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It is "off season" on Big Mountain-- sort of "shoulder season," so the Kandahar Lodge was probably a little less busy than in full summer or winter season. The staff was solicitous, and the loft room was terrific. The bar food in the evening by a nice fire was delicious and pleasant. People were friendly. Breakfast was included and was pleasant, if utilitarian (but with a lot of choices) The view is great. Had we been there to ski, it would have been wonderfully convenient. I would definitely come again! What I do not know is whether the facility seems crowded at high ski season.

Beautiful landscaping and the interior was awesome. No elevators is a minus but the staff was great and took luggage up for us. Had to take a cab to the lodge from the train station....25 plus tip. Took a shuttle bus (not from the lodge) down to town, but missed it on the way back (we were across the street looking at something when the bus pulled up and then took off...driver didn't see us...our bad.) We did get a ride up with the Hampton Inn shuttle...very nice...thank you! So transport could be better. Breakfast was ok. They had the usual cold offerings, but instead of eggs and bacon, etc., they had cold cuts and cheese....hmm...maybe that was a take out for the hikers! We ate supper at the Snug Pub in the lodge and it was awesome! Great service and the meal was 5 star in my book!

The staff was friendly, offered a nice breakfast, excellent views of the mountains

Everything about our stay was excellent.. The room was roomy and clean with comfortable beds and large leather chairs. Staff was very helpful and friendly and the setting was beautiful. Definitely will stay here again when I return to the area

The lodge was clean, comfortable and cozy. The stairs are difficult to climb for those with knee issues. Gary at the front desk and breakfast is excellent. The morning front desk guy and afternoon guy are great. The evening desk guy that is there before Gary does not seem to like to work. He seemed bothered both times he had to help us. Once for extra toilet paper as we did not use cleaning services and the note under our door asked that we check with the desk for towels or supplies. Then, on checkout, the morning guy said we could check out Tues evening Vs at 4 am Wed since we would be in a rush. The evening guy told us that Gary could help us at 4 am. Shaking my head at that guy with long hair slicked back. He seemed to like to play on the internet and not have to work. Other than him, our stay was great. The male bartender was helpful. All other staff was helpful.

Lots of snow and roaring fireplace added up to a wonderful New Years break. Enjoyed the mountain retreat atmosphere

Kandahar is a mountain lodge at Big Mountain in Montana. It's everything you could want in a Montana experience. Beautiful, rustic, clean, great, friendly staff. Their gardens and outdoor eating area is pretty and inviting. Indoor area is rustic and charming. The snug bar is awesome. We did not eat at the restaurant but only because we ran out of time but definitely will on our next trip! Thanks Kandahar.

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)

Big Mountain Road Whitefish MT

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort places you next to Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort and Waterton Glacier International Peace Park. This 3.5-star hotel has 50 guestrooms and offers ski-in/ski-out access, a 24-hour health club, and free in-room WiFi.


Dining

Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM. This hotel serves as home to a bar, along with a fine-dining restaurant that specializes in local cuisine.


Rooms

Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 32-inch a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Beds are dressed in down comforters and the bathroom offers a soaking tub, a hair dryer, and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a refrigerator, a microwave, and a coffee maker.


Property features

Renovated in 2015, Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort offers ski-in/ski-out access, a 24-hour health club, and a spa tub. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with luggage storage and tours/tickets. Other amenities at this ski hotel include a steam room, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room.

Room options

Deluxe Triple Room

Queen 3 | Sleeps 6

Deluxe Room

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Loft, Kitchen

Queen 2 | Full 1 | Sleeps 6

Standard Loft, Refrigerator & Microwave

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Everyone (6) Couples (11) Family (6) Friends (1)
5
Partner Couples Families

It is "off season" on Big Mountain-- sort of "shoulder season," so the Kandahar Lodge was probably a little less busy than in full summer or winter season. The staff was solicitous, and the loft room was terrific. The bar food in the evening by a nice fire was delicious and pleasant. People were friendly. Breakfast was included and was pleasant, if utilitarian (but with a lot of choices) The view is great. Had we been there to ski, it would have been wonderfully convenient. I would definitely come again! What I do not know is whether the facility seems crowded at high ski season.

By on Sep 24, 2019

Review comment responded on Sep 24, 2019

Thank you for writing us a review. We appreciate your feedback! We were actually sold out last weekend. We aren't typically full in the winter, but guests often like to enjoy the fireplace and great food and drinks from Cafe Kandahar, as well as utilizing our Wellness Center for a soak and steam after skiing. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come back to visit us soon!

5
Families

Beautiful landscaping and the interior was awesome. No elevators is a minus but the staff was great and took luggage up for us. Had to take a cab to the lodge from the train station....25 plus tip. Took a shuttle bus (not from the lodge) down to town, but missed it on the way back (we were across the street looking at something when the bus pulled up and then took off...driver didn't see us...our bad.) We did get a ride up with the Hampton Inn shuttle...very nice...thank you! So transport could be better. Breakfast was ok. They had the usual cold offerings, but instead of eggs and bacon, etc., they had cold cuts and cheese....hmm...maybe that was a take out for the hikers! We ate supper at the Snug Pub in the lodge and it was awesome! Great service and the meal was 5 star in my book!

By on Sep 9, 2019

Review comment responded on Sep 15, 2019

Thank you for the review we are glad you enjoyed you stay. Look forward to see you again at Kandahar Lodge

5
Partner Couples

The staff was friendly, offered a nice breakfast, excellent views of the mountains

By on Aug 23, 2019

Review comment responded on Aug 24, 2019

Thank you for the review we are glad you enjoyed you stay. Look forward to see you again at Kandahar Lodge

5
Families

Everything about our stay was excellent.. The room was roomy and clean with comfortable beds and large leather chairs. Staff was very helpful and friendly and the setting was beautiful. Definitely will stay here again when I return to the area

By , from Boston, MA on Aug 3, 2019

Review comment responded on Aug 10, 2019

Thank you for the excellent review. Kandahar Lodge is often called cozy and comfortable by our guests. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again. Thanks again Beth

5
Everyone

By on Jul 25, 2019

Review comment responded on Jul 27, 2019

Glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for the review hope you will comeback and stay with us again.

5
Everyone

The lodge was clean, comfortable and cozy. The stairs are difficult to climb for those with knee issues. Gary at the front desk and breakfast is excellent. The morning front desk guy and afternoon guy are great. The evening desk guy that is there before Gary does not seem to like to work. He seemed bothered both times he had to help us. Once for extra toilet paper as we did not use cleaning services and the note under our door asked that we check with the desk for towels or supplies. Then, on checkout, the morning guy said we could check out Tues evening Vs at 4 am Wed since we would be in a rush. The evening guy told us that Gary could help us at 4 am. Shaking my head at that guy with long hair slicked back. He seemed to like to play on the internet and not have to work. Other than him, our stay was great. The male bartender was helpful. All other staff was helpful.

By on Sep 24, 2018

Review comment responded on Sep 25, 2018

Thank you, Tamela. We have struggled with the evening guy's performance. We hired him part-time for the summer. He will not be a re-hire, even if he wanted to come back, which I doubt.

5

cozy maintain retreat

Everyone

Lots of snow and roaring fireplace added up to a wonderful New Years break. Enjoyed the mountain retreat atmosphere

By on Jan 2, 2018

Review comment responded on Jan 2, 2018

Thank you for your post!

5

loved loved loved kandahar!

Everyone
Front lobby Front lobby Big Mountain, minutes from Kandahar

Kandahar is a mountain lodge at Big Mountain in Montana. It's everything you could want in a Montana experience. Beautiful, rustic, clean, great, friendly staff. Their gardens and outdoor eating area is pretty and inviting. Indoor area is rustic and charming. The snug bar is awesome. We did not eat at the restaurant but only because we ran out of time but definitely will on our next trip! Thanks Kandahar.

By , from Ohio on Jul 15, 2017

Review comment responded on Jul 17, 2017

Thank you, Michelle, for your kind and enthusiastic review! We look forward to your return!! Jennifer

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

Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort

3824 Big Mountain Road, Whitefish, MT 59937
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