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Lake McDonald Lodge
pjcharles from: Atlanta, Georgia
Published Date: May, 27, 2021 Travel Date: May, 1, 2021 Rating: 3
Good property for national park
we stayed for one night. the rooms have been updated and the update was done well. The lodge is old, and the rooms are small. It is historic, but we were not real comfortable. However, if you want to stay in the park, it is one of the better options.
- Rooms: 3
- Value: 3
- Service: 3
annakc070317 from: Chicago, United States
Published Date: May, 26, 2021 Travel Date: May, 1, 2021 Rating: 2
Ugh, I couldn't wait to get out of this hotel. In fact, we actually ended up checking out a night early and staying at a Residence Inn in Kalispell instead (where we had a wonderful experience).
Where to begin?
1) This is NOT a place for young folks to stay. Each night, my husband and I hung out in their lodge by the fire, and each night we were the youngest people there by at least 40 years. Want more evidence of this? Read on...
2) There is NO internet. I repeat: NO INTERNET. The lodge offers a 24-hour free internet pass that only works for about 3 minutes every 5 hours or so. At some points during our stay in Glacier, we found that we had better cell reception in the middle of a deep forest hike than we did at the Lodge! If being able to check your email, voicemails, text messages, social media, or even just knowing you are able to make an emergency call if needed is important to you, then DO NOT STAY AT LAKE MCDONALD LODGE.
3) My husband and I stayed in a cabin. At first appearance, the bathroom looked exceptionally clean and bright. Then, I slowly started to notice more and more small bugs appearing all over the bathroom (and our window in there was closed). Totally gross. Beyond that, when we'd turn on the faucet to wash our hands or our face or brush our teeth, the water dribbled out. Getting water onto my toothbrush was harder than staying inside for all of 2020.
Between the total lack of internet, the limited food availability at the lodge (and the food was extremely mediocre), the water that would barely come out of the faucet, and the rooms that were so extremely dim-lit and depressing (seriously- even in broad daylight, our room felt like an underground prison), I really don't know why anyone would stay here. Yes, it's one of the only open lodges to stay at in Glacier... but I would rather drive 30-40 minutes to reach the park each day and stay outside of Glacier in an actually nice hotel than stay INSIDE the park and feel like I'm stuck in internetless black hole.
Do yourself a favor and unless you're above the age of 70 and don't give a hoot about wifi and just want to enjoy your mediocre grilled cheese "to-go" sandwich and stare out at the lake, DON'T STAY HERE!!!!!!!!!
- Value: 1
- Location: 5
- Service: 2
Ross D from: Spokane, Washington
Published Date: May, 23, 2021 Travel Date: May, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
Kirtland Cutter Masterpiece
Visited the lodge on a trip to Glacier NP. The lodge is very impressive and we were happy that we visited. The lobby is open and three stories high. It is adorned with many mounted animals and birds. It features the biggest fireplace I have ever seen. Hand hewn beams and paintings abound. We are from Spokane and are familiar with Cutter's designs as he is responsible for much of our historic buildings at home. The drive is well worth it and the scenery along the way is unmatched! We did not stay there so I can't comment on the rooms.
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Mar, 27, 2021 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Stayed in the Cobb Suite. Room was great with exceptional large bathroom. No ac but did have tv. A very rare situation in glacier. Wifi better than expected. Food service was takeout only. General store has good food options for lunch and breakfast.
phat_dawg_21 from: Alpharetta, Georgia
Published Date: Oct, 26, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
We enjoyed our two night stay at this historic lodge.
The room was larger than we expected, as was the bath. It is certainly not modern, but it was clean, and everything worked as it should.
The bed was comfortable.
We found plenty of available parking both nights
There was no Wi-Fi or Television in the room. We were told there was Wi-Fi in the lobby, but it was too weak for our devices to connect.
We enjoyed the collection of animals and artifacts in the lobby; and the building itself is architecturally significant.
- Rooms: 4
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 4