My family and I stayed at Belton Chalet for 3 nights.
First, a few things I wasn't impressed with:
I reserved three rooms many months in advance via telephone. When I arrived at the hotel, I was given the option to take all three keys, even though the rest of my family had not arrived yet. I took the keys to examine all three rooms but then gave two of them back so my family could collect them when they arrived. A few hours later, I knocked on the door of one of the rooms I was told was mine, and found another couple in it! When I went to the desk to ask what was going on, they told me I was given the wrong key to begin with. Very odd, especially since this second room was right next to ours. I'm also not sure why I wasn't informed of the mistake.
The floors creak and squeak no matter where you walk, although I suppose that is to be expected from a 100+ year-old hotel. I felt bad for the people in the room underneath ours as I got up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, or really early in the morning before a hike. Anyone staying here should definitely ask for a second-floor room. The trains didn't bother me at all, although they do run all through the night as others have mentioned. The rooms are small and the bathrooms very tiny, but again, it's a historic hotel so I was expecting as much. Finally, I didn't have good cell phone reception but that's hardly the hotel's fault.
Now for the good stuff. The hotel is beautiful, and there really isn't anything better than sitting on the porch in the evening looking at the mountains. The fireplace in the lobby is wonderful, and it made for a great meeting area for my family to gather before heading out, or to talk. The restaurant had wonderful food and great service. The location of the hotel just can't be beat for it's proximity to the west Glacier entrance. The rooms were clean and they gave us plenty of towels. They offer free Wi-Fi, although there are no TV's, a/c or phone. They do provide plenty of electrical outlets, so if you are in need of TV or Internet just bring your own device(s). There is a gas station with a gift shop and restaurant within walking distance that we went to for breakfast and dinner a few times and the food there was decent. The pottery that they sell in the lobby is beautiful and I ended up buying some for my family as gifts. I would recommend Belton to family and friends on the conditions that they know it's not an upscale hotel with all the amenities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a 1910 National Historic Landmark hotel built by James J. and Louis Hill of the Great Northern Railway. After being closed for fifty years, the property underwent a three-year restoration completed in 1999 and is now a National Historic Landmark. The Belton Chalet was the first chalet built for Glacier Park and the park’s first winter headquarters. Belton Chalet, family owned, once again welcomes guest from across the world. Thank you for being our guest and a part of our history. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belton Chalet West Glacier, Montana
- Belton Chalet Hotel West Glacier