We stayed here for two of the seven nights we spent visiting the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park the second week in September. The lodge exterior, lobby (with the massive Douglas fir columns) and the Swiss chelate influence were wonderful to see. We enjoyed the evenings after dinner sitting in the lobby with the fireplace roaring and the musicians playing & singing.
Our room was good size on the third floor with a view out front looking over the garden area and train depot. The room appearance was dated and stale smelling. The carpet looked as if it hadn't been updated in quite awhile (the likely source of the odor). The bedspread and bedding were old and in need of replacement. Our bathroom was quite large but the shower stall was very tight - looked like at some point the cast iron tubs were pulled out and replaced with a 2.5x2.5 ft shower stall.
I am good with the historic nuances about the hotel as it is what gives the place character but updated floor covering, bedding, etc. are basic staples this facility deserves (have visited similar national park with comparable historic lodges that have maintained these amenities). Making better use of the available space in the bathrooms (if others were like ours) would be good as well.
The hotel restaurant was okay but convenient. Our server in the restaurant the first evening was very good and helped us choose wisely - kudos to the homemade apple pie with huckleberry ice cream. The service the next evening in the bar area was poor and that compounded with the number of flies around made for a bad experience. The lobby coffee stand in the mornings was convenient.
The wifi at the hotel did not make much sense as it really only worked at the couch literally in front of the check-in / concierge desk. It would have been more convenient if the range was increased to at least the entire lobby area if there truly is desire to keep it out of the rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the western charm of the historic Glacier Park Lodge, which was completed in 1913. Its comfortable feel combined with some of the world's most spectacular scenery makes Glacier Park Lodge a truly unique vacation destination. Although steeped in culture and history of the Great Northern Railway and Blackfeet Indians, Glacier Park Lodge features modern amenities such as a heated swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, in-room telephones, nine-hole pitch-n-putt golf course, gift shop, lounge and the outstanding Great Northern Rib and Steak House. Glacier Park Lodge is in East Glacier Park, Montana on Highway 2. Glacier Park Amtrak Train Station is located just across the street from the hotel where guests are picked up daily in our antique red Checker taxi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glacier Park Hotel East Glacier Park
- Glacier Park Lodge East Glacier Park, Montana