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“Glacier National Park” 4 of 5 stars
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Box 398, West Glacier, MT   |  
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in West Glacier
Westbrook, CT
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“Glacier National Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

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 !

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

I stayed here 3 nights with my family in Cabin 3. It had a second room that our 2 year old son stayed in. It was clean, had a great little kitchen to make breakfast in and store snacks. No TV, no phone, PERFECT way to tune out! The only negative although small was the shower is extremely small. I'm only 5/10 190lbs and it was tight. If you are heavy don't even think about this shower. You won't fit. The other cabins might have bigger shower stalls, I don't know.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

We have stayed at Apgar Village Lodge several times. It is rustic cabins in the mountains. The air is fresh and wonderful (unless your dimwitted neighbor is stinking up the fresh air with his cig). The view from the big window in our cabin is of McDonald Creek, and is the BEST. We saw a Blue Heron fishing for his dinner...it was great!
The pros are; Flush toilet, hot running water, clean room and linens, small writing desk with lamp, big mirror, best location and views, close to shopping and eatery, walk anywhere, close to shuttle for rides up the pass for hiking and adventures.
Cons; neighbor on one side was trying to hack up a lung most of the night, neighbor on the other side was snoring loudly by 9:30, and I'm sure they heard us as well. No tv or internet connection (but not needed in the wilderness, right?), yes, DO bring sox because the bathroom is cold, altho the wall heater works well to heat up the bedroom.
It's kinda like camping, but not as dirty, and with flush toilets and hot water. In the mountains, count this as luxury. Then go hike to Avalanche Lake and have fun in the beautiful out doors.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

We stayed at cabin #3 for four nights. The cabin was rustic as I expected but it was clean and comfortable. It has two double bed in the bedroom, a separate kitchen with a back door, a double bed, futon, dining table and seating area in the main room. The bathroom has been updated. However due to the way the shower head was placed, the shower stall felt a little to small. The staff were nice and helpful.
The location was great, it's close to the free park shuttle, visitor center and shops. The view of Lake McDonald is priceless. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Billings, Montana
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

We stayed in a cabin. It was very rustic, which we knew prior to booking. No phone, t.v., or A/C. We had planned on using the kitchen to prepare our dinner, but there was not a broiler pan and the broiler was disconnected. There was a barbque, but some guy was always using it, so we just ate out. The cabin was very unlevel and you felt like you were walking uphill if you were in the back of the cabin going towards the front. Too funny! The bathroom was the oddest configuration I have ever seen! Your face will be in the towels if you sit and if you lean back with the tilt of the cabin, you could fall in! Ha Ha! Seriously, it is small and poorly configured. There is not much room for people, never mind your toiletries. Our cabin was on a creek and really close to Lake MacDonald! It was beautiful! Even though it was August, it was really hot, but the cabin stayed cool, half of the time. Glacier National Park is always beautiful! If you stay here, you do avoid a lot of traffic!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

Just completed a too-short one-night stay at the Apgar Village Inn. As with most accomodations inside Glacier National Park, we booked a full year out. Only a few cabins at Apgar are available for single-night stays, and we were booked into Cabin 50. It is a two room cabin -- separate bedroom with a small desk and full-size bed, and a large main room with another full-size bed, kitchen table, two sitting chairs, and that runs into the small kitchen, with attached bathroom with shower only. The cabins are VERY old and very expensive. Given the shortage of rooms, I can't fault them too much for what they charged, but it was still high for what we got. The cabin was in "okay" shape at best. Our front door was very difficult to close properly, and even harder to open. The heater is in the main room, so be prepared for a VERY cold bathroom, even on an August morning. Having stayed in cabins throughout the National Park Service, Apgar was the most "rustic" by far -- at least inside. The outside area is very bustling; close to the shopping and eating, but also very close to your neighbors. Noise was a problem, but not horrible.

The kitchen is very basic. The utensils in our unit were not very clean, as I believe they count on previous tenants to clean rather than housekeeping.

All this said, the location just inside the park is GREAT and it is a truly magical setting. I would definitely stay here again, but I wanted to let others know that despite the prices, they will not be getting first class by any stretch of the imagination....and bring wool socks for the morning bathroom visit. ;-)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

We stayed in a two-bedroom cabin - great for two teenagers (two twin bed) in a separate room. Queen bed in living area with table. Very clean, very convenient to walk around the little Apgar "town" and to the creek to fish. We heard some kids at night outside but all was quiet around 10:30 PM. Our little kitchen was stocked with pots and pans, coffee maker, stove, refrig/freezer, but not a microwave and no casserole pans to bake in. Be sure to bring your own paper towels and coffee filters as they are $$ in the little grocery shop. I can't believe Glacier does not offer recycling containers! This was a great place to stay - and my husband caught trout right by the bridge. Front desk staff was very friendly. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Box 398, West Glacier, MT
Location: United States > Montana > West Glacier
Amenities:
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in West Glacier
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Number of rooms: 50
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 
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Apgar Village Lodge West Glacier, Montana

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