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“Beautifully restored and maintained historic building.”
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Belton Chalet
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in West Glacier
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 3, 2013

By far, the most authentic accommodation we stayed in and reminiscent of a bygone age. In fact, if you dine on the patio of the restaurant, you'll see the staff race out to form a line and wave at the train as it pulls into the railway station opposite!

Our room was on the first floor and the railway station/roadside aspect of the hotel with a private balcony. It had an ensuite shower-room. We felt like we had stepped back one hundred years as the bedstead, authentic bedding, lamps and even the light-switches were appropriate to era of the hotel. The room was clean, cosy and attractively furnished. (We live next to the main railway line in Calgary, so anticipated the need for ear plugs!) If you are a light sleeper, you will hear the trains going by, throughout the night. Also, you will hear noise in the corridor and doors closing as its an old building without modern sound-proofing or door-closing mechanisms.

We stayed for two nights in this hotel and enjoyed the experience. Yes, it is a noisy location and its an old creaky, historic building with uneven floors and room doors that can bang closed without careful attention (which guests are reminded about on checking-in) The restaurant is fantastic and we ate till we burst. Its a short drive to the entrance to the park and there is a well stocked supermarket nearby and a gas station a 30 second drive away.

We sipped wine on our balcony , late into the evening and enjoyed watching birds roosting in the trees opposite and a bat swooping past

We stayed at another property very nearby that was new and modern and had tvs, so if that what you are looking for, go there. If you want charm and nostalgia and to imagine how our wealthy ancestors lived, then stay at the Belton Chalet (but bring ear plugs! )

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Belton Chalet is a comfortable, vintage hotel built by the Great Northern Railway before there were roads in this part of Montana. That's why it's across from the train station. Those who complain about the train noise should just get out and hike in Glacier, they won't hear a thing, they'll be sleeping so well! I found the train sounds comforting and nostalgic. The floors creak, the showers are hot and strong, there's an old upright piano in the lobby that guests can play. The bed is comfortable, the breeze is great. Wonderful place to stay!

Room Tip: Loved room 42: Windows on 2 walls.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Stayed three nights. Excellent location for seeing west side of Glacier National Park. Lodge is hidden in trees on hill above the Belton Chalet Restaurant. Quaint comfortable lobby. Nice ambiance, lovingly restored building We made our reservations late (in April for July), so we had basic rooms on the second floor. NOTE: this is a historic hotel, so there are no elevators or phones & TV's in the rooms and no air conditioning. However, our room was quiet and comfortable. Is across the street from AMTRAK station so you could come here by train.There are nicer rooms with balconies on first floor and two beautiful cottages on the grounds. The Red Bus Tours (highly recommended) picks up at Lodge. Lodge has Wi-Fi but it a little quirky. Our Verizon cell phones worked fine but our relatives had trouble with their AT& T service. NOTE: Lodging in general in and around the park are old and somewhat basic. It is like stepping back in time. If you want modern luxury places to stay, go to Whitefish or stay in Kalispell.

Room Tip: Book early and stay on first floor rooms or rent a cottage.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

This review is for their restaurant only. I do have to say the hostess was helpful in getting us a table for nine people despite not having reservations. I asked if our "park tourist attire" was okay and she assured me it was. But after we were seated I got the feeling we were looked down on a bit. Just an uneasy feeling. But our money was as green as any of the other patrons. I started with the soup of the day and it was very good. On the recommendation of our waitress, I opted for the filet, medium rare. It was good, but it was far from the best steak I'd ever had. Service was okay. The waitress started out "snooty", but before we finished warmed up nicely to us! Glad we stopped there. Had driven past a number of times. Not sure if I would ever go back, though.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

The Belton was truly in the perfect spot to base ourselves for a few days of exploring Glacier National Park. We stayed in one of the cottages that had 3 spacious bedrooms, a big living room with fireplace and a front porch that looked out at the beautiful scenery of Glacier. Plenty of room for a family or 3 couples. Mini fridge,coffeemaker and microwave were great to have with plenty of coffee and tea available. ( they even had little cold 1/2 and 1/2s in the fridge). Clean, comfortable and a warm friendly staff made our stay at The Belton nothing short of wonderful.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Spent one night here after driving through glacier. The staff were great. We arrived later in the day to find the parking lot full and they shuttled the car around all night to make sure we had a spot. Did not make it down to the game room but thought that was a nice touch. The room was decorated in the style of the hotel and was nice. Had a slight issue with the faucet in the shower but it was no big deal. Staff was also helpful with recommendations for places to eat.

Room Tip: Ask to be on the back side away from road/train noise.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Now, keep in mind, this is not a quiet, out-of-the way Montana experience. The historic lodge is right on the highway and next to a railroad. It was a railroad hotel in its previous life. However, the experience is fun, the cabins and lodge rooms very well done and comfortable, the adjoining restaurant is superb, and you are just minutes from the entrance to Glacier National Park. Box fans in the rooms and earplugs make it very do-able!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Belton Chalet

Address: 12575 Hwy 2 East, PO Box 206, West Glacier, MT 59936
Location: United States > Montana > West Glacier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in West Glacier
Price Range: $255 - $277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Belton Chalet 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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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