Bringing a new level of luxury to mountain town of Whitefish, the Firebrand enjoys a premier location downtown. This chic boutique hotel blends contemporary sophistication and rustic details in an alpine-modern meld, incorporating lots of natural wood and stone in an outdoorsy palette of taupe, gray, beige and browns. Deluxe rooms have king-size or double queen platform beds with high thread-count cotton sheets and crisp white duvets. Stylish bathrooms feature stone tile floors, granite countertops trimmed in stainless steel, solid glass European-style walk-in showers with rock mosaic floors, robes and slippers, and a hair dryer. Other amenities include a writing desk with leather chair, 50-inch wall-mount flat screen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, bedside USB charging ports and a safe. The 24-hour on-site fitness center includes an assortment of cardio equipment, weights, mats and fitness balls. The landscaped rooftop patio and large hot tub offer views over the town and surrounding mountains. In summer, the Firebrand Lounge serves drinks on the open rooftop—or cozy up indoors: leather sofas and armchairs by the fireplace offer an inviting spot to kick back with a glass of wine or one of the 12 Montana craft beers on tap. The lobby coffee shop offers fresh-baked pastries, smoothies, tea, espresso, and a custom coffee blend roasted in Whitefish by Montana Coffee Traders.
Glacier Park Lodge
Glacier National Park, Montana
The first hotel built by the Great Northern Railway, Glacier Park Lodge was constructed in 1913 to attract visitors to the park's wonders, part of the railway's wider mission to open up the mountain grandeur of the American West to travelers. Located just outside the southeast corner of Glacier National Park, the hotel is a masterpiece of early 20th-century rustic-style architecture featuring log post-and-beam construction, shingled dormers and mullioned windows. Its soaring lobby features massive bark-covered log pillars 40 feet high and 40 inches in diameter, crafted from Douglas fir trees hundreds of years old. The Blackfeet Indians, awed by the size of the timbers, called it Omahkoyis, or "Big Tree Lodge." Extensive balconies and decks overlook sprawling lawns and elaborate gardens that date back more than a century, while the park's mountain range provides a dramatic backdrop to the west. While guest rooms are small and simple with basic amenities, they are clean and comfortable, and all have private bathrooms. In keeping with the lodge's historic character, rooms do not have air conditioning, televisions or elevators.
Many Glacier Hotel
Glacier National Park, Montana
Many Glacier Hotel enjoys one of the most spectacular settings anywhere in the world. Surrounded by sheer peaks, hanging glaciers and rugged wilderness, this magnificent lodge overlooks Swiftcurrent Lake in the northeast sector of Glacier National Park. The hotel was constructed in Swiss alpine style by the Great Northern Railway and completed in 1915. Along with Glacier Park Lodge, which opened two years earlier, Many Glacier was part of an effort by Louis W. Hill, president of the Great Northern Railway and son of "empire builder" James J. Hill, to establish Glacier National Park as a destination resort, promoting the area as the "American Alps." Today it is a National Historic Landmark. The Swiss atmosphere is captured in its chalet-style architecture and decor, enhanced by the dramatic alpine setting. In keeping with the era in which the hotel was built, it does not have air conditioning, televisions or elevators. Comfortable guest rooms are small and simple with modest amenities. All rooms have private bathrooms, direct-dial telephones, and deluxe king or queen beds or twin beds. Facilities include the Ptarmigan Dining Room, the Swiss Room Lounge and Interlaken Lounge, and Heidi's Snack Shop.
Lake McDonald Lodge
Glacier National Park, Montana
Nestled in dense forest along the shores of scenic, crystal-clear Lake McDonald, Lake McDonald Lodge is a beloved national park hostelry. This inviting wilderness retreat is comprised of a historic 1913 hunting lodge—the Swiss-chalet-style original accommodation for visitors to the west side of Glacier National Park—plus a scattering of small lake cottages and a motel. The main lodge's warm, cozy atmosphere, centered on an enormous rock fireplace surrounded by rustic log settees and chairs, beckons guests to sit back and relax after an exhilarating day of exploring the wild outdoors. In keeping with the lodge's historic origins, it does not offer air conditioning, televisions or elevators. Guest rooms are small and simple with modest amenities. All rooms have en suite facilities and are clean and comfortable.
Cedar Creek Lodge
Columbia Falls, Montana
Located just outside the western boundary of Glacier National Park in the small hub of Columbia Falls, this 64-room lodge, surrounded by cedars and ponderosa pines, opened in 2016. Infusing the spirit and historic character of the American West with contemporary style and sophistication, Cedar Creek Lodge is a boutique hotel that offers a classic Montana welcome. The exterior sets the scene, with cedar shingles, large tree trunk posts and an antler chandelier poised over the entry. A fieldstone fireplace in the lobby, slate floors, rustic wood accent furniture and plaid carpeting continue the ambience inside. Guest room decor, in a calm neutral palette, is both contemporary and evocative of the Old West at the same time. Rooms are large with comfortable high-end beds and cotton duvets, flat screen TVs, coffeemaker, refrigerator and western wildlife art on the walls. Guests can enjoy the pool, hot tub and fitness center as time permits. A deluxe hot breakfast is a highlight, featuring traditional favorites like egg dishes, bacon, waffles, fresh fruit and yogurt, along with locally inspired fare like huckleberry jam and coffee from Montana Coffee Traders.
Prince of Wales Hotel
Waterton Lake National Park, Alberta
Perched regally on a bluff overlooking a stunning vista of Waterton Lake and surrounded peaks, the Prince of Wales Hotel is a true Canadian icon. The lodge re-imagines a magnificent Swiss chalet with its soaring roofs, peaked gables, dramatic balconies and timber-framed lobby, evoking a romantic alpine feel. Built in 1927 by the Great Northern Railway, the hotel first lured Prohibition-era American guests to Canada for an exclusive and carefree getaway. Yet today, guests enjoy the same delightful ambience. The hotel was named for the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), in a transparent attempt to entice him to stay on his 1927 Canadian tour, but the prince opted for a nearby ranch instead. Room decor features hardwood wainscoting, comfortable upholstered chairs and gorgeous views of the shimering blue lake or majestic Rocky Mountains. En suite baths include European-style tubs with wraparound curtains and a quaint washbasin. A stay at the Prince of Wales Hotel harks back to a bygone era, when architectural detail and gracious touches were the paragons of a peaceful retreat.
Please note: The Prince of Wales Hotel is included only on Glacier departures that incorporate the Waterton Lakes itinerary.
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