Discover Our Historic Bozeman Motel

The Sapphire Motel

The Sapphire Motel has been a landmark in Bozeman since the 1940s. The Motel began it’s life as a simple “tourist court” with 4 cabins. It soon grew into a full 31 unit motor court hotel. The motel was constructed in the popular mid-century modern style and was advertised as a “modern stopping place for travelers” during this era. The motor court style hotel was popularized throughout the US during the 1940’s and 1950’s. These iconic motels were built to accommodate a new American past time, road tripping!

Our Motel was built as a small family operation to accommodate motorists traveling through Montana. While maintaining it’s classic design, the motel continued to grow over the years and now has 47 guest rooms. Today we fill both the role of travel motel as well as being an affordable and convenient option for a wide variety of local travelers. We host business clients for long and short term stays, sports fans visiting to cheer on local teams, and visitors from neighboring communities looking to enjoy all Bozeman has to offer.


After several generations, we feel very fortunate to still be here and we are proud to carry on America’s tradition of the old style motor inn motel.

Brothers ~ Shiloh & Jacob Klatt

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Motel History

1940 – First named the Glen Motel under original owners the Nunnellys, the motel opened as a small 4 cabin “tourist court.”

1942 – Just two years after opening, a modern, 31 unit motor court style motel was constructed.

1955 – The motel became the Travelier Motel, under new owners the Jacksons.

1969 – 1972 – The motel became the Stardust Motel and began operating under our family’s ownership.

1980 – The motel transitioned to the Royal 7 Motel name and we built 16 new units.

2021 – We became the Sapphire Motel and a new generation of our family started revitalizing the historic motel.

2023 – The Sapphire Motel won a Historic Preservation Award for our Marquee Sign restoration from the Bozeman Historic Preservation Advisory Board!

2023 – The Sapphire Motel also won the distinction of “Best Retro Hotel in Montana” from Distinctly Montana.





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