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“Kurious Khandahar”
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Kandahar Lodge
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Whitefish
Certificate of Excellence
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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“Kurious Khandahar”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

My wife and I were really looking forward to staying at Kandahar Lodge, although, on reflection, not that much because our first choice of hotel in Whitefish was The Lodge, which was full. But it seemed - from 4,000 miles away - to be an adequate substitute. Not so. The hotel is 5 miles up a mountain road which would be fine if there were any views from its windows; there are not - except for trees - because it is located in a dip. In our case, the panorama was of another accommodation block! The room itself was curious - with dim lights and a double bed so high, we had to stand on a settee to get into it. Honestly! The hotel looks what it is: a ski lodge in a ski village. At the beginning of July, the 'village' is a ghost town. The only place we could find open - of any kind, let alone in which to eat - was the Hell Roaring Restaurant (not as scary as it sounds) which does have a view - but down the valley not of Whitefish itself or its beautiful lake. The pub-like meal was OK. But it just as well that it was there because the much-vaunted Cafe Kandahar was closed on the night we arrived (July 3) AND on July 4! Can you believe that? To add to our dining woes, the bar meal service closed at 7pm on July 3 (we arrived at past 6 o'clock) and the bar was shut on the evening of July 4. We had dinner on July 4 at The Lodge at Whitefish - big party atmosphere and fireworks over the lake - and the whole experience was lovely but it only served to prove how much happier we would have been staying in this lovely lakeside hotel and not halfway up a lonely mountain in a deserted ski village. A disappointing start to our 5,000 mile road odyssey of the north west USA.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

This is a beautiful place, near the top of the ski mountain in Whitefish. We were there in mid-summer, and did the zip line trail available at the ski area.

The lodge itself is very attractive, and our room was beautiful. Very comfortable bed. The restaurant is very high-end, but the food matched the price. The continental breakfast in the morning is quite reasonable.

Whitefish is a great town, and the lodge is about a 10-15 minute pleasant drive away.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jerusalem
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

First: Kandahar Lodge is located in the Mountain resort area of White fish, about 15 minutes drive from downtown White fish. The kitchen loft that this lodge offers is very small. They sell it as suitable for a family of 5. It is very tight. I don't know what is the situation in the winter, but for summer - you can get very nice and spacey condominiums at the ski area, right next door to Kandahar, for less money. And btw- they don't have milk and cereals in breakfast (!!!)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Oregon
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

If you've ever seen Hot Tub Time Machine then you should stay here....and I mean that in the best way possible.
Keep in mind we visited in June on our way to Glacier, not during ski season. The hotel is at base camp up the mountain from Whitefish. Driving up the road gives you some great views of town, the lake and wildlife (deer!).
We arrived and were greeted by a very nice man who explained everything we needed to know about the hotel including the fact there was no elevator, there was free wifi, and the location of the outdoor hot tub (Amazing!!)
We stayed in the Garrett room which is a small but less expensive room than the others. I was surprised at the fact that it still had plenty of room for the two of us and the bed was very comfortable! The bathroom shower was a stall shower but there was good water pressure so I was happy.
The bar was humming at night and it is nice that you can take our drinks out into the lobby - which was quite large with a fireplace, multiple couches and comfy leather chairs. We heard the restaurant was great but decided to eat in town.
If we come back through this way I would totally consider staying here again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Bradenton, Florida
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Reviewed 4 July 2013 via mobile

The lodge is a bit dated and needs an update. The rooms needed a good cleaning. The beds were comfortable and the breakfast was very good. The staff was friendly and helpful. The restaurant is great for dinner.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

We stayed here for three nights, in what is effectively a mini suite/studio with a good sized kitchen (cooker, fridge, microwave, cupboards, everything you might need to cook a meal) and comfy sofa from which you could watch the quality TV (the equipment, not the programmes).

Excellent bed, lots of space and air con that worked well.

The only slight downside was that we were there out of season, so the highly recommended and favourably reviewed cafe was not open yet. However, our buffet breakfast was more than adequate, and we were very well looked after by Ross and Mark on reception. Good value for money, a fantastic location, and everything good quality. The wellness centre looked good as well, but we only used the hot tub which was generously sized and very hot! Highly recommended and a great experience for us.

Oh, one thing I should mention; it's a small point but shows attention to detail. The bed had a thick quilt which was too hot so we took it off and substituted a blanket. When we came back after our trip out the next day, the bed was made the way we liked it, with the blanket. So many hotels we have stayed in feel that the is only one way to make the bed, so whatever you do, they revert to the standard format. Full marks to the team at Kandahar.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

Our family of 5 stayed here in mid June to access Glacier's West side. To the positive, the room had 3 beds so no one had to use a pull out. There were negatives, though. First, if you are not there for skiing, the lodge is located 7 miles up the mountain and away from all the restaurants and shopping. The breakfast was meager and the staff not very friendly. The room was small and the shower was weak. The kicker for me was after spending $300 per night including taxes and "fees", they don't even make the beds for you. They did give us new towels, but that was about it. For much less, I am sure, you could stay in one of the many lodges in town and have a better experience.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Kandahar Lodge
Address: 3824 Big Mountain Rd, P.O. Box 278, Whitefish, MT 59937-8624
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Region: United States > Montana > Whitefish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Whitefish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kandahar Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kandahar Lodge is a rustic, yet elegant lodge located at Whitefish Mountain Resort, 7 miles north of Whitefish and 32 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park. The Lodge has 50 rooms, a fully licensed bar and a gourmet restaurant that serves dinner only. A continental breakfast is included in the rates. The lovely lobby has a wood burning fireplace, free WIFI and comfortable couches and chairs. Other amenities include a large outdoor hot tub, steam room, exercise room and massage treatment room. The rooms all have queen beds, down comforters, microwaves, small refrigerators and a/c. Kandahar is open from the first week of December to the first week of April (ski season) and June 1 through September 30. The Lodge opens to prearranged groups of 20 or more in the spring and fall ... more   less 
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