The 5 Best Glacier National Park Accommodations of 2021

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Best for Luxury: The Firebrand Hotel

The Firebrand Hotel

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For a more luxurious experience, you’ll need to look outside the park. The Firebrand Hotel is situated amidst the fashionable bars and restaurants of downtown Whitefish (a 40-minute drive from the park’s West Glacier Entrance). The decor blends urban sophistication with wood and leather accents inspired by Montana’s outdoor lifestyle. All 86 rooms boast high thread-count linens, a 50” TV, super-fast Wi-Fi, and a dry bar; but for the most decadent stay, book a Skyline Room with a French balcony and fireplace.

In between visits to the park, indulge in a hot stone massage or a couples treatment at the spa, or treat aching muscles to a soak in the rooftop hot tub. Meals are served in the cozy lounge or on the rooftop patio (in summer) and range from made-to-order breakfasts to evening small plates and cocktails. A lobby coffee shop serves fresh pastries and artisanal brews.

Best for Families: Cedar Creek Lodge

Cedar Creek Lodge

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Located in Columbia Falls, Cedar Creek Lodge is a 25-minute drive from the West Glacier Entrance of the park. It combines the charm of a traditional mountain lodge with the modern amenities needed for a comfortable stay with smaller children. Free Wi-Fi comes in handy on wet weather days, while all rooms include a mini-fridge and microwave for basic self-catering.

Family-friendly floor plans range from Deluxe Rooms with a king bed and pull-out sleeper sofa to two-bedroom suites with a separate living room. For meals, there are several popular restaurants within easy walking distance for little legs. The lodge also offers a fitness center, sundries shop, ​and complimentary parking.

Best for Romance: Garden Wall Inn

Garden Wall Inn

Garden Wall Inn

Couples planning a romantic getaway need look no further than Garden Wall Inn, a charming Whitefish boutique located a 40-minute drive from the park's West Glacier Entrance. Sheltered by graceful spruce and maple trees, the inn is an old-world sanctuary complete with antique rugs, hardwood floors, and period furnishings. Each of its unique guest rooms set the scene for romance with fresh flowers, luxury mattresses, and Egyptian cotton sheets, while handmade chocolate truffles are left on your pillow each evening.

All rooms come with an Art Deco-style private bathroom. For unparalleled romance, ask for one with a claw-foot soaking tub. The inn is owned by chefs and fine food is a focus. Your wake-up call is accompanied by a cup of locally roasted Garden Wall Blend coffee and breakfast is a gourmet, three-course spread created using the freshest farm produce. In the afternoon, complimentary hors-d’oeuvres and beverages are served by the living room fire. Ask your hosts to reserve a table in town for a special dinner. 

Best B&B: Moss Mountain Inn

Moss Mountain Inn

Moss Mountain Inn

Moss Mountain Inn receives near-perfect TripAdvisor reviews for its generous hospitality and pristine setting on a six-acre wildlife sanctuary in Flathead National Forest. The three-story cedar chalet is seven miles from the West Glacier Entrance and boasts a wonderfully cozy, log cabin-style interior. Choose from four unique guest rooms, all with private bathrooms and fast Wi-Fi. Some have walk-in showers, others have soaking tubs, and two spoil with private balconies overlooking breathtaking mountain views.

Each morning starts with a full, fresh-cooked breakfast and drinks from the hot and cold beverage bar. If you’re planning on heading into the park early, you can arrange to have your breakfast to go; picnic lunches, snacks, and sit-down dinners are all available upon request. Make time to explore the B&B’s perennial gardens and nearby trails (bear spray and trekking poles are provided). An elevated birdwatching room, a glass solarium and a living room with cable TV and a crackling fireplace complete the Moss Mountain Inn experience. 

Best Campground: Many Glacier Campground

Many Glacier Campground

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Many Glacier Campground is the most popular campground inside the national park with astonishing scenery, convenient facilities, and an excellent ranger program. Located close to Fishercap Lake, the wooded camp is ideally located for hikers and has 109 sites. Although 13 of them can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet in length, they’re mainly suited for tents. For maximum peace and quiet, book a generator-free site. All sites have access to token-operated showers and restrooms with flush toilets and running water.

Amenities include portable water taps and disposal stations, while evening ranger programs are a particular highlight. Make sure to pack your binoculars — if you’re lucky, you may be able to spot bears, moose, and bighorn sheep from camp. Guests also have access to the dining and recreation facilities at nearby Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Many Glacier Hotel. This campground is currently reservation only.

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