Honestly, I don't know if this place still exists, and at 2:15 a.m., I truly don't care! Where I've so enjoyed doing online research for all preceding Old Postcard Wednesday posts, I've had a frustrating time researching this old hotel in Billings, Montana, and I need to vent a bit.
The supposed website for the hotel offers the following page (I mean, is this a joke?):
Welcome to thenorthernhotel.com
Questions? We have the answers.
What I have learned, or think I've learned, is that it came to be known in recent years as the Historic Northern Hotel. There are a few old postcards to view online that show the outside of the hotel, one in the 1950's. Searches give numerous travel information sites that list this hotel and they award it with anywhere from two to four stars, depending upon the site.
To further complicate things, it seems that the address, 19 N. Broadway, is also known as 19 N. 28th. Apparently Broadway is 28th, as I confirmed on a map. Some travel sites list The Historic Northern Hotel at the Broadway address and others use the 28th Street address. Here's a review from MyTravelGuide that is actually dated 2008:
the Historic Northern Hotel
19 North Broadway, Billings, MT
Historic Northern Hotel offers traditional elegance and hospitality. This full-service, freshly renovated, historic Hotel anticipates your needs with complimentary airport shuttle service, covered parking, on-site gift shop and fitness center.[more]
Historic Northern Hotel offers traditional elegance and hospitality. This full-service, freshly renovated, historic Hotel anticipates your needs with complimentary airport shuttle service, covered parking, on-site gift shop and fitness center.All rooms offer full size ironing boards and irons, as well as hair dryers. Complimentary in-room coffee is provided. Enjoy the award winning cuisine of the Golden Belle Restaurant or unwind in Billings' favorite Golden Belle Saloon. With over 10,000 square feet of newly refurbished meeting and banquet space, the Historic Northern Hotel comfortably accommodates meetings and banquets for up to five hundred people. Adjacent to the meeting space is a large preconvene area, perfect for receptions and convention registrations. The Hotel's 24-hour fitness center is fully equipped with a life cycle and life step, Schwinn Aerodyne, flat and incline benches, California gold multi-station gym and free weights.
But the Chamber of Commerce in Billings doesn't include the Historic Northern Hotel in its website list of lodging "partners." I thought: that seems weird, but maybe it's too old and run-down for the Chamber to refer tourists there. So I called the phone number listed at Yahoo! Travel, that also included 13 reviews of the hotel with the most recent having been written in 2006, ready with questions for the night clerk. Instead, a female robot at the other end of the line said that the number I dialed "is temporarily out of service."
And for now so am I.