We had a wonderful experience here. So many fun things to do and see. The food was great at both restaurants. The hotel staff were very friendly and the hotel is nice. There are no TV's which gets you to sit around the beautiful lobby or outside on the deck overlooking the lake. We were outside everyday we were there hiking, sight seeing and animal watching. There is no a/c in the rooms but at night the temperature drops and putting a fan in the window really helped us sleep better. Already thinking about when we will be going back.
I loved this hotel and would stay here again in a heartbeat. For me, the positives outweigh the negatives. Positives: view, historic hotel, close the hikes, able to avoid a 30+ min drive into the park Are the rooms small? Yes. Can you hear all conversations in the room next door? Yes. Are the rooms slightly run down? Yes. Are they hot in July? Yes. This isn’t a five star hotel. Others have mentioned issues with dining but we were able to eat dinner (and order from menu) in Ptarmigan and grab lunch in the lounge. The views and location made up for and surpassed the negatives for me.
We stayed on the second floor, lakeside, of the Many Glacier Hotel for 2 nights in July. When I booked (13 months before our stay at 1am on July 1, 2021), I failed to realize that lakeside also meant westward facing. I’m guessing most of the time that’s fine. During a heat wave, the room was kinda brutal. As soon as the sun fell below the eaves, the room just heated up and the windows didn’t let in enough air to compensate. Still, that was a known risk to staying at a historic hotel in July. The service was good, the staff was friendly, and the room was clean. The downfall of this hotel was the ancillary services. The dining services were extremely disappointing (I’ll go over those in a separate review). If we were to go back, we’d just plan to bring all our own food for the duration of our stay rather than deal with their nonsense. As other have said, they seem to make up their own hours on the fly. But on this stay, we didn’t have that option. And it made our stay frustrating and unpleasant.…
Staying inside the park in east Glacier in comfortable rooms with a helpful staff. Nice hiking from your front door and a deck overlooking the lake. The one downside is limited dining menu and much the same for lunch and dinner. This goes for all the hotel accommodations inside the park.
This is a review about the hotel room, not a review of the scenery. I will stick to the point: if you are expecting a 5-star hotel with all the modern furnishings such as microwave, fridge, safety box, air conditioning, sufficient space for your toiletries, then you are in for a shock of your life. It is very old. Inconvenient parking. Poor internet connection. The scenery is beautiful but spoiled by a 3rd world hotel.
Great stay for hikers! We booked our room through the Xanterra website, which was great as it was all online. I love this old, European style hotel. Gorgeous setting, with mikes of trails right out the front door. Our room was small but we loved it. The hotel lobby is very open with a large deck outside facing the lake. We were able to buy food from the small cafe downstairs and dine outside. There is also a bar in the hotel where we ate dinner-lentil burger with grilled onions & great fries. Also the featured Moscow Mule drink was great. There is a nice gift shop, buffet dining room and featured talks downstairs, about the history of the hotel.
The hotel itself is old. I believe it was built in 1915. The rooms are fine but definitely old, but the views and location are amazing. I didn't even know this place existed and the stories behind when and why it was built are fascinating. This hotel is not going to be mistaken for some suave new urban hotel, but that is not why you go here. The mountains and views and lake are are beautiful as you are going to find anywhere in the US. It is a really cool place.
The good: It is breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and drop dead gorgeous. I am glad we stayed for the views and the sunset and the proximity to nature. If you expect nothing else, you'll be thrilled. The room (16) opened up to outside on the lawn and was an easy walk to the deck and had amazing views. The bed was comfortable and aside from a leftover dirty washcloth in the bathroom, the room seemed reasonably clean. The bad: Where do I start? BRING YOUR OWN FOOD. However, note that there are no fridges or microwaves or anyplace to store or prepare it. The hours for services online are inaccurate and there is nothing else nearby. We missed dinner hours because they were over an hour earlier than what was listed online and were only saved by a leftover sandwich in our cooler. The staff does not believe in Covid. No one wears masks despite the thousands of signs saying masks are required inside. We also tried to get breakfast and the only option was dining indoors. There is no outdoor dining and they refused to let my husband order anything to go which is bananas during an airborne pandemic. National parks as super spreader events, awesome. Paper thin walls. Couldn't sleep due to snoring next door and could hear all flushes, showers, doors closing, etc. You will be hauling all your luggage through historic (small) spaces and using stairs which was fine for us but folks should note it. Overall, I'd still go for the views which tells you how amazing the environment is, but be prepared with modified expectations of "service" at this price, a cooler, snacks, and an N95.…
This is a great place to stay. Spend the extra money to have a lake view room, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Now the hotel is over a hundred years old so don't expect glamorous rooms. My room was small and so was the bathroom. It was clean and the bed was comfortable but I had a million dollar view. It was great to walk out and drink coffee on the balcony and enjoy the mountains and lake. If you stay here, there are many trails to hike and boat rides. The most famous Grinnell Glacier trail is here and you do not have to worry about parking, just get up, eat breakfast and go. I do recommend staying here, all of the beauty is here.
Tough to get a room here and there's a reason. Seriously, ignore all the reviews that complain about Xanterra and the dated hotel.....this is a historic hotel that is over 100 years old. yes historic hotels in major cities can be renovated but this is in one of the most isolated and beautiful spots in any national park. First off, the staff are stellar. Antonio at check-in was remarkable. Nice guy and he aims to make his guests comfortable. The bellmen are helpful and have some great stories. I paid 3 times as much for a fancy hotel outside the park at a different point in my trip and there were no bellman (though tremendous amentities at the fancy hotel). Gift shop staff, restaurant staff, lounge staff (Eric), cafe staff, etc. all were happy to be in one of the most beautiful places on the planet and it showed in their demeanors. Yes, the dining room needs some help in terms of food quality, but the staff explained about the staff shortages in the kitchen and wait staff because of COVID and resignations. I'm sure they'll work on it as the season progresses. Second, the rooms. Please go in with a clear understanding of what you're getting. A room that is tiny (and a bathroom even tinier-they are built in former closets). A room with quirks (my room on 4th floor had angled ceiling I had to always duck for when getting out of bed), and yes there are mice (the sonic plugins they have don't deter the mice). But if you are lucky enough to have a view of swiftcurrent lake, there's no need to worry about the lack of AC or TV or anything else. The rooms are historic and old creaky floors mean absolutely nothing when you are so close to trailheads, red bus tours stop by out front, riding stables (take the Cracker Flats trip, just great 360 views of mountains), and the water. Clean rooms with good (yet small) beds are something I can live with. Just don't leave food out. I mean, really that's a no-brainer with mice around. And what do people expect from a 100+ year old historic structure plopped down in the middle of nature? I only wish that the lounge could stay open after an evening hike. Having a late dinner or snack at like 9 or 9:30 would be perfect. But again staffing has been a challenge. Stay here.…