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Historic Tamarack Lodge
josephkmoodlifter from: San Diego, California
Published Date: Apr, 26, 2020 Travel Date: May, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Good location for commuting to Glacier
This property is a mix of old (the lodge) and newer buildings. The main building isn't really all that lodge-like, if you're thinking along the lines of lodges you've seen at national or state parks. That said, it's got some charm to it and includes dining and some guest rooms (upstairs). We stayed in one of the lodge rooms for two nights. It was roomy (watch your head, low ceilings around the edge) but for our purposes would have been better with just one bed. The room was clean, the temperature was ok, the bathroom was fine. Getting up the stairs with large suitcases took an effort, so consider putting the things you need in a small bag and leaving the big stuff behind. If you want to sleep late, don't stay in the main lodge. Lots of activity early, with people prepping breakfast and all the other stuff to keep a hotel going. Stay in one of the other buildings and you'll most likely have a quiet experience.
busymom11 from: Utah
Published Date: Oct, 22, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Close to Glacier
We stayed in the Iceberg cabin. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. The hardwood floor and doors were beautiful. It was quiet and in a nice wooded setting. The cabin had two comfortable queen size beds, plenty of fluffy white towels, a spacious livingroom and bathroom, and a complete kitchen. There is only one bathroom, but it worked out great for the four of us.
The cabin is perfectly situated next to Glacier Nat'l Park. Our first night we were tired, so we ate at the on-site restaurant. The food was very good and reasonably priced with a nice atmosphere. We stayed with two couples and it was a nice getaway.
We had a little trouble with the cleaning staff one day, but Carolyn, the Finance Manager resolved it to our satisfaction. One thing I would change is they had a grease pot sitting on the counter by the stove. I would just ask guests to not put grease down the drain. It was pretty disgusting. (My grandmother saved her bacon grease for eggs, but it was used frequently. Amazingly, she lived to be 95.) The grease at the Lodge looked like it was decades old. Also beware, there is a tree right behind the Iceberg cabin. It looks like it has been backed into many times. We hit it with our bike rack, but were able to get a replacement part for the broken plastic. A few reflectors on the tree might be helpful:) Overall a nice place to stay just outside the park. I would stay here again.
- Rooms: 4
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 4
Barb S from: Bloomington, Minnesota
Published Date: Oct, 4, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Historic Tamarack Lodge is a beautiful place to stay. The cabins are wonderful - and the lodge itself is wonderful for breakfasts and dinners. You can also get fabulous lattes in the morning at the bar! The wait staff is amazing and very helpful.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 4
Andrew B from: East Grinstead, United Kingdom
Published Date: Sep, 30, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
One of the nicest accommodations in the area
There was something so great about this place. We come from a busy, urban area in Europe, so maybe it was just the peace, quiet and friendliness of the staff that did it but I would highly recommend this Lodge.
We stayed in one of the lodge rooms. It was very comfortable, and the bathroom was spacious and clean. There is good wi-fi for planning your day in Glacier NP and the parking is right outside.
The best part is the little bar and restaurant though. The staff were chatty, easy going and made us feel like locals. there was something cool about watching the game on the TV, sitting at the bar knowing you are surrounded by the beauty of Montana. The restaurant itself was very comfortable and the food was of a good quality and very reasonably priced for what you got. Also, the beer was ice cold and just what we needed after a long day in the outdoors.
You are only 5-10 minute drive to the West Glacier (Apgar) entrance and 20 minutes from Whitefish, which is a great little town.
This place is comfortable and practical for such a remote area and charges literally a third of what you would pay in the national park itself. No brainer.
- Value: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Brian E from: Santa Rosa, California
Published Date: Sep, 18, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Comfy, classic western lodge
First off, it's real, dating back to the turn of the past century. We had a room upstairs in the lodge, which was heavily wooded, dark, and quiet. A great place to sleep and recharge before heading back into the Park. The staff was very friendly and we had a wonderful breakfast downstairs. We also took the 300 yard hike behind it to the Beaver Pond, where we brought chairs and read, far removed from everyone and everything. Of particular note, there was a large wedding taking place while we were there. Having stayed at hotels where weddings were taking place that only ended when the cops arrived at four in the morning, I was apprehensive. But sure enough, right on the stroke of ten everything quieted down. I was really grateful to the management.
- Value: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5