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Motel Lake McDonald

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Located 10 miles inside Glacier National Park's west entrance on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Motel Lake McDonald is nestled quaintly near the shores of the largest lake inside the park. Motel Lake McDonald consists of two, 1950s-style two-story buildings and it is tucked near the shores of picturesque Lake McDonald. Motel Lake McDonald sits about 300 yards from Lake McDonald Lodge with the 2nd level accessed via stairs only. All rooms have a private bathroom and there are no connecting rooms. All guestrooms are rustic, yet comfortable, featuring modest amenities and cozy accommodations resulting in a unique experience inside Glacier National Park. Located nearby are an ATM, gift shop, campstore, Jammer Joe's Grill and Pizzeria, Lucke's Lounge, and Russell's Fireside Dining Room. Red Bus Tours, boat cruises, evening ranger programs, and numerous other activities are available near this picturesque lakeside setting. This is a smoke-free facility.
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Glacier National Park Airport44 km
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All reviews lake mcdonald camp store great location typical national park small bathroom short walk room was clean expensive room rustic setting free coffee in the morning shuttle stop boat ride parking lot is can't beat the location sun road place to stay staff was very friendly and helpful
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We grabbed a room here as the lodge was full... which worked out okay. The motel's location is good for accessing most areas on the west side of the park. And it's a short walk from the lodge (read: food). The rain and dark skies...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank zwinthepnw
Reviewed 31 August 2018

We did not get to finish our stay here, due to fires. But the nights we were there, it was clean and a great location. Staff was friendly. The downfall for us, was there was no access to the Lake from here. And getting evacuated...More

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Date of stay: August 2018
Thank kkjensen04
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Very disappointed in this lodging. We had a very difficult time finding it in the dark because of lack of specific signage for it. It was not listed in our GPS and the office closes at 8:00 pm with no way to communicate with anyone...More

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Date of stay: August 2018
Thank explorerinKS
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Though not the most modern, this property was clean and conveniently located for our hike in the morning. The general store has ample food to pack for a hike and the lodge provided a wonderful meal in the evening. No ac, no tv, no problem—the...More

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Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Karen C
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Motel is next to the lodge with easy walking to all facilities. Room is clean with great wifi and the area is very peaceful. I would highly recommend. Due to fires across the lake we were evacuated at 9pm and the hotel gave us accommodation...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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3 April 2017|
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Response from petey308 | Reviewed this property |
Save your money, no access to water, surrounded by personal cabins. Very old, no sprinkler system and no batteries in smoke detectors.. Try to get a hotel outside of park. Several to the West of West Glacier entrance and... More
2 September 2016|
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Response from Carolyn41353 | Reviewed this property |
I do not know the exact elevation, but it is on a lake and therefore relatively low.
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"ask for a second floor room."
29 Jul 2018
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"upstairs in room 25 is very quite."
15 Jul 2018
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"second floor"
9 Jul 2018
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"Rooms above reception have a neat peak a boo mountain view."
30 Jun 2018
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