My husband and I stayed 2 nights at the Amber Bear Inn in December while we attended our daughter's graduation from Monarch. I use a wheelchair so Mike directed us to the side of the building that had a ramp which led right up to our room. We had a downstairs room which was wonderfully close to the living room/dining room. It was spacious and had a lovely fireplace. The bathroom was also roomy. The handles on the bathtub were inoperable at the time so we were not able to use the tub but we hadn't planned on using it anyway. The only challenge I had was the toilet area was a bit tight and without grab bars. The shower also had a ledge that I am unable to step over so my husband lifted me onto the built in shower seat. It would have been helpful if the ledge were removed and a roll in shower chair available. I have to say though that overall it was an amazing room with beautiful mountain style furniture, charming bedspreads, and very comfy beds. We had both a queen and a full size bed in the room. The height of the full size bed was perfect for me.
Mike and Nancy are very helpful. They're friendly, patient, and accommodating in every way. There were two girls from a local boarding school helping Nancy one day. Their names are Grace and Hanna and they are adorable! They wrapped, for me, over a dozen Christmas presents that I brought for my daughter. Hanna and Grace are not only physically beautiful but they have sweet, gentle spirits that made me want to hang out with them. I think of these 2 girls often and I hope they realize that their cheerful dispositions and helpful hands make burdens lighter and days brighter for people like me and for others with whom they interact.
All in all, I loved The Amber Bear Inn. The proximity to Monarch; Nancy's delicious and full breakfasts (and the scones are yummy!); Mike's willingness to chit chat about any subject that a guest introduces; and the hospitable atmosphere that permeates the home is all a tremendous pleasure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amber Bear Inn is a small, boutique, one-of-kind, rural Inn located on a 400 acre wildlife sanctuary in the Bitteroot Mountains. The Inn is located 4 miles off busy State Highway 200 and away from the noisy railroad tracks that run parallel to the highway. It is backed up to Kootenai National Forest, and there is direct access to the Forest for hiking, snowmobiling, and ATV access. Nature trails are groomed into the estate. A free boat launch on the Clark Fork River is 2 minutes away and is a gateway to fishing, kayaking, tubing, and sking.This is a quiet forest setting with rooms boasting magnificent views. There are 7 fireplaces in the Inn, free high-speed video-streaming wifi, satellite TV in every room, and a full-service restaurant. Breakfast is included and is ordered off the restaurant menu at the lodger's convenience. The restaurant is open to non-lodging guests by reservation only to maintain a tranquil setting. We offer an international selection of beer and wine.The owners live & work onsite and are one of Montana's oldest families, boasting 7 generations and over 100 years of State residency. We welcome you to our home & our State. ... more less