Historical always wins over a chain, as long as it is convenient to restaurants or sites that we want to visit. The Kalispell Grand Hotel wins hands down over other choices in Kalispell. It is in the heart of the historical district which is lovely to walk around after dinner.
The lobby area is full of antiques and artwork. A beautiful wide staircase leads upstairs although you will probably want to use the small elevator when transporting your bags to your room. There is a rolling luggage cart to use if you need one, just ask at the front desk. A loading/unloading zone by the front door is handy also. After we were efficiently checked in, Lana offered us popcorn and freshly baked cookies-- yes, please! An assortment of teas were also available. This is also where breakfast is served in the morning. A lovely arrangement of quick breads, cereal, and portioned casseroles are ready for you to enjoy along with your coffee. There are pub tables around the corner of the front desk, but you could sit on the sofas by the front door too if you choose.
Our room was spare compared to the ornate lobby, but in a good way. Clean white linens on the bed, a desk area, and a clean bathroom with all the necessities in it-- not a lot of walking around space but it was spacious enough to not feel cramped. There were night stands and reading lights on both sides of the bed which is very welcome.
Our only minor complaint is the lack of in-room coffee, but the lobby isn't that far away, and the more than adequate breakfast makes up for it.
We spent only one night, but it would be a pleasure to stay longer.