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“Lovely Home but Limited Service”
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The Great Bear Inn
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

We spent 5 nights at the Great Bear Inn while we were hiking/biking in Glacier NP. Mary, the owner was very open and made us feel right at home - so much so that our room wan't ready when we arrived at 4:30pm the day of our reservation. Dinner is included in the room rate, unless you specifically ask not to have it. Since we knew we would be arriving later in the day, we went ahead and had dinner which is supposed to be served around 7:30. The food was very good, but it was also very late by the time dinner was over. Vacations for us are about getting up and out and enjoying the area we are exploring, so we prefer not to eat so late. Anyway, the atmosphere is very nice with a good deck out front and most of the people are friendly and it is good to share experiences about hikes and other activities. There is no daily maid service, but we were told if we wanted our room made up or clean towels to leave the tag on the door. So after a couple of days we did this.....the sign was on for 10 hours while we were away and no one touched our room....it was right across from the laundry room, so it would seem hard to miss it. Anyway, we went ahead and found our own clean towels. About 3 days in, Mary noted that there were bugs coming this time of year and we might see them in the cabin and there was nothing she could do about it. Well we ended up killing an average of 15 each day in our room when we arrived back to the cabin. Not a very pleasant experience to be swatting big (about 2 inches long) bugs each evening. They were in the windows, bedding, sink area, etc. Sorry it was just Yuck! Another issue we encountered was although this was classified as a bed and breakfast, no one was up in the morning. The coffee making was given to a timer which didn't go off the last 3 mornings we were there. My husband was the earliest riser and ended up ensuring we along with the other guests would have coffee in the morning. Although there was a coffee maker in our room, we had run out of the individual coffee packs after the first day. We, along with others made sure the staff knew about this but it didn't seem to change anything. Breakfast is very limited It was very nice to have laundry facilities available so we didn't have to pack as many clothes.
So overall the cabin is lovely and a good place to relax and a good alternative to the "inside the park" experiences, but don;t expect first class service when it comes to your room, supplies or breakfast.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thegreatbearinn, Owner at The Great Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2013

We regret wholeheartedly your experience with us. Each review brings insight to us. As such,
we have revamped our maid service to be standard unless a guest places the Do Not Disturb Sign on their door. Our lodge sits in the middle of the woods, surrounded by thousands of pine trees. We had an unusual heat wave with nights turning very cold. This prevented us from removing the window air conditioners on the top floor. We tried everything to prevent the bugs from entering from outside. However you should never have had to experience bugs in your room. We are installing ductless air conditioning in those units next year and replacing what appears to be inferior windows. Please contact us so that we may offer you a complimentary visit in the future.
Susan Sullivan
The Great Bear Inn

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Reviewed 2 September 2013

The Great Bear Inn has for us set a new benchmark of excellence in accommodations. The home is warm and welcoming and the staff are sincere and joyful in every guests arrival and stay. We were welcomed and given the tour of the home. We were invited to all the snacks and beverages we wanted and even offered the use of the laundry facilities. The Grand Rooms are LARGE clean and very comfortable. The Great Bear Inn would be a wonderful place to stay if this was the end of the review, but this is just the beginning. The chefs prepare delicious dinners (even with a significant power outage one of our evenings) elegant meals in a casual fun environment. The continental breakfast became pure decadence when I found a the chocolate muffins in the fridge, I wish I had one right now! The food and accommodations together make this a very good value and a wonderful memory of our visit to Glacier National Park.

Room Tip: The grand rooms are down a fight of stairs and next to the rec room with ping pong and pool table. T...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

My family of four stayed for a week in July. By the end of the first night, we already felt like we were family. Chef Ryan didn't mind our teenage son hanging out with him while he cooked and even played ping pong with him after dinner. At The Great Bear Inn dinner is a fun filled, slow paced event with a beautiful mountain backdrop. We would spend hours getting to know the other families over gourmet dinner and often would laugh til we cried! The towels were large and fluffy as well as soft beds and sheets. The cabin was perfectly stocked to cook or grill your own meals and had a large bathroom. We even had Kruger Helicopter come pick us up from the backyard for sightseeing!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We stayed five nights this past week and the location is reasonable to the West entrance to the park. For about the same price, you can get very sub-par accommodations in Glacier Park, so stay at The Great Bear Inn. Yes, it is additional driving, but worth the time. Superb in cleanliness, attention to detail, decorating, engaging and friendly staff. Only suggestion would be to have dinner earlier - 7 PM. Cuisine was excellent.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We recently stayed here for five nights. Had a wonderful time and were made to feel like family. If you stay here, get the dinner package as the son of the owner and his friend are gourmet chefs and we had great meals every night. Breakfast was continental with lots of cereal, bread, and juice choices, plus very good coffee that was always ready early for those of us who wanted a cup of coffee in the early morning.

We would stay here again if we are in the area.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

I will echo all the great comments others have made; it's hard to find anything negative about the Great Bear Inn. Susan and her son, Ryan (the cook) are marvelous hosts . . . enthusiastic about people and the services they provide for us. Their rustic, peaceful, lovely lodge is small (8 rooms; 2 cabins) and homey. Dinner was fine dining quality and would easily cost over $100 in any good restaurant. This was a bargain, Ryan. We enjoyed your friendly banter; it put all the guests on a friendly note with each other. Best surprise: 2 large washers and dryers on 2nd floor near our room; even providing detergent and softener for us. Use Susan's directions, not your GPS. We learned this the hard way

Room Tip: We had a nice room overlooking the front of the property, 2nd floor. Didn't see other rooms
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

We booked a trip to Glacier National Park late in the year. We wanted to stay inside the park, but it was to late to get a room everything was booked up. I came across The Great Bear Inn on Trip Advisor and I am so happy that they had some rooms left for us. I cannot begin to tell you what a beautiful place this is. The location is beautiful, only minutes from the west side of Glacier National Park. Susan the owner and her sister are wonderful . The Inn is beautifully decorated. The beds are so comfortable. The rooms are beautiful. Ryan , the chef made some incredible meals for everyone. Chris and Hobbit were great. Friendly staff, made us all feel at home. We did get to check out some of the lodges within the park while we were in Glacier hiking. I was not impressed at all, I felt like I was in Disney World instead of a lodge in a national park. Way to crowded, lunches we ate were okay, nothing great. Like my husband said while we were in one of the park lodges, "park food is park food no matter how you want to look at it." He was so right ! I would spend the extra money to go The Great Bear Inn any day, then spend it in one of the lodges inside the park. My husband and I have stayed in quite a few bed and breakfast places and lodges, and The Great bear Inn is my favorite . I would recommend staying at The Great bear Inn to all my family and friends and anyone who wants to have a truly wonderful time. We were treated like family. We met some great guests at the Inn and will never forget all the stories and good times we had. Spend the extra money and stay at The Inn. You will not be sorry. The people who run the Inn are amazing , wonderful, gracious, caring and loving people. We will miss all of them ! Gina L

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Address: 5672 Blankenship Road, P.O. Box 492, West Glacier, MT 59936
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Region: United States > Montana > West Glacier
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 13 Speciality Lodging in West Glacier
Price Range: £129 - £284 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Great Bear Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Great Bear Inn proudly provides deluxe lodging accommodations in a spectacular setting, surrounded by the grandeur of Glacier National Park. Choose from deluxe rooms in the main lodge or comfortable cabin accommodation on our property. The unspoiled beauty of Montana awaits you just outside our magnificent Inn. Glacier National Park is less than ten minutes away. Hiking, white water rafting, fishing, hunting (seasonal), and horseback riding - the recreation possibilities offered by Northwest Montana are endless and the beauty is unlike anything found anywhere. The Inn is tastefully decorated in a style consistent with our location at the doorstep of Glacier National Park. An Oversized Continental is provided each morning. ... more   less 
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