How sad that the National Park Service has allowed this piece of American history deteriorate to such a low level. We've traveled to and stayed at many historic hotels at National Parks (Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, etc.) and the Glacier Park Lodge was one of the worst, most depressing, anti-family hotels I've ever stayed at. To start with, the room was not comfortable and more importantly, the bathroom looked like it had not had a good scrubbing in many years. To give you a sense of it, my teenager wanted to wear flip flops in the shower!
Others have noted that the walls and doors are paper thin but no one has noted that in the main lodge, they play live music until at least 10 pm each night. While it sounds like a nice concept, a banjo or piano playing under your door when you (or your children) are trying to sleep so you can explore the park the next day is horrible. And, unless you complain (which I was forced to do when the music didn't stop at 10 pm when the front desk staff promised it would after I complained the first time) the hotel staff won't stop random guests from loudly singing and playing the piano AFTER 10 pm.
Oh, did I mention that the hotel also gave a key to our room (I guess they have put aside safety for tha historic charm of real keys) to a random stranger who walked into our room while we were changing? Yes - it's all true and the hotel management could offer no explanation for how that happened!
The next morning, I spoke to a couple of the front desk staff and management. The first person I spoke to defended the noise by saying essentially that it was my fault because I booked a room in the main lodge. Little did I know that there was going to be amateur music night until past 10 pm. The property manager did apologize and said that music is only supposed to run until 9 pm.
I would never stay at GPL and I would recommend you avoid staying at this hotel too. The West side and Whitefish offer better alternatives that are cleaner, safer, where you can actually get a good nights sleep and where the management doesn't make excuses or blame the guest for its poor performance.
- 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