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Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I love this hotel! It is the perfect combination of old ski lodge charm with updated amenities. There were numerous people playing games, reading, watching tv, talking and enjoying the warmth of real fires in the lobby. Our room was spacious and comfortable with a sink, microwave and tv. The hotel highlights the history of skiing worldwide and in the Whitefish area. The only negative was that there are no elevators so pack appropriately for lugging your stuff up multiple flights of stairs. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the continental breakfast is European with cheeses and meats and uses real silverware and dishes. You can ski into the hotel, and it is a short walk (3 minutes) to the lifts or you can take a hotel shuttle.

Only bad thing was that our room was on the third floor and no elevators!

Due to the fires, we had to make a last minute change in our trip and stayed at Kandahar. It is in a beautiful location and although we weren't able to enjoy their summer activities, the kids (9 and 15) were excited at the presence of the alpine luge, tree top adventures and zip lines. Continental breakfast was simple but satisfactory. Room was clean and comfortable -- we were on the first floor so it was a bit dark since the grass was at window level. Liked having microwave, refrigerator, bar sink, plates, glasses, mugs and utensils for us to use. Staff moved us to a room with two queen beds when they learned we were a family of four. Very nice and helpful!

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!!

We knew the location if the Lodge it is beautiful, from the outside hotel looked promising but the rooms are outdated.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!

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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).

We stayed in one of the "studio" rooms. We were very happy with the room and the lodge overall. Pros: Had a full kitchenette, including mini-fridge, microwave, conventional oven, large sink, table for four, and cupboards and drawers with cookware, serving ware, and utensils. We liked that the bathroom sink was located outside the bathroom. There was a window we could open. The free wifi was nice, and the free breakfast had enough good items to supplement our own breakfast meals, that we felt happy. The lodge was beautiful and had lots of beautiful flowers around, and free parking. The room had a sleeper sofa bed and an entertainment center that we didn't use. Cons: The "queen size" bed seemed more like a double. The bed wasn't fully made except every other day; on the odd days, they just flattened the sheets, sort of a "busy bachelor style" of making a bed. And the cleaning staff kept turning the temperature way down, so that when we returned in the evenings, it was freezing (during August). The shower head was a little wimpy, didn't give a good, even flow. Not a big deal, but the road up the mountain is very winding with several tight curves and 10-25 mph zones. Also it is about 45 minutes from the entrance to Glacier National Park.

Hotel was a nice mountain bungalo, tucked at the base of Big Mountain in Whitefish. Cute area, friendly staff, rooms were fine, I would definitely recommend and return to stay.

Room options

Standard Room

Queen 2 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Studio, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed, Kitchen

Full 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Loft, 2 Queen Beds, Refrigerator & Microwave

Queen 3 | Queen 2 | Sleeps 6

Standard Loft, Kitchen

Full 1 | Queen 2 | Sleeps 6

Guest reviews for Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Everyone (2) Couples (9) Family (3) Friends (1)
5

ski lodge charm with updated amenities

Everyone

I love this hotel! It is the perfect combination of old ski lodge charm with updated amenities. There were numerous people playing games, reading, watching tv, talking and enjoying the warmth of real fires in the lobby. Our room was spacious and comfortable with a sink, microwave and tv. The hotel highlights the history of skiing worldwide and in the Whitefish area. The only negative was that there are no elevators so pack appropriately for lugging your stuff up multiple flights of stairs. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the continental breakfast is European with cheeses and meats and uses real silverware and dishes. You can ski into the hotel, and it is a short walk (3 minutes) to the lifts or you can take a hotel shuttle.

By , from Helena, MT on Jan 23, 2017

5

hotel was very nice

Everyone

Only bad thing was that our room was on the third floor and no elevators!

By on Jul 19, 2016

5

beautiful location and friendly staff

Families

Due to the fires, we had to make a last minute change in our trip and stayed at Kandahar. It is in a beautiful location and although we weren't able to enjoy their summer activities, the kids (9 and 15) were excited at the presence of the alpine luge, tree top adventures and zip lines. Continental breakfast was simple but satisfactory. Room was clean and comfortable -- we were on the first floor so it was a bit dark since the grass was at window level. Liked having microwave, refrigerator, bar sink, plates, glasses, mugs and utensils for us to use. Staff moved us to a room with two queen beds when they learned we were a family of four. Very nice and helpful!

By on Aug 10, 2015

4

nice summer retreat

Couples

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!!

By on Sep 21, 2014

1

beautiful location , poor value for the price

Couples

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!

By on Jul 21, 2014

1

beware - total rip-off

Couples

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.

By on Jul 13, 2014

5

week-long trip exploring montana

Families

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.

By on Jul 11, 2012

4

nice quiet long weekend for two

Couples

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.

By on Jul 2, 2012

3

unfriendly to senior citizens and handicaped

Couples

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

By on Jul 1, 2012

4

great ski trip

GetawayWithFriends

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.

By on Mar 12, 2012