We stayed at Apgar Village Lodge on the West side of the Park the first 2 nights we got to Glacier Park - simple, rustic and small but clean and comfortable. The motel room is divided into two small rooms : one with a double bed and the other with a queen. They both share a bathroom with a shower. No tub. From the bedroom window, we had a nice view of Lake McDonald. It takes 5mn to walk to the lake. There are restaurants and gift shops within walking distance. The visitor center is a 5mn walk. The free shuttle that takes you on the Sun Road across the park stops in front of the visitor center. It's a convenient place to stay to go white water rafting, as Glacier Raft Company down the road would come to pick you up right at your door. Highly recommend the rafting with diner by the river, by the way ! There are restaurants, a grocery store and gift shops within walking distance. We were happy with our stay even tho it was no luxury.
The third night we stayed at Mac Donald's lodge so we could hike the trails nearby and take the boat tour on the lake. Do take the boat tour to learn of all the historical stories of the lodge and the area ! McDonald lodge is larger, bigger, with a feel of a small resort. Bedrooms are small but efficient. Big fireplace in the hall is lovely ! Restaurant is excellent and reasonably priced !
The rest of the week, we stayed on the East side of the Park at St Mary Lodge. Great lodge, great bar and restaurant ! Excellent food ! We stayed in a beautiful large suite overlooking a babbling brook ! Every clear night, the rangers set up powerful telescopes and conducted free star gazing nights for everyone. Check with St Mary Lodge for detailed info ! From St Mary, we drove to Waterton in Canada to visit the lake, the red rock canyon and waterfalls.
You do want to spread out your lodging across the park and group your activities accordingly so you don't end up driving back and forth on the Sun Road every day ! The Red tour bus is a delight. Our driver was very knowledgeable and made the trip very interesting ! Waterton in Canada is quite charming ! Well worth the trip ! Overall, beautiful and unforgettable trip. Majestic views, clean air, nice hiking trails, lots of outdoor activities, bears and goats sightings, spectacular Sun Road ! Will go back anytime !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming cabins and motel located in Apgar of the foot of the lake McDonald. Open May through October. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Apgar Village Hotel West Glacier
- Apgar Village Motel
- Apgar Village Lodge West Glacier, Montana