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Izaak Walton Inn
Published Date: Oct, 22, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Not a Bad Place to Stay But I would bring my own food
We came for our anniversary and stayed in the blue caboose, it was nice and clean but the bed was very uncomfortable. Most of the staff were nice and helpful.
Our main complaint about our experience was quality of food in the restaurant. My husband ordered the fish and chips for $19. They were frozen fish sticks from FSA and the fries the same. To say the lease it was not good. The quality is not there for the price of the food. I had a NY strip with a salad for $32, they had cooked it nicely but the quality of the cut was not. If I had to guess I would say this frozen from FSA. I am from the area and know how many places you could get local from that are quality ingredients and I would have no problem paying that price. We had great servers that were happy and helpful. So we tried breakfast, all I can say is that it had absolutely no flavor. The potatoes were straight from a frozen bag that tasted like nothing. (You know this when they are uniform squares you buy in the freezer section at the store.) The scrambled eggs were over cooked and tasteless and the english muffin was burnt.
- Rooms: 4
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Service: 3
Published Date: Oct, 9, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Two night stay to see Glacier National
We had a nice time at the Izaak Walton Inn. Food in the restaurant was nice. Stay was overall a fun experience in a period hotel. Keep in mind, if the weather is warm, there is no air-conditioning in the hotel. Would surely stay again.
- Rooms: 3
- Location: 4
- Service: 4
ednib from: Renton, Washington
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 8, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Great Place at a Glacier Park
We took the train from Seattle and stayed at the Izaak Walton Inn. They pick you up at the train platform and will deliver you right to the hotel. The hotel is historic and a great part of Glacier National Park. Highly recommended
m0untainexpl0rer from: Melbourne, Florida
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 2, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
JJ Caboose Adventures in Essex
My wife and I had the opportunity to spend a few nights at the Izaac Walton Inn in one of their luxury cabooses.
As we approached the start of our trip, we learned that the area would be colder that normal and possibly experience snow. We packed our Parkas and headed to the Mountains.
We learned that UPS delivered to the Inn and arranged for some advanced supplies to be sent to the Inn which saved us a trip to the store.
The Caboose was well appointed and 100% refurbished with all of the amenities of home including a bedroom, upstairs bunk, bathroom and living room. The JJ Caboose is right across the way from the Inn which is convenient for dining, the downstairs Bar, gift shop and the front desk.
The Inn has a generator to supply backup power for the main Inn however this backup does not extend to the caboose or cabins. During our stay the town of Essex had a lightning strike that caused a town-wide power outage. There was no power to the Caboose for 6 Hours and no heat in the Caboose once the power was restored. Luckily the front desk let us borrow a flashlight however taking Ice Cold Showers without heat was not the best experience. The guests in the Inn had a better outcome so this may be a consideration in the winter season.
We had the opportunity to dine in the on-site restaurant for Breakfast and Dinner and enjoyed our experience. The train decor paired with the roaring 20's music in the background had a great nostalgic feel to the entire experience and the restaurant staff were great. Be sure to try the Elk Meatballs, they are the greatest.
The Inn sits on the BNSF Mainline with some great train watching activity throughout the day. The distant rumbling of the Diesel Engines provide enough time to walk to the bridge for some great photographs and observation. After the train passes, there are trails to explore to the National Park and through the property. Their collection of caboose, luxury engine and cabins make for great photographs.
There is limited Wifi in the hotel lobby, restaurant and downstairs bar to check email or research activities however it is nor the quickest. There is a TV in the downstairs pub however no television is provided in the rooms.
I would recommend (Depending on the season), working with the hotel to discover available activities in the area. Many vendors such as Sun Tours, Glacier Red Bus Tours and Raft Companies will pick up from the Inn. This is great if you are coming in on Amtrak without renting a car and want to check out the park without having to hire expensive Taxi Service.
Sun Tours runs later into September after the Red Bus Tours stop picking up at the Inn and go to Logan Pass and stop for lunch. Due to the weather, Logan Pass was closed during our stay however Sun Tours made it's way through the East Side of the Park to St Mary's and to the Canadian Border.
The Izaac Walton Inn staff were great to work with however plan accordingly considering the rural area and time of year if staying in a caboose/cabin during the off season and bring a lantern.
meyste from: Rockford, IL
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
The Issac Waltion provides an unique stay on the west side of Glacier. You can watch multiple trains, including the Amtrack, go by. The hotel has a rustic flair with most walls covered in honey stained wood. Check in was quick and easy, room a were clean and bed was comfy. We had a very nice meal in the dining room. Issac Walton has several down side items: No elevator to rooms which require multiple stair flights, rooms readily allow noise of hall, trains, and nearby rooms to be heard, beds in many rooms are full size(not queen), internet is very slow. All said, I enjoyed our stay.