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Waterton Glacier Suites

8.0 | Very Good
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Popular Waterton Park hotel offers rooms with scenic views, jacuzzi, fireplace and balcony

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, DVD rentals
  • Many guests really enjoyed their stays here and found the rooms very comfortable
  • Guests loved the location in the national park and close to town and hiking trails
  • Guests described great service from knowledgeable staff
  • Guests found the beds comfortable
Cons
  • Smallish restaurant in the winter months, with not much open in the town
  • Some guests found the jacuzzis loud
  • No elevator to 2nd floor
  • Limited TV channels and poor reception said some
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jun 8, 2015
Overview
This hotel, which overlooks Emerald Bay in Waterton Lakes National Park, is a guest favourite for romantic getaways. After enjoying strolls in the beautiful natural setting, and exploring the peaceful habitat of deer and mountain sheep and the little town of Waterton, guests can relax in their romantic suites which feature a double jacuzzi, fireplace and private balcony with views of the mountains and lake.

This property has two floors, exterior corridors and no elevator. It is smoke free, pet free and air conditioned, and all rooms include free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV with satellite channels, a DVD player with free movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a safe, an iron and ironing board, a 2-person jacuzzi, a fireplace and a private balcony.

Room extras included vaulted ceilings, skylights, 2 levels, 2 bathrooms, a separate bedroom with fireplace, double size sofabeds and a private entrance.

Free parking is available on site. The on-site Glacier Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner during the winter months (October 15 to May 1). Business services are also available.

During the summer, (May to October) guests can share the amenities of the sister hotel nearby called the Bayshore Inn. Dining options include Lakeside Chophouse serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Fireside Lounge open for lunch and dinner and with live music nightly. Glacier Bistro Starbucks offers breakfast wraps, sandwiches, soup, desserts in a casual setting and is open from 7 am to 11 pm. The Thirsty Bear Saloon offers dancing, live bands and big screen TVs. The Serenity Spa offers spa treatments and massage and the hotel provides a coin-laundry for guests and a gift shop. 

Nearby hiking trails include Bertha Falls, Canyon Creek and Bears Hump. Guests can access most things in the area within a 5-minute walk including the waterfront and Waterton marina which offers canoes and kayaks to enjoy the lake, shopping and restaurants in the town of Waterton, the Waterton Park playground and tennis courts and Waterton Lakes Golf Course. The Prince of Wales Hotel, part of Waterton Lake National Park, is 3 minutes away by car. The nearest U.S./Canada border is 33 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on June 8, 2015: Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free DVD rentals. Restaurant on site runs in the winter when the Bayshore is closed, otherwise guests use the Bayshore facilities.
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The Good
Guests who reviewed this hotel recently really enjoyed their stays. They seemed to be very appreciative of the beautiful surroundings and the access they had to such a peaceful setting, hiking and snoeshoeing trails. Many planned to return for yet another stay.

The rooms seemed to fit the expectations of the guests for cleanliness and comfort. Some were pleased with the mini-fridges and microwaves which gave them some in-room dining opportunities, others mentioned the jacuzzis, the fireplaces and the balconies with scenic views as adding value to the stay.

Guests described the front desk agents as friendly, accommodating and quick to provide activity and restaurant recommendations.
 
Guests liked the location, the scenery, the nearness to the town, the wildlife sightings especially in the hotel's courtyard and the ability to be close to nature, hiking and snowshoeing.
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The Bad
Even though this hotel was a 'slice of heaven' as some put it, there were some complaints from guests at times. Most of these were not really shared by other guests though, as they seemed to result from isolated circumstances. However, that said, there were a couple of common issues for the guests of this hotel. 

One was that the restaurant on site during the winter season was a little small and had expensive prices. Another issue was that the deep fryer did not have a properly working exhaust fan as the smell of grease lingered on one's clothes and burned the eyes.

Some guests missed having more to do in the town in the winter months as many restaurants and hotels closed down during the off season. A few guests found the jacuzzis to be quite loud and the satellite TV reception to be quite poor with limited channels. Some wished for more TVs in the larger suites.
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Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4 out of 5, with 86% of 57 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #3 out of 8 hotels in Waterton Park, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 255 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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Rated 8.0/10 based on 551 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 4 hotels in Waterton Park

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Map Marker Waterton Glacier Suites
107 Wildflower Avenue, Waterton Park, AB