This review is for the East Glacier Park Lodge.
Bottom line? Tourists too often leave their brains, common sense and common courtesy at home when going on vacation. Visiting a hotel with thin walls AND rude guests is just a recipe for a bad experience.
I'm sure you already know that the building is absolutely beautiful, the main hall is VERY impressive/grand and the view is fantastic. You may also already know that the hotel is closing in on 100 years old and has thin walls as well as retrofitted bathrooms/indoor plumbing. This is all part of the charm and character of the building and I have nothing bad to say about the hotel itself. The room was great, we shared a balcony with only one other room and had an amazing view of the mountains. Our room was quite large too, though the bathroom was small compared with todays standards. I had a hard time taking a shower in the very small stall, but I'm also 6'4" and athletic in build (wide shoulders)... though my 5'2" and slim wife said she had no idea how I could have showered in there.
The main complaint about the experience of staying in the hotel were the Other guests. Since there's no way you can control other people, you are very likely to encounter the same issues we found. Parents who don't parent, their kids running wild through the entire hotel. Running down hall ways and up and down stairs, screaming and generally being as annoying as possible and disturbing people in all directions were the worst. The hotel was FILLED with these families. Then there were the people who drug their rolling suitcases down the stairs in the morning... obviously so out of shape that they couldn't lift their 80 pound bag, filled with junk they never needed, and disrupting the rest of anyone within 100 feet of the stairs. I've never been more disgusted with humans than while staying at this lovely historic hotel. And to think that travel is supposed to be Down due to the falling dollar and rising fuel costs! I just can't even imagine how much worse this building is during peak season.
If you're into "families" and can deal with unrestrained brat kids, then maybe you can still enjoy this lodging. On the other hand, if you value civilized behavior, along with peace and quiet, then you would be well advised to stay far, far away from this hotel. Visit and take pictures, enjoy dinner or a round of golf... but find somewhere else where you can actually get more than a couple of hours of sleep.
With any luck, the cost of living and travel will soon make it prohibitively expensive for irksome families to travel and the experience will improve for the rest of us. One can only hope that occurs sooner rather than later. In the mean time, if you're a couple looking for a romantic, quiet get-away, please look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the western charm of the historic Glacier Park Lodge, which was completed in 1913. Its comfortable feel combined with some of the world's most spectacular scenery makes Glacier Park Lodge a truly unique vacation destination. Although steeped in culture and history of the Great Northern Railway and Blackfeet Indians, Glacier Park Lodge features modern amenities such as a heated swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, in-room telephones, nine-hole pitch-n-putt golf course, gift shop, lounge and the outstanding Great Northern Rib and Steak House. Glacier Park Lodge is in East Glacier Park, Montana on Highway 2. Glacier Park Amtrak Train Station is located just across the street from the hotel where guests are picked up daily in our antique red Checker taxi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glacier Park Hotel East Glacier Park