My parents, aunt and I booked the Wapiti cabin at Great Northern based on the reviews posted on this site. Our first reaction upon seeing the cabin was dismay – it gives a very unpleasant first impression. Once we spent some time there though, we realized it wasn’t that bad.
The problem with this place is the lack of attention to detail. As you walk up to the office from the parking lot to check in, you’re greeted by a terrace garden full of weeds and dead/dying flowers. It looked as though someone had planted it in the early summer, and then completely forgot about it. Other establishments in the area had beautiful flowers, so it wasn’t due to weather or time of year. The rest of the grounds, and to an extent the cabins, suffer similarly.
The deck and front entrance to the cabin were dirty, as were the chairs there. I realize that outdoor furniture gets dirty, but for the price we paid ($235 USD per night), I don’t expect to have to clean chairs before I can sit down. When we entered the cabin it looked dark, gloomy, sparse, and dirty. On closer examination, it was fairly clean (except for the filthy, bent, metal horizontal blinds on all the windows). If they replaced the window treatments with something more in keeping with the rustic cabin theme, and opened them up to let some light in before guests arrived, it would help considerably. There was a small stack of old, worn mismatched (but clean) towels and potholders on top of the microwave in the kitchen that added to the initial sense of grime. A few new matching linens, which can be obtained at minimal expense, would brighten up the kitchen area immensely.
The main problem we encountered was the lack of furniture. The cabin’s three queen-sized beds allowed for sleeping room for six, but there was only room for three to sit comfortably in the living room area. A single couch and a wooden bench for two, along with the two wooden benches that went with the dining table were the only places to sit. In addition, the couch is placed facing the dining table. If you want to sit on it and look at the fire or watch TV, you have to rearrange the furniture. The inadequate lighting is all placed overhead, which gives the rooms a dark, gloomy look and feel. Some table lamps would help considerably. Upstairs, there are no closets and only one armoire in the loft area for hanging clothes. The only dresser was located in the other bedroom area. If you were there with another couple, you’d have to go into each others’ rooms to get your clothes. It’s as though the owners/manager never visualized staying there or gave any consideration to functionality.
We also had trouble with the electrical outlets – about half are loose from the wall and won’t hold an appliance plug. There was no hot water the last night, and although none of the circuits were tripped, flipping them seemed to restore power to the water heater.
There was some noise from the highway out front and the railroad down the way, but probably not enough to bother most people.
It’s sad that there is so little attention to detail and upkeep, because this could be a really nice, comfortable place. The scenery is magnificent. As it is, it’s merely clean and basic, which if OK, but not at the prices charged.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 5 log cabins provide a perfect base camp for exploring beautiful Glacier National Park. Enhance the quality of your Montana adventure vacation by staying in a custom made log cabin designed especially for you. Enjoy a full kitchen with all linens, dishes and cookware. Resort activities include whitewater rafting and fishing trips, as well as paddle board rentals. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great Northern Hotel West Glacier
- Great Northern Whitewater Hotel
- Great Northern Resort West Glacier, Montana