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“Relaxation in Swan River Valley” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Laughing Horse Lodge

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Laughing Horse Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Swan Lake B&B and Inns
Austin, Texas
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101 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Relaxation in Swan River Valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2007

Great place. Small, relaxing lodge run by one of the friendliest innkeepers in Montana. Great courtyard, perfect for making new friends or just reading a good book. Oh yeah, and the food was top notch too! The next time we are anywhere near Bigfork we will head back to the Laughing Horse Lodge!!

Stayed July 2007
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Cruz, CA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2007

We randomly found this place and it was very cute, clean and comfortable. The room was small, but nice and there's a great garden. There's a lake across the street and the breakfast was really high quality.

Many of the other reviews give high praise to the owner, however, she really wasn't all that friendly to anyone in my party. Her personality just seemed kind of harsh and she didn't have a whole lot of patience. I realize that the restaurant (which has a great menu) was very busy, but I would have liked a little more friendliness. I guess we just didn't feel all that comfortable or welcomed.

I'm not sure if I would stay at the Laughing Horse Lodge again and this is mostly because of the fact that there is no air conditioning. The room was hot and steamy all night long. No one could sleep including my dog.

The Laughing Horse Lodge definitely has its charm. It's a great place, just not great for everyone.

  • Liked — The great breakfast and location.
  • Disliked — The lack of air conditioner and the poor WiFi signal.
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Calgary
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2007

Laughing Horse Lodge is a wonderful place to stay. The rooms are nice and clean. There is a nice living room where you can sit and read one of the many books availble or watch TV. If the weather is nice, you can sit outside in the garden or it is a short walk to the water. Cooper the dog is so lovable and friendly that you feel right at home. The food was fantatstic- you must try the mussles and bread. My only regret is that we only stayed one night.

Stayed June 2007
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Calgary
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2007

Imagine the pressure of planning accommodations for 10 motorcyclists on a 4 day loop from Calgary to Helena and back. Add to the mix that the age range is from 25 to 58, the weather is iffy, and most of us are related ……

See my relief when we arrived at the Laughing Horse Lodge to find it everything promised on the website, and more! The Lodge oozes charm, and a blackboard on the front step listed directions to the rooms prepared for us. Kathleen greeted us as we were settling in, with offers of coffee or beer – and we all chorused ‘beer’! It had been a long ride, and we were stopped for the night, so it was time to unwind. This rider especially appreciated the bubble bath provided!

The lounge is cozy, with well stocked library, beer on tap and a selection of wines available on the honour system and TV for those inclined. Lovely flower beds bloomed amid art treasures and surrounded an outdoor courtyard - a delightful surprise and the perfect place to recount the sights of our trip. The rooms are laid out in an L-shape and linked together by a wooden porch. The rooms were quaint, comfortable and clean.

Dinner was wonderful – plenty to choose from for the carnivores and the veggie folks. Very reasonable prices, everything was tasty – and my advice to all is to leave room for dessert!

The hot breakfast included was much more than anticipated – I arrived last to our table, and made the mistake of thinking that the hot cereal, fresh fruit, scones and coffee was ‘all’ there was. But that was just the first course!

Kathleen is refreshingly forthright and extremely competent – and great fun! Treat yourself to her great hospitality and book into the Laughing Horse Lodge.

  • Liked — Quaint
  • Disliked — No reading light in room
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank BikerChickie
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Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2007

While staying in Big Fork, Montana, we had several people tell us not to miss eating at the Laughing Horse Lodge in nearby Swan Lake. We were glad we wasted no time trying it out because it was such a treat, we made sure we got back again before our trip ended a few days later. The owner of the lodge is an absolutely delightful lady and incredible cook!! She has a small lodge with nicely furnished rooms that we wished we'd known about before we booked ours. Both meals there were just incredible - breakfast is a real speciality - and the owner so personable and fun is made for a great vacation experience. Next trip to the area (and we can't wait!!) will definitely include a return visit!!

Stayed May 2007
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1 Thank PaPa5Texas
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camarillo
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2007

This is a wonderful place with a wonderful atmosphere. The owner is extremely congenial as is the server in the restauarnt. The food is excellent and is right up there with any 4 or 5 star restaurant.

The rooms are very spacious, comfortable and well decorated.

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank CamarilloVolley
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Prescott
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2007

My Husband, my dog and I spent a few delightful days at Laughing Horse Lodge in Swan Lake, MT and had an excellent time. It is in a lovely location, with comfortable, quaint rooms. However, the part that amazed me was the quality of the food. Kathleen, the owner is truly a whiz in the kitchen, her entrees were creative and delicious. Her wonderful dogs Nikki and Cooper made my Golden Retriever, Annie feel right at home! I suggest the lodge to anyone needing a quiet, restful, out-of-the-way place to relax and have some great food and since well-behaved pets are welcome, it was the perfect place for us.
Thanks, Kathleen.

Stayed June 2005
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Additional Information about Laughing Horse Lodge

Property: Laughing Horse Lodge
Address: 22360 Mt Highway 83, Milemarker 71.5, Swan Lake, MT 59911-7822
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Region: United States > Montana > Swan Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Swan Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
European-style road house featuring gourmet dining and comfortable, quiet rooms - no TVs, Phones, or Alarm clocks in rooms, no cell service on property. Non-smoking dogs welcome. Complimentary WiFi. Near Glacier National Park and Bob Marshall Wilderness. Perfect for weekend getaways, intimate weddings, family reunions and retreats. Open May through October. Dining room known for presenting mostly organic, always fresh and totally delicious meals - gluten and dairy free, as well as vegan meals available. ... more   less 
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Laughing Horse Hotel Swan Lake

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