Although not directly in the park, the lodge is right at the eastern entrance to the park and the Going-to-the Sun highway. Of all the lodging choices on the eastern side of the park, this was the most convenient to explore the park. Unfortunately, the Going-to-the-Sun road was still closed because of snow (July 1) and did not open until a few days after we left, thus depriving us of the main reason for coming to Glacier. That said, we were able to explore the first 13 miles of the highway, and it was easy for us to drive up to Waterton and Many Glaciers. The central location of St. Mary's was a big advantage. Addtionally, the small town had basic facilities-- like 2 good restaurants, a supermarket, and gas station. The lodge has a "motel" section, but we stayed in the main lodge itself, which had a lobby with wifi (not in room), lounge, and full restaurant, and a very nice gift shop. A separate coffee shop in the lobby opened early (6 am?) so we could get java before our early departure.
The room was quite clean and comfortable. Unlike some of the park lodges, the room had a phone and a full bathroom-- shower, sink and toilet. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. We had reservations for the red bus, and they helped supply the phone numbers to contact the right people about cancelling the tour.
We had a budget room, and the only downside was it had no view. That hardly mattered to us since the views were spectacular outside, which is where we wanted to be. You don't see a view while you're sleeping! This lodge is not like the grand old park lodges built in the 1930's. Many Glaciers Lodge, with its grand lobby and large fireplace, is more like that. But it was a very nice, more modern hotel, with the advantage of great location. If I returned to Glacier NP, I would probably choose St. Mary's Lodge again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated just outside Glacier National Park's east entrance on the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road, St Mary Lodge & Resort provides a combination of natural beauty with full-service modern comforts. With 115 guest rooms spread among seven facilities, every experience is unique. From rustic and relaxing to upscale accommodations, the Lodge has something to fit every taste level and budget. Highlights of St. Mary Lodge, Cabins and Motel include:• Located at the East Entrance of Glacier National Park • 115 Rooms Different Rooms to Choose from: Main Lodge, Great Bear Lodge, Cabins, and the West or East Motel • Snowgoose Grill • Curly Bear Cafe • Glacier Perk Espresso & Candy Shop • Mountain Lounge (Lobby Bar & Lounge) • St. Mary Grocery Store & Gas Station • St. Mary Gift Shop • Loose Moose T-Shirt Shop • Trail Creek Outfitters • Wireless Internet Available in the Lobby • All Rooms are Non-Smoking • Pets Welcome at the East Motel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Mary Lodge And Resort
- St Mary Hotel Saint Mary
- St Mary Resort
- St Mary Lodge & Resort Saint Mary, Montana