Many Glacier Hotel
A bit of Switzerland in the USA
The largest of the Glacier National Park hotels. Situated near Grinnell Glacier and some incredible views and hiking trails, this hotel is modeled after a Swiss Chalet. Rooms are basic, old but well kept. Keep in mind all the lodges are 100 years old.
Unique Quality: Located on a lake with sightseeing boat and boat rentals. Sunsets over the balcony must been seen to be appreciated.
old historic charm
The Many Glacier Hotel is a fantastic old historical inn built in 1915. It is a classic national park hotel, made with lots of wood and breathing atmosphere. You could tell me it was haunted with ghostly guests of another era and I would not blink an eye. I would still gladly stay there too. Built much like an alpine Swiss hotel and in a setting even the Alps would envy, the sprawling old inn of 214 rooms offers rooms of all shapes and sizes to fit different budgets. The Value Rooms are a mere $142 and are simple, small and perhaps poorly located. The high suites are $285.
The lakeside Ptarmigan Dining Room is a great combination of rustic Americana and old time upscale camp. The Interlaken Lounge offers a more laid back place to grab a drink or something to eat.
Unique Quality: Though the hotel is good value, it was out of our range since we were traveling for six months. I will say, it is a place I would like to stay in one day but we did enjoy its facilities a few times. This great old hotel has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976 and as part of the national park, is open to the public even if not staying there. The lobby has an immense fire place and lots of seating around it. We had quite a few rainy cold days while camping at nearby Many Glacier Campground so came here a couple times to escape the awful weather. Nothing like sitting in a rocker by the fire, writing postcards or planning the next backcountry adventure. Well, it beats sitting in your cold tent!
Directions: Many Glacier Hotel is off Route 89 on the east side of the park. Enter the park at the Many Glacier entrance station and follow it nearly the its terminus. If you come to the Swift Current Motor Inn you've gone too far.
In the heart of the Mountains
Many Glacier Hotel is located in the “Switzerland of North America”. The hotel rests on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake in the heart of Glacier National Park. The Great Northern Railroad built this historic hotel in 1915. Many Glacier Hotel boasts a true Swiss atmosphere with alpine beauty that surrounds the five-story building.
Unique Quality: Just so you know, the hotel has no elevators. So if you're on the top, it's a long climb each day. When you go out, you'll want to stay out for the day. Don't forget about your luggage. The Bellhops have a multitude of duties. They'll haul it up for you, but you may have to wait if a tour just arrived.
Directions: Many Glaciers section of the park (east side) Located 12 miles west of Babb, MT in the northeast corner of Glacier National Park and 1 mile from Swiftcurrent Motor Inn.
Another Impressive Interior
As with Glacier Park Lodge, Many Glacier Hotel also has a very impressive internal construction, especially in the Atrium area where the huge logs and chains used in the construction allow the ceiling to be three stories high. Not only was the view great, but one of the hotel staff was playing classical tunes on the grand piano at the bottom right side of the photo.
Unique Quality: This hotel only operates for about 2-3 months of the year because the winter weather does not easily release its grip so deep into the mountains. We noticed that our room windows were only a single pane thick and our door was made out of wooden slats that did not fit tightly together. With the window open, the wind off the lake was whistling across the room and getting out through the various cracks and poor seals on the door. Using the door in these conditions required you to hold onto it with both hands to keep the door from slamming closed. That did not bother us, the rustic atmosphere was great and the beds did the trick.
A dock for the cruise boat 'Chief Two Guns' was located at lakeside, very handy for our Grinnell Glacier hike in the morning. We also enjoyed watching the sun slip behind the western mountains as the evening wore on (3rd photo).
There was no TV or internet access at the hotel nor elevators to carry luggage up the 2 or 3 floors that might be required. Our assigned room here was again in the middle of the range of $125-250. Although the quoted rate was US$148, the Room tax and Utility surcharge along with the $15 Parks booking fee brought the final tab to $177.
Best Location in the Park!
After driving up from Glacier Park Lodge, we arrived in the Many Glacier area at about 11:30 AM, too early to check into our next stop-over at the Many Glacier Hotel. This was taken care of by a short hike to Apikuni Falls where we had a picnic lunch, before we returned to go through the hotel formalities during the afternoon. This is a fantastic area of Glacier NP, the one we enjoyed the most because of the activities that are available, its location deep within the Park and the Lodge itself. This is the view of the Hotel's Annex 2 as seen from the elevated hotel parking area and looking out over Swiftcurrent Lake to the mountains beyond. The second photo is just swung a bit to the right and shows the Lobby and Annex 1 complex where we stayed. Upon returning from our Falls hike, we drove past the Hotel and took two photos looking back at the Hotel from across the lake - it looks like quite an impressive structure in the first shot but this largest of the Park's hotels pales into insignificance once you show the surrounding mountains!
Unique Quality: Construction of this hotel by the Great Northern Railway ran parallel to that of Glacier Park Lodge, with the Lobby and Annex 1 being built in 1914 and 1915. The separate Annex 2 was added in 1917 and connects to the other buildings via an enclosed breezeway. Originally the hotel had a heated outdoor swimming pool but it consumed so much of the boiler heat output that the guests were unable to take hot showers! That was the end of the swimming pool.
This hotel really gets into the 'Swiss-style' theme, with its Interlaken and Swiss Lounges, heraldic flags strung here and there and even the construction of the wood-slat room doors with the numbers fastened to small plaques embossed with the Swiss Cross. The lake-side of the hotel has a huge deck with lots of room for seating so we spent quite a bit of time there in the sunshine, right up until the sun went down!
Directions: On the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake on the Many Glacier road
Great location inside the park
One of the three historic lodges in and around Glacier and inspiration to Stephen King when he wrote The Shining, the Many Glacier Lodge is the largest and was built in 1914. It's setting on the banks of Switfcurrent Lake with views of Mt. Gould, the Garden Wall (and Gem, Grinnell, and Salamader glaciers), Grinnell Point, Mt. Wilbur, the Ptarmigan Wall, and Mt. Henkel is beyond spectacular and is worth the extra money for a room with a view of the lake. The lodge has a cozy but impressive lobby with Arts and Crafts style furniture for lounging and a wonderful fireplace right in the middle on the right side as you walk in the main entrance.
Rooms (we had a lakeview room) are spartan but roomy and what one would expect in a wilderness setting. Don't expect cable TV, electronic door locks, or an adjustable massage-style shower head. However they are more than adequate. There are two dining options (virtually the same menu) and a grand porch on the back looking out on the lake. Visitors and guests alike can catch the tour boats or hire row boats or canoes. Red Bus tours also leave from the lodge as do horseback rides. And because the Many Glacier area is not on the Going to the Sun Road, it isn't quite as inundated with throngs of tourists.
We will return for a stay upon our next trip to Glacier!
Unique Quality: Great views of the park from the rooms, lobby, and dining room; gift shop; dining room; lounge (it does have a TV); snack/food shop; evening entertainment; great ambiance and atmosphere!
Directions: Take U.S. 89 on the east side of the park to the Many Glacier Park Entrance turnoff in Babb. The lodge turnoff is on the left 12 miles after making the turn in Babb.
Nearby Many Glacier Hotel
Nearby HotelsSee all 6
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn 110 feet away
Rising Sun Motor Inn 8.2 miles away
Many Glacier Campground 10.4 miles away
St Mary Lodge & Resort 11 miles away
Many Glacier Hotel
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Glacier Hotel
- Many Glacier National Park
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Address: Highway 8, Swiftcurrent Lake, Montana, 59434, United States
Amenities at Many Glacier Hotel
- Free Parking
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