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“Home Comforts at Garden Wall Inn”
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Garden Wall Inn
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Whitefish
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San Mateo, California
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9 reviews
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“Home Comforts at Garden Wall Inn”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Our family (six persons) was in Whitefish for a celebration this last June. We'd booked into the Garden Wall Inn largely on the basis of internet recommendations. We were not disappointed.

The inn is located in a cozy 1920's bungalow that's just two short blocks from the downtown Whitefish retail district. While the inn faces onto a main street, it is still very quiet inside. The interior reminded us of Berkeley craftsman style both in architecture and decor. Most of the furnishings are period-appropriate antiques. We were pleased to see that some of the Audobon prints on the wall are the same as ours at home. The neighborhood is quiet and tree-shaded. Access to Eureka in the north and Glacier National Park to the east is easy.

The best part of staying at the Garden Wall Inn are the hosts, Chris and Rhonda. Chris is an excellent host, and was a major part of our enjoying our stay in Whitefish. He even helped regularly in muscling a wheelchair up and down the entry steps. (Wheelchair bound guests should reserve the first floor bedroom, which is readily accessible to the living room and dining room. The bathroom for this bedroom is marginally accessible). If you are totally wheelchair bound this may make the Garden Wall Inn impractical for you.

Chris is a local who returned to Whitefish after living and working in other parts of the country, and enjoys sharing his local knowledge so as to make your stay more enjoyable. Rhonda is an excellent baker, and she and Chris make a very effective team.

Both Rhonda and Chris cook. Breakfasts at the Inn are a wonderful way to start the day. Fresh french press coffee (and a rose) are delivered to your room a half hour before breakfast. Breakfast for the four days we were in residence consisted of a mixed fresh fruit dish, home-baked fresh muffins, fresh juice, more coffee or tea and a savory breakfast dish.

One such dish was locally smoked trout and a coddled egg. Another was puff pastry stuffed with scrambled eggs, mushrooms and seafood. Yum! Hors d'oeuvres in the evening included a pleasant dry sherry, cheeses and other nibbles.

As with a number of other restaurants in the Whitefish area they use as much locally sourced meat, fruit and vegetables as possible. Herbs come from their own backyard garden. Their homemade breakfast bacon (local pork loin), huckleberries and smoked trout were all really delicious.

The Garden Wall Inn leaves a chocolate truffle in your room for each guest at night-time. Unlike many other places these were really good chocolates, made by a local chocolatier in downtown Whitefish. By the way, the local chocolate place also sells used books and home-made gelato, all under one small roof.

As one might expect Chris is willing to book dinner reservations for his guests and can get a good table on short notice at local restaurants. Local places can be crowded during the summer tourist season (we have no experience of the winter season.

We only had one day free that we could devote to Glacier National Park and the Highway to the Sun was still closed at Cedars Trail in early June. We'll definitely be back to spend more time at Glacier, and would like to visit during the Winter Carnival in February. In any event, we'll be staying at the Garden Wall Inn. It's an excellent value for your money - location, service, charm and food!

Room Tip: We had one room downstairs and two rooms with shared bath upstairs. All were fine.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Santa Ana, California
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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

We normally don't stay in B&B's but decided to vary our pattern based on the ratings. Glad we did!
Rhonda and Chris are the perfect hosts who provide wonderful food in a welcoming atmosphere. They are friendly without being obtrusive and both are happy to share their wealth of knowledge about the local area, restaurants and points of interest to visitors.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

Beautiful house and bedrooms but what really makes this place special is Chris. From the minute we walked in the door after a days hiking and long drive we felt looked after. Every evening Chris had prepared hors d'oeuvre (lovely cheeses and olives) and offered us a drink. He was there to offer advice about where to eat (and called to book us a table) and what to do the next day. Always helpful but never intrusive. He even brought coffee to the room before serving us a fantastic restaurant quality breakfast using local ingredients cooked by Rhonda. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Morton, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Over the top service that is friendly, helpful and engaging (but not intrusive). Food is amazing. Can walk to any downtown dining or shopping places. One morning we got up early for hike in Glacier and missed breakfast and they had everything set up for us to have a packed breakfast to take with us for hike. The breakfast there are AMAZING. The little touches made it.

There were window fans which kept room cool, but did allow in a little noise.

Would go again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jeffrey L
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

The garden wall inn is located 2 blocks away from the downtown core of Whitefish. It is close enough to stroll into downtown and have dinner or go shopping, and far enough away to be quiet and relaxing.
We enjoyed our stay and really appreciated all the little special touches. Your day begins with a coffee or tea tray 30 mins before breakfast downstairs. The breakfasts we had included a fabulous fruit salad & then a main course. In the evening they offer snacks and a beverage (wine, beer, pop etc) and you can relax in their lovely living room before heading out for dinner or drinks. When you head to bed there is a chocolate and a note on the pillow.
In addition, Chris & Rhonda who run the place were fabulous and full of great suggestions for what to do & where to go.
I have told all my friends about this B&B!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton, AB
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

My friend and I stayed at the Inn for a quick girls' getaway. We loved the place. The location is great, super quick walk to the shops and restaurants downtown and with ample parking. My only complaint is that it is next to a busy road so there was a little road noise with the windows open at night. However, that is my only complaint about the inn and it's pretty minor.

The room was a good size with ample closet space and comfy beds. We loved the bathroom with the claw-foot tub, rain head shower and fluffy towels and robes. The overhead heater option is a nice touch for when you pop out of the shower. The provided soaps and shampoos were good quality.

Even if our room had been terrible and the location was poor, I would return for the food and service. They cover every detail and it's nice to be pampered. From the civilized wake-up tea/coffee in the morning (super nice touch), AWESOME breakfasts which are big enough to skip lunch and are made with locally sourced ingredients, to the evening hors d'oeuvres the service is 5 star.

Loved it.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Santa Clarita, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Our stay at the Garden Wall Inn was wonderful. They attend to every detail of your stay, to the 5 o'clock wine & cheese, right down to the chocolate on your pillow turn-down service. The only reason I could not give them a perfect 5 star rating was the bit of traffic noise from the busy street out front. I suggest bringing something for white noise if you are an especially light sleeper, as I am. And as everyone can attest, the breakfasts are excellent!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Garden Wall Inn
Address: 504 Spokane Ave, Whitefish, MT 59937-2781
Phone Number:
Region: United States > Montana > Whitefish
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Whitefish
#1 Green Hotel in Whitefish
#4 Family Hotel in Whitefish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning Garden Wall Inn has been catering to discerning travelers since 1987. The impeccably restored 1920’s inn offers five luxurious guestrooms, each furnished with period antiques. Scrumptious three-course breakfasts are prepared by chef/owners Rhonda Fitzgerald and Chris Schustrom. The Inn is a convenient one-block walk from downtown Whitefish’s excellent restaurants, shops and nightspots. Only 25 minutes from Glacier National Park, the Inn is the perfect base for exploring the Park. The Inn is built in the "Colonial Revival" style with a gambrel roof and clapboard siding. The interior is accented by original solid maple flooring, arts-and-crafts fir moldings, and beveled-glass french doors. The guestrooms’ private baths boast huge claw-foot tubs, pedestal sinks, and black-and-white art-deco tile. Oriental carpets and fine antique furniture complement the lovely rooms. ... more   less 
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Garden Wall Inn Whitefish, Montana

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