I first want to say that I really enjoyed our stay at the Inn. We were a family group of 15 and the Inn was all we hoped it would be. Members of our party stayed in the Luxury Locomotive, Red Caboose, and Main Lodge. It was perfect for our group but there are some important things that people should know that aren't necessarily advertised. First, the Inn is very rustic and the main lodge is an old building that hasn't been updated with many modern amenities. It does not have AC (neither do the cabooses) and it has no elevator. If climbing stairs is a problem, this isn't the place for you. The lounge, bar, game room, and interesting memorabilia in the basement aren't accessible if you can't negotiate stairs. There are a handful of rooms on the first floor, otherwise, you have to take the stairs to the 2nd and 3rd floors. Help with luggage wasn't readily available and we didn't ask, so I don't know if the staff is expected to provide "bell man service". Also, there are no phones with exception of the front desk and cell phone service wasn't available, at least for my carrier. The caboose was fun for kids but be prepared to climb a ladder to reach the upper berths and the bathroom and shower are tiny. The luxury locomotive was truly luxurious but requires climbing lots of stairs to reach the entrance. Hotel staff are not on duty 24 hours/day. Once the front desk staff leave for the night, you are on your own. The doors are locked for protection and you are only allowed access inside with your room key. There is only one dining room for meals. The food was good but a little pricey, especially for families. It is a working railroad yard, so trains pass through all night. It is exciting if you are a train enthusiast, not so much if you are a light sleeper trying to rest!
We loved our stay at the Inn. It was something very different than anything we had ever experienced. We took a Red Bus Tour through Glacier via the Going To The Sun Road which was great.
My advice to anyone thinking of staying at the Inn would be to call and express any special requests before booking. Although this was perfect for us and was a great experience, it may not be for everyone. I would stay again if my travels ever bring me back to that part of country. It was part of a great family vacation that we all enjoyed.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Izaak Walton Hotel Essex
- Izaak Walton Essex