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Izaak Walton Inn
ABlack1601 from: Ormond Beach, Florida
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 21, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Vintage Throwback with some modern comforts
First, we knew to expect no cell service and WiFi bc of the website. You can sit in the lobby for better WiFi but don’t expect it to be able to download anything ☺️ you will lose service as soon as you get into the mountain pass on 2 so make sure you have any messages out or anything downloaded before then! Second, our room was so cute. We had the family suite and our family of 5 was very comfortable there! It had 2 queens, a twin, and a futon twin. The other rooms are fairly small in the style of older hotels from this era. The bathroom was a more modern addition though with nice water pressure and temperature. We were a bit unfamiliar with using the boiler / radiator but figured it out eventually. My only downside is there was no microwave in the room or access to ice/mini fridge. Which I totally know these things are not a given in hotels like this. Buttttt the restaurant (while delicious) gets expensive for a family! Families can expect at least $50-60 a meal even breakfast. and there’s not anything else close by.
That said the food in the restaurant was good. We had dinner twice and breakfast once. They catered a meal for the family wedding we were at too.
bethylane from: Missoula, Montana
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Sep, 7, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
My mom and I stayed at the Izaak Walton several years ago and it was wonderful. This time we just stopped by for breakfast and it was absolutely fantastic. Our server Cassie was amazing too, and I definitely wanted to make a TripAdvisor shout-out for her alone.
I waited tables in Glacier for five summers and I know it can be crazy busy, a whirlwind every single shift.. it was indeed super busy when we rolled up around 10:15; we were one of about five tables that arrived all at once and it’s not a very big restaurant. Big props to Cassie for being prompt and efficient and cool under pressure! Also big props to the kitchen for a fantastic breakfast. I don’t usually like eggs but I force myself to eat ‘em for the protein and I’ll be darned, those dang scrambled eggs were Actually Delicious. 😂
Published Date: Sep, 2, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Great Hidden Gem in Glacier National Forest
I was fortunate to visit this place and work remotely from here for 10 days. First the staff is excellent and the service was great; i ate in the inn restaurant about 10 times or more during my stay.they have a great breakfast and some very unique menu items for lunch and dinner....elk meatballs fantastic. They had nice indoor dining and an excellent patio with great views of the mountains and the train depot...very nostalgic. The bar downstairs is stocked very well and it actually the best on in that neck of the wood...very homey and quaint...again with great service from all the staff who serviced me. I did have the pleasure to utilize one of the lodges on site for my work day and I believe it was the Issac Walton Lodge. This house was large with everything you need . The access to Glacier National Park is only 30 mins via the West Gate and there is great fishing in the Flat Head River...water getting a bit low but it made the swimming excellent. This was a great getaway with so much to do and so much to see. Awesome 10 days
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
County-Hunter from: Tacoma, Washington
Published Date: Aug, 16, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
I really wanted to like this place, but...
There is no cell service. Well, ok that's not the hotel's fault, but there is no wifi. Despite what their website says, you won't be able to connect with your devices for more than a few seconds and this applies even if you are in the lobby. Well, Ok then, I'll go watch some TV, but there is no TV. Not in any of the rooms or in the lobby. Well, then I'll just go take a nap, except that it is 90 degrees outside and just as hot in the room and there is no air conditioning. There is a small, creaky ceiling fan but it makes so much noise that it made it hard to sleep. Well, no problem, I'll just go sit and watch the trains go by from my room, except that despite pre check-in correspondence stating that I wanted a trackside room, one was not available.
The only reason why this is not a one star experience is because the staff is very friendly and personable and willing to help out. The gal at the desk was able to get us a trackside room for our second night.
Also note that you are in the middle of nowhere. The entrance to Glacier NP is 30 miles away and there is no transportation so if you came in on the train like we did, then you are pretty much stuck.
Now I realize that a lot of people come here to get away from it all and if that is what you want, then this is the place for you.
- Rooms: 2
- Sleep Quality: 2
- Service: 5
Christine W from: New York City, New York
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 14, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Cute railroad-inspired lodge
Stayed here for 2 nights when we first arrived to Glacier. Great location in Essex, right in between the east and west sides, and a 10-min drive to Goat Lick Pass, to see mountain goats.
Room was comfortable, if not a little cramped, and we slept well both nights we were there. Amenities were more than sufficient.
There is no cell service in the area and the wifi is unreliable, but the front desk staff were always friendly and willing to answer any questions we had about anything.
More than enough parking, and the staff were always willing to accommodate my boyfriend, who uses a wheelchair. There isn't an accessible entrance, so they had to use a mobile wheelchair lift to get him in and out of the building.
Food was amazing at the restaurant, as well! We had both breakfast and lunch there, and everything we had was delicious. There is also laundry on the premises, as well. The sauna and hot tub were out of service, unfortunately, due to COVID-19 precautions.
Had a great stay overall and would not hesitate to stay here again!