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“Wonderful service and slopeside access”
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Kandahar Lodge
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Whitefish
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 February 2010

We rode the train in from Seattle for a week of skiing at Whitefish. We had never been there before, so didn't really know what to expect.

The Kandahar lodge is located a short walk to the diminutive village at Whitefish, and has easy access onto and off of the ski slopes. Cross the parking lot, strap on your ski's and take a short cat track to chair 6, which then feeds you up to the base of the high speed quads that serve the mountain, coming down at the end of the day is just the reverse.

The room was clean and tidy with a large flat screen hd tv (which was handy for watching the olympics) the lobby was a great place to read over coffee and breakfast in the morning while the family continued to sleep.

The Kandahar Cafe is not really a cafe, but is a fine dining experience that is not to be missed. We had one of the very best meals that we have had in a very long time. Great wine selection, and the food was spectacular local fare (the elk and bison were both exquisite)

Off of the lobby is a very cozy and intimate little bar that is open in the evenings.

All in all it the Kandahar lodge was a key element of a wonderful family ski vacation.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 February 2010

Wow! What can I say but what a terrific place?? My boyfriend and I decided to stay at the Kandahar Lodge after a recommendation from a friend. We arrived there and were immediately welcomed by the staff. We stayed in one of the hotel rooms which was beautiful. It was incredibly convenient for us to walk accross the street and ski right into the slopes. After a day of skiing you can either ski right back to the lodge or call the Kandahar for free pickup, which I had done several times. we enjoyed coming down stairs and finding fresh baked cookies. The fireplace was beautiful and enjoyed all the people sitting around telling stories. We had dinner at the Kandahar Cafe....What a great meal!!! We have traveled to many places and truly believe the food at this place was a gem. We will be definitely be coming back next year and give it a 5 star rating!!!

Dawn P.-Longwood, FL

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2010

Everyone is so friendly and the Snug's Bar is great. The central lounge fireplace and meeting area was fantastic. Lodge is right on the mountain and you can ski right back to the lodge. The associated restaurant is 5 star!!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2010

Wow! - Glacier Park, Big Mountain Ski Resort, fabulous restaurants in the town of Whitefish. I can't wait to visit this place again this summer. The Kandahar Lodge was perfect. The rooms are beautiful. The restaurant is only open for dinner (weekends for brunch), but it is an absolute first class experience. The Lodge does a nice, free breakfast every morning in the lobby area. There is also a super coffee bar called Expresso Montano. We found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful. I loved sitting in the large, leather filled lobby reading or checking e-mail (on high speed WiFi) watching the fire burn and drinking a great glass of wine from the Snug Bar. They tell me golf in the area is spectacular, so we will be back this summer.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2010

IF charming, enchanting, wonderful are in your vocabulary... then Kandahar is the place for you!
Simply Wonderful. From Laurie and Rick greeting you at the front desk... to Paul helping and assisting so much! (they do help you with your bags up the steps to your room)
Andy and Tom in the SNUG Bar... to Housekeeping staff... Everyone is so kind at Kandahar!
The 24/7 roaring fire keeps the lobby/living area so comfy... you will meet so many folks from so many different places. It is a family place... a very welcoming place to call home for as long as you stay.
The continental breakfast more than fills your morning hunger...
The snug bar can replinish your thirst!
The Kandahar Cafe is a wonderful dining experience...
The 'small plates' that are offered are a treat in the lobby area.
(the elk burger was devine).
The hot tub is great... the work out room offered all that we needed to exercise.
The ski room is just off the lobby to get geared up!
A TRUE DELIGHT! We will return as soon as possible! My Husband LOVED skiing the mountain... no lines... great condition...
PLUS... downtown is AWESOME!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2010

I traveled from Seattle along with family to do some Montana powder skiing and snowboarding. We were absolutely delighted with the quality of Kandahar lodge and their staff. People went out of their way to help us. We had 3 feet of snow accumulate on our car while there and they kept it shoveled out and swept off. We went off skiing early most days ignoring our chores and the room was tidy and clean upon return. We needed a place to do some work on our skis and they accommodated us.

The quality of their building is exceptional and is maintained with the highest standards. They have a great boot warming and ski room. In the morning, after breakfast, we walked downstairs, put on your warm boots, picked up your skis, and walked a short way to get on a groomed trail. We skied home for lunch to warm up and headed out again until lifts closed. At the end of the day we'd catch a trail called "Home Again" that brought us back to the lodge. To loosen up for the next day, we'd enjoy their huge outdoor hot tub and indoor steam room. We'll definitely be back to enjoy another week of relaxation and great Montana skiing. The lodge and staff are remarkable with a true Montana lodge feel and people who are genuinely kind. They care that you have a good time. I've recommended them to colleagues and friends looking for a great ski trip and relaxing week in Montana.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 January 2010

We spent a few days at the Kandahar over the Christmas break and loved it. We had a loft room with a kitchen which was really convenient for making lunch and breakfast. We our dinners out and I really recommend Cafe Kandahar. Our room was very clean and quiet, the hot tub was wonderful and the ski and boot storage was very convenient. We were taken by shuttle to the ski hill and back and it was very easy to ski out/in as well. Superb staff (they were dealing with a water main break) and lovely lobby. This is a perfect place to stay for a ski vacation.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about 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: £105 - £216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Kandahar Lodge Whitefish, Montana

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