During the busy summer season or on peak ski weekends, perhaps the easiest way to book a room in Red Lodge  is to call the central reservations service (406/446-3942 or 877/733-5634, www.redlodgereservations.com ). Book a vacation home through Red Lodging (406/446-4700 or 877/733-5634, www.redlodging.com ).
Lodging can be pricey in Red Lodge in the summer. Expect prices to drop dramatically in the spring and fall, and to be somewhat lower in the winter.
If you’re a fan of old downtown hotels, your best bet in Red Lodge is, without question, the Pollard Hotel (2 N. Broadway, 406/446-0001 or 800/765-5273, www.pollardhotel.com , $90–300). Back when it was known as the Spofford, it hosted Calamity Jane  and Buffalo Bill. Now after extensive renovation, there are even racquetball courts, a health club, and a sauna. Rooms are comfortable (though the least expensive ones are quite small), and many include in-room steam baths and whirlpool tubs.
For a full-scale, full-service resort, the Rock Creek Resort is four miles south of town on Highway 212 (406/446-1111 or 800/667-1119, www.rockcreekresort.com , $130 and up). Accommodations range from single rooms to three-bedroom townhouses ($355). During ski season, Rock Creek offers packages including bed, breakfast, and skiing. A pool, tennis courts, health club, volleyball, croquet, horseback riding, and mountain-bike rentals keep Rock Creek’s guests occupied. The resort also features two restaurants.
Quite a bit less fancy but still comfortable is the alpine-looking and dog-friendly Yodeler Motel (601 S. Broadway, 406/446-1435, www.yodelermotel.com , $108–118), which has half-basement rooms (which are not unpleasant) and, for a few dollars more, rooms that are fully above ground. Amenities here include an outdoor hot tub and in-shower steam baths, which work quite well, even though they initially seem improbable, and are something to look forward to after a day of mountain biking or skiing.
The chalet-like Chateau Rouge (1501 S. Broadway, 406/446-1601 or 800/926-1601, www.chateaurouge.com , $119–139) is a good value, with rooms in studios or two-bedroom condos ($89 and up). These rooms can be made up to sleep a crowd if necessary. There’s an indoor pool and hot tub.
LuPine Inn (702 S. Hauser, 406/446-1321 or 888/567-1321, www.lupineinn.com , $119–143) is off the main drag on a stream and has a large indoor pool, fitness center, hot tub, sauna, indoor playground and game room, and guest laundry; pets are permitted.<.p>
Another attractive and convenient chain motel is the Comfort Inn (612 N. Broadway, 406/446-4469 or 888/733-4661, $155).
A newly built log lodge houses the creek-side Rocky Fork Inn B&B (718 S. Broadway, 406/446-2967, www.rockyforkinn.com ), which is just about the most luxurious place to stay in town.