Glacier National Park Hotels


Lake McDonald Lodge

At a Glance


  • lovely lakeside setting
  • historic property
  • close to Apgar, West Glacier, and Going-to-the-Sun Road


  • rustic
  • no TV (except for in the suites)
  • small bathrooms

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Lake McDonald Lodge Review

On the shores of Lake McDonald not far from Apgar and West Glacier, this lodge is an ideal base for exploring the western side of the park and is one of the great historic lodges of the West. Scenic cruises of the park's largest lake depart from the boat docks right behind the lodge or you can rent private boats by the hour or by the day. Take a room in the lodge itself, where public spaces are filled with massive timbers, stone fireplaces, and animal trophies. Rooms are on the second and third floors of the lodge and there is no elevator. Cabins sleep up to four and don't have kitchens; there are also motel-style rooms separate from the lodge, four deluxe suites, and eight newly built inexpensive hostel-style rooms with shared bathrooms. All rooms are nonsmoking, and there are four wheelchair-accessible rooms.

    Hotel Details

  • 74 rooms, 38 cabins
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 10-21-2013

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    Lake McDonald Lodge Review

    Lake McDonald Lodge surprised us with its wonderful 'frozen in the 1930's' ambience, the sheer beauty of the setting and the 1930's boats and buses which compliment the Lodge so perfectly. Our room was in a cabin a short walk from the Lodge, clean, comfortable and thankfully without TV. How anyone, of any age, could watch TV in this setting defies my imagination! Jammer Joes "restaurant" was a typical greasy spoon cafe, but Russel's Fireside Dining Room proved inexpensive and had great ambiance and great food in equal measure. A wonderful place to stay!

    by madgicsh, 4/29/11

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