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St Mary / East Glacier KOA Holiday
midlakewinter from: Somerville, Massachusetts
Published Date: Aug, 19, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Perfect place for seeing Glacier
We stayed a week in August (tent sites) for access to the east side of Glacier. Here's my summary. Location: can't be beat. Staff: friendly as heck. Tent sites: great - the woodchips soften the ground for sleeping. Facilities: ice cream, pizza, showers, laundry? what more could a hiker require? Bathrooms: busy in the busy times (7AM, 5PM, etc.) and clean until dirty from use. The traffic and fellow campers do what they do. 100% will be back for our next Glacier trip.
- Value: 5
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 5
tw1956 from: Dayton, Ohio
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Aug, 18, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Ok not great. Could b better
Not up to other KOA’s I have stayed. Roads need work. Need more showers/bathrooms. Overgrown. WIFI is horrible may as well not have it. Difficult to connect to keeps knocking you off. It is close to the entrance of the park E entrance and many glacier. Nice people.
sarah_ashl3y from: Naples, Florida
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 18, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
My husband and I had a great time here! We had a camper van (no hook ups) so we stayed in the tent sites in the wooded area. They were private and had a nice picnic table and fire pit - all we needed! Bathrooms were clean and spacious.
They also offered breakfast and a bbq dinner at the pavilion next to the pool (very delicious!) - there are hardly any places to eat in and around the park so this was such a great amenity for us! They also deliver fresh from scratch pizza to your site!
Other things we enjoyed:
- Heaters under pavilion for those chilly morning breakfasts!
- Coffee shop onsite
- Hot Tub
- Uku and Nomi at the Pavilion were always so friendly and accommodating!
We ended up staying here our entire trip because we loved it so much. Thanks so much for a nice place to rest after our adventures in Glacier! We will definitely be back!
rydley from: Minneapolis
Published Date: Aug, 12, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Great way to see Glacier
My ever-resourceful wife got us a cabin here when many other accommodations were sold out far in advance of our trip to Glacier and I have to admit I was skeptical of staying at a KOA since we are not really campers but I was happily proven very wrong. Our cabin was cute and comfy as heck, spotless and came with a nicely-equipped kitchen and great bathroom. The views were amazing. There were small trees surrounding much of the back of it and I, as a bird watcher, delighted in the evening viewings of hummingbirds and Bohemian waxwings. The camp store/office was always fully staffed with super-helpful people. The store itself had a great and varied range of gifts, groceries and beverages. Our kids appreciated the decent wi-fi by the lodge. (AT&T phones got no service in our cabin but others' Verizon phones did get service, in case that info is helpful to you all!) We rented paddleboards and swam in the pool (though admittedly the pool water was the coldest I've ever felt, despite the 85-degree days - how is that possible!? - made for a refreshing dip though!). It worked so well to have our place just outside the east entrance, as we were several mornings able to beat the crowds into the park to nab parking spots for some of the more popular hikes. Also, there were good bear and elk sightings along the park road in the evenings so we could have dinner in the cabin and then take in some nature to finish off the day.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
JCJake from: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Published Date: Aug, 10, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Cabin stay could be spectacular
But it was hot while we were there and our cabin was situated in such a way that the front porch and side patio were unusable except for early morning or after the sun went down behind the mountains. It might seem minor, really, but we are campers and the idea of not being able to maximize the outdoor area of this very nice cabin kind of made us a feel a little trapped. We did once move the outdoor table behind a pine tree to eat dinner but we all felt like we were hiding and just in an odd spot.
However, the cabin - deluxe cabin (dk02), 1 bed with pullout couch, is really nice and well thought out. The kitchenette was more than adequate for meals and almost every utensil and dish was available. Nice drip coffee maker, toaster, micro, frig/freezer, stovetop, etc.. (FYI, KOA, the microwave is barely sitting on it's shelf. We had to hold it in place when opening the door for fear of pulling it right off the shelf)
The bathroom was nice with fan, towels, toiletries (admit they were not my fav, though), and other necessities. Good water, too.
The full size bed in the bedroom was comfy. The pullout couch was not. We tried cramming 2 teens in that and they were unhappy as they rolled into each other at night. I'd recommend only 2 adults here and possibly 1-2 small children.
They have several amenities here which help make it enjoyable. A great camp store, pizza delivery (this time that was a fail unfortunately as our pizza was dried out and not hot upon arrival, but other times it's been great). They do a bbq and breakfast on site. The ice cream in the store is nummy, too. Bikes to borrow, a nice pool albeit not heated so not many takers. Hot tub is pretty popular, though. Only about 1-2 miles from Glacier entrance and less to town of St. Mary for a grocery and a few marginal eating places.
If we stayed again I'd certainly do a cabin but bigger if we bring our grown children. At our reservation time this was all that was available so we took it.
- Value: 3
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 4