During the summer, Kalispell’s lodgings fill up quickly with people on their way to and from Glacier National Park. Most chains have a presence here, as well as a host of somewhat scruffy budget motels (look for these on Highway 2 east of downtown.) In winter, expect much lower rates, sometimes as much as half the summer rates listed here.
$50–100: The White Birch Motel (17 Shady Ln., 406/752-4008 or 888/275-2275, $60–90) is away from the busy downtown intersections; the more expensive rooms have kitchenettes while the others have refrigerators and microwaves. The White Birch, which sits on seven acres just east of Kalispell, also has tent and RV camping.
As budget motels go, the Aero Inn (1830 Hwy. 93 S., 406/755-3798 or 800/843-6114, www.aeroinn.com, $95 and up) is a pretty good bet. Kitchenettes are available, pets are permitted in smoking rooms, and there’s a free continental breakfast.
Over $100: The Kalispell Grand Hotel (100 Main St., 406/755-8100 or 800/858-7422, www.kalispellgrand.com, $92–140) is a nicely renovated hotel right in downtown Kalispell. While the lobby and sitting areas preserve a comfortable late-19th-century glamour, the guest rooms are very nicely furnished and fully modern, with large gleaming bathrooms. Pets are accepted, and there’s free parking, free continental breakfast, and afternoon cookies.
The Red Lion Hotel Kalispell (20 N. Main, 406/751-5050 or 800/325-4000, http://redlion.rdln.com, $159 and up) is also right downtown on the edge of a large shopping mall. The lobby here has a Western lodge look, and the rooms are spacious.
The large and recently renovated Outlaw Inn (1701 Hwy. 93 S., 406/755-6100 or 800/325-4000, www.outlawhotel.com, $100) has two indoor pools, a casino and restaurant adjoining, a health club, and small convention facilities.
One of Kalispell’s newer hotels is the very large and extracomfortable Hampton Inn (1140 Hwy. 2 W., 406/755-7900 or 800/426-7866, $145 and up). Facilities include a fitness center, indoor pool, and hot tub, and rates include a rather lavish continental breakfast.
Another new hotel, tucked behind a big-box home supply store on the leading edge of Kalispell’s northern sprawl, is the surprisingly nice Holiday Inn Express (275 Treeline Rd., 406/755-7405, www.impressguest.com, $150). The rooms are trim and elegant, and the pool and exercise rooms quite usable. There’s a stiff surcharge for pets, but they are permitted.
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