West Glacier Hotel: Glacier Guides Lodge

West Glacier hotel Glacier Guides Lodge

Glacier Guides Lodge Rated #1 West Glacier Hotel on Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor awarded Glacier Guides Lodge, our West Glacier Hotel, its Certificate of Excellence from 2011 to date!

GLACIER GUIDES LODGE

Relax after a great day of adventure in Glacier National Park at Glacier Guides Lodge.  We are only half a mile from “downtown” West Glacier and Glacier National Park. Our Lodge is tucked into a quiet, forested canyon. It is a great base for rafting, hiking, biking, and fishing with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft. Daily complimentary continental breakfast is largely organic and locally sourced.

Our West Glacier hotel is built to many LEED certified specifications. We take pride in leading the way, environmentally speaking. TripAdvisor recognizes us as a Green Leader, too!

TripAdvisor West Glacier Hotel Green Leader

Teal was so helpful in every way! She provided me with bear spray, and set me up with a rafting trip and bicycle during my stay. The lodge itself was lovely and the WiFi was great, which makes a huge difference when you’re trying to communicate with family/friends outside the wilderness. Would definitely recommend Glacier Guides to anyone traveling through this area in the future! Thanks for a wonderful trip. -Kristin A.

We will definitely be back. Thank you for such attention to detail and keeping the experience of your guests so serene and relaxing while being respectful to the environment. -Joyce F.

This 12 room lodge again and again combines loveliness and tranquility on the one hand and modern practicalities on the other. Situated immediately outside of Glacier National Park at the end/beginning of the famous Going-to-the-Sun road, Glacier Guides Lodge was a wonderfully restful place to come back to after a day’s hiking in the park. Our room was lovely–quite literally, all you see outside is trees, except for looking down to a field of daisies or walking out the door to your own private table with petunia and geranium pots. In addition to this atmosphere of tranquility, again and again we found details large and small thoughtfully put in place for guests. Nice (also green) toiletries, excellent breakfast (cereals, breads, huckleberry jam, hard boiled eggs and yoghurt, juice, very good coffee), very good free wi-fi (unfortunately no cell reception but handphone available), guidebooks for hiking and fishing. Teal, the manager, was extremely efficient and also kind. She is filled with information, thoughtfully arranged for us to have breakfast 1/2 hour early one day when we needed to arrive early in the park, packed a $15 lunch to take on the trail which was big enough for two of us. Excellent beds. … My only regret is that this get away is not closer to home–we would use it frequently. If we are ever back in the area this is where we will stay. -Luca

If you need a base in West Glacier to begin or end your journey, I highly recommend Glacier Guides Lodge. It’s not only conveniently located to the train station and restaurants and the national park, but the staff are warm and welcoming. My husband & I disembarked the train at the West Glacier depot after a 24 hour train journey. When we arrived, it was dark and our train was 3 hours late. Disoriented, tired, and unsure of where we were, I saw a figure emerging from the darkness, calling out our names. Who was this stranger? It was Don from Glacier Guide Lodge. He had stayed up and waited for our train to arrive and walked down the hill to greet us at the train station. He wanted to make sure we found our way OK and make sure we had everything we needed. They had already told us they would leave a key for us and we could make ourselves at home. When we reached our room we were greeted by a hand-written personal note from another staff member who wanted to make sure we contacted them if we needed anything. The lodge itself seems an expression of the love the owners/managers / staff have for the place. It was clean, comfortable, and filled with many touches that gave you a sense that people genuinely care about your stay and want you to have the best experience exploring the area. It was like traveling in a different time – we were genuinely welcomed to the area and greeted with kindness.

Crystal

The lodge was great. The location, the staff, both perfect! The room was comfy and the breakfast was healthy and filling. We loved all the green features. Wish we would have had time for a raft trip. We could walk to the park entrance and many restaurants! The lodge was peaceful and quiet.

Linda

I discovered Glacier Guides Lodge when I booked a whitewater rafting trip with Glacier Guides & Montana Raft Company. We were only booked for one night because we wanted to explore the area as much as we could. But we loved the lodge so much that we decided to come back for a second night. The manager for our trip, Doug, was most helpful in telling us the hidden secrets of Glacier NP. He has been living in the area for over 20 years, so there was plenty of places we were able to see because of him. The beds were comfy and the room was cozy. The staff and other guests made you feel like friends and our stay that much better! I cannot say enough about this place! On our next visit, we will definitely stay here again!

Kelly

If you need a base in West Glacier to begin or end your journey, I highly recommend Glacier Guides Lodge. It’s not only conveniently located to the train station and restaurants and the national park, but the staff are warm and welcoming. My husband & I disembarked the train at the West Glacier depot after a 24 hour train journey. When we arrived, it was dark and our train was 3 hours late. Disoriented, tired, and unsure of where we were, I saw a figure emerging from the darkness, calling out our names. Who was this stranger? It was Don from Glacier Guide Lodge. He had stayed up and waited for our train to arrive and walked down the hill to greet us at the train station. He wanted to make sure we found our way OK and make sure we had everything we needed. They had already told us they would leave a key for us and we could make ourselves at home. When we reached our room we were greeted by a hand-written personal note from another staff member who wanted to make sure we contacted them if we needed anything. The lodge itself seems an expression of the love the owners/managers / staff have for the place. It was clean, comfortable, and filled with many touches that gave you a sense that people genuinely care about your stay and want you to have the best experience exploring the area. It was like traveling in a different time – we were genuinely welcomed to the area and greeted with kindness.

Crystal

Cozy lodge with very comfortable rooms, each with it’s own fireplace. The buffet each morning offered lots of healthy choices, fruit, fresh baked goods, yogurt, and more. Comfortable common areas for reading and visiting. Best of all was the hostess, Amanda, who gave tips on what to see, what was open (we were very late in the season) & just made us feel at home. It was more like visiting a friend than staying in a hotel. We will definitely come back again.

Shannon

We Strive to Leave Only Footsteps at Our West Glacier Hotel

Rooms

  • Pine Writing Tables + Nightstands: locally handcrafted for the Lodge by Amy Nadeau in Whitefish, Montana.
  • Dressers: handcrafted by Mark Holmes, Rustic Furniture Ranch, Bitterroot Valley, Montana.
  • Mattresses: built in Bozeman, Montana at the Mattress Mill.
  • Headboards: made in the USA – we think in Wisconsin.

Linens

  • Sheets + Towels: if your towel is hanging up, we assume you are comfortable using it again. We will change your sheets every third day unless you request otherwise. Linens all sewn in the USA.
  • Laundry: we have an energy and water efficient in-house laundry. No transportation footprint – some sheets in West Glacier travel 70 miles each time they are laundered!

Bathrooms

  • Concrete Vanities: Rob of Town Ocean Concrete created each vanity in an old school house in Olney, Montana. Each vanity was polished to expose local rock on the edging. Each also contains it’s own unique artistic feature, such as an imprint of a dragonfly, colored glass, etc.
  • Toilets + Shower Heads: low flow for water reduction.
  • Soap + Shampoo: we made a conscientious decision not to use individually wrapped and packaged soaps and shampoos. Instead, we use dispensers and refill them with high quality shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and hand soap. It is estimated that half a million of those little shampoo bottles end up in landfills every day.

Kitchen

  • Dishes + Cutlery: we use washable and reusable plates, cups, mugs, and flatware for our breakfast service. No plastics or styrofoam.
  • Coffee: we serve Montana Coffee Traders shade grown, fair trade coffee, roasted in Whitefish, Montana.
  • Recycling: is limited in Montana, but we recycle everything that we are able to.
  • Dining Tables: specially crafted for the Lodge from recycled steel by Flower Bartholomew and Hannah Plumb of Elements of Design, Whitefish, Montana.
  • Chairs: the wooden chairs throughout the Lodge, along with the buffets in the dining area, were real from local estate sales.
  • Wagon Wheel Chandelier: once hung in Wayne Newton’s barn. Danke Schoen, Wayne!

Lodge

  • Lighting: we use florescent and LED lighting.
  • Insulation: we used high R value insulation to reduce heating and cooling loss.
  • Carpet: low VOC levels. Volatile Organic Compounds are those nasty things you don’t want to breathe, but help things dry faster.
  • Paints + Stains: also low VOC.
  • Doors: handcrafted from local timber, 15 miles from here, at RBM Lumber.
  • Timber + Windows: largely sourced from the Pacific Northwest.
  • Computer Desk in Lounge: also handcrafted by Mark.
  • Landscaping: mostly consists of native plants that don’t require daily watering.

Directions to Our West Glacier Hotel

Glacier Guides Lodge is located in West Glacier, just across the street from the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and the Going-to-the-Sun Road.  Turn onto Highline Boulevard and continue up 400 feet up the hill. Highline Boulevard is across the street from the Amtrak Depot, just off Hwy 2 East, east of Glacier National Park’s entrance. There is a Glacier Guides Lodge sign marking Highline Boulevard, too.

The address is 120 Highline Boulevard, West Glacier, Montana 59936.

Click here for Google Maps directions to the Lodge.

West Glacier Hotel Amenities

  • Two queen beds & full bath in each room.
  • Continental breakfast included – largely locally and organically sourced. Changes daily but typically includes fresh fruit, baked goods, granola, cereals, and various proteins, such as hard boiled eggs or quiche.
  • No pets allowed.
  • Daily maid service.
  • Non-smoking.
  • Free Wi-Fi and DishTV.
  • Small refrigerator in each room.
  • Air Conditioning.
  • Hair dryer in each room.
  • Microwave available to use in the Dining Room. Complimentary coffee and tea available in the Dining Room.

Would you like a trail lunch for your adventures in Glacier? We are happy to provide them with advanced notice. $15 each. Call 406-387-5555.

2020 Glacier Guides Lodge Rates

*No more than 2 guests per room. Party of 3 or more requires 2 or more rooms. Applies to families with children. If you’re looking for family accommodations, please check out our charming Guest House!*

Spring and Early Summer Season:
May 1st – June 14th: $171.00 per room ($182.97 including Montana’s lodging tax)

Summer Season:
June 15th – September 22nd: $235.00 per room ($251.45 including Montana’s lodging tax)

Autumn Season:
September 23rd – October 15th: $171.00 per room ($182.97 including Montana’s lodging tax)

Winter Season:
Closed, but entire Lodge can be rented for special events upon request.  Advanced reservations only. Not available for individual room reservations.  Call for details. 406-387-5555

Wondering what there is to do in the early and late seasons in and around Glacier National Park? Check out this blog post!

More West Glacier Hotel Rate Info

  •  7% Montana accommodations tax not included in the rates.
  • No more than 2 guests per room. Party of 3 or more requires 2 or more rooms.  If you are a party of more than 2, inquire about Glacier Guides Guest House.
  • Check In begins at 4 pm and Check Out is at 10 am.
  • If you are running late for check-in, please call our office at 406-387-5555 by 5pm. If you are unable to reach us, call 406-888-9009.

Reservation Policies

Reservations at our Lodge require a 50% deposit at booking. The remaining balance is taken 14 days ahead of the reservation date. If you book your room reservation within 14 days of the reservation date, the total reservation price is due at booking.

Cancellation Policies

Any cancellations made prior to 14 days of the reservation date are charged a $25 per room cancellation fee. No refund is given for cancellations received after 4 PM 14 days prior to the reservation date.

Even in cases of last minute trip cancellations on your part due to personal injury or an emergency, we must adhere to our cancellation policy. We recommend you purchase a travel insurance plan that will cover such instances. Contact Travel Guard, AAA, your personal insurance carrier or credit card company.