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Glacier Mountaineer Lodge

8.0 | Very Good | #7 out of 15 hotels in Golden

Pet-friendly Kicking Horse Ski Resort hotel on the hill with balconies and full kitchens

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, DVD movies
  • The hotel's rooms were described as clean and well equipped
  • Several guests were pleased with the hotel's proximity to the ski lift and restaurants in the winter
  • Many guests found the staff friendly and helpful
  • Many enjoyed beautiful views from their rooms
  • Many were thrilled with the size of the larger suites with full kitchens
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall by guests
  • Some guests found dated rooms, springy mattresses, old TVs
  • Underground parking and ski lockers have limited availability
  • Outdoor hot tub a little small said some guests
  • Some guests complained of noise disturbances
  • No air conditioning in guest rooms
  • Restaurants on site are closed in low season
  • No 24-hour front desk (in spring and fall) felt risky to some guests
  • Grocery store on site was found to have limited items and hours
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Jun 21, 2017
About the hotel: This mountain lodge is right on the hill with great views and ski-in/ski-out access. It's a popular spot for winter skiing and boarding and offers spacious, condo-like accommodations with a full kitchen and a washer/dryer. Multiple on-site dining options, outdoor hot tub, steam room and large lockers with boot warmers complete the stay. It also offers a quiet respite in the summer with nearby trails and white water rafting.

The smoke-free hotel has 102 rooms on 4 floors with elevator access.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a wet bar, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. 

Some rooms include a sofabed, 1, 2 or 3 separate bedrooms, a loft, a full kitchen, a dining table, a DVD player, a gas fireplace, a washer and dryer, and a private balcony. The hotel does not offer wheelchair-accessible rooms.

Rooms are furnished with 1 double, 1 or 2 queens. 1 queen + 1 double or 1 king bed.

Guests should note: that housekeeping is available on the fourth day of your stay.

Free (limited) heated underground parking is available on site (1 vehicle per reservation). Additional parking is available at parking areas on the mountain. 

Pets are welcome if under 40 lbs (1 dog/cat per room) for $30 per night to a maximum of $125 per stay.

Restaurants on site: Multiple dining options are available in high season only and located on the ski hill, at the base of the gondola and in the day lodge. 

Off-site restaurants: A good selection of restaurants are also available in town, a 15-minute drive away.

Hotel amenities include a fitness centre, a steam room, a sauna, an outdoor hot tub, ski lockers with boot dryers, bicycle storage, and free DVD movies. 

Front desk hours: during the winter the front desk is open 24 hours (December to mid-April) and during the summer high season. During the spring and fall the hotel offers limited front desk hours.

What's nearby? Golden's town centre and Golden Golf & Country Club are both a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The Kicking Horse General Store (at the resort) is a 2-minute walk. 

Getting around: The Trans-Canada Highway is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Golden Airport (YGE) is a 21-minute drive away with no traffic. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with front desk January 16, 2016: the hotel offers a 24-hour front desk during the winter season (December to mid-April) and during the summer high season, all rooms have a mini-fridge and a wet bar and some have full kitchens
The Good
Guests really enjoyed their winter stays at this hotel. It typically offered a great place to ski or snowboard with dining, cafe and pub options on site, with one restaurant at the top of the hill.

Many enjoyed their rooms for having cozy fireplaces, the space to accommodate the whole family, large bathrooms and full kitchens for saving on dining-out costs. (Guests did recommend coming to the area stocked with groceries as the small grocery store at the hill did not have much in the way of supplies.) Stunning mountain views were a highlight.

Guests liked several of the amenities they found on site including an outdoor hot tub, the sauna, steam showers and huge lockers with boot warmers. 

Although the staff did not have a perfect record with all reviewers, many found them friendly and to provide good service.

Many thought the ski in/ski out hillside location was excellent and loved having access to nearby restaurants.

The Bad
Some guests were somewhat dissatisfied, but this seems to have been mostly during summer stays. The hotel is mostly geared to ski vacations and the summer is a slower time, when the restaurants are not open. This made the area feel a little too quiet for some guests, who found they had to access Golden for dining, unless they had planned to cook during their vacation.

The area was still beautiful; there was hiking trails and golfing but guests became more focused on the older state of the rooms. Some were not updated with flat screen TVs and some felt disadvantaged with no air conditioning (valley-facing rooms stayed cooler with less afternoon sun). A few found certain rooms (with queen beds) to be a little small and some guests complained of springy mattresses.

A few guests had complaints about noise during their stay. They said they could hear the elevator shaft all night and couldn't sleep, the snow grooming equipment, neighbours in adjoining rooms (through the door) and the music from Peaks Grill. In addition some guests objected to loud music played by the resort during the winter on the ski hill which they said blared all day.

Also a problem for some was the limited availability of underground parking which could necessitate parking in the overflow lot, a 2-minute walk away. Ski lockers were also used by locals who came to ski for the day and the guests were not allowed to bring ski equipment (or boots) into their rooms, so this could pose a problem for guests who had to wait for others to check out, or leave at the end of the ski day, in order to obtain a locker. (One reviewer advised bringing your own lock for the lockers as these were not always on hand.)

Guests found the prices at the grocery store on site expensive and said they were not all that well stocked and closed early at 6 pm.

A few guests found the outdoor hot tub a little small for a communal hot tub.

Some guests were inconvenienced to have to check in at another building and said that there were no signs directing guests as to the location of front desk.

Finally, some found the town of Golden a little far for accessing dining and groceries.
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The average guest rating for Glacier Mountaineer Lodge is 8.0 out of 10 based on 359 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Glacier Mountaineer Lodge at #7 out of 15 hotels in Golden.

Map Marker Glacier Mountaineer Lodge
Box 2310, 1549 Kicking Horse Trail, Golden, BC