My family of four stayed at Glacier Park Lodge for three nights the week of July 4. I've read the reviews of the folks who stayed the same week and complained about the heat and the fact that the hotel has no A/C - it got to 99 degrees on July 2 and was about as hot most of the week. The hotel makes no bones about the fact that is has no AC, no TV, nothing like those modern amenities - and obviously the hotel has no control over the weather. You have to have the right expectations in your mind if you stay at this hotel - it is a grand old historic inn, 100 years old, and is not going to renovate to meet the demands of people who expect AC and HDTV in every room. Yes, it was hot -- we were on the third floor, right under the roof, and I doubt if the temp ever got below 80 in the room any night we were there. I can't blame the hotel for that - weather is weather, it just as easily could have been 40 degrees out. Like another reviewer, I wanted to put the fan in the window, but the cord was too short -- called the front desk asking for an extension cord, but none was to be had. We made do anyway - put the fan on high speed at the foot of the bed and guess what - we slept just fine. In fact, I had some of the best sleep of the entire week plus a day we spent in Glacier. I was surprised at all the morose people sitting around the lobby tapping on their computers and mobile phones because they said it was too hot to go to their room -- it was hot in our room too, so we went out hiking, went picknicking to Two Medicine Lake, had some ice cream in town, played some golf on the spectacular pitch and putt course on the front lawn of the Lodge, swam in the (very cooling) pool, and otherwise kept busy until late in the evening, when we were very tired, and the room had cooled off enough to be tolerable. To me, that's what Glacier's all about - enjoying the spectacular outdoors, unique in the country and world. Also, the view from the back porch in the mornings was incredible -- worth getting up early to watch the sun hit the snowcapped peaks while we sipped on our coffee.
Our room was full of character -- I wouldn't be surprised if at one time it was an attic storage room, we were right up against the roof and the sloped ceilings and pipes for the fire supressor system meant you had to watch your head. But it was sizable -- one of the few rooms in the hotel with two doubles and king bed, perfect for my family of four. Spotlessly clean. We did not eat in the Great Northern restaurant but did eat in the lounge -- it was fine, a little pricey but not too outrageous. All the staff we met were very friendly and courteous - even if they couldn't scrounge up the extension cord I was hoping for.
Again, the key to enjoying this hotel is going in with the right frame of mind. If you need HDTV, highspeed Internet, ice-cold AC, etc., look elsewhere. If you want to experience a once-in-a-lifetime stay in a grand old hotel, that has been housing Glacier visitors in the same style since 1913, then the Glacier Park Lodge is the place to be. To me, while I would not stay here for an entire trip due to cost, it was very much worth it as a capstone to our 8-day trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the western charm of the historic Glacier Park Lodge, which was completed in 1913. Its comfortable feel combined with some of the world's most spectacular scenery, makes Glacier Park Lodge a truly unique vacation destination. Although steeped in culture and history of the Great Northern Railway and Blackfeet Indians, Glacier Park Lodge features modern amenities such as a heated swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, in-room telephones, nine-hole pitch-n-putt golf course, gift shop, Lounge and the outstanding Great Northern Rib and Steak House. Glacier Park Lodge is in East Glacier Park, Montana on Highway 2. Glacier Park Amtrak Train Station is located just across the street from the hotel where guests are picked up daily in our antique red Checker taxi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glacier Park Hotel East Glacier Park