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“American Wonder”
Review of Glacier Park Lodge

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Glacier Park Lodge
New Hampshire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“American Wonder”
Reviewed September 18, 2007

Spending two nights at the Glacier Park Lodge in Montana was one of the high points of our cross country train trip this September. My husband is in a wheel chair therefore we are somewhat limited in our travel options. Luckily he loves trains, and when I found out that the Empire Builder stops right at East Glacier it was a perfect stopover along our trip from Boston Ma to Seattle WA. The grandeur of the hotel has been noted by many of trip advisor's entries so I won't expound on that, but I would like to focus on the accommodations for my husband. We were picked up right at the station and taken to the lodge, then given a great room #106 on the main level. A corner room with two double beds and a huge bathroom (large enough for the wheelchair to be in with no problems) and very clean. I cannot say enough good things about the staff, friendly and very helpful in all ways. Frankly I had read some very negative remarks on this site about the lodge and I was appehensive but decided to take a chance on staying there. I am so glad I did!!! Otherwise we would have missed a golden opportunity to see one of the most beautiful places in America. Go there if you can, you wont be sorry

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Reviewed September 17, 2007

If you are looking for all the modern convenieces of a hotel/motel, this place is not for you. There are no elevators, coffee makers, hair dryers, TV, WI-Fi or internet access. Our room was large and access to a large verandah, however the bathroom was very small - very small sink and shower. We had to put our toiletries on the window ledge. Since there are no elevators and we were on the top floor of the northern wing, the bell hop had to cart our luggage to the steps and then carry each item up 2 flights of steps to our room.

As in my title, the hotel is very majestic - the lobby is spectacular and very homey - lots of places to sit and read or visit with other guests. They have a very nice gift shop and a little general store, where you can purchase coffee and breakfast items and they open early in the morning.

The hotel has a nice lounge where you can order food from a grill menu - we ate in the lounge the first night there and the food was very good. There is also their regular restaurant, however we did not eat there - the menu was a little pricey and nothing appealed to us. There are some restaurants within walking distance on the main street of East Glacier, one being Serrano's, a Mexica n restaurtant - we heard it was very good but a long wait time every night.

The hotel staff was VERY friendly. We arrived 2 hours ahead of the normal check in time, however they accomodated us and put us in a room upon our arrival. We booked a special rate they had advertised on their website and unfortunately we were given a room on the top level of the northern wing and as far away from the lobby as you could get. We did find a parking lot in the back of the building, which was closer to our room, however you had to climb 3 very steep flights of narrow wooden steps to get to our floor. Would you believe my 75 year old husband collaseped/fainted the second night when we returned from dinner and climbing all those steps. He suffered a cut to his head but he seemed to be OK - very scary.

We had friends that recommened this hotel to us, however I would probably not stay at the hotel again. I am just one that likes all the amenities a modern hotel offers. The other lodges in the park seemed a little nicer, so we might opt for one of those next time - especially the Many Glacier Lodge.

One more thing-we took a tour through the hotel on the Little Red Bus. It was called the Big Circle Sky tour - it was an all day tour - $75/person - well worth the time and money.

Stayed September 2007
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 30, 2007

We stayed at the GPL for one night. Room was outdated, bathroom had only a tiny shower stall...if you are even slightly overweight, don't plan on being able to take a shower! Housekeeping invaded our room at 8:00 in the morning even though it was obvvious we had not checked out. Windows were tiny. Basically room was way overpriced for its spartaness. BUT...the lobby with the huge wood timbers was impressive and filled with character. Reading nooks were cozy and plentiful and the huge fire in the stone fireplace in the evenings was relaxing, Cozy and made you feel like you were a traveler in the old days. We stayed at two of the park lodges: Many Glaceir and Glacier Park Lodge. I would return to Many Glacier but probably not to this one.

  • Stayed August 2007
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Rockton, IL
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2007

Just returned from a four day stay in East Glacier at the Glacier Park Lodge. I was a little apprehensive about our stay after reading some earlier reviews, but my wife and I had a terrific time. Check in at the hotel was very smooth and the staff was extremely helpful in answering our questions about attractions, etc. The lodge was built in the early 1900's and is a beautiful old structure that is well cared for and a great piece of history. We had an annex room with a queen bed, desk, and bathroom. The bathroom was small, but the plumbing worked fine. The staff was mostly college aged from the US and other countries, but they were very attentive and knowledgable. The rooms are pricey. Ours was $200 per night with all of the taxes added on. You will not get Hilton services for this price, but you do get a chance to stay in a historic setting surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States.

We never ate at the lodge because of the horrible reviews that we had read about the food. We at breakfast each morning at the Villager Restaurant in town, which is a short walk from the lodge. The food there is home cooked and excellent. Highly recommend the pancakes! There is a wonderful Mexican restaurant in town called Serrano's. We ate there twice and they had excellent food.

  • Liked — The great location and history of the lodge
  • Disliked — Bathroom was small
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2007

We stayed in this historic lodge in late July. For those who desire a modern hotel, with all the amenities and conveniences, this is not the place for you. For those of you willing to take a trip back in time and live the old fashioned way for a few days and get to experience a piece of history, I would highly recommend the Glacier Park Lodge.

The rooms are absolutely HUGE (more than enough room in ours for two queen sized beds and a trundle) but are, as I said, old fashioned. Small bathroom, pipes running along the ceiling, no TV (thank goodness!). But.....the view out the windows, the peace and quiet, and just the magic in this beautiful old place make it totally worthwhile.

If you are looking for peace and quiet, I would recommend getting a room on the top floor of the annex -- there are old hardwood floors throughout the entire lodge and you can hear every little step and squeak from the rooms above you. In the height of summer, be sure and ask for a fan, which they will happily provide -- it cools off quickly at night and the fan is as good as air conditioning, in my opinion.

The lodge employs a large number of domestic and foreign exchange students during summer, so service can be iffy. If you need something and it's not done, don't be afraid to make another request -- it will happen, it just may be a bit slow (we had to request a fan twice over a two hour period, but eventually TWO showed up in our room!).

The lodge restaurant was great for breakfast each morning, but due to the other not-so-favorable reviews on this site, we skipped it for lunch and dinner. We did, however, find a wonderful diner/restaurant in the town of East Glacier, called Buzz's (directly in front of you as you go under the train bridge into town), which had incredibly delicious food. It was gourmet food at diner prices! I would highly recommend it.

i'd also recommend the spa services at the lodge. I had a 15 minute massage which was reasonably priced and probably the best massage I've ever had! Lovely after a long day's hike!

I absolutely love this place, and am looking forward to staying there again. As I said, there's something magical about it. But you need to leave your ideas about modern hotels back in the city.

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  • Disliked — Squeaky floors
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Macon, North Carolina
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390 reviews
139 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2007

This si truly a living piece of Rocky Mountain history. If you can accept that fact, then you will understand that it is not intended to be the next glitzy roadside replica of every other motel down the road. The lobby completes that statement in spades!. Beautiful old mountain inn with a big fire in the fireplace in early July. Rooms are large & comfortable. Gronds are beautiful, and staff is helpful and friendly. Not the greatest value, but to spend an evening in a time capsule from last century it's effective at the price. In Kalispell an hour away ther's plenty of modern hotels restaurants, but if you want a taste of history and the past, this place delivers at a reasonable price for the experience.

  • Liked — the lobby
  • Disliked — train noise at night
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with friends
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Minnesota/Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2007

Just returned from our daughter's wedding at the East Glacier Lodge. The event planning staff, especially Susie Roberts, bent over backwards to assure that all our concerns and needs were addressed...not an easy task when you're planning the wedding from Minnesota/Wisconsin! The wedding was held on the lawn, with beautiful trees and a natural birch arch framing the view of the mountains. The reception was held in the Feather Room in the lower level of the Lodge...at first glance a pretty uninspiring room, but we were able to add lights and decorations to add some ambiance. The dinner buffet was excellent. The food was all well-prepared and abundant. We especially enjoyed the chicken with red onion and huckleberry marmalade and the grilled salmon. The banquet staff couldn't have been more accommodating. None of our guests stayed at the Lodge, opting for cottages and houses in the immediate area instead, but we were definitely pleased with the wedding and reception. We would also recommend Serrano's Mexican Restaurant, which is always busy but worth the wait...try the Serrano's burrito! The Two Medicine Grill is also a great stop for breakfast or lunch, as is the Whistle Stop Cafe. Don't forget to pay a visit to the "Spoon Lady" while in East Glacier.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
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Property: Glacier Park Lodge
Address: 499 Mt-49, East Glacier Park, MT 59434
Location: United States > Montana > East Glacier Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Specialty Lodging in East Glacier Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Glacier Park Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 161
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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