Branson Missouri is a true gem of a town nestled in the Ozark Mountains. Branson has something for everyone: beautiful scenery, Broadway-quality entertainment, theme parks, shopping, dining, outdoor activities…you name it. It’s a great, friendly place for a family vacation and if you haven’t checked it out, you should.
As with every vacation, you need a place to stay. Here’s my review of the Stone Castle Hotel in Branson Missouri.
Stone Castle Hotel Branson Missouri – Review
The Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center is a value hotel. If you’re a family on a budget but want quality accomodations, you get a ton of bang for your buck here. A standard room runs just $79.00 a night. This gets you two double beds, a small table with chairs and a bathroom with a tub and shower.
The rooms are clean, comfortable, and things have been updated recently (current as of 2018).
All rooms at the Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center are inside corridor, which is a bonus for me. I will be 100 percent honest: the low price tag of this hotel room caused me to have some skepticism in advance of our visit. While I wouldn’t quite call myself a “hotel snob” I do like my luxury and comforts when I travel and the $79.00 a night rate kind of had me going “I wonder what’s wrong with this place?”
While nothing is “wrong” with this hotel, it is a $79 a night hotel. It is clean and reasonably comfortable. If you’re looking for a budget hotel in Branson, this is worth considering.
2. The cleanliness
The rooms and the common areas were clean. I don’t do the white glove test when I travel but I do notice when the housekeeping has been neglected and I didn’t find that to be the case here.
3. The amenities
The Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center offers free hot breakfast (included in your room rate).
The hot breakfast buffet includes eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy as well as an assortment of breads, pastries, cereals and fruit. The breakfast is served up buffet style. There is plenty of friendly staff on hand as well, if you need something.
Even though the breakfast buffet was pretty crowded each morning I was there but I never felt like I had slim pickings, even when I squeaked in right before they stopped their service. I will say the coffee was weak and didn’t pass muster.
Some of the other amenities included at the Stone Castle Lodge and Conference Center are free WiFi, a heated indoor pool and hot tub (a second pool is currently being remodeled) and and arcade. Parking is included in the cost of your room. There is also conference/reunion space available if you need that.
4. Themed Rooms and suites
The standard room met our needs but the Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center has larger two-bedroom suites available as well. These family suites also offer a sleeper sofa and an extra bathroom, so if you’re a large family or doing a multi-family vacation, ask about staying in one of the four family suites.
This hotel also offers themed rooms and themed suites. Themed rooms come with jetted tubs with décor inspired by the golf course, the Australian outback and more. Come on…don’t you want to be able to say you slept in a room with a Sherlock Holmes mural on the wall? Maybe you don’t…but you can!
One word about the themed rooms – most have a pillow-top king-sized bed and a jetted tub in the hotel room. These rooms also have separate bathrooms/shower area but the tub is right there in the room. Obviously, this is a feature suited to couples on a romantic get-a-way versus a family. I found the tub in the bedroom a little weird.
The themed suites will have a balcony or a living room type seating area…a couple of them even offer turret rooms, which are really cool. All themed suites have a fridge and microwave and most will have a larger TV than what you’d find in the standard rooms.
Finally, the Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center offers a limited number of kitchenette suites. You might not love the idea of cooking on your vacation but a kitchenette can offer options for families dealing with food allergies or families on a really tight budget. Food is often our biggest expense when we travel and a kitchenette suite is one solution to spending those extra bucks. There are supermarkets within a short driving distance where you can stock up on what you need or purchase forgotten items.
5. Convenient Location
The Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center is conveniently located near all the action in Branson. Whatever you came to Branson to do: enjoy shows, go to the theme parks, enjoy beautiful Table Rock Lake, The Stone Castel Hotel and Conference Center is a great place to establish base camp.
All of the Branson attractions are within an easy drive (and in some cases within an easy walk!) of the hotel. There is even a winery across the street!
6. Friendly Staff
I talked to everyone from management to the people who serve breakfast and I got the same level of engaged “let’s make it happen” hospitality. No matter where you are going on vacation or how much you are spending, it is really heart warming to stay with people who are this invested in making sure you have a happy stay. I found this caliber of friendliness everywhere in Branson, so it must be an Ozark thing. .
7. There’s a knight out front
I’m a sucker for a knight in shining armor and this one sits still and poses for endless photo opps. You really can’t ask for better than that.