I would like to be able to give a proper review of this property, but to be honest, I never stayed there! Here's my sad story.
I booked a room for two nights over the phone and confirmed the reservation a week before arrival in September. I took the train to Glacier NP and chose this motel because it was an easy walk from the railroad station. The train arrived right on time, 6:45 P.M. on a cold and rainy evening. I buttoned up and made the 1/4 dash to the motel only to find the office locked up tight. A little card tacked to the door read: "We have gone to a Bar-B-Q, be back at 8:30." After a 22 hour train ride and a walk in a rain storm all I wanted was shelter. I walked through the cold, driving rain to one of two restaurants in town and had dinner. Walked back to the Circle R at 8:30 and waited on the porch for a while before taking another wet walk to the only bar in town where I shot pool for a while with a great group of Blackfeet Indian guys, the nicest folks I met on the whole trip! Then it was back to the Circle R and more waiting in the rain. Finally went to the only place open in town, the second restaurant and asked the manager if he knew where I could spend the night. He directed me out back where I saw a row of tiny ramshackle looking cabins with a sign that said "Backpacker cabins $12." I said I'd take one. He said "That will be $25." I spent the night on a lumpy bed in a cold shelter with a sign over the sink that said "boil water before drinking." Went back over to the Circle R the next morning and confronted the owner who told me not to worry, he would take the charge off my credit card! Well! - Thanks a lot Buddy!
If you are visiting Glacier NP I would suggest that you skip East Glacier all together and make your base in the beautiful Flathead Valley about 30 miles west. The train stops in Whitefish, MT where you will find lots of accommodations and restaurants and lots to do, like river rafting, hiking and boating on beautiful Flathead Lake.
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