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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kandahar Hotel Whitefish
- Kandahar Lodge Whitefish, Montana