I selected this hotel/lodge because it was the closest property that I could find to the Whitefish Mountain Resort, as I prefer to ski in / ski out. The lodge was a short walk to the lifts, but they ran an on-demand shuttle to take you to the lifts. This was convenient as walking in your boots with your ski equipment is never fun. There is a ski trail that you can take that brings you right back to the hotel, so returning is a piece of cake.
The hotel staff is very friendly, especially Jim and Russ. I tortured them with a hundred questions and they patiently answered them all. They even mailed me my pants that I forgot in my closet when I checked out (why do I always do that...).
The hotel bar was pretty small, but I was always able to get a seat at the bar or at a high top. You can also take your drinks into the very nice lobby and sit in a comfortable chair near a roaring fire. The restaurant was outstanding. I can't say enough about the food. I know that some reviewers feel that it is a little pricey, but you are getting food quality found in large cities at a price much lower than you would expect in these cities. I actually thought that the prices were very reasonable.
The hot tub was large and a good place to meet people after skiing all day. I did not explore any of the other amenities, as I just want to ski, hot tub, drink, eat and sleep. Speaking of sleep, my room was fine -- a comfortable (tall) bed and the room was clean. There was a refrigerator which I believe that I accidentally left a few beers in, but I didn't ask them to ship them home to me.
Whitefish is a great ski resort and the Kandahar Lodge is a nice place to stay during your visit. I plan to come back next year, but I will *really* try to not to leave anything there again...
- 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