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“Smoker's Paradise”
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Belton Chalet
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in West Glacier
Certificate of Excellence
Columbus, Ohio
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71 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Smoker's Paradise”
Reviewed 30 July 2004

When I booked a room with the owner of this historic lodge, I told her I didn't want to be around cigarette smoke. She assured me the Belton Chalet was completely non-smoking and recommended a room with a balcony. She never mentioned that people can smoke on balconies and on the porch. When my husband and I arrived, our room was full of cigar smoke from the fellow in the next room smoking on the balcony. While we waited for the manager to ask him to ask him not to smoke, we realized that even if he stopped, the people on the other side could light up. And the rooms and balconies are so tiny, if anyone in the balcony rooms smoked, that smoke would come into our room. And what if they had a conversation out there? We'd have to listen to it. There's no air conditioning, so you can't close the windows. Also, because the rooms are so tiny, there are many guests in the lobby, cooled by windows off a porch where people can smoke. The manager told us that when a certain entertainer with lung disease plays in the bar, they have to close all the windows so he can breathe. If you get a non-balcony room, you might be okay. We got a full refund and went on to find a room in Whitefish. Belton Chalet has a pretty building, but don't stay here unless you're willing to be around smoke.

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Reviewed 8 July 2004

Stayed in the honeymoon suite in July 2004. Suite was not really a suite, but one small room. Very comfortable beds, but not overall worth the high price tag unless you're used to the price range. Balcony is not private, but only accessible through the hallway and is shared with adjoining rooms.

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Reviewed 15 March 2004

My boyfriend, Russell, & I spent a very romantic, relaxing time @ the Belton Chalet. It was a joy! Spacious rooms, a beautiful view, wonderful food, a gracious staff & such atmosphere! I would recommend it highly to anyone visiting the Glacier area. It was like stepping back in time. Kudos on the renovation & to the owners for taking such care to preserve the period. We plan to visit Glacier again & will certainly stay at the Belton. Thanks to everyone for making our stay a delight & wonderful memory for both my Montana Mountian Man & me. Janet Wallace

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Reviewed 31 December 2003

My husband and I visited Glacier N.P. for four days in June of 2003 and chose to stay at the Belton Chalet. (Some of the park hotels are just opening the beginning of June while others don't open until around the 12th.) The owners have done an outstanding job restoring the Chalet and the gardens are awesome. You will find Andy and his wife (two of the owners) very personable and the entire staff very helpful and friendly.
We had dinner in the restaurant two nights and were not disappointed.
Back in its day (1910), this was a dorm-type, so don't expect luxury accomodations, but rather you may feel transported back in time. Would recommend one of the back rooms for light sleepers, as there is still a very active train route in front of the Chalet that runs all day and night. You can't beat the location either--right outside the West Entrance to Glacier gives you easy access to the entire park. I would definitely recommend including the Belton Chalet in your experience of visiting Glacier National Park.

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Reviewed 30 November 2003

The Belton Chalet is a unique getaway from the real world, no phones no TV, romantic rooms looking into Glacier Park, great service, and fantastic food in the restaurant,the best in the area. It's location at the west entrance to the Park makes it convenient to all hiking destinations and the staff gives knowlegeable adivice on the best places according to ability. Truly a class act

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Property: Belton Chalet
Address: 12575 Hwy 2 East, PO Box 206, West Glacier, MT 59936
Region: United States > Montana > West Glacier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in West Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Belton Chalet 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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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