by Amanda Norcross
Planning a visit to Glacier National Park in Montana? Kandahar Lodge in Whitefish – about 30 minutes outside of the park — gets our vote for family-friendly accommodations. The hotel offers cozy guestrooms, some with kitchenettes for storing snacks and preparing small meals; complimentary breakfast daily; an outdoor hot tub; spa services; and the Great Room, with a roaring fireplace that’s especially inviting on a fall or winter evening.
But the best advantage of a stay at Kandahar Lodge is its close proximity (as in, on the same property) to Whitefish Mountain Resort, where you’ll find skiing, snowtubing, biking, hiking (and picking huckleberries in the summer!), ziplining, ropes courses, an alpine slide and so much more.
Our Editor Loves
- Location at Whitefish Mountain Resort
- Cozy guestrooms, some with kitchenettes
- Kids under age 12 stay free
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
Note: Kandahar Lodge does not have elevators; you will need to walk a few flights of stairs to reach your guestroom.
Kandahar Lodge offers seven guestroom variations. All are equipped with flat-screen TVs, irons, ironing boards, and hairdryers. Some rooms have mini-fridges, while others have kitchenettes.
Rates are based on double occupancy, and children ages 12 and under stay free! Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request (complimentary). There are the best options for families:
The Lodge Rooms have two queen beds, or one queen and a full sleeper sofa. These rooms accommodate up to four guests comfortably.
Studios are equipped with one queen bed and a sleeper sofa, as well as a full kitchen.
Lodge Lofts are great for families, with the largest units sleeping up to six people (three queen beds). Some of these rooms have two queen beds, and most have a sleeper sofa.
Lodge Kitchen Loft
These spacious lofts, located on the third floor of the hotel, offer a fully equipped kitchen on the first floor of the room. Most have two queen beds on the second floor and one full sleeper sofa on the first; one of the Lodge Kitchen Lofts offers three queen beds (one on the first floor and two on the second).
Two Room Lodge Suite
These are connecting guestrooms and studios; they offer three queen beds and one full sleeper sofa. They also offer two full bathrooms.
Lodge Executive Suite
The largest unit, at 1,866 square feet, has a king bed, three queens and a full sleeper sofa. It can sleep up to 10 guests.
It has the rustic look, but with modern comfort and amenities. From welcome chocolates to the daily breakfast and apres ski cookies/popcorn/hot chocolate/tea/coffee/, together with a library which has books and up to date DVDs (in case of rainy/foggy days), to the crackling fireplace with real logs, steam room and outdoor hot tub as well as heated boot room, are all we need for a wonderful ski trip.
All the people working here are friendly and helpful to put us at ease. The free shuttle on call to take us to the base lodge and ski hill is highly appreciated even though we can walk out/ski in from the hotel. The real key is still used here instead of the swiping plastic card, and we can open the window for fresh air!
The only downside? of this place is the instability for the internet due to the mountain but that’s beyond their control. I actually think it may be a plus since it forced us to put down our cell phones and start talking to one another.
Beautiful place! We were driving through Montana and stayed here for one night. We lucked out they had two rooms available. The lodge and rooms are beautiful and comfortable.
There is a restaurant on site that is very upscale. We were with our 18 year old son and his girlfriend so we opted to have a more casual dinning experience. We ordered food and ate in the lounge by the nice fireplace.
After the kids were done and went exploring, my husband and I had a few cocktails in the Snug bar. Snug it is! Three table that were for two or three people MAX and a handful of bar seats. It gets very loud. We were surprised the owner and his wife actually took up one of the tables to dine and drink while customers were standing and taking drinks back to the lounge since there were no available tables or places to stand in the Snug bar. The only reason why we knew they were the owners is because they were actually bragging to other people that were at the bar for a wedding party that they owned the Lodge. My husband and I managed to have a good snuggly time people watching with our cocktails. We ended the night with a delicious desert.
We would definitely stay at the lodge again if in the area.
The hotel has an outdoor hot tub that's especially fun to relax in on a cold fall or winter night. Otherwise, all of the onsite activities are at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Kandahar Lodge offers complimentary, continental breakfast daily, with cereal, pastries, breads and fruit available, plus juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Free Wi-Fi is available; the signal isn’t strong, but take advantage of that – there’s so much to explore in the great outdoors here.
- Fitness Center
The hotel has a Wellness Center with an exercise room, steam room and outdoor hot tub. Yoga is offered on Thursdays.
Free, self-parking is available.
- Kandahar Café
If the kids are old enough to keep themselves entertained in the hotel room, order them a pizza and make a reservation at Kandahar Café downstairs. The intimate restaurant offers a fabulous five-course tasting menu with wine; a la carte options are also available. Reservations are a must.
- Massage on the Mountain
Treat yourself to a massage, facial treatment and more. Afterward, soak in the outdoor hot tub.