Kandahar Lodge

Kandahar Lodge

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#2 of 3 resorts in Whitefish
Location
4.2
Cleanliness
4.4
Service
4.1
Value
3.8
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Business Center with Internet Access
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Ski school
Skiing
Meeting rooms
Spa
Hammam
Massage
Ski In / Ski Out
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Telephone
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms

Location

3824 Big Mountain Rd, Whitefish, MT 59937
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 55 out of 100
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Glacier National Park Airport
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Suzskiaspenrugby wrote a review Mar 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Located close to the Village, the Kandahar Lodge is a step back in time to a more relaxed ski trip. The lodge is rustic in nature with a welcoming fireplace and plenty of comfortable seating in the main salon. Since there is no elevator, the guests will experience a number of stairs to access room, work-out facility, and hot tubs, so this isn’t a place for those with mobility issues. The rooms are comfortable in size, but in need of updates. The included continental breakfast features cereal, instant oatmeal, bagels, pastry, yogurts, and an array of meat and cheese. Apres ski offers popcorn, cookies, coffee, and tea. The Snug bar is just that, three small tables, but has fantastic food available. The Kandahar Cafe is a five star restaurant and offers three to four fixed price gourmet meals.
The staff at the lodge is exemplary, and out does themselves on service. They offer a shuttle throughout the day to the ski lifts with drivers who go above the call of duty to be helpful. The lodge is ski IN but one has to either take a shuttle to the lift or walk a small distant across the street to access the hill.
All in all, a fun, cozy, atmospheric experience where you can meet like minded travelers, share experiences, and enjoy the beauty of Montana.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Ask for a room with one queen, and a pullout couch. It is very roomy
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sarah r wrote a review Jan 2020
Geneva, Illinois
4.0 of 5 bubbles
You really can’t beat the location if you are skiing.
First the pros- staff was mostly very nice and helpful. The continental breakfast was certainly ample. The fireplace and lobby area were very cozy. Beds were clean and comfortable.
The negatives - this is an old structure and hasn’t been updated in recent years. I was aware that there was no elevator, but you really don’t appreciate what that means until you arrive with all your gear and are given a third floor room (which incidentally is really the 4th floor). There is no food or drink available for lunch or in the afternoon. The Snug bar doesn’t open until 5pm. Speaking of the Snug Bar, this was the only place in the hotel where we got really surly service. The wine prices are absolutely out of line vs anywhere else in Whitefish- including some fairly upscale places.
The rooms are so dark you really feel like you are in a cave. We took the lightbulbs out of the bathroom fixtures which were fairly bright and swapped out the bulbs in the lamps.
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Date of stay: January 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Kristin C wrote a review Jul 2022
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay here. I did feel it was rather pricey especially because many hotels are still using Covid as an excuse not to have daily cleaning but otherwise the location was amazing and the staff incredible!! They were so kind and helpful and gave us lots of ideas for hiking in Whitefish as well as ways to get into Glacier with the frustrating inability to acquire vehicle passes. They spent a lot of time with us helping us navigate it all. They also let us borrow bear spray so we didn't need to buy some. The morning breakfast was also set up early which was nice since we had to leave so early to drive to East side of Glacier National Park. The kitchenette was great after a long day of hiking. It was nice not to have to dress up and go into town to eat. We threw some food together and then sat outside in one of their beautiful sitting areas. The room was large and comfortable. Truly the only negative was the priciness but it seemed rather standard for the area.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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LMac wrote a review Feb 2020
Bentonville, Arkansas
2.0 of 5 bubbles
34 people from our ski club arrived for a week of skiing. The lodge is rustic and convenient to the ski mountain. It also has no elevator! We were on the 3rd floor which necessitated climbing 4 sets of stairs as floor 1 is one floor up. Then I had a loft bed, so I climbed another set of stairs. The staff did help with luggage lugging but every day we went up and down those stairs multiple times. The hot tub was down all the floors, across the building, up more stairs, across a path to another building and then another flight of stairs. They have a nice continental breakfast only. There are very few restaurants nearby where you can get a hot breakfast. Also, the rooms had very cheap rough kleenex, no clock next to the bed on our main floor as only the loft bed got a clock, the window shades need to be fixed and there was not room to open the coffee maker on the under the stairs counter. If someone has any kind of walking or using stairs handicap, DO NOT GO TO THE KANDAHAR. There are multiple steps in the front meeting area too.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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BellaGirl2011 wrote a review Feb 2020
Bella Vista, Arkansas
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place to stay for skiing Whitefish Mountain. Provides on-demand shuttle to base lodge for equipment rentals, ski lessons, and gift shop. Will also deliver you up hill to the couple of restaurants available, though not after 4:15. Luggage is portered to and from room, there’s a continental breakfast available, afternoon popcorn, and coffee/ lemon water throughout the day. Staff is friendly. Rooms are clean. Beds made, trash emptied, bathroom cleaned each day. Good shower. Dinner restaurant on site. See menu at the website. Here’s the but(s): no hot breakfast available on site. Few restaurants nearby. Find bus to downtown Whitefish or try to get an Uber to come up and take you downtown. Some rooms have kitchenette, some only a microwave and frig. A vent a hood prohibited an easy water fill of the coffee maker. Very small counter space, bar size “kitchen” sink. Difficult walking? Stairs to entrances, down to the lounge, a full set to what’s referred to as first floor rooms. Third floor—300’s—is actually fourth floor. NO ELEVATOR. You may get a room with a loft bedroom; another set of stairs! Also, if on east side, you travel downstairs, across lobby, up stairs, down hall, upstairs to another building for wellness center and hot tub! Wi-fi, supposed to be so good, kept dropping off. Only one clock per unit. If a loft room on fourth floor, clock bedside loft bed, technically floor five. If I return for skiing, I’ll be checking out other places to stay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Leese s wrote a review Jun 2021
Anderson, United States
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The lodge was nice but we were put on the third floor and there was no elevator with all the luggage and some slower mobility issues so that wasn’t enjoyable. Room was lovely if u were staying in the king bed but anyone staying in the loft had steep stairs to climb. Again, not easy for those with mobility issues. The breakfast was pitiful for the cost of the hotel. Even a Hoiday Inn Express we stayed in had a much better breakfast. I will give the lady at the front desk a 10 star because she brought us some toiletries we forgot plus extra towels very quickly. The bedding was awesome and super comfy. While the lodge is gorgeous, I wouldn’t stay here again unless I had the first floor and the breakfast was better!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Karen55115 wrote a review Mar 2022
Twin Cities, MN
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our 2nd stay at Kandahar Lodge. It’s cozy, welcoming atmosphere; friendly staff who want to be sure guests are happy; ski-in and out (shuttle also available to the main lift) brought us back. Eleven years later this stay met our expectations. Love the casual vibe and gathering space with wood burning fireplace at the end of a ski day. Continental breakfast is European style so good protein (and fruit and oatmeal) as well) to fuel the day. And if can’t spring for an exquisite meal at Cafe Kandahar (you must if you are able), the Snug Bar serves dishes prepared by the Cafe. Beds are firm and comfortable. Rooms very quiet and clean. Free snow bus takes you to town and back if you aren’t renting a car.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Monica P wrote a review Sep 2022
Green Bay, Wisconsin
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We ended up with a room on the 3rd floor, please note, there is no elevator. My husband carried our suitcases up, staff had offered to help, but hubby was too proud to accept help. Not only were we on the 3rd floor, but you have to walk up many steps to get to the 1st floor of rooms. Enough said. The building is beautiful. There is a large lounge area with a huge fireplace, which we were lucky to enjoy. There is a small bar, the "Snug Bar", I think it literally had 3 small tables in it. They could offer a small selection of food, but not on a Monday, which is when we were there. There is a restaurant in the lodge, limited selections and they were too funky for us to enjoy. Note that the lodge is located outside of Whitefish, about 10 minutes or so, and it's up a steep and winding road. There is very limited parking outside the lodge - if you don't get a space, you will park across the road in a gravel parking area. Management, it would be nice if there was a bit of lighting there to help navigate the area, or a set or 2 of steps so you don't have to walk all the way around the lot to get to your car. I"m sure there is a concern about light pollution, but surely something could be figured out - gets pretty dark out there at night. The bed was very comfortable and there were a couple of leather chairs in our room to sit and chat in. There is an outdoor hot tub which was nice to use. The breakfast was continental, but included cheeses and luncheon meats, which my husband appreciated. The breakfast was very good. I'm only giving a rating of 4 stars for the rooms/value because of the lack of an elevator.
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Date of stay: September 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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mntravelfan wrote a review Oct 2020
Eagan, Minnesota
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The place felt more like a cozy apartment than a hotel place. It's got a true mountain lodge vibe to it, not just the name. It was quiet, private and..well, cozy. We stayed in a lodge studio with a kitchen stocked with everything we needed to cook a family meal. Staff were friendly and helpful when needed. The whole resort and surrounding nature give you beautiful views at any direction. It was so relaxing. Loved the winding mountain drive every day, to and from the resort. Loved the town, the national park. Wild Huckleberry is a thing here for locals and visitors. The only thing could be better was the laundry room. Laundry machines needed an upgrade. They were old and loud right next to the restaurant's entrance. Other than that, our stay at Kandahar was enjoyable. We had a wonderful time exploring Whitefish, Glacier NP of Montana
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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JR S wrote a review Aug 2021
Knoxville, Tennessee
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I had a great time here at Kandahar Lodge. The drive leading up the mountain was breathtaking and once we arrived, the atmosphere and staff were nothing but inviting. The hotel is very cozy and definitely gives you the quaint lodge feel. The food and Huckleberry lemonades were great.

If I were asked to be one hundred percent transparent I would agree with another reviewer in saying that for people with mobility challenges, this could be a difficult hotel to reside at. There are only a few parking spots directly next to the lodge, and the remainder of the parking area is down a small hill across the street. Also, there are no elevators which means you will be carrying all your luggage up and down multiple flights of steps. Our room had a loft with two queen beds, in which the stairs leading up to it were extremely narrow. I'm a large guy and had to turn somewhat sideways to go up and down.

We had a great time and I think we would stay here again. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We might just pack a little less.
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Date of stay: August 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Yajaira A asked a question Jan 2021
Heathrow, Florida143 contributions12 helpful votes
Does this place multiple floors, if so, who’s home floor has the best view??
Answer from JimfromtheJaw
Moose Jaw86 contributions51 helpful votes
I've only stayed there during ski season and both times at the end of March. Both times it was exceptionally quiet and a joy to stay in. This is a quaint boutique hotel with a quality unlike any other. I can't comment on the specific rooms you mentioned. However, staying further away from the staircase would be more desirable.
fortunate2behere asked a question Jan 2016
Kitsap Peninsula115 contributions40 helpful votes
how much to rent skis? snow shoes? Thanks
Suzskiaspenrugby wrote a tip Mar 2020
25 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room with one queen, and a pullout couch. It is very roomy"
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Dorit P wrote a tip Nov 2019
Berkeley, California100 contributions79 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"avoid rooms near est.smokers' area. loud, lots of doors banging, noise and smell"
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Michael O wrote a tip Aug 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia18 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No elevators, but they will carry your luggage for you."
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Kevin H wrote a tip Jul 2019
Mold, United Kingdom746 contributions171 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms seemed similar."
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Stephanie S wrote a tip Jul 2019
4 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for 1st floor if stairs are an issue"
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$221 - $341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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KANDAHAR LODGE

Frequently Asked Questions about Kandahar Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Kandahar Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Whitefish Mountain Resort (0.1 miles), Whitefish Lake Golf Club (4.8 miles), and Whitefish Depot (4.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kandahar Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Kandahar Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Kandahar Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kandahar Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kandahar Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Whitefish Lake Restaurant, Amazing Crepes, and Loula's Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kandahar Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kandahar Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Kandahar Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms during their stay.
Does Kandahar Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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