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“Great historic lodge in need of updating basic room amenities”
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Glacier Park Lodge
Reviewed 12 November 2013

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.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

My wife and I spent a day/might at the Glacier Park Lodge and found it to be very enjoyable. The room was large, clean, and comfortable. The view from the balcony was very nice. The hotel had alot of amenities including complete dining facilities, touring arrangements, and souvenirs.

The staff was very friendly and attentive. The grounds were well-kept.

There's a train station a short walk from the hotel.

The only negative I could think of is the cost. It was a bit high for the room and there are several, less attractive, motels nearby that appeared to be satisfactory, though not as many features.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank rwellstoo
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

The location of this lodge is very great. You can go to many amazing place without driving to much. Also, the cost is not low but also not very hight. The view of the lodge is amazing and service is also great. But the food is average.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank xjzmike
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

This was the only historic lodge that we stayed in at the park (we also stayed at Village Inn and Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, but not the other historic lodges). The lobby is pretty neat and definitely has the rustic lodge vibe going. We had a room with 2 double beds in the main building where all the rooms are off the balcony overlooking the lobby. As others have mentioned, there is no elevator in this building, but it is only 3 stories tall. We had a room on the 3rd floor and were pleased that we were able to check in when we arrived around noon.

Overall, the room was comparable to the rooms in the other hotels that we stayed at. The top blanket was a bit nicer, and there was a phone in the room. In our room, the bathroom had a cramped stand up shower and the sink was just outside the bathroom. The room had a musty odor to it, which was more noticeable in the morning after waking up with the windows being closed all night. During the day, we left the windows open to air out (and all the windows were opened when we arrived). The Amtrak station is located across from the hotel so you can hear the trains go by. While the trains are not very loud with their whistles blowing or anything like that, I did hear the rumble of them even in the middle of the night.

There is wifi in the lobby area, but not up in the rooms. We were able to get some wifi signal just outside our room though standing on the balcony overlooking the lobby. Our cell phones also had service in this hotel. There are 2 restaurants in this hotel, which we didn’t eat at because it looked pricey. Instead, we made the quick drive to town (East Glacier) and ate there. The hotel grounds are beautifully maintained with gardens and they offer a free 20 min walking tour of the hotel twice a day, which we did do and learned a bit about the area and the hotel. There are plenty of seating options in the lobby area, and outside on the balconies with nice views of the surrounding mountains. One of the nights that we were there, there were some people performing music in the lobby, which was enjoyable. The other night, there was a wedding going on in the basement and you could hear some music from that.

This hotel is located in the town of East Glacier, which is actually outside the park limits. It is about 10 miles to drive to inside the park where Two Medicine Lake is and where the hiking trails are. The town of East Glacier is small, but we liked that there are several eating options which were more cost effective than eating in the lodge. We especially liked Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant. Apparently it is popular with everyone else, as we arrived right when it opened at 5PM (hoping to beat the dinner crowd) to see a mass hoard of people piling into the restaurant. So, get there early or you will be waiting for a table!

Overall, this hotel was considered our “splurge” for our trip, so I was expecting it to be a bit nicer than the other places that we stayed at. While the building itself was unique, I didn’t think our overall experience was that much nicer. Our shower drain was not draining so the next morning, I informed the front desk staff who said they would let maintenance know. I don’t think anything was done to it as the shower drain continued to drain slowly. Also, we had strange maid service. Someone had come in and collected all the used towels, but that was it. The towels were not replaced (we did have another clean set already in the room, but it would have been nice to have the towel that goes in front of the shower replaced), the bed was not touched, and the trash was not empty. I am not sure if this was an oversight, but we just found it odd since we had daily maid service at the other places that we had stayed. None of this made me particularly upset, we just expected the service to be better given that we were paying a bit more to stay in the historic lodge.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Kauai2007
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

I loved staying here although it is quite expensive. I loved the quaint rooms and cabin like feel to them. I don't want to stay @ a historic lodge and have the rooms look like motel 6. Those who complain about the size are usually grumpy old people who enjoy complaining about everything. It was charming to speak to the young employees from other countries and it was informative. Perhaps if some of the complainers opened their minds to the wonderful experience and shut up with their complaining, they could also have been charmed by this wonderful place and the historical experience it provides.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank JohnnyMcM3
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Our family traveled from Midwest to Montana to see Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. An incredible trip! We really appreciated the rustic beauty of the Glacier Park Lodge. It was difficult to get a room when I called for reservations, we just lucked out on an available night. We would have liked to stay longer. We had a room with a veranda-it was awesome to sit out there and eat our breakfast overlooking the mountains! We had been here 20+ years ago-many items are the same-beds were very comfortable, bedding was nice, shower nozzle was nice-other furnishings were basic-but part of the ambiance for such a beautiful place. We ate at the lodge restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed our evening with a good meal. The lobby has such character. We sat by the fireplace while someone played guitar-this was definitely one of our favorite nights on the trip. We highly recommend at least one night in a park lodge while touring Glacier National Park.

Room Tip: The veranda room was a nice surprise as it overlooked the park. Internet is only available in the lo...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

What a great place to take a step back in history. We stayed only one night and glad we did not miss the opportunity. Beautiful grounds, buildings and scenery that introduce you to Glacier National Park. Do not miss the chance to stay here.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: 499 Mt-49, East Glacier Park, MT 59434
Region: United States > Montana > East Glacier Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Speciality Lodging in East Glacier Park
Price Range: £159 - £190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Glacier Park Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 161
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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