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“Nice but overpriced”
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Belton Chalet
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in West Glacier
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Reviewed September 28, 2008

Our second night in the Glacier Park area was at Belton Chalet. The idea of staying at an historic, period-specific, property was nice but there's a limit to what that means. It certainly is not worth the 2.5x price of other, more basic, properties available in the area during the off season.

The rooms are clean but very spartan. The alarm clocks don't even have radios. Basic accommodations are understandable but not at this price.

Also - we were on the backside of the property and had no issues with train noise.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2008

My new husband and I held our Rehearsal Dinner at the Belton Chalet in June, 2008, and it was exactly as I had hoped it would be.

We used one of the cottages as home base for the girls in the wedding party. It was the most convenient location, close to Apgar Ampitheater in Glacier National Park, where we held our ceremony the next day. The cottage was absolutely charming with three bedrooms (super comfy beds) and a bathroom, all decorated the way it originally was in 1910. The Chalet, right next to our cottage, was a fantastic place for breakfast and mingling with folks as they started heading to the airport the next day.

The Rehearsal Dinner was held in the Terrace Room, located in the Lodge up the hill from the Cottages and Chalet. The food and service was incredible! We had Elk and Cobia, served family style. Our guests came from all over the country, and we wanted to give them an authentic Montana experience. I couldn't be happier with the whole weekend. I highly recommend the Belton Chalet for events, lodging, and dining near Glacier National Park.

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Thank Mountaina
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Reviewed September 2, 2008

On the last night of our 8 day trip in Glacier National Park we stayed at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier. This hotel was originally built by the Great Northern Railroad and over the years was not purchased by the government like some of the other Glacier Hotels. It recently went through $2Mil in renovations to restore it to it originally beauty.......and what a FANTASTIC job they did. The rooms are very reasonable...we paid $149 for a queen. They have a wonderful resaurant ~ our best meal of the trip ~ and a tap (bar) room.
If you have a chance .... stay here....we were glad we did! Next trip we will make sure we spend two nights here.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2008

This is a historic hotel - a lovely lodge building, nicely renovated. I loved our little room and it's simplicity, although the bathroom was possibly the tiniest I've had in a hotel. Everything feels old-fashioned, in a nice way. the BIG problem is the noise: up to 45 trains a day pass right under your windows. Amtrak and freight trains. What was worse was the trucks zooming by on Highway 2 all night long. Since there is no air conditioning, we had to keep the windows wide open, so there was no escaping the noise. They actually offer ear plugs at the hotel. The restaurant was enjoyable, but we sat outside, finding the indoor space very hot and stuffy. When we went to bed, there was still quite a bit of noise coming from the parking lot - cars revving their motors, etc.
All this noise is such a shame because the inn is so lovely but there's no way you will get a decent night's sleep - unless you are significantly hard of hearing.

  • Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed July 31, 2008

We stayed at the Belton for the second time, staying at one of the Lewis and Clark Chalets. The property is beautiful and relaxing, with no telephones or TV. We did notice that they no longer offer a continental breakfast as they did 3 years ago. The road noise is very bad as well early in the moring as the Chalet is next to the Hwy 2. Overall, we felt our stay was not as good as the 1st time and that the service has fallen as well and we may look at other proerties when visiting Glacier National park.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Thank JAreg
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Reviewed July 3, 2008

We just returned from a very warm three night stay at the Belton. Although they advertise rustic, we were unprepared for just how few amenities are provided. We did not mind the small room, lack of TV or phone but found it difficult to get settled in because there is nowhere to put anything! Even the ice bucket has to go on the floor. With day temperatures in the 90's, a room on the second floor, and a small fan for cooling, we found it very difficult to get cool enough to sleep. The towels and other linens are in serious need of upgrading. They were something you would find in a Motel 6.

The staff was very nice and informative. The only staff issue was that we were told we would have to change rooms after two nights so we packed up everything befor we left for the day. When we returned for the evening, we found they had not switched our room so the packing we had done that morning had been for nothing. It wasn't a huge deal, just annoying.

We ate the first evening in the Belton Restaurant where the food was good but not outstanding. They were pretty slow getting to us but after that, the service was fine. The biggest issue was how very hot it was in the dining room! Very uncomfortable.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank FLBeachLady
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Reviewed June 29, 2008

This quaint little hotel sits right on the highway that borders Glacier National Park. The railroad is right across the highway which is not a problem if you are a deep sleeper. The clicking of the train was not the problem--it was the LOUD tooting of the horn that nearly knocked me out of bed. We had the rooms at the front of the Hotel and maybe the rooms at the back would be a bit better. This creaky old hotel was very clean but the bathroom or perhaps shower with toilet room would be a better description--was small even by European standards. We had a room with a balcony. The balcony had 2 old chairs and a little table on it. No phones, tv, etc. NO closet only a few hooks on the wall. The sink was in the room and also a Q bed with a small desk and a night stand. One chair over by the sink served as countertop since the sink was free standing with only a mirror. The floors were old wood with a throw rug or two. VERY creaky! It was fine for one night. We played cards and ping pong in the basement of the hotel. But the second nite a wedding was being prepared for and so we could not go into the basement to do any activities. NO elevator. So if this problem book the lower floor but I would think that the lower floor would have a problem with the creaking floors above you. They have a couple of Family cabins to rent that were even closer to the road/train tracks. I didn't look in them but I was told they could accommodate up to 8 in each. The family I saw using it had 2 children with 2 parents. There was a meadow further up behind the hotel but we never "hiked" to it. If you like quaint old hotels with creaky floors and old fashioned ambviance and not much in the way of amenities then this is the place for you. $165/night incl dinner at restaurant next door. This was a Spring special!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: 12575 Hwy 2 East, PO Box 206, West Glacier, MT 59936
Location: United States > Montana > West Glacier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in West Glacier
Price Range: $164 - $372 (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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