By far, the most authentic accommodation we stayed in and reminiscent of a bygone age. In fact, if you dine on the patio of the restaurant, you'll see the staff race out to form a line and wave at the train as it pulls into the railway station opposite!
Our room was on the first floor and the railway station/roadside aspect of the hotel with a private balcony. It had an ensuite shower-room. We felt like we had stepped back one hundred years as the bedstead, authentic bedding, lamps and even the light-switches were appropriate to era of the hotel. The room was clean, cosy and attractively furnished. (We live next to the main railway line in Calgary, so anticipated the need for ear plugs!) If you are a light sleeper, you will hear the trains going by, throughout the night. Also, you will hear noise in the corridor and doors closing as its an old building without modern sound-proofing or door-closing mechanisms.
We stayed for two nights in this hotel and enjoyed the experience. Yes, it is a noisy location and its an old creaky, historic building with uneven floors and room doors that can bang closed without careful attention (which guests are reminded about on checking-in) The restaurant is fantastic and we ate till we burst. Its a short drive to the entrance to the park and there is a well stocked supermarket nearby and a gas station a 30 second drive away.
We sipped wine on our balcony , late into the evening and enjoyed watching birds roosting in the trees opposite and a bat swooping past
We stayed at another property very nearby that was new and modern and had tvs, so if that what you are looking for, go there. If you want charm and nostalgia and to imagine how our wealthy ancestors lived, then stay at the Belton Chalet (but bring ear plugs! )
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a 1910 National Historic Landmark hotel built by James J. and Louis Hill of the Great Northern Railway. After being closed for fifty years, the property underwent a three-year restoration completed in 1999 and is now a National Historic Landmark. The Belton Chalet was the first chalet built for Glacier Park and the park’s first winter headquarters. Belton Chalet, family owned, once again welcomes guest from across the world. Thank you for being our guest and a part of our history. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belton Chalet West Glacier, Montana
- Belton Chalet Hotel West Glacier