Izaak Walton Inn

8.7
Very Good
65 Guest Ratings
290 Izaak Walton Inn Rd
Essex, MT 59916- Map It
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AAA Inspector Notes
This is one of the original hotels built by railroad magnate J.J. Hill to provide lodging for turn-of-the-century visitors from the East wishing to explore the park. It still serves that purpose. Train service makes scheduled stops here. Accommodations include converted cabooses, locomotives and cabins. This is a rustic experience for the hiker, fly-fisherman or casual visitor. Outdoor dining is offered. Did not meet all AAA rating requirements for viewports/peepholes in some guest rooms at time of last evaluation on 04/20/2017. Facilities, services, and décor characterize a mid-scale property.

Amenities & Services

WiFi
Swimming Pool
Pets Allowed
Fitness Center
ECO Friendly
Electric Charging
Accessible
Business Center
Type
Historic Country Inn
Location
On US 2; between MM 179 and 180. 290 Izaak Walton Inn Rd 59916.
Terms
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Guest Ratings

OVERALL GUEST SCORE
Very Good
Based on Ratings from 65 guests
Showing reviews 1 - 5 of 50
7.9
Karen
Good
young couple
04-21-2017
Pros:
Cons: The dinning was fabulous
10.0
Richard
Exceptional
young couple
01-26-2017
Pros: Authentic lodge in a beautiful setting with attention to detail. Exceptional staff, and great food. Perfect!
Cons:
10.0
Judy
Exceptional
young couple
01-26-2017
Pros: The staff was SUPER and all our lunches and dinners were fantastic....
Cons: Breakfast menu was not the greatest , but we don't eat wheat/gluten so really only 1 selection for us.
10.0
Michelle
Exceptional
young couple
11-01-2016
Pros: I loved the ambiance and the cozy room, please don't ever change a thing!
Cons:
8.8
Rophl
Excellent
mature couple
10-04-2016
Pros: We loved the small lobby with the big fireplace -- not designed to impress but to welcome guests, with comfortable chairs and places to put your feet up. We visited in September, when the staff keep the fire crackling on cool evenings. Our top-floor room was pretty quiet, with only the occasional night-time train going by. We liked the room's vintage pine-paneling with its rich patina of age, the old radiator, and the porcelain sink with real glassware. That said, we were also glad to find that the bed, bath, and shower had been updated to more modern standards. In our view, the whole place exudes the kind of historic charm that just can't be duplicated in a new property. We enjoyed a very tasty breakfast in the restaurant, too. Our one dinner in the restaurant was good, not great, but we did enjoy a couple of interesting wines by the glass that we don't see in the midwest.
Cons: We think it's important to bring the right frame of mind when you know you will be staying in a truly historic property built in the 1930s for railroad workers rather than the traveling public. I'd call the atmosphere homey rather than luxurious. We didn't mind the lack of elevators (staff offered to carry our luggage up without us asking), and the inn's web site is clear about that. We did find the water temperature in the shower somewhat difficult to regulate when other guests were using hot water. While we found most of the staff to be extraordinarily helpful and friendly, one or two seemed less attuned to guests. As for location, it seems accurate to call this "the Inn between," sitting as it does about halfway between East Glacier and West Glacier. We were here to visit Glacier National Park, so we had a bit of a drive (albeit a scenic one) each day to the west entrance and back.
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