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Half Way Hotel
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Reviewed June 15, 2010

This motel is no frills clean facility situated between the East and West entrances to Glacier National Park. Be forewarned this location makes you isolated from the maddening crowd, but makes it at least a 25 mile drive to the nearest gas station, convenience store, etc. We had no cell, internet and spotty GPS service here and throughout the park.
Pros:
1. Roomy, comfortable units with 2 queen beds.
2. Clean and fairly new.
3. Very quiet except for the occasional train whistle.
4. Nice sized fridge and microwave oven.
Cons:
1. Isolated and far from stores.
2. Lacking small lotion, shampoo bottles
3. Resin chairs in the room instead of desk chairs.
4. No internet access.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2010

Excellent visit. Halfway to everything. Food at the hotel is great-homecooking, homemade favorites-good selection! we will be back if ever in the area again. Wish it was closer to TX!
Patsy and Luke

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank lupat
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Reviewed July 19, 2009

This was one of the best places I have ever stayed. Very clean, very friendly, and what a value! If you choose to stay at the Half Way, get the pancakes. The only thing one could say toward the negative is the location. However, there are some great views on your way to the Glacier entrance, so the drive isn't bad. This is the perfect place for people who are wanting to get away from everything. Nothing fancy, just an awesome nature setting.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank Sloppydoug
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Reviewed July 17, 2009

Submitted by Doug from Utah, stayed mid-July 2009
We were on a motorcycle trip to Glacier National Park. Checking online I found there were only two other places to stay in Essex and they were close to $200/night. The Half Way Motel has only 4 rooms so it fills fast. I was hesitant because of the small size, thinking they probably weren't "real" innkeepers because they didn't have much in the way of a motel to manage. But it's a hidden jewel! The rooms were clean, though one smelled slightly of deodorizer. There is a small front porch to enjoy the tall pines. The river is a 1/4 mile walk (if that far), and across hwy 2 are the railroad tracks. We had a train go by at 2am, and that woke the wife (I slept through the whistle for the crossing which is 500 feet away across Hwy 2). Thats the only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5, is the off-chance there might be a late-night freight train that passes by. Amtrak passes about 8:30am and about 5pm but that can vary a lot. To be honest I didnt hear a thing all night.
The motel office/restarant/post office/convenience store is a short walk away (200 ft?) from the rooms. The employees are helpful and friendly, the food is good, and the price was much more tolerable than the other choices. There are TVs in the rooms but there isnt really any local TV station, so your choices are all cable. We were concerned about weather but the cable selection had a westher channel.
Check out the site on Google Earth. The office has the shape of a cross, the rooms are down a driveway and barely visible from the air due to the trees. (The icon is misplaced by a bit.)

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Thank CapnDoug
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Reviewed June 28, 2009

I looked at other places to stay at Glacier but decided on the Half Way Motel because of the price and location. I was not disappointed in my stay here! It is a great place to stay! The rooms are very big with two queen size beds and plenty of room. There is a nice bathroom too. The owners of the Half Way Motel also run the little restaurant about 300 feet from the hotel. The husband and wife (Ron and Merna) work at the restaurant and it has the very BEST food that you will find. The portions are very big and the prices reasonable. They have homemade pies such as apple, peach, huckleberry and strawberry rhubarb! Put some ice cream on the pies and they are delicious! Ron and Merna are the nicest people you will every meet. They have a little store in the restaurant too in case you might need something. The Half Way Motel only has four rooms but it is such a nice, cozy place to stay. The rooms are cleaned daily and are always spotless when you return from Glacier each day. It is quiet as a mouse at nights except the routine train whistles that come by at night. You get use to them really and it is not a problem. The Half Way Motel is located exactly half way between East and West Glacier National Park entrances so you can decided each morning which side you want to visit. The drive to either side is a beautiful drive on State Highway 2. If I go back to Glacier, I will definitely stay here again. You want be disappointed in the hospitality and kindness of the owners of this hotel. I give it an A++++++++

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled solo
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Thank VNikon
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