$50–100: Several older motels are along Highway 93 just east of Polson’s city center. Note that because they’re on 93, there’s going to be a bit of road noise.
A good moderately priced choice is the Cherry Hill Motel (1810 Hwy. 93, 406/883-2737, $60) with duplex units on a bluff overlooking the lake; these rooms are a little bit removed from the road.
The Bayview Inn (406/883-3120 or 800/237-2965, www.bayview-inn.com, $70 s, $78 d) has great views of Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains and substantially lower rates during the off-season. Pets are welcome here.
Over $100: The large Best Western KwaTaqNuk Resort (406/883-3636 or 800/ 528-1234, www.kwataqnuk.com, $107 and up), a casino and hotel owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, is the only real lakeside hotel in town. The KwaTaqNuk has both indoor and outdoor pools adjacent to the marina.
Port Polson Inn (502 Hwy. 93, 406/883-5385 or 800/654-0682, www.bestvalueinn.com, $114), just across the road from the lake, has indoor and outdoor hot tubs, an exercise room and sauna, kitchenettes, and free continental breakfast. It’s not a fancy place, but it has a good location and is well kept up.
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