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Izaak Walton Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Essex
Certificate of Excellence
Everett, Washington
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449 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“A great historic Inn”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

What a unique place to stay. The room was great and I love the trains going by, particularly the Empire Builder. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect for reading and relaxing. The staff was professional too.

Room Tip: I liked to upstairs- quiet and a good view of the tracks
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2012

It had been suggested that after we finish exploring Glacier National Park, we have a meal at The Dining Car (at Izaak Walton Inn). What a delightful experience! The room is decorated with a train motif including menus from the 1920s and beyond. They offer a varied menu and we enjoyed our meals. The service was good. We walked though the gift shop and the well-manicured grounds outside. Would certainly pass along the recommendation to dine there.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Whitefish, Montana, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2012

Izaak Walton is so unbelievably cozy and cute it's hard to believe it exists in this decade and hasn't been completely overrun. You can catch the train at the historic whitefish station and enjoy gorgeous views of the snow covered mountains and frozen rivers before being dropped off steps from this little chalet. If you can catch them during demo days, you can get free snowshoe tours or cross country ski lessons before coming back to warm up in front of the roaring fire in the lobby or in the sauna house across the parking lot. Grab a hot buttered rum or two downstairs in the cute train-themed bar, play a couple of tunes on the jukebox and settle in for some epic yahtzee. You may be a little disappointed if you stay overnight the rooms leave a little something to be desired (like privacy) and keep in mind there are NO elevators to the upper stories. If you do stay try to avoid dinner here it's almost uniformly terrible. Breakfast on the other hand is wonderful make sure you order the huckleberry coffee cake and grab a loaf of their house made bread for the trip home.

Room Tip: Get a room on the top floor if you can, you'll have to climb a few flights of stairs but it pays...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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McFarland, Wisconsin, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2012

Izaak Walton Inn is not fancy, it is historic. Just outside beautiful Glacier National Park, this is a truly comfortable hotel. The staff is friendly and helpful. Food is excellent, we highly recommend their restaurant. If you love trains this is the place to be.

Room Tip: We stayed on the third (top) floor and loved that location because it was very quiet. But know that...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Uman, Ukraine
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in this amasing hotel. Essex is very calm place with no attractions but that's a good place to have some rest after interesting but exhausting tours around mountains. Rooms are rather comfortable and clean. House keepers try to do their best to make your rooms cosy. Restaurant on a ground floor is the only place you can eat, but chef created a great menu, so you are sure to enjoy it. And waitsuff in general is fine. If you have nothing to do at night you can make friends with other guys in a lobby or spend an hour or so in a bar. One more thing I liked about this place is that hotel is situated near a historical place-a Great Northern Railway. So you'll have an opportunity to see it with your own eyes! By the way Internet connection in a bar is rather good, The only bad thing about Izaak Walton Inn is that after leaving this place you'll miss it so much!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Biloxi, MS
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2012

We stayed here in early April for a romantic anniversary experience. If you are looking for a modern, amenity laden resort, this is not the place. However, if you are looking for a historical, peaceful, cozy hideaway, this is the place for you.

We arrived by train and taken to the inn. Our first night's dinner of chipotle chicken and three potato hash (a new favorite) was just the first of many excellent meals in the inn's restaurant. Throughout our stay, every staff member was helpful and personable. We felt like we were guests in thier home. They really took pride in the inn and thier service.

The next morning we headed out to the ski trails to play in the snow and relax. We were stunned by the tranquility among the towering pine trees. We sat down and just tryed to take it all in....so beautiful. There are many things to do here any season.

Overall, we were very pleased with our stay and wish we could have stayed longer. We can't wait to return. You won't be dissapointed with your stay.

Room Tip: Pick a trackside room if you want to watch the trains pass. They don't sounds thier horns in the...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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NW Wisconsin
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

Be careful to read cancellation policy. We had made reservations within the inn's reservation cancellation policy but we did not figure that we would be caught in an "Act of God" circumstances. We got stuck in Seattle by the floods in No Dakota with trains not running either direction the first week of June 2011. When we tried to work with management and we were "told tough, we can not refund your money, it is like having a flat tire, you get it fixed and then go ahead with trip" They did not seem to understand there was no alternative transportation at that time. We checked with airlines and if reservations available it would be $1,000 per person to fly into Montana, one way. Bus was only to Spokane. and then a rental car would have been needed, none available. We tried working with them but due to our schedules and availability at the lodge, it looked like we had to walk away from over $600 of our reservation that was paid.. We have done that and this was June 2011 and we have not had any communication with the management. We felt that the lodge management had no clue about customer service. We have owned bed and breakfast inns in the Colorado Rockies and when road closures or airports closed for winter weather, we were not happy about loss of revenue but that was business. We always called the chamber and ground shuttles to let folks know we had availabilty, that was why we had an average of 90% occupancy. Will we go back to Glacier Park, not sure. This was a bucket list item after receiving my masters, June 2011 that I will just have to chalk it up to that's life.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Izaak Walton Inn
Address: 290 Izaak Walton Inn Rd, Essex, MT 59916-9708
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Location: United States > Montana > Essex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Essex
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Izaak Walton Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Izaak Walton Inn & Resort, a family-owned retreat bordering Glacier National Park, in Essex, Montana. Specializing in outdoor adventure and serious relaxation, the Inn hosts activities year round fitting any age, interest and experience level including cross country skiing and guided back country tours, hiking, horse back riding, white water rafting to slow float and larger boat excursions. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, what pace you'll set your journey to, enjoy the nature, the history, and the hospitality found at the Izaak Walton Inn. ... more   less 
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