Last Updated on March 30, 2024 by Katrina

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Sometime called the “live entertainment capital of the world” or to a “family-friendly Las Vegas,” the Missouri town of Branson is a great place to catch a show. The town boasts more than 50 theaters that get all manner of touring acts, but it also offers Silver Dollar City theme park, hundreds of restaurants, and plenty of outdoor fun, thanks to Table Rock Lake and the hiking and biking trails of the Ozark Mountains. Here are the best hotels in Branson.

Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center (415 N State Hwy 265; 888-333-5253) Table Rock Lake

The 301-room resort nicknamed “the castle of the Ozarks” is 10 miles from downtown Branson, but Afar says “there’s really no reason to ever leave the property—except to swim in Table Rock Lake.” The magazine also likes the miles of Ozark hiking trails, a full-service marina and family-friendly amenities like a kids’ club and movie theater.” A Google reviewer raves about the ambience, writing “The lobby was so beautiful, from the greenery to the live birds. I’ve never been to a hotel with a 24-hour pool before and that was a plus.”    >> Book this hotel for less

Hilton Branson Convention Center (200 E Main St.; 417-336-5400) Convention Center

You’re in the heart of Branson at this 294-room, 23-story Hilton that’s connected to the Convention Center and the restaurants and shops of the waterfront Branson Landing. A Tripadvisor reviewer writes that they “enjoyed the floor to ceiling windows” but added “you are paying for the location between the Branson Landing and the downtown shops and along the lake. Many restaurants and shops within an easy walk. You wouldn’t need a car once you arrived here.” A Google reviewer calls it the “best hotel in Branson. We got a room on the 7th floor with a balcony and it was wonderful. Indoor and outdoor pool available, depending on the season.”    >> Book this hotel for less

Lodge of the Ozarks (3431 W 76 Country Blvd.; 417-334-7535) Branson Theatre District

US News & World Report likes the “convenient location” of this 186-room hotel just off West 76 Country Boulevard, where you’ll find many theaters, and that the hotel “offers guests rustic accommodations complete with a minifridge, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.” A Google reviewer likes the “tasty hot breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage, monkey bread, and, yogurt, just to name a few,” and writes that the hotel “is within walking distance to many attractions and restaurants and a short drive to Silver Dollar City.”

Marriott’s Willow Ridge Lodge (2929 Green Mountain Dr.; 417-348-3100) Branson Theatre District

Choose from standard rooms or one- and two-bedroom villas with kitchens, washer-dryers and patios at this timeshare-oriented Marriott with three pools. “It’s tucked away from the noise of the roads,” says a Tripadvisor user, “but it’s close to so many shows and restaurants. The kitchenette was handy.” Indeed, one Google reviewer bemoans the lack of a year-round restaurant (there is only a seasonal restaurant). “My only suggestion would be to consider a restaurant on site—we would have eaten at least one meal there every day. But great location and the room was clean and well appointed.”

Palace View Resort by Spinnaker Resorts (700 Blue Meadows Rd.; 417-239-0133) Branson

This family-friendly resort offers condo-style suites, indoor and outdoor pools, BBQ pits, shuffleboard and a playground. But best of all is its Cinderella location. A Google reviewer reports that “the resort is just off the main drag in Branson so you have quiet and privacy but a very short drive to reach everything.” One Tripadvisor user says “We were very pleased with our stay. The units are very large with extended living room and nice sized, well-equipped kitchen.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Big Cedar Lodge (190 Top of the Rock Rd.; 417-335-2777) Table Rock Lake

Stay near Table Rock Lake at this wilderness retreat on 4,600 acres that dates back to the 1920s. It is comprised of 362 rooms and cabins. Afar writes that it’sfull of natural beauty and rustic luxury, offering activities like fishing, water-skiing, tubing, and rides on just about any boat you could imagine.” The resort also offers a spa and five golf courses. A Tripadvisor user writes, “we stayed in a two-bedroom cabin for our annual ladies’ golf trip. It was perfect for four women. Lots of room and beds/pillows were so comfortable, and the grounds are immaculate. The golf courses are some of best public courses in the country.”