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“Reasonable motel in Waterton - very close to the boat dock - returned my lost earrings” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bear Mountain Motel
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Towson, Maryland
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Reasonable motel in Waterton - very close to the boat dock - returned my lost earrings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Waterton is a small town where motel space is at a minimum. This small motel had the most reasonable rates of the others in town. Rooms have Wify with passcode, are very clean, have nice beds and free parking. The office provides free regular brewed coffee and hot chocolate all day. A friend of mine and I stayed two nights and we were able to get a two bedroom "room" which was a very nice upgrade and break from the tent camping we had been doing. The motel is a very short walk to the boat dock to take a boat to the very cool Crypt Lake Hike, or to take a boat to the end of the lake and back to see eagles, bears, etc. A reason I rated this hotel as excellent is because I left behind a pair of earrings. They were at the office when I called, and the motel shipped them back to me back in the states. Hard to find that kind of honesty. I also got two very good nights of sleep there.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Alberta
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35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

We stayed for a Friday/Saturaday night the middle of September. The rooms are small but clean and very charming with some nice touches such as the cabin themed bedspread and a small electric fan. Bed was comfotable. The metal shower stall, although unattractive, was just fine. (Just don't expect too much water as the shower heads are indeed "water savers"). We did not have a problem with the noise from other guests. It seems that once 9 pm came around, everyone pretty much was settled in. But, I can see how on at a busier time of year, it could be an issue. And, even in September, it was hot on the room until we turned off the radiator from the bottom. There is coffee and a selection of tea in the lobby and a BBQ, and a microwave outside for your use. Considering the location of the motel right in the middle of Waterton Park, and the price being asked for all the other accomadations both in and outside of town Bear Mountain Motel is great value.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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50 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

We always stay at the Bear Mountain when we go to Waterton! From the front office staff who bend over backwards to help you to the cozy comforters on the beds, it truly is a hidden treasure.

In the townsite (hence walking to anything) to the strict no noise at night policy, it is the place to call home while you're visiting Waterton Lakes National Park.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bandmdunkley
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San Antonio, Tx
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72 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

Beds and pillows comfortable, clean, but very old motel. NO AC so had to have the windows open (propped open with sticks!), and this is what makes it noisey. The info on the hotel says walls are thin, but they are concrete blocks, it is the windows open that makes it noisy, but we had no problems, quiet at night. The bathroom is very old with metal shower stall. The owners run the motel, and are very friendly, and the town was small but nice. This is the best price in town, but very basic.

Room Tip: Be sure and drive up to red rock canyon, we saw 5 bears on two trips up and great hike at top.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RLPSanAntonio_Tx
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Vero Beach, Florida
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106 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Bear Mountain Motel is a nice place to stay. Beth Towe is an excellent host. The room is small and limited TV. The bed is comfortable and the room was very clean. Free coffee and tea in the lobby.

The village is just a short walk from the hotel.

We would stay here again on our next trip to Waterton
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Georden7 W
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Canmore
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

We were on a post long-weekend trip and our first night was in Waterton. Found Andy and Beth to be awesome hosts with lots of information and described the hotel as indicated. It is older, and we shared a room - hotel was full - imagine that after a long weekend!!! Yes, could hear through walls, but not a problem in our unit. Great parking, quick check-in and out and the coffee and refreshments were flowing steadily. Barb was also extremely helpful with information and conversation. Close to downtown and restaurants and good information from staff. We had a fabulous stay in Waterton and it won't be our last. Thanks folks at the Bear Mountain Motel ... helped make our Highway to the Sun drive all the more memorable. Keep up the good work on a great stop off .. Carl & Maureen

Room Tip: We were on a double at the end - unit 11 I think and so we had a non-connected wall which kept down...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Abacita
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minneapolis
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188 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

I mostly loved this place, it's older but nostalgic and comfortable. Price was reasonable, great location that's walking distance to everything and the female manager was very helpful. We went with a cheaper older room and were fine with it - all we did was sleep there anyway. I appreciated the hot beverages in the office and the free ice. My only complaints are 1) they have the room for a fridge/microwave, so why don't they put them in, or at least more surfaces to put luggage/personal items on and 2) they have a "no door slamming" policy after 10 pm. I forgot about it since I think it's kind of dumb, why not just install door catches? But I enjoyed my stay in Waterton and would recommend this place, stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the inside drive (ours ended at #20) are protected from afternoon hot sun and bad weather...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bonnie c
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Property: Bear Mountain Motel
Address: 208 Mountainview Rd., Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta T0K 2M0, Canada (Formerly El Cortez)
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Waterton Lakes National Park
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Waterton Lakes National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 36
Also Known As:
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Bear Mountain Hotel
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