heart of Helena, this four-story, 101-unit motel celebrates the heydays of the transcontinental railroad for which it’s named. Frommer’s says that the rich woods and railroad art in the motel’s high-ceilinged guest rooms give them a “somewhat masculine” feel without stinting at all on comfort or freshness. Recreational facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and fitness center. The motel serves a complimentary breakfast each morning, and guests can walk from the lobby into the adjoining Silver Star restaurant/lounge, which specializes in steaks and seafood.

Holiday Inn Helena

This seven-story, 71-unit motel is a perfect choice for those who want to be in the heart of downtown Helena. The Holter Museum of Art and the Cathedral of St. Helena are within easy walking distance. All rooms and suites feature high-speed Internet access, and the motel also offers an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and business and fitness centers. Hungry guests dine in the motel’s Quarry Bar & Grille, which offers casual dining in a sports bar setting. To sample a bit of Helena’s rich and colorful history, saunter on over to the nearby Last Chance Gulch pedestrian mall.

Jorgenson's Inn & Suites

If you’re looking for a bargain, this family-operated motel may be just the place for you. A Helena fixture since the 1950s, according to Frommer’s, the motel’s 116 rooms are a bit on the small size but fresh and clean, having been “religiously renovated, modernized and refurbished throughout the years.” The motel has a small indoor pool, and offers guests free access to a fitness center just across the street. Business travelers who need to put the finishing touches on a proposal or project can do so in the motel’s fully equipped business center. Jorgenson’s serves up a complimentary hot breakfast each morning, and the on-site restaurant, a favorite with locals, provides lunch or dinner.

Red Lion Colonial Hotel

Just off Interstate 15, this two-story, 149-unit motel has rooms and suites that are “huge by any standard,” according to Frommer’s. If you’d like to have a room with a view, request a unit that overlooks the surrounding valley and mountains in the distance. Arriving guests can’t help but be struck by the grand spiral staircase that dominates the large-scale lobby area. Recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center and hot tub. The motel serves a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning, and the on-site Colonial Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Martini’s Lounge and Casino offers electronic gambling machines and a wide array of beverages.

About the Author

Don Amerman has spent his entire professional career in the editorial field. For many years he was an editor and writer for The Journal of Commerce. Since 1996 he has been freelancing full-time, writing for a large number of print and online publishers including Gale Group, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Greenwood Publishing, Rock Hill Works and others.

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  • Montana state contour with Capital City against blurred USA flag image by Stasys Eidiejus from