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TravelPod Member ReviewsGlacier Park Lodge East Glacier Park
Eine Tourifalle der ganz üblen Art. Gibt/Gab nur leider keine Alternativen. Schweineteuer und nicht wirklich das Geld wert.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Glacier Park Lodge East Glacier Park
What a Dump!
If you have never visited a national park lodge such as the ones located in Yosemite or Yellowstone, you might be in awe of the one in East Glacier, Montana. Huge, several feet in diameter whole pine logs supporting the floors of this early 1900's building make for an incredible sight. Maybe so...but this place is a DUMP!
Shame on the National Park service for perpetrating this fraud on the general public!
The food is fair at best and the servers are the typical college kids trying to make some money during the season.
I had the 2-room suite that was suppose to be the best room in the place. What a farce! A sofa bed(I think), 2 end tables, a chest of draws, a table with four chairs and a bath were in the front room. A king size bed (without a mattress) and chest of draws along with a bath were in the bedroom, all this for $299 per night plus the Blackfoot Indian tax and other fees and taxes. The bathrooms are so small that a man my size (6'2 - 250lbs) has to use the shower sideways. The rooms were literally worn out! However, the real kicker is that no where on the website or the brochures of the company that manages this place is the disclosure of the fact that there are railroad tracks that run a couple of hundred yards in front of this place with freight trains...some a hundred cars long...hauling about every hour or so up and down the tracks, day and night! This will keep you awake. After two sleepless nights, my wife and I checked out. Oh, did I mention that they charge you $30 extra for checking out early?
Again, shame on the National Park service for perpetrating this fraud on the general public!
July 4th nightmare...
My family wanted to see Glacier Park. Thinking we would want to stay in the park, I called and asked where to stay. I was told the names of the different places and thought since it was the Glacier Park Lodge...it would probably be the best. Wrong! First, it's not in the park! They told me east Glacier, so I thought it was on the east side of the park...Wrong! Next it was way expensive for what you got! You need to pay before you come,too. If you cancel they charge way out fees! Next they bill you after you get there another amount...they don't even mention (I want to say another $20./room) We had a leaky facuet, a blind that did not close, no TV ...etc. I think a lawyer could make a fortune with a class action suit...of all who have stayed in this over-priced run down " JOINT "! It really would not have been so bad if the price were about 1/3 the cost it has some historic value if it were price right. There are cabins close for about 1/5 the cost. I don't know how available they are though. We had a terrible night! Thank goodness it was just one night!
My wife and I stayed at the Glacier Park Lodge August 10th, 2004. Stayed one night and that was one night too long. I would say that this is a great place to stop and look around and then move on......fast. I had booked a room with a king bed at a rate of $199 per night but after added taxes it came to almost $240. The room was in the south annex and was a very basic room. The bed was indeed a king bed but old. The bathroom was small and if you're claustrophobic you may not do well in the space. The room was noisy as the floors are wooden as one might expect from a lodge built in the early 1900's. There are no TV's in the rooms but there is one in the lounge. The lounge is adequate and dinner was suitable with a very friendly waitress. If you are after a rustic experience then this is the place for you it just wasn't what we expected and we didn't expect much.
Glacier Park Lodge
I had the misfortune to stay in this hotel recently.
The shower and bathroom where so tiny that it was diffucult for even a normal sized person to fit in it. The room was not air conditioned which made getting a good nights sleep during exceptionaly warm and humid weather impossible. The room was also noisy, you were forced to hear your neighbors business if you wanted to or not. The room was shabby, barely furnished and not particularly clean or well maintained. I did not appreciate paying #$160.00 a night for near flophouse conditions. I will never stay here again.
Radiators from hell while sharing the room with the nextdoor neighbors
We were looking forward to seeing the breath taking foyer and the ambience of all the wood tree logs that went into building the great lodge.Our first day there was very pleasant. We thought we had a room in the lodge but found they placed us in the Garden Annex which was just as large. We came prepared with a fan and ear plugs after reading prior reviews. The grounds were wonderful although there were no nearby established hiking trails. The $5 all day mini-golf was one of the best things there. The cocktail lounge has a beautiful view of the mountains.The restaurant was very cozy and the breakfast buffet the best we had anywhere. The Red Bus Circle tour for 8.5 hours was stunning and the best part of our stay. The hotel room itself had 4 doors. One led to the outside deck, one was an entrance to the room. A third led to another room next door and the door did not quite fit right so you could hear everthing next door as an older couple were in that room and see their lights on. A fourth door led to another room with 2 or more children who talked all night and again there were spaces above and below the door that revealed the lights and noise from the adjoining rooms. Basically we had direct visual and auditory connections to 2 other rooms.The second night was straight from hell as at 2:15 AM it sounded like someone banging on the radiator pipes with a hammer even with the radiator turned off. It was impossible to sleep even with ear plugs and the fan on. We called the front desk and they said nothing could be done at night. We went tothe front desk in the morning and the manager told us that they knew of the problem but it was an old hotel and "nothing could be done". We found out the next day that everyone in the Annex had a miserable night with the banging of the pipes.The only person that could sleep had brought a special headset to block out noise.We cancelled our reservation for a charge of $30 to avoid another sleepless night at $165+$9 for the Blackfeet +$11 tax ie $185 a night for a room noone could sleep in. The bathroom is tiny with a tiny shower stall and stingy shower head. We heard it was charming with ambience. Well it is charmingly OBSOLETE. They could put in electric heat as the room was full of pipes with plumbing for the fire sprinklers and do away with the radiators.The heated swimming pool is aged with missing tile around the edge and could be warmer.They could have insulated tight fitting doors to assure privacy.We gave up our third night to spend a wonderful night at the Hampton Inn in Kalispell. The Park is beautiful but this Lodge is one Aging Grand Damme in need of renovation to make it habitable. Don't go there on your honeymoon unless you want to share it with people in 2 other rooms.The noise problem is when it gets cold and they have to use the radiators - as if they never heard of bleeding out the air or changing the system if it can't be fixed.The secret here is to visit the lodge during the day and evening but sleep elsewhere.
Positive highlights include the site (magificent views), the architecture and the lobby (great, soaring trees as columns).
The positives end there. Terrible check in with poorly trained staff who must refer all issues to the manager. They gave away our reserved adjoining rooms to the tour groups who arrive en masse via buses.
Rooms were large and clean in the annex but spartan and not charming. Bathrooms were a joke with plastic-unit showers that just dripped water.
Restaurant was lousy. Pleasant staff but inefficiently run with poor ingredients and amateurish cooking. Try the diner in town -- walk under arch near the railway stop-- charming, authentic, homemade and fun.
Casino under the lobby was depressing and dark with its slot machine hussle for your dollars.
Pool is old fashioned and uninviting behind its chain link fence.
Overall, Glacier National Park is fabulous. This hotel, however, is poorly run. I would never go back.
East Glacier Lodge - Best in Park
Staying at this flagship lodge at Glacier National Park was a wonderful experience. The room was exceptionally clean and spacious with a lovely view. The lobby is spectacular. A great place to bring your family and spend quality time together and enjoy the great outdoors!
Charming but noisy
We stayed at the Glacier Park Lodge for a night in August 2003. I agree whole heartedly with the previous posting that it is quite noisy. I had a room with an adjoining door to another room. I could literally hear word for word thing said in the next room. It is way to spartan and noisy for the price they charge ($160?) The other problem is the food, which is very average. If staying there, I would definately eat off the property.
On the positive side, the lobby and grounds are charming. The view and location are fantastic. They has horse back riding, golf and a swimming pool right there. Most rooms also have shared porches, which are very nice.
Overall, it is a charming place just noisy and overpriced.
Awsome architecture, poor service
We stayed for four days in June, 2003. The rooms were clean, but furniture was old and sparse. The lighting was poor, but we were fortunate that the days are very long in June, so we had lots of sunlight. The huge trees in the lobby are a wonder to behold and they are very beautiful. However, everything in the gift shop was at least 50% more expensive than other retailers. There is very little soundproofing so you can hear all activity in the halls, upstairs and downstairs from your room. The hotel restaurant was the absolute worst experience of our entire vacation. It took over 90 minutes for the kitchen to prepare a simple hamburger. First they brought chicken, then they brought a cheeseburger, and then they brought a bloody undercooked hamburger. Allowing them the benefit of the doubt, we dined there a second time and the service was equally poor, not to mention overpriced. We have no plans to ever return.
East Glacier Park Lodge
I stayed at the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier Park while vacationing this summer and found it to be absolutely beautiful, grand and majestic. However, rooms being upwards of $150, I feel that I should have been able to have a hot shower in the morning. This was not possible. Also, the furniture, although beautifully antique, could use replacing and the service was not altogether friendly. All in all a good place but unforunately overpriced. Just a warning to other travelors.
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