$178 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Sep 28, 2014 Check-out: Sep 30, 2014

Kandahar Lodge

3 stars
3824 Big Mountain Rd., Whitefish, MT 59937
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
11 reviews
Nice summer retreat

The purpose of our trip was Glacier National Park. It was a bit of a drive to the park, but a nice... See full review

  • MorningSkier
  • Sep 21, 2014
Week-long trip exploring Montana

The Kandahar Lodge exceeded my expectations. The photos did not do the Lodge justice. The staff was... See full review

  • World cacher
  • Jul 11, 2012
The European-style Kandahar Lodge is located at Whitefish Mountain Resort, 7 miles from Whitefish, Montana, 32 miles west of Glacier National Park, and approximately 22 miles from Glacier International Airport. The Lodge is a base camp for summer explorations of nearby Glacier National Park and in the middle of the action for winter snow sports. Zip lines, alpine slide, hiking, mountain biking, chairlift rides and a canopy tour are within walking distance of the Lodge. The Village area of Whitefish Mountain Resort also offers dining, drinking and shopping. In the winter the S.N.O.W. bus provides free shuttles to/from Whitefish. Day trips from Kandahar may include hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, sightseeing, fishing, boating, swimming, a balloon flight, shopping, museums, theater, and excellent dining. Winter brings skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and dog-sled adventures. Kandahar Lodge is located in a ski-in location. A short walk takes you to ski out on the Home Again Trail. The property's amenities include a beautiful lobby with wood-burning fireplace, the a large outdoor hot tub, steam room, exercise room, massage services, and fully licensed Snug Bar. Cafe Kandahar is an outstanding fine-dining restaurant that serves dinner nightly (reservations recommended). Chef Andy Blanton has been nominated for "Best Chef of the Northwest" by the James Beard Foundation. All rooms feature pine interiors and tile bathrooms and have A/C, small refrigerators, microwaves, and coffeemakers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. A continental breakfast is included in the rates. The lodge is open from Thanksgiving to mid-April and from June through September for individual travelers and groups. A small friendly staff befriends you for your stay and helps you in many ways enjoy your visit to the home they love. Prearranged groups use Kandahar for meetings, reunions and weddings in the spring and fall.

Hotel Map

48.4837 -114.3572
Area served
Whitefish, Montana, Whitefish Mountain Resort, near Glacier National Park
Nearby airports
Glacier Park International Airport also known as Kalispell. The airport code letters are FCA.
Area description
Kandahar Lodge is located at Whitefish Mountain Resort, 7 miles from Whitefish, Montana and 32 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park. The airport is 22 miles from the Lodge. Kandahar is within walking distance of zip lines, the alpine slide, chairlift rides, hiking and mountain biking. Shops and restaurants at the Resort are open summer and winter. In the winter, ski home to Kandahar and take a very short walk to ski out or opt for the Kandahar van to shuttle you to your desired destination in the village area of Whitefish Mountain Resort.

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Kandahar Lodge Rooms

Kitchen Loft
Room with 2 queen and sofa sleeper. These rooms are located on the third floor of The Lodge and take advantage of the roof line to provide an upstairs area. They combine a sleeping loft with a kitchen/dining/living area. They are furnished with pine and leather furniture. They have tile bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and granite vanities or porcelain pedestal sinks. The beds have down comforters covered with cut velvet pile duvets. The kitchen is fully equipped with stove top and oven, small refrigerator, microwave and sink. All have cable flat screen TV, telephone and coffee maker.
Hotel
Room with 2 queen beds. These rooms are richly appointed with pine and leather furniture. They have tile bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and granite vanities or porcelain pedestal sinks. The beds have down comforters covered with cut velvet pile duvets. All are equipped with cable flat screen TV, telephone, small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.
Loft
Room with 2 queen and a day bed. These rooms are located on the third floor of The Lodge and take advantage of the roof line to provide an upstairs area. They are finished with pine and leather furniture. They have tile bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and granite vanities or porcelain pedestal sinks. All are equipped with cable flat screen TV, telephone, small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. The beds have down comforters covered with cut velvet pile duvets.
Studio
Room with queen bed and sofa sleeper. These rooms have a comfortable layout that combines a bedroom, kitchen and living area. They have tile bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and granite vanities or porcelain pedestal sinks. Furnishings include a sleeper sofa and dining table. The kitchen is fully equipped with stove top and oven, small refrigerator, microwave and sink. Most studios have granite counters. All studios have cable flat screen TV, telephone and coffee maker. The beds have down comforters covered with cut velvet pile duvets.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Activities
Fitness center or spa
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking

Dining

Cafe Kandahar
Serving thoughtfully constructed cuisine inspired by classic and modern influences, Chef Andy Blanton takes into account supporting local and regional foods. An award-winning wine list has over 350 selections. Call for schedule of wine dinner events.
Snug Bar
The fully-licensed Snug Bar is a cozy space with skiing and sailing pictures covering the walls. Guests may choose to enjoy their beverages in front of the fireplace in the lobby a few steps away. An appetizer menu offers tastings of Cafe Kandahar's superb cuisine.

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
The Northern Lights Conference Room is approximately 850 square feet and can accommodate meetings of up to 50 people depending on the configuration. Room discounts are offered to groups reserving 10 or more rooms.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (11)

Ratings and reviews for Kandahar Lodge

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
11 out of 11
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
3.6
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.3

73% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MorningSkier
Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 21, 2014

Nice summer retreat

The purpose of our trip was Glacier National Park. It was a bit of a drive to the park, but a nice locale to come home to at the end of the day. Extremely comfortable bed!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
3
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Take your mountain bike if you are here in the summer.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Moyca
Orange,california
Jul 21, 2014

Beautiful location , poor value for the price

We knew the location if the Lodge it is beautiful, from the outside hotel looked promising but the rooms are outdated. Beds are squeeking at every move impossible to sleep. The AC is so loud you need to turn it off and open windows for fresh air. No screen on the windows and now you hear every other ac in the building like you are on the airfield ! You can hear beds squeeking in the room above us as well. When we saw rotten apples and bananas served for breakfast we decided to pass . Very poor value for the money!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
1
Dining tip: Not Applicable

Will not stay there again

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Seb M
Bay area, California
Jul 13, 2014

Beware - total rip-off

We returned last night from a 4N/5D vacation in beautiful Montana and unfortunately, our stay at Kandahar Lodge is the only bad memory from this trip. Fooled by attractive pictures and positive reviews of the property on a couple of websites, we ended up spending over $1000 for 4 nights in one of their higher-end rooms with a loft. While the lodge looks very appealing from the outside (given its scenic location on Big Mountain in Whitefish and its sophisticated lounge area), the room condition and the quality of hospitality is extremely poor. The details of our negative experience are: 1. Major issues with room cleanliness - Upon check-in we found layers of dust and hair all around the room. The couches in the room and loft had not been vacuumed in years, layers of dust coated all appliances and tableware, the coffee maker was left unwashed and I had to clean the restroom myself before I was able to use it. On day 2, the dirty couches were vacuumed upon request and they went the extra mile to leave the room with bug spray odor and some dead insects. Not once during our stay, were we comfortable in the room that we paid so much for. I started leaving detailed instructions on the notepad every single day for housekeeping, and even then they did only as much as told. Never before have I stayed in a hotel where you need to explicitly write down basic housekeeping instructions in your vacation time! 2. Poor customer service - The gentleman at the front desk was too proud to apologize for the lack of proper housekeeping, and his attitude made us feel as if they were doing us a favor by providing us accommodation at their elite property. We requested an extra lamp to be placed in the loft since it was too dark up there, and he said he would check with housekeeping. However, not only did they not provide it, they lacked the courtesy to get back to us about the request. We ended up not using the loft at all. 3. Ill-designed room and rundown appliances - There’s not much natural light in the room and the lamps need to be on even when it is so wonderfully bright outside. At the same time, the two small glass panels high up in one wall result in zero privacy as everything is visible from the buildings on the opposite side – one has to change in the bathroom or in the loft. The bed is placed against the wall, such that one person will be sleeping directly next to the air conditioner; the loft lacks air flow and gets extremely warm. The coffee maker, iron and ironing board were falling apart; even Super 8’s have better appliances. 4. No WiFi Connectivity - During check-in we learned that the internet sometimes does not work in the rooms, so one may have to come downstairs to the lobby. The ‘sometimes’ happened to be ‘never’ and very often you can’t connect from the lobby either. That leaves you with the single desktop provided in the lounge for guests to share. 5. Low quality breakfast - All four days we found same basic breakfast downstairs in the café area: muffins, stale bagels, apples, bananas, yogurt cups, boiled eggs, coffee. Bottom line - they try to sell their super expensive restaurant and bar by indirectly pushing you to spend more time downstairs than in your room. To our request for a room with a nice view, the front desk staff stated that none of their rooms have any views because there’s way too much to do outside! I also suspect now that they keep the lighting dim on purpose so the appalling conditions inside the rooms are not easily visible. Sadly, we realized too late that it would be wiser to either go with a more established brand (such as Hilton) for a comfortable hotel stay or opt for a budget hotel and spend more time outdoors. We found that Whitefish (at the bottom of the mountain), Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Coram have many decent accommodation options that don’t rip you off like Kandahar Lodge.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
1
Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

Stay nearer to Glacier Park if that is where you plan to spend most of your time.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
World cacher
Portland, Or
Jul 11, 2012

Week-long trip exploring Montana

The Kandahar Lodge exceeded my expectations. The photos did not do the Lodge justice. The staff was very pleasant and helpful, the rooms sizable, and very comfortable. Having a full bar was nice and the lobby was very cozy with a fire burning every night. The lodge only has about 50 rooms and was full to capacity when we were there, but it never felt crowded. There is an award-winning restaurant in the Lodge as well. The only complaint (and it is minor) that I might have is, for the price, it would be nice to have a hot breakfast included instead of an average continental breakfast. Overall, this was a fantastic place to stay, and next time I'm back, this is where I'll stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Whitefish has some fabulous restaurants. And Glacier National Park is not to be missed.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Motorcycle Grandparents
Edmonton, Alberta
Jul 2, 2012

Nice Quiet Long Weekend for Two

We had an excellent stay. Only improvement would be to have the Hot Tub warmer and the steam room needs to be serviced; the steam has a mildew smell, hence we had to leave and could not enjoy either of these amenities. This aside the hotel was quiet and we enjoyed the relaxation we were seeking. We would stay again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
sajfl
columbus, texas
Jul 1, 2012

unfriendly to senior citizens and handicaped

no rooms on first floor, no elevator. Bathroom has not counter to place personal items. Continental bkft very meager. Too much money for the value. I would NOT book there again. Shirley Louther

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
1
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MMJB
Hoboken, NJ, USA
Mar 12, 2012

Great ski trip

Hotel staff is friendly, informative, and helpful. Lobby and rooms of lodge are great. Breakfast room could be larger with more selections for the complimentary buffet.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: In Hotel

Delicious small meals in the Snug Bar.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
M Lazz
Chicago, Il
Sep 19, 2011

Kandahar Lodge in Whitefish Montana

In the mountains, beautiful location, room with down comforter, and great mattresses. Well decorated and very comfortable. We felt right at home. Their main great room contained a beautiful fireplace that had a fire going in the evenings, and lots of places for people to congretate. The people working there were very friendly and helpful, and made the stay even more eventful. Good continental breakfast with fresh fruit and yogurt. Would stay here again and again. Much better than any of the lodges at Glacier Park, where we stayed after, at a better price. Staying at Glacier Park was a let down after spending time at Kandahar Lodge.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Review of Kandahar Lodge

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
topper
Tennessee, USA
Aug 25, 2011

family vacation

Very friendly staff and great location. Enjoyed the evening fires in the lobby fireplace. Convienent parking is limited. No elevator (bad knees beware)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Aussie Mark
South Australia, Australia
Aug 24, 2011

Cosy and Comfortable

My wife and I had a very pleasant four day stay at Kandahar Lodge. Principally in the area to visit Glacier National Park, we found the Lodge a great base in terms of it's location (an easy drive to the West entrance), and a lovely spot to come back to after day's arduous hiking. The snug bar was a great place to grab a drink and something simple to eat, and the fireplace and lounge were very inviting to just kick back and chill out in. The lodge is not a fancy or pretentious place, but is comfortable and welcoming, whilst cafe Kandahar really is a must for at least one dinner (stunning food).

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Cowgirl Coffee on the road back into Whitefish is a great drive through coffee spot for a "roadie" to take on your drive to Glacier; and the Buffalo Cafe is a sensational place for big breakfasts or lunches at a very reasonable price (in town).

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