I have been traveling worldwide for almost thirty years; when I write about any lodging establishment I consider three basic characteristics: 1). Was I safe there? 2). Was I comfortable there? and 3). Would a reasonable experienced traveler conclude that the price they paid for the loding was appropriate, considering the location, the season, and the overall physical condition of the establishment.
The La Quinta Inn in Kalispell was clearly overpriced at $134.00 per night on Saturday, 3 June, 2006. Yes, I was safe and comfortable there, but I am sure a reasonable traveler will conclude that it is clearly overpriced, even for a summer rate. It is not a full-size establishment with a full variety of ammenities to support the high price, but a clean comfortable place. It is a hard-to-find hotel with a surprisingly small street sign that you will miss if you don't drive slow and carefully watch. To access the hotel you have to negotiate a not-so-well marked intersection that has four lanes of traffic converging to one turn. Be careful here.
The rooms don't have telephone books; I wanted to check to see if the main road going through Glacier National Park was open. I needed the phone number to the Park. I walked to the front desk and asked the desk attendant if she could help me with finding a phone number. She simply told me to call the local telephone exchange information number. I asked her for her copy of the telephone book and while she was watching, I turned the pages and within seconds found the number I was looking for.
When checking out Sunday morning, I had to look and look and look for the desk attendant, as the attendant was no where to be seen. She finally showed after I walked down the hall and called for "anyone home?" I have learned not to expect five-star service from what appears to be summer hires, but with a bit of effort the desk attendants could have been much more helpful to some basic requests and services.
Kalispell has many other lodging options available, I would check them first before going back to the La Quinta Inn.
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