Kennicott Glacier Lodge
15 Kennicott Millsite, Kennicott, AK, USA
www.kennicottlodge.com - Phone 1-907-258-2350 | Toll free: 1-800-582-5128
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Kennicott Glacier Lodge Reviews
Conveniently staying in the heart of Wrangell - St. Elias National Park Sep 09, 2011
Note: The bathroom selection is average since the rooms do not have a bathroom! The shared bathrooms in the lodge are clean.
This beautifully located lodge is a replica of one of the historic mine buildings of the Kennecott Copper mine. The amazing ruins of this abandoned mine, currently a national monument, are only a few hundred feet away from the lodge and is one of the main attractions of the hamlet of Kennicott. The lodge's inner walls are decorated with old mine artifact, construction drawings, old letters and other administration of the mine, and vintage commercials from the 1930s - 1940s.
Given the fact that the lodge can only be provided via the 60-mile-long McCarthy dirt road, or by plane, the lodge charges above average prices. But it is money well spent. Even given the fact that guests get only basic rooms. I.e. a rather small room with just bedding and a sink. Clean bathrooms and showers are throughout the lodge and must be shared with other guests.
Another unique aspect of the lodge is the restaurant. It serves dinner, but there is no choice to make. The chef prepares one of the seven possible menus. These menus, by the way, are quite extensive: Freshly baked bread, lots of salad, an entree, dessert, and coffee/tea. Dinner is served at 7pm and guests are seated on long tables according a seating arranged by the management. A nice way to share your Alaska experiences with fellow guests!
Breakfast consists of a small or extended buffet. For lunch one can choose to eat inside or have the lodge prepare a packed lunch.
The lodge offers: beautiful views on the moraine of the Kennicott and Root glaciers, tours to the abandoned Kennicott Copper Mill building, other tours, flight seeing, two lounges with books and games, a free daily slide show about the area, free (but limited to the lobby) WiFi, a free transfer by the lodge shuttle bus from and to the Kennicott River pedestrian Bridge, and free parking at the parking about 0.3 mile before the river (GPS: 61.434951,-142.953962). The lodge also has a second building that seems to have rooms with bathrooms.
One minor aspect of the lodge is the fact that its walls are extremely thin. Bring ear plugs because you'll hear the snoring of the other guests everywhere, like a 3D audio experience.
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