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Glacier Guides Lodge
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in West Glacier
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

This was our first trip to MT and had no other reference besides this website to guide us for accommodations. We were so pleasantly surprised to find this quaint lodge practically right across from the West entrance to GNP. When we met our host, and resident expert on Everything, Josh he made us feel most welcome. Josh lives on property and is a one-man-show. He makes the most amazing breakfast bread and coffee every a.m. and ensures every guest is fed, is well prepared for their activities for the day, has tips for all that is Glacier and outdoors and makes the Lodge feel more like a B&B. My husband and I stayed in room #2, downstairs, and it was a good size standard room. 2 Queen beds that were extremely comfy (and we are very picky about beds), a decent sized bathroom with shower/tub, a small porch out the back door with a table and chairs looking out in to the "woods" with tall trees and wildflowers. There is a flat screen tv with satellite . This lodge is only about a year old and extremely clean. We absolutely loved it. We would stay here again and recommend it highly.

Room Tip: We could hear the people upstairs walking around some. It didn't bother us, but if you are sensi...
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank guysweetie
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

This is a wonderful lodge near the west entrance to Glacier National Park. The room was a very nice size and very clean. I was on first floor, so I had an outside patio with a small table and chairs. There was free high speed internet which was great. (So many more expensive hotels make you pay for your internet usage.) The breakfast the next morning was plentiful with fresh fruit and fresh baked breads. I had ordered a trail lunch to take with me for the next days driving and it was great, too. The guides were very knowledgeable about the whole area. I had a wonderful stay and highly recommend this lodge.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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4  Thank PattyG8383
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

The Lodge is in a great location right outside of the west entrance to the park. It was close to restaurants and gift shops. Loved having satellite TV and internet connection as most places do not. Montana man Josh was wonderful and he put on a good breakfast. Be advised - if you're expecting a full breakfast you'll be disappointed. Breakfast is fruit, yogurt, baked goods, cereal, etc. Nice to have it onsite. The Lodge rooms made you feel right at home with outdoor seating in front and private patio's in the back. It was awesome!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank NoviceHikerKim
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

Don't quite remember how I found this place. Internet search I imagine.
Great spot. Quiet, brand new has internet and satalite. We have Sprint and couldn't get cell service in park. Room is big and large windows for looking outside. Didn't have a problem with noise from other quests.
Josh was fantastic. Great breakfeast and very informative about hikes and other places to eat while here. Max was a doll :) If we are back in this part of the woods we will definately be staying here.

Room Tip: We stayed on second floor. First floors do have access to outside patios.
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4  Thank Martine F
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

We stayed at Glacier Guides Lodge for three nights at the beginning of August. We found it to be a pleasant place to stay and it was exactly what we expected based on the TripAdvisor accounts we had read. It is well located – as close as you can be without actually staying in the park. It is quiet and convenient. The room we had (on the first floor) was spacious and had a nice semi-private outdoor porch with a table on two chairs. The beds were comfortable and had nice linens and plump pillows. The towels were snowy white and fluffy. The room and bathroom were immaculately clean. Breakfast was fresh, delicious and plentiful. Josh was great – very helpful, personable and accessible. It was, all and all, a very good experience and exactly as advertised.

Friends of ours had chosen to stay that the Lake McDonald Lodge inside the park so we saw their room. Believe me, there was no comparison. It was like a Motel 6 vs. The Ritz Carlton. Their room was very tiny, shabby, old and it looked to be none too clean. Also, it did not have AC which Glacier Guides rooms do. We thought maybe they were saving a lot of money by staying there but it turned out their room was less than $10 cheaper than our room at Glacier Guides. Stay at Glacier Guides!

Room Tip: Room 1 is on the main floor at the end of the building so it has windows on two sides making it nice...
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4  Thank OrlandoFLTravelers
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

When I went search for a room near Glacier NP in early April, Glacier Guides Lodge was one of the few of the better-rated lodging places with availability. I booked two nights ASAP with the hope of possibly adding another to the front end: I couldn't, much to my chagrin...not that I might not rather (at the time) have been able to have obtained a room at one of the Park's more famous lodges.

Josh, who manages GG Lodge, is a former Glacier Guides himself. Hence, he is among the most helpful of concierges ever and also does a more than ample job preparing breakfasts, which are part of the package. He is also part of the overall welcoming team, along with GG Lodge mascots Max (a solid liver-colored German short-haired pointer from Cherry Hill, NJ) and Roscoe (an over-sized huskey).

Pictures at the Lodge's website <http://www.glacierguides.com/za/GG?PAGE=THE_LODGE&CAT=CHALET> are honest and no exaggeration. The rooms do, indeed, have two queen-sized beds and adhere to a basic business hotel decor. Cellphone access is not possible for all, particularly those with AT&T Mobility service and rooms do not have apparatus to enable land-line access. Still, the lodge does permit occasional use of its own phone when need arises.

Locationwise, GG Lodge is located just off east-bound US Route 2 behind Glacier Highland Resort, which is across from the old Belton train station in what is now called West Glacier. My fear was that the trains and traffic on US 2, which run through the night, would keep us awake. This is a matter often expressed by others who stay at motels and hotels along Route 2 across from Glacier National Park. I must admit that I did hear the train, but it was heavily moderated by the Lodge's location, which is somewhat up and inside a ravine (canyon).

Breakfast amounts to various healthy cereals (hot and cold), fresh fruit, locally baked breads, yogurt, juice, and coffee. Tea likely also is available...I simply do not recall.

Josh was pleased to help plan and arrange extracurricular activities. We wanted to due a half day of whitewater rafting, but also wanted to get some Glacier NP hiking under our belts too that day. He pointed out the possible best alternatives and made the rafting reservation for us. He also offered to reserve a table for us at a local restaurant. (The Belton Inn and the Glacier Highland Cafe' are just at the bottom of the Lodge's driveway.) I overheard him helping others make more elaborate plans (a drive home and a helicopter tour of the Park). Again, Josh is the consummate concierge and most patient and welcoming of hosts. He apparently is also a (former?) GG fishing guide, which besides being a naturalist tour guide is undoubtedly among the most knowledge-demanding of guide positions.

My only hope is that I will be able to stay at this Lodge in the future. I fear that the GG tours, which likely will yield a guest lodging preference, will fully book the lodge in the not-so-distant future..

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank mikelahr
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

The Glacier Guides Lodge stay was awesome. The Lodge is very new and extremely well maintained. The room was really nice. The lodge is a few blocks off from the highway so it's very quite. The location is just outside the west entrance of the park so it was very convenient. The folks running the lodge were great. Very nice and very helpful. This was our first trip to Glacier and the suggestions and recommendations of things to do in Glacier were prefect. We'd go back here in a minute.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 120 Highline Blvd., PO Box 330, 0.5 miles away from Glacier National Park, West Glacier, MT 59936
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Location: United States > Montana > West Glacier
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in West Glacier
Price Range: $170 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Glacier Guides Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After a full day of adventure in and around Glacier National Park, return to the cozy, quiet, peaceful Glacier Guides Lodge. Built by Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, this eco-friendly lodge offers premier rafting, hiking, biking, and fishing adventures in and around Glacier National Park. Glacier Guides Lodge is uniquely nestled in a forested canyon above the town of West Glacier. This smaller B&B style lodge was built in 2010 to LEED standards (environmentally friendly). Each private room has a full bath, 2 queen beds, AC, WiFi, Dish TV, daily maid service, and a full continental breakfast. Book your rafting, hiking, biking, and fishing adventure through the main office. Happy trails... See you in West Glacier! ... more   less 
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