I think that what alot of people forget about staying in one of the old historic lodges out in Glacier National Park - like the Many Glacier Hotel - is that you cannot expect 5-star East or West Coast standards in an out-of-the-way place like this area of Montana. No, you won't get internet service or cell phone service. No, you won't get air conditioning or television (why on earth would you want to watch tv anyway, when you have a gorgeous area like Many Glacier to explore during the long days of summer). No, there are no microwaves wet bars in the rooms, or even an elevator (well, there is *one* old elevator in the main lodge). What you *do* get is a friendly hotel staff, a clean no-frills room with the basics, a restaurant, snack bar, lounge, and access to all sorts of activitie geared to the mountain surroundings. If you go there with the right frame of mind, then you will have a very enjoyable time.
When I went in mid-late July of 2008, I arrived to a very basic room that was clean, had a comfortable bed, a small bathroom with a lovely claw-foot tub that had been made into a shower with a wraparound shower curtain. There were enough outlets for my blowdryer, curling iron, and laptop (I'm a photographer, so I needed to upload each day's set of photos). The outlets were older 2-prong models, so I had to use a 3-prong adapter in my room (something to remember when you go there). No, there was no air conditioning, but since I live in the hot, humid SE part of Texas, the warm dry , pine-scented days in the park were a breath of fresh air for me. I left the windows of my 3rd-floor room open during the night and actually got quite chilly.
The hotel has a standard restaurant which serves relatively standard food options (however, do try the wild sausage appetizer - it's tasty and there is so much there that I made a complete meal just out of that) - for the most part, the same standard menu can be found in all the other park-operate lodgings. Yes, a little pricey but if you want cheaper fare, there *are* various general stores along the highway to and from Many Glacier where you can load up. There's a small comfy lounge stocked with great Montana microbrews - I wish I had been able to stay longer so I could have tried a different microbrew each night (grin).
Many of you might complain about the price. I paid $142 (not including tax) for a 3rd-floor standard room with a queen-size bed and no balcony. The bathroom was small, but it had that cool claw-foot tub. The only thing I would recommend is putting a bath mat in the tub to prevent any slipping accidents. They also provided those little courtesy-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, bar soap, and a shower cap (with today's economy, I don't know if they still do that, but I will find out when I go visit this August 2009). No decent hotel or motel room is really very cheap anymore; the Many Glacier Hotel must have alot of upkeep associated with its maintenance, not to mention that it's landlocked and there is only one road to get to it. They could charge waaaay more than they do, and to me, the $142 is actually relatively reasonable, based on my other hotel experiences.
I am going there again in August 2009. I will stay at the Many Glacier Hotel for 5 nights I know what to expect: a clean room, a place to stash my luggage, and a decent bed to sleep on at night. My waking hours will be spent in and around the hotel from dawn to dark. I loved staying among the history and beauty of the lodge and mountains last year, and have no doubt that I will have the same good experience again. I think the Many Glacier Hotel is located in the most beautiful part of the park and I would recommend that anybody visiting this area should stay in this hotel at least once, just for the experience.
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