Branson is a little bit country, a little bit Vegas and a whole lot of fun – for both couples and families. Home to dozens of theaters and venues – including the Presleys – Country Jubilee, Branson oozes kitschy charm. Other fun attractions include the Stampede Dinner Attraction by Dolly Parton, Silver Dollar City – a frontier-town amusement park in a cave – and the World’s Largest Toy Museum. A unique location with a variety of memorable places to stay, here’s our pick of the best hotels in Branson, Missouri – bookable on Culture Trip.
Thousand Hills is a golf resort for both amateurs and pros and there are plenty of accommodation options available – from condos to cabins. And, although the log cabins are referred to as “rustic”, don’t let the knotty pine fool you – they all feature the comforts of luxury accommodation. Even the most basic cabins include a gas fireplace, plush leather couch and armchair, whirlpool tub and covered deck overlooking the woods. The size makes them doable – and affordable – for a small family but perfect for a romantic getaway for two. Need more space? The log cabins also offer two-bedroom and four-bedroom configurations.
Most of these lakeside condos offer views of Table Rock Lake – a bass angler’s paradise – from the living room and dining areas. The two-bedroom condos have a queen bed in each bedroom, plus a cozy overstuffed sofa and armchair in the living room and a six-seater wooden dining table. If you don’t want to wild swim in the reservoir, all of the condos at Table Rock offer access to the large and relaxing outdoor pool – complete with lounge chairs and covered seating areas.
This truly is the best place to stay in Branson when you’re having a reunion of any kind. With lodges as large as 10 bedrooms with nine bathrooms, you can stay together with up to 25 of your closest friends and family in comfort. One of the larger lodges features a seven-person white leather sectional sofa in the living room, a 10-person farmhouse style dining table and a stone firepit with reclaimed wood benches in the back. The more the merrier, we say.
While the lobby may be surprisingly ho-hum, the suites here are an all-out Elvis Presley fest, so it feels totally Branson. One suite features a living/dining room with a purple accent wall, purple velvet drapes and at least five framed portraits of the King himself. Don’t forget the 50s tan pleather bar in the corner. You’ll also find a bed with a black velour cover adorned by a larger-than-life jumpsuit Elvis belting out a tune. Other delights are a white Elvis suit in a glass case, an original Wurlitzer jukebox – this is a musical city, after all – an outdoor pool, and an 18-hole golf course.
This four-star hotel in Branson is a great place for a grown-up weekend excursion. Arrive on a Friday afternoon and start with a dip in the massive, B-shaped outdoor pool. Why not grab a classic fruity cocktail at the pool bar? Then, go freshen up in your bright and airy room – before heading back downstairs to the swanky Level 2 steakhouse for a 28-day aged fillet, tenderloin, or ribeye dinner. Enjoy a nightcap at the chic Clear Lounge – and wake up the next morning to room service-croissants, OJ and black coffee for two.
The Branson is a sweet and sassy 1903-built boutique hotel with just nine themed rooms, plus the full-service bar and restaurant, Capone’s Speakeasy. The Speakeasy’s signature cocktail – the Al Capone – includes rye whiskey, Campari, vermouth and orange zest on the rocks. There are also other old-timey sounding beverages, like the Bee’s Knees, the Mary Pickford and the Sidecar. Hungry? Capone’s Speakeasy also offers charcuterie plates, flatbread pizzas, plus indulgent steak dinners to fill you up – complete with loaded baked potato, Caesar salad and grilled Texas toast.
Another chance to stay in an Elvis-themed bonanza, this two-bedroom condo is overflowing with tchotchkes and nostalgia-including items – such as an Elvis pinball game and a diner booth with the fin-end of Cadillacs as seating. Go for a standard bed decked out in all-Elvis bedding, or for real retro vibes, opt for a blue clam-shaped round bed with mirrors on the top. Even the bathroom has a guitar-shaped toilet and an Elvis shower curtain. The King definitely presides over this castle.
This down-home-fancy hotel is right on Branson’s Highway 76 Strip, so you’ll be right in the mix of all the action. For the kids, Riley’s Super Fun Zone is across the street. Don’t want your fur babies to miss out? Pet-friendly rooms are available, making this the best hotel in Branson for pets and people. They also serve tea and cookies every afternoon – a sweet touch for an even sweeter hotel deal.
Situated just next to the Aquarium at the Boardwalk, this hotel offers a comfortable place to lay low after or get ready for a day – or night – of entertainment. Upgrade to a suite to experience vaulted ceilings, balconies and handy kitchenettes. Want to eat out? The on-site restaurant, Wildwood Bistro, serves contemporary American fare – along with pancakes at all hours – and is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although it’s in the heart of the city’s theater district, this Branson hotel has plenty of evening activities of its own – catch a game and solid happy hour deals at the Time Out Sports Lounge.
Looking for a hotel with waterparks in Branson? Look no further than the Welk Resort – and its Splash-A-Torium. While you might have come to Branson to see the sights, you’ll never want to leave this palace of family fun. With a huge indoor pool and 117ft (35m) water slide, outdoor splash pad and water sports galore, both you and the kids will jump for joy. For – slightly – more adult fun, there’s a mini-golf course, a 2,300 seat theater and the Stage Door Restaurant, Bar & Lounge. Endless entertainment for everyone.
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