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“Beautiful restoration and lovely setting in Glacier” 4 of 5 stars
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Belton Chalet
12575 Hwy 2 East, PO Box 206, West Glacier, MT 59936   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in West Glacier
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful restoration and lovely setting in Glacier”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We stayed in September and were enchanted with the beautiful property and historically renovated room. Friendly staff, comfortable and cozy lobby and the fine dining restaurant (open for dinner only) was really some of the best food we had on our entire trip.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Olympia, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Very nice setting and great location. Staff is friendly and helpful.
But--it is a historical restoration and history is not always comfortable.
No air conditioning, no overhead fans, transoms were not part of the restoration - meaning on a warm summer day - it's hot!. We were provided a dinky little fan that did not help much. Ceiling fans and restoring the transoms so they opened would have made a big difference. Most hotel guests sat out on the ample porch and deck until the sun went down waiting for rooms to cool off.

Our room was on the ground floor on the back side and opening the windows at the bottom meant no privacy as the parking lot and the red bus stop were right outside the window. Opening windows from the top provided some ventilation but the window coverings that provided some degree of privacy had to be pulled up all the way thus ventilation meant no privacy.

On the backside of the hotel we were not disturbed by the train but early morning bus departures were quite noisy. So we had to choose between ventilation and noise or a stifling room and have some privacy. Bed was comfortable but small for an alleged 'queen'. Bathroom was roomy and all worked well. Breakfast is not included in the high rates charged by the hotel. Coffee and ice are available for free and you can buy overpriced pastries in the lobby.

Restaurant at the hotel is very good -excellent food - but again very high priced. And oddly enough although they encouraged to sit on the deck to enjoy the cooling breeze, they had not bothered to put out wasp traps/attractors to draw them away from the food. We were mobbed by wasps who wanted our food. After being stung, we retreated to the stuffy dining room to finish our dinner. We're not wimps, we like being outdoors -- in late summer traps are needed to keep the yellow jackets from ruining outside activities involving food.

Other restaurants in the area are more reasonably priced.

Room Tip: rooms in back tend to be quieter - avoid travel during warm months.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We stayed on September 30 and were impressed as we viewed the historic hotel and were excited about staying there. The entry lobby is decorated nicely and had a fire which was welcome because of the damp. However, the room was small and had a double bed, a small desk, a metal chair (ice cream store style), and a tree stump chair(very low to the ground). I did not find it charming but rather somewhat spartan. I brought in a chair from the balcony to sit on. All the needs are ticked off (hot water, working plumbing, warm wool blankets, wifi) but it just was not a pleasant room. I did not find the noise from the trains bothersome and there are many that pass through the night. I guess we slept well because of the hiking. It would be nice if they offered hot beverages in the lobby at all times rather than coffee at 7 AM. We were leaving early and missed it (no big loss) but it would be hospitable.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Deer Lodge, Montana
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33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Stayed there for the Autumn Amore weekend the last weekend of September. It was an unbelievable deal and a great way to spend our anniversary weekend. The fOod in the restaurant was excellent. We went to the tap room prior to dinner both nights and the two bartenders were very friendly. The wait staff both nights were also friendly and professional. The room was great in an old time atmosphere ... No phones and no tvs!! All of the hotel staff were amazingly friendly and accommodating. Breakfast in bed was fun. We had such an amazing weekend, we booked for next year already!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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97 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

By far, the most authentic accommodation we stayed in and reminiscent of a bygone age. In fact, if you dine on the patio of the restaurant, you'll see the staff race out to form a line and wave at the train as it pulls into the railway station opposite!

Our room was on the first floor and the railway station/roadside aspect of the hotel with a private balcony. It had an ensuite shower-room. We felt like we had stepped back one hundred years as the bedstead, authentic bedding, lamps and even the light-switches were appropriate to era of the hotel. The room was clean, cosy and attractively furnished. (We live next to the main railway line in Calgary, so anticipated the need for ear plugs!) If you are a light sleeper, you will hear the trains going by, throughout the night. Also, you will hear noise in the corridor and doors closing as its an old building without modern sound-proofing or door-closing mechanisms.

We stayed for two nights in this hotel and enjoyed the experience. Yes, it is a noisy location and its an old creaky, historic building with uneven floors and room doors that can bang closed without careful attention (which guests are reminded about on checking-in) The restaurant is fantastic and we ate till we burst. Its a short drive to the entrance to the park and there is a well stocked supermarket nearby and a gas station a 30 second drive away.

We sipped wine on our balcony , late into the evening and enjoyed watching birds roosting in the trees opposite and a bat swooping past

We stayed at another property very nearby that was new and modern and had tvs, so if that what you are looking for, go there. If you want charm and nostalgia and to imagine how our wealthy ancestors lived, then stay at the Belton Chalet (but bring ear plugs! )

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saginaw, Michigan
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Belton Chalet is a comfortable, vintage hotel built by the Great Northern Railway before there were roads in this part of Montana. That's why it's across from the train station. Those who complain about the train noise should just get out and hike in Glacier, they won't hear a thing, they'll be sleeping so well! I found the train sounds comforting and nostalgic. The floors creak, the showers are hot and strong, there's an old upright piano in the lobby that guests can play. The bed is comfortable, the breeze is great. Wonderful place to stay!

Room Tip: Loved room 42: Windows on 2 walls.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lakewood, Colorado
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Stayed three nights. Excellent location for seeing west side of Glacier National Park. Lodge is hidden in trees on hill above the Belton Chalet Restaurant. Quaint comfortable lobby. Nice ambiance, lovingly restored building We made our reservations late (in April for July), so we had basic rooms on the second floor. NOTE: this is a historic hotel, so there are no elevators or phones & TV's in the rooms and no air conditioning. However, our room was quiet and comfortable. Is across the street from AMTRAK station so you could come here by train.There are nicer rooms with balconies on first floor and two beautiful cottages on the grounds. The Red Bus Tours (highly recommended) picks up at Lodge. Lodge has Wi-Fi but it a little quirky. Our Verizon cell phones worked fine but our relatives had trouble with their AT& T service. NOTE: Lodging in general in and around the park are old and somewhat basic. It is like stepping back in time. If you want modern luxury places to stay, go to Whitefish or stay in Kalispell.

Room Tip: Book early and stay on first floor rooms or rent a cottage.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 12575 Hwy 2 East, PO Box 206, West Glacier, MT 59936
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Location: United States > Montana > West Glacier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in West Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a 1910 National Historic Landmark hotel built by James J. and Louis Hill of the Great Northern Railway. After being closed for fifty years, the property underwent a three-year restoration completed in 1999 and is now a National Historic Landmark. The Belton Chalet was the first chalet built for Glacier Park and the park’s first winter headquarters. Belton Chalet, family owned, once again welcomes guest from across the world. Thank you for being our guest and a part of our history. ... more   less 
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