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Many Glacier Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Highway 8, Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, MT 59434   |  
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Taunton, Ma
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“Beautiful Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2008

Loved our stay at the Many Glacier. Stayed in a standard room, which was a good size and had a big bathroom with shower. Staff was friendly and helpful. Lobby with fireplace was our favorite spot to relax after day of hiking and sightseeing. Cozy room with large glass windows overlooking the lake.. Saw many bears in the area and also longhorn sheep and moose. Great place for viewing animals. The views of the mountains can’t be beat. The Many Glacier is a wonderful experience and I would recommend this place highly

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2008

On our way into Many Glacier, we spotted 2 grizzly bears from the road (and also 2 other nights during our trip). The Many Glacier Hotel resembles a Swiss Mountain lodge with its theme and beautiful mountain scenery. We checked in around 7pm and had no difficulties. The lobby and huge fireplace are so cozy!! The lobby has plenty of couches and chairs surrounding the fireplace and large windows to sit and enjoy the lake and mountains.

We booked a lakeside room and were given a room on the 3rd floor with a balcony. The views are outstanding of the lake and mountains!! My husband spotted several bears on the mountain just from our balcony.

The room is rustic and cozy. I enjoyed the bear-claw bathtub. The bathroom sink is actually in the bedroom, which allowed more room in the bathroom. It made it easier for us to get ready in the morning.

To much of our surprise, we didn't mind not having a TV or radio. I think I actually enjoyed not having a TV for a week!! We didn't spend much time in the room, but our time spent in the room was very comfortable. Be prepared though... it was very chilly in our room at night. We stayed at Many Glacier the last week in August and the temps were in the 30-40s at night. It was very windy and we could feel the wind coming into our room. I guess that is part of having a lakeside room!

The hotel offered bagged lunches for $8/person. You have to order by 8pm the night before at the information desk and they are ready by 7am the next day. We ordered lunches x2 during our stay. The portions are very generous, but they only have 3 different sandwiches that you can choose from. Also, be careful to check your bill. We were overcharged for several lunches (about 16 additional, LOL). The manager took them off with no problem on our checkout day.

We ate at the bar our first night and we were less than thrilled. We thought the burgers were dry and the menu had little to choose from. The main dining room, Ptarmigan, was much better, but a lot more expensive. The dinners were priced $20 and higher.

The hotel gift shop has a lot to choose from and it's nice that it stays open until 10pm. We also took advantage of the snack store for some food for our hikes. We also enjoyed that right behind the hotel is a boat dock and access to trails.

The location of this hotel is excellent. I loved the overall rustic and cozy feel. We will definitely be staying here again on our return trip to GNP and highly recommend this hotel to our family and friends!

  • Liked — The cozy, rustic feel of the hotel.
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2008

I stayed at both the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn (in the hotel part) and the Many Glacier Hotel during the last week of August. We were planning to camp and did not have reservations, but the weather was absolutely miserable (35 degrees, rainy, windy) so we were happy there were last-minute rooms available at both properties.

I stayed in one of the value rooms (2 double beds for $130, I think) and would recommend you stick to the value rooms rather than paying more for fancier rooms or a lakeside view. The rooms are rather basic, as can be expected from all national park properties, with no TV and basic toiletries. Our bed did have nice pillows and sheets, though, which you usually don't get in a park property. The electric heat was somewhat uncontrollable.

The key to the Many Glacier Hotel is getting out of your room -- to the common area with the amazing fireplace; on the tour of the historic hotel led by a park ranger; to the Ptarmigan Dining Room for a filling $14.00 breakfast buffet; to the Swiss lounge and bar for a Montana beer or glass of wine; to the lobby with its spectacular views of Swiftcurrent Lake, the mountains and bears and mountain goats playing on the hillside; and to the amazing hiking and riding trails around the hotel. This hotel is most enjoyed outside of the actual hotel rooms (but again, the rooms are fine).

At both this property and Swiftcurrent, they are strict about the 3:00 PM check-in time. Don't expect your room to be ready early even if you're dirty and cold from hiking and really need a shower.

  • Liked — Location, scenery, historic property
  • Disliked — Basic accomodationsfor the price
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Seymour, Indiana
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2008

We stayed 2 nights, 8/12 & 13/08, at Many Glacier Hotel and loved every moment. Sunrise and sunsets as they glowed and changed across the mountains, while eating breakfast watching a mother moose and calf eat "breakfast" along the lake edge, the hike around Swiftcurrent Lake (easy 2.5 miles), the vintage boat cruise across Swiftcurrent and then across Lake Josephine as we traveled further into the mountains. You do have to realize that this is a very old hotel (but clean and well maintained) and that you are as close to being in the "backcountry" as most people will ever be. I am sure that problems can and will arise but the staff was friendly and helpful and I feel that they would be doing all they can to resolve whatever comes up. We would like to return again someday hopefully there won't be too many changes. Of course, the glaciers are melting but even without them Glacier will be an awesome place!

  • Liked — Scenery and elevator!
  • Disliked — The parking lot. It was up a steep hill BUT was out of site which was a good thing.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2008

We stayed at the Many Glacier for a few nights last week. We had a lake front room and I requested a balcony which we had when we arrived! We were in the ground floor (on the lake) and could have walked out to the lake if we wanted to. Our last night/day there it was pouring and so we didn't really use the porch much but the view from the inside was beautiful.

Room was average in size and the bathroom was fine. The cleaning staff hadn't cleaned our room yet when we got back from a long hike at around 4 PM. I had read mixed reviews on the food at the hotel so we went to the Babb Steakhouse and Park Cafe for most of our meals. We did eat at the swift current one night and that meal was just okay.
Everyone seems to hang out in the lodge either around the fire or near the windows where they use binoculars and "scopes" to view bears on the mountainside.

I loved the location of this hotel because it was easy to get to most of the trails. We also had our own bathroom which is another huge perk considering you have to share bathrooms at the Swift Current.

Huckleberry Ice cream at Heidi's in the little snack shop at the Many Glacier is the best and the information station was really helpful! If I stay at this hotel again I probably won't request the Lakeside room since it really wasn't necessary.

  • Liked — The location, the lodge, the view
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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871 helpful votes 871 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2008

This review would be better except we had problems... The place is in the most gorgeous setting possible. Unfortunately, when we checked in they forgot to mention that the electricity was out and there was no hot water to shower. After hiking all day this was a problem. When the power did come on our shower did not drain. They spent over an hour that evening trying to fix it, but finally we need to sleep and were promised the morning crew would finish the repair. The next morning no one was aware of the problem! Eventually the manager gave us another room to shower in and free breakfast while maintenance worked on the problem They did fix it, but it was very irrating as a guest not to be able to shower. Housekeeping forgot to give us toilet paper and towels, after waiting an hour I went to the desk and eventually someone figured out that they have extras there! The front desk is lacking in basic customer service skills. The restaurant was decent. We did not experience any major issues. Breakfast buffet was good as was dinner. Lunch was not so great. The host kept sticking us in a far off corner instead of open tables with a view. I asked to be moved and it was fine. The wait staff was fine. The parking lot is quite a hike up to get to if you have any mobility issues. A valet would have been helpful. The information booth was very helpful and friendly. The lobby is a great place to hang out. Overall the hotel is beautiful and could use to be better maintained. The staff is lacking and needs better training. The manager was helpful and nice, but her staff needs some basic training.

  • Liked — View
  • Disliked — Front Desk Staff
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2008

We stayed in one of the "value rooms" at Many Glacier Hotel in summer 2008.

We loved it. Our room was on the "value" side facing away from the lake, but it was on the top floor and still had a nice view of the mountains. It was, admittedly, small and old-fashioned. Since it had a balcony/fire escape with screen door, though, this didn't bother us at all. The hotel and rooms have that atmospheric national park lodge style with a little twist of an old swiss resort.

In the evenings we grabbed a few beers (definitely try the ones from Big Sky Brewery) from the convenience store on the bottom floor and relaxed by the big fireplace in the lobby.

There's an easy lakeside trail starting next to the hotel that after a mile or two connects to some longer trails, like the Grinnell Glacier Trail.

  • Stayed August 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Highway 8, Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, MT 59434
Location: United States > Montana > Glacier National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Glacier National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Many Glacier Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 208
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, apres 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 
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