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
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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.
Great rustic old lodge, complete with wood-burning fireplace in the comfy lobby - and it was lit while we were there! Our room was a standard room with two queen (I think) beds. Definitely big enough, with room for 2 leather easy chairs, two bureaus with many drawers and a desk in the "bedroom" area. Plus a separate area with the bathroom, a deep utility sink and vanity, refrig, microwave, coffee makers and closet (with ironing board, iron, extra fan and extra blanket) and also a rack with hanging hooks in the vestibule. A wall air-conditioner high enough that it didn't blow on the beds, and a window that opened! (Something you rarely find at hotels anymore). Great for those who love fresh air. Great wifi, nice large screen TV. The complimentary breakfast was more than adequate with several bread options, (bagels, english muffins, etc), muffins, cereal, fruit, fruit juices, hard boiled eggs, meats and cheeses and of course coffee and tea! There is also a cafe and a bar on the premises with upscale food options for dinner. There are also "Kandahar Lodge" clothing and hats for sale. One of the things we used and really appreciated after a long day driving through Glacier National Park and surrounds, was a steam room and a hot tub! Also locker rooms with showers, and a workout room. All of this was included in a "wellness center" setting. I am not sure what else was included with this, as we did not use. I really enjoyed my stay there and would definitely go back again if ever in that area!
by Susan S
The hotel was nice but a little outdated. I did not like the fact that the window opened into the courtyard and it was right at the ground level. I could not leave the window open. It was also about 15 minutes out of town. A little bit far away from everything.
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.