Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

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Hotel class: 4 stars
Mile 133 George Parks Hwy, McKinley Park, AK, USA

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Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge McKinley Park Reviews

X_Drive X_Drive
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A True Wilderness Lodge Sep 14, 2009
When they named this place they picked the best one that they possibly could, Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge. Wilderness being the key word. Located about 40 miles north of Talkeetna, Alaska and the railroad that gets you there, this large rustic style lodge with multiple cabins for guests was built by Princess for its tours of Alaska. It is still 100 miles south of Denali National Park and about 40 miles south of the mountain, only 25% of the time do you actually get a good view. We were extremely lucky.

The large lodge contains a good-sized souvenir and gift shop, a buffet style restaurant, and a grill type restaurant where you can take a meal outside onto the huge deck which faces Mt. McKinley. The main lobby and seating area with a huge fireplace and floor to ceiling glass to show off Mt. McKinley as the centerpiece, and a large gathering area where local tours can gather to wait for their busses, and an internet area. There is a cost of each fifteen minutes of time on the computers. The check-in area is also situated just off this large lobby.

The cabins, which are all single story, each have 10 or 12 rooms and are laid out around the large 17 acre open hillside like Army barracks with concrete trails between them. A one-way road encircles the area so that the small shuttle bus can take those who can't walk the distances from their cabins to the lodge or separated specialty restaurant.

The rooms although fairly clean, are pretty sparse. A pair of double beds in each room along with a table and chairs and a desk for writing. There is a television, but no in-room internet, no refrigerator or microwave.

There is a spa located among the cabins and is available for use by all guests. Other than that, there is nothing to do. They speak of hiking trails, but those are just the trails through and around the buildings. If you are staying more than one day they do offer a few tour options or you may buy a ticket to Talkeetna to take a plane ride from there over Mt McKinley.

Only open during the late spring until mid September, it is not only available to Princess cruise tours but to anyone who may wish to drive to this extremely remote area. Parking for those customers is far from their rooms or cabins, and there are no carts, or bell boys to assist with your luggage. All guests, including the tour customers must get their own bags to their cabins and rooms.

And if you need anything that isn’t carried in the gift shop or restaurants, forget it. Its 40 miles to anything.

We were the very last guests for the year at this facility and the staff was helpful but anxious to get out and go home.
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jaypost jaypost
21 reviews
Princess Lodge - Denali Jul 14, 2008
Located just outside the gate of Denali National Park along the Nenana River.

All the lodging in the area is quite pricey due to its remoteness in the interior of Alaska.

Princess is one of the large properities in the heart of town.

They offer numerous excersions through their outfitter desk. But all they are doing is signing you up with other businesses. So calling the rafting company or fly fishing guide yourself will save about $10/person.

The restuarant on the property are pretty good including the original pizza shop in town.
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mrgishi mrgishi
133 reviews
Like a summer camp with much nicer facilities Aug 30, 2006
Located in McKinley Park, Alaska, the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is right outside of the entrance to Denali National Park. It is a sprawling complex of buildings, none of which are taller than two stories. Most rooms have outside entrance, but each building only has about 8 rooms, so you don't get much pedestrian traffic past your door. Interspersed between the lodging buildings are shops, restaurants and a museum. Walking around the complex has the feel of a small college campus or a very nice summer camp. There is an activity desk in the main lobby building with several helpful attendants that will answer any questions you have about activities in the area or even make arrangements for you. The two restaurants, The Summit and Base Camp Bistro, serve decent food. You can get a lot of the typical Alaskan dishes such as crab, halibut and even reindeer.
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Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Overview

Situated within Denali State Park on the Chulitna River two hours north of Anchorage Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is a true wilderness retreat. Located on Denali*s southside the lodge boasts an incredible view of majestic Mt. McKinley. The lodge offers vaulted ceilings massive stone fireplace lobby piano a children*s playground and nature trails that stretch for miles. Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is open mid-May through mid-September.

Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Amenities

  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Concierge
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Housekeeping
  • Medical Assistance Available
  • News Stand
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Water Activities
  • Fishing
  • Playground
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Health Centre
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Cots
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Paid Parking

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