Sometimes it is good to splurge. This was one of those times for my wife and I. We don’t know if/when we will get back to Glacier and it is has been a bit of a dream of mine to stay to the Hotel. We were able to get room 450. We wanted that one because it faces the lake and was said to be a balcony room. I didn’t get the chance to see any other rooms but speaking to others there, it appears there is some dramatic differences between rooms.
Pros- Many Glacier Hotel – Location, location, location! I am not sure why more don’t mention this but if you want a taste of what I am talking about, watch the opening scenes from “What Dreams May come”. You are looking at the location of Many Glacier Hotel. To be able to see these glorious peaks at sunset and sunrise and have the lake right there and all the hikes right at your door step…it is almost too much! The hotel has everything one would need and they are not out to “soak the tourist”. Downstairs in the ‘snack shop’ there is even an espresso stand with a blissfully good barista at the ready nice and early in the morning before your adventure. The staff are top notch, reservations were a breeze and it was very clean. The room (450)- The bed, pillows, sheets…all super comfy…what one would expect at a moderate to higher level hotel. The water pressure in the shower was nice and the hot water didn’t run out on me. I purposefully took some pictures from the room so one could see what we saw out our window. The lake side was definitely the way to go. Granted the sun cooked us in the afternoon but when you open the window and the door the cross draft cools everything off good and fast.
Cons- Many Glacier Hotel – It is an old hotel. For me that means charm for others it may just mean old. Part of being old is not having things like air conditioning. It got pretty warm everywhere but for most of us it was nothing but something to talk about it the morning. If you are looking for luxury this may not be your ticket. The price point was kinda high considering the size/quality of the room but not considering the once in a lifetime experience. The room (450) was small. When I say small I mean one person moving around at a time small, I mean I think it was a closet at one time small, I mean if you drop the soap in the shower you have to get out of the shower to be able to pick it up small…get it? Without A.C. it got pretty warm but keep the door open and the window open and the lake air cooled it right off. The only other con was that it was sold as a balcony room. It did have seating outside but it was the fire escape and you had to leave the room, exit through the fire exit door and share it with whoever was there. Kinda cheeky to call it a balcony…stick with the lake view…that’s enough.
Bottom line- While not luxurious it is comfortable, memorable, beautiful, friendly, charming and you can’t beat the location. If in the park and you have the chance even one night here is an truly unique and memorable experience.
- Also Known As:
- Many Glacier National Park
- Glacier Hotel
- Hotel Many Glacier
- Many Glacier Hotel Glacier National Park, Montana
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1914, Many Glacier Hotel is situated on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake and rests at the base of Mt. Grinnell inside Glacier National Park. The hotel has 214 rooms and offers a fine dining restaurant, lounge, après fondue, gift shop, and snack shop. Red Bus tours, boat cruises, and other activities, including David Walburn’s evening entertainment are available at this Swiss-style lodge. All guestrooms at Many Glacier Hotel are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping with the era in which the hotel was built, the rooms offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind, National Park lodging experience. ... more less