Posted: Mar 16, 2013 9:08 AM by Dustin Klemann - MTN News
BILLINGS - Drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and touring guests dressed to the nines peppered the historic, now-modernized Northern Hotel.
P.B. Moss, the man who constructed the first iteration of Northern in 1904, once said, "I am going to build the best damn hotel in the state of Montana."
Owners, and brothers, Mike and Chris Nelson, set out to restore the Billings' landmark when they purchased the building in 2009.
Fast forward a four years later and upon arrival, guests were welcomed with a smile by the valet service.
The Northern Hotel's new look drew much approval, and after guests figuratively gathered their jaws from the floor, the party ushered in the new era of the hotel.
For its opening weekend, the limited number of rooms weren't cheap, as each in the ten-story building ranged from temporary prices of $500 to $900.
But the price meant a chance to be apart of history and see what four years of deconstruction - then more construction - can bring.
Guests had their own personal ribbon cutting as they opened the door to the new rooms, only to be greeted with by a commemorative gift, chocolates and champagne.
The Northern Hotel continues its opening weekend with the Grand Opening Night Reveal on Saturday where the hotel's restaurant, the TEN, will open.