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“It's the only show in town” 3 of 5 stars
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Glacier Park Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   East Glacier Park Highway 2 & 49, East Glacier Park, MT 59434   |  
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Sarasota, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“It's the only show in town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The Glacier Park lodge is 101 years old, the structure of the lodge is fantastic with huge tree trunks used to support the structure - over 30 tree trunks. The rest of the lodge has a lot be be desired, especially for $218 a night!

My queen size room is small, the shower stall is maybe 30 inches wide, and the sink is tiny and low. There is no air conditioning with you may need in the early evening. They do provide a fan.

There are three electrical outlets in the room so if you need to charge modern devices, you will have to be patient.

The lodge is close to the Two Medicine entrance to the park, you are about 45 minutes from the St. Mary entrance.

There is an annex section, which is about 40 yards off the main lodge, connected by a walkway. I happened to see some rooms there. They Are twice the size of mine, for the same price.

I did not try the restaurants as there are some excellent local restaurants within a two minute drive or 10 minute walk. I had checked the menu prices and the lodge's restaurant was nearly twice the price of the local places for similar items.

Room Tip: Choose the annex rooms for larger rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

People complaining about room size/no TV/air conditioning/coffeemaker/fridge have forgotten that this hotel is historic & rooms can't be upgraded to make it a luxury hotel. If you want the experience of staying next to beautiful mountains, enjoying history and visiting with folks from all over the world, then you won't be disappointed. Yes, the rooms are pricey, but you are near the park entrance, folks - if you want cheaper rooms that won't be any nicer, stay in Browning. I would agree with other reviews that a location further into the park would be better. We had 5 people so needed one big room and that is hard to get. I thought the beds were comfortable and and bedding was fine.

Room Tip: Not in-room, but slow wifi in lobby. East rooms will be cool in the night, but bright in the am. W...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Come to see the building, but don't stay the night. Lousy, dirty, smelly, very noisy, very small rooms, no TV/ wifi/ fridge/ airco/ coffeemaker or ventilation. Mildew on the ceiling. Very old and small bathroom. No working phone, despite several attempts by maintenance. You can literally hear the conversation in the next room. Lousy beds, old linnen. Next day bed was made, room wasn't cleaned. Meals (incl breakfast) are below standard. Only WiFi is in central lounge, but very weak signal.
Needs a complete work over, isn't fit for current day guests. Past glory, doesn't live up to the price.

Room Tip: Don't, book another hotel
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This place has beautiful grounds, and a stunning lobby. The room was a dump. for $208 a night I reccomend visiting the hotel and staying somewhere else. The housekeeping is terrible. Our patio was covered in bird droppings and the furniture was dirty. The bed skirts were falling off the bed in multiple places and the closet smelled like urine.

Room Tip: Ask for a mountain view. Book early for the best possible dumpy room.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Glacier Park Lodge is a great history lesson and has a good location to Glacier National Park. The Lodge is over 100 years old and still has its charm and glamour from the old days, but seems like the rooms are still stuck in the past. I am not talking about the small size of the rooms or the bathrooms, that is all fine and well, I am talking about beds and pillows. They are rock hard and of a very low quality and need to be upgraded. The sleep quality is below average at best.

As for location, the hotel is 250 yards or so from the East Glacier Park Amtrak Station. Its really convenient for train passengers. Otherwise your over 1hr drive to the Road to the Sun, 1.5 hr drive to Many Glacier, and 1hr drive to the West Glacier Entrance. You are about 15 minutes from the Two Med area, which is a great place to visit and hike (my favorite area), and you can hike to scenic point from East Glacier, but all in all, its not the best home base for Glacier Park visits in my opinion....

Given the history of the hotel and the beauty of the hotel I am happy I stayed. If I was arriving via Train again I would stay here, but otherwise I would like to stay closer to St. Marys or within the park

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glenmoore, PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Glacier Park Lodge celebrated its hundredth anniversary a year ago and it remains a beautiful property. The huge Douglas fir beams invite you into the lobby and your eyes follow them way up to a huge cathedral ceiling. It is a short drive to Glacier National Park with its spectacular scenery and hiking trails. Both the main dining room and the lounge have good food, beverages, and service. The rooms are adequate and although the bathrooms are small the peacefulness of this property is what counts. There are many areas to sit and read, work on puzzles which are scattered about, listen to music in the main lobby, play some golf, or take pictures from the back veranda.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arizona
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Glacier Park Lodge offers an environment that is relaxing, quiet, and slow-paced. If you are looking for a park Lodge that allows for reading, listening to live Piano music in the lobby, sitting on the main balcony front or back with no purpose, a round of golf, a leisure walk around the property, sitting by a large stone fireplace (lobby), and a good meal - this is the place for you. The lodge is impressive as it was built in the early 1900s for the wealthy to relax, rest, and explore Glacier National Park. The building is constructed with large logs which add to the rustic feel and atmosphere. For the price, this is a great deal for a family or couple.

If you are looking for a flat screen TV, 600 count sheets, large bathroom with roomy shower, a fan over your bed, extensive dinner menu, coffee bar in the lobby (e.g., Starbucks), a large variety of "indoor" activities (e.g., movie theatre), this is likely not the best choice for you. The property is truly a "Lodge" in Glacier National Park.

Helpful Tips: The lodge is located near Glacier National Park. As a result, you should pack accordingly. Bring a coat for the chilly evenings. As the hotel has limited amenities (e.g., 24-hour hotel lobby store), you may want to stop on the way and buy some snacks, water, etc., for your room and snacking. Binoculars are recommended to truly enjoy the mountain scenery and wildlife.

Room Tip: Rooms in the main Lodge add to the feel of being in a "Lodge." However, they are also a bi...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Glacier Park Lodge

Address: East Glacier Park Highway 2 & 49, East Glacier Park, MT 59434
Location: United States > Montana > East Glacier Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 10 Specialty Lodging in East Glacier Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Glacier Park Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 161
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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