on March 22, 2006
We hadn't planned to stay here, but as early evening approached and we looked ahead to Great Falls, the penultimate stop on our Teton-to-Glacier road trip, we thought we might as well use those twilight hours to travel and give ourselves another full day at Glacier.East Glacier Motel had a room for us, so off we went. We pulled into town close to 10 pm, right near sunset. The whole setting of the town of East Glacier is a throwback to the 1940s, and this motel is no exception. A family-owned business, there's a small unit of six motel rooms, and 10 or so small, classic "motor lodge" cabins. Parking is on the slightly-graveled area under the trees. Our family of five had a two-bed unit with kitchenette. Even with the rollaway there was a nice amount of room. We didn't use the kitchenette at all, since we were only there for a brief overnight. It was a little intimidating to see a "don't drink this water" sign prominently displayed over the sink. Several units of bottled water were provided as a substitute.The beds were only moderately comfortable, but I liked the feel of this place. We walked around East Glacier to stretch our legs after the long ride. It reminded me a lot of what it probably used to feel like all over the mountains—a little outpost of stores, restaurants, and lodging as the last transition into the wilderness. For $90 a night for our family of five, I thought that feeling was worth it. If you're looking for a no-frills, pleasant, and affordable place to stay, this is it.You can visit their small, functional, and appropriately utilitarian website for a little more info.
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