Most lodging options around glacier are either extremely expensive, extremely primitive, or both. While it's tiny and a fair drive from the main park entrances, the Half Way Motel is reasonably prices (for a resort area) and provides modern amenities and a clean, comfortable place to stay.
The place gets its name from its location on highway 2, roughly halfway between the east and west entrances to Glacier National Park. It is at the south end of the park, very near the Izaak Walton Inn and the Essex Amtrak station. The four-room motel is part of a little complex that includes a very nice little restaurant and a convenience store that also serves as the area's post office. Check-in is done at the store, and ours was efficient and friendly.
The exterior of the motel has a quaint log cabin look, and it's tucked among the trees in a beautiful setting. The outside is rustic, but inside the rooms are pleasantly modern. Our room was immaculate, a pleasant change from a filthy place just down the road where we'd stayed the previous night. Many places in the Glacier area don't even have televisions in the rooms. The Half Way not only had flatscreen TVs with satellite reception, but they also offered free wi-fi--in an area that doesn't even have cell phone reception. Our room also featured a microwave and a large refrigerator that cooled better than any other hotel fridge I've encountered. The price was roughly $100 a night, which is a steal for a resort area in high season.
We also had dinner in their restaurant. The food was tasty, and the prices were very reasonable. We would have had breakfast there as well, but they didn't open until 9:00 in the morning. While they do provide in-room coffee, I'd suggest they consider opening the restaurant earlier, since I'd think many of their guests would want to get an early start exploring what can be a very crowded national park.
We were very pleased with our stay at the Half Way Motel, and I'd encourage others who are in the Glacier Park area to stay there.
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- Half Way Hotel Essex, Montana