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Kandahar Lodge
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Very Dated but convenient to the Ski Hill
User: TravelerChicagoarea from: Geneva, Illinois
Published Date: Jan, 20, 2020
Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
You really can’t beat the location if you are skiing. First the pros- staff was mostly very nice and helpful. The continental breakfast was certainly ample. The fireplace and lobby area were very cozy. Beds were clean and comfortable. The negatives - this is an old structure and hasn’t been updated in recent years. I was aware that there was no elevator, but you really don’t appreciate what that means until you arrive with all your gear and are given a third floor room (which incidentally is really the 4th floor). There is no food or drink available for lunch or in the afternoon. The Snug bar doesn’t open until 5pm. Speaking of the Snug Bar, this was the only place in the hotel where we got really surly service. The wine prices are absolutely out of line vs anywhere else in Whitefish- including some fairly upscale places. The rooms are so dark you really feel like you are in a cave. We took the lightbulbs out of the bathroom fixtures which were fairly bright and swapped out the bulbs in the lamps.
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Disappointed
User: CalGirl1982 from: Berkeley, California
Published Date: Nov, 27, 2019
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019
Rating: 2
We were so severely disappointed by this lodge. We had high hopes and planned an extended stay here. If you come, be aware of several issues. 1. Location. This is a 20 minutes or more drive away from town on a single winding road. You are very isolated up here and will have to travel back to town for groceries, dinner options or shopping. In the dark, this becomes a 30 minute drive. 2. NO Views. For all the isolation, you would expect stunning mountain views. There are NO views from the lodge or the rooms. The rooms have no outdoor seating and no balconies to enjoy. If you want to sit outside, you can do so in the front parking lot and share the space with arriving cars and motorcycles. You are essentially sitting in a parking lot....with limited views of trees. Many rooms point to an internal courtyard where you view other rooms. 3. Noisy. Yes, the lodge is old and therefore noisy. You hear footsteps in the hallway, neighbor's door closing and neighbors talking. If your room is on the end, you will hear the external door slamming as the smokers exit and enter. We were disturbed by the smokers' conversation just outside our window and the constant in and out. 4. Kitchen. We expected a kitchen where we could prepare meals and lunches for our hikes. This is NOT the case. there is a Fridge and microwave, but no actual kitchen space, no kitchen counter. It is NOT a functional kitchen at all. Forget about it. 5. Stairs. Lots of stairs in a curvy treasure hunt sort of way. Really a lot of stairs. This is tiresome with luggage and other equipment. 6. Breakfast. Very nice offering, but with only 5 tables, it's awkward. Either you are hovering for someone to leave, or others are waiting for you to depart and eagerly watching your table. 7. Smoking. In certain areas of the lodge you will smell smoke. The smokers' corner is directly adjacent to some rooms, not 20- 25 feet away as legally required. Staff at breakfast and housekeeping were terrific. They tried to help with service issues and were friendly. It was a pleasure to interact with housekeeping and breakfast staff.
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Great early September stay!
User: sjasis from: Allegany, New York
Published Date: Sep, 8, 2019
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019
Rating: 5
Great rustic old lodge, complete with wood-burning fireplace in the comfy lobby - and it was lit while we were there! Our room was a standard room with two queen (I think) beds. Definitely big enough, with room for 2 leather easy chairs, two bureaus with many drawers and a desk in the "bedroom" area. Plus a separate area with the bathroom, a deep utility sink and vanity, refrig, microwave, coffee makers and closet (with ironing board, iron, extra fan and extra blanket) and also a rack with hanging hooks in the vestibule. A wall air-conditioner high enough that it didn't blow on the beds, and a window that opened! (Something you rarely find at hotels anymore). Great for those who love fresh air. Great wifi, nice large screen TV. The complimentary breakfast was more than adequate with several bread options, (bagels, english muffins, etc), muffins, cereal, fruit, fruit juices, hard boiled eggs, meats and cheeses and of course coffee and tea! There is also a cafe and a bar on the premises with upscale food options for dinner. There are also "Kandahar Lodge" clothing and hats for sale. One of the things we used and really appreciated after a long day driving through Glacier National Park and surrounds, was a steam room and a hot tub! Also locker rooms with showers, and a workout room. All of this was included in a "wellness center" setting. I am not sure what else was included with this, as we did not use. I really enjoyed my stay there and would definitely go back again if ever in that area!
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Old world
User: Susan S from: Fairfield, Connecticut
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 6, 2019
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019
Rating: 3
The hotel was nice but a little outdated. I did not like the fact that the window opened into the courtyard and it was right at the ground level. I could not leave the window open. It was also about 15 minutes out of town. A little bit far away from everything.

Nice
User: Monica O from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 4, 2019
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019
Rating: 4
My husband and I stayed one night on a trip up to Glacier. Room comfortable and lodge was mountain charming. Dinner was the best food we had in Montana. A one night stay was perfect -as you are isolated up on the ski hill with not a lot to do during summer.

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