St Mary Lodge, Cabins and Motel
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We got our day started around 6:30 AM today by having breakfast at the lodge, eggs and granola, and heading to the trail head at Many Glacier for Iceberg Lake. We did decide to take the hike up with the ranger. The speed was relatively fast but we did stop often for the ranger to talk about the park, animals, and the hike. The hike back down was …
Today was not a very eventful day. Joe went down the local Ford dealership at 7:30 AM MST to have them drain the transmission fluid and change the oil. The tires were getting really, really bad on the front end so we got new tires today as well.
The transmission fluid was bled but we do not know if the excess fluid caused any damage. Ford …
... not need to use the restroom because he had wet his pants twice in the last 30 minutes!!! I did not even stick my head out the door in this Indian town for fear of being blown away. After lunch we had more of the same until we reached St. Mary's at the east entrance of Glacier National Park. We were disappointed to find that the Going to the Sun Road is only open 1 mile on this side and 15 on the west side ...
... we don’t have them back east) makes a perfect "whooshing" sound.
The one downside to being up here is that they scare the wits out of you about bears. There are warnings everywhere – in the information they give you when you enter the park, at every center, even in the midst of the woods on the trails. My friend Janine warned me about this, but I still found myself a little paranoid hiking through the forest alone ...
... fields of different colors - so picturesque. There are huge wind turbine farms here, too, and when we were going through a town, we saw a blade on display with some signs explaining exactly how they work. Boy are they big! They are pretty quiet, though, just making a whoosh, whoosh, whoosh sound.
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Typical National Park Lodging
We stayed at St Mary Lodge on September 4, 2004. The website is less than useful for information on the main lodge. Like most lodging facilities in national parks this lodge was built more than 60 years ago and since there are such limited choices remodeling and amenities are not a priority with these properties.
The total size of our lodge room was 12x15 feet and this included the bathroom and closet. We paid $117 for a room which out in the "real world" would sell for $35-40 per night. Some may view such facilities as "rustic", but at $100+/night I want comfort, space and amenities.
If the Snow Goose Grill is really one of Montana's best resturants, the citizens of Montana have my sympathy.
Our room in Great Bear Lodge in September 2004 was gorgeous!!! The decor was amazing - very deliberately picked out. (The extra large chair was particularly appealing!)
Wish we had made reservations earlier & had gotten in the Lodge. We had to settle for the 149 per night motor lodge rooms which we very clean but small & paper thin walls (no alarm clock or complimentary coffee), very basic for that price to me is outrageous. The suites in the lodge were 199 & we would have paid more for all those amenities I read about. So make reservations ahead of time if you want better accomadations.
Loved the Great Bear Lodge
We spent 3 nights in the Great Bear Lodge in the Resort at Glacier in St Mary, MT. If you are looking for a place on the eastern side of the park -- this is IT! The rooms were great, service in the restaurant was excellent, and they also have a large coin laundromat on site. But nothing can compare to the sunrise in St Mary. The mountains turn red in the mornings! What a beautiful way to start the day! The Resort at Glacier has other accomodations, but spend the extra money for the 2nd or 3rd floor rooms in the Great Bear Lodge. You will not regret staying there!
We booked a Glacier Cabin at St. Mary Lodge after speaking to the reservation clerk who assured us the quality of the cabins outside the main lodge was excellent. While the lodge was beautifully situated and looked beautiful from outside, the Glacier Cabins are an assortment of tiny structures, with rooms barely larger than the beds they contained, crowded together and situated with no view, on lower ground across the highway from the lodge, and away from the mountains. Several of the cabins had been boarded-up, giving the appearance of a shanty-town from our window. We asked to be upgraded regardless of the cost and were told there was no room in the lodge for three people. We agreed to move to a larger cabin known as the "Guest House" with two dark bedrooms fifty feet from the Glacier Cabins, and at a significantly higher cost. We had none of the room features advertised on the internet or in the print brochure -- no view, no attractive space, and very poor beds.
Cabins were shabby, Lodge was great
Spent 3 nights in a Glacier Cabin plus 1 night in a standard room at the Great Bear Lodge. I was AMAZED at the difference in quality between the two. The cabins are satisfactory but pretty disappointing. They just seemed run-down. Mostly they need a lot of little fixes - floor boards missing, curtain rods barely screwed into the wall, wabbly tables, paint touch-ups, etc. However the lodge was in PERFECT shape. Everything looked brand-new! It seems obvious that a LOT of time and effort is spent on upkeep for the lodge but not on the cabins. My suggestion, spend the extra $ and stay in the lodge. Also wanted to mention that the Snowgoose Grill was FANTASTIC!!! We ate 2 dinners and 1 breakfast there - YUM!!! Best meals in all of Glacier! Try the Buffalo Meatloaf!
The hotel complex is certainly large. The pictures on the web have been doctored to make the place look different from what it does. What ever you do, do not let them put you up in the "West" lodge. It is a separate complex on the west side of the road from the main lodge. We checked in and were given our key. We were tired and looking forward to a nice shower and a rest. I tried and tried to open the hotel room and had no luck. I went back across the road and spoke with the front desk about this. They got another key and said to try it because the locks sometimes stick. I compared the first key to the second key and they looked totally different. We went back to the room and got in this time. The room was very small, musty smelling, and overall a disapointment. The tile in the shower was moldy and a big piece of plaster was missing from the bathroom wall. The door to the bathroom would not close all the way. The door to the hotel room had large cracks around it showing a huge amount of light. There was no deadbolt or deadbolt type device on the door. The metal piece that is normally on the door frame (that the lock interfaces with) was completely gone. This room was not fit to be stayed in (especially for $100/night). At this point my wife got on the phone and read the hotel manager the riot act. They moved us to the "East" lodge. Everything that was wrong with the first room was just fine with the replacement room. We tried dining at their hotel. It is fine if you like ok food, small portions, and high prices. The Park Cafe one block away has their act together with great food, desserts, and good prices. The hotel made things alright but.....should never have tried to pawn off the other room in the first place.
Nice place to stay. Price was okay. Lodge's common area is very pleasant.
Rooms were nice and clean, but a bit small. The common area at the lodge is a very nice place to hang out. Bar, comfy chairs, fireplace and nice views. The restaurant has good food and good service but is a little pricey and servings are not very big. The location is great, right by the entrance of Glacier National Park.