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- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking
Great setting, right in the river, a distance from 'town' there is a shuttle. Rooms are large, warm and have free wifi and coffee/tea maker. There is no fridge, but ice is available down the corridor. Clean
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This was a very nice hotel--my only problem was that they didn't seem to be set up to handle a single person. Everyone else there seemed to be coming off of a cruise ship, which means mostly retired couples. The restaurants seemed to go into slow motion and scratch their heads trying to figure out where they would seat me.
That said, the room was comfortable and the food was quite good. The property is very spread out so you have to take a shuttle bus back and forth to the lobby where the front desk, restaurants and gift shop were located, unless you are willing to walk up and down a very steep hill. There wasn't much of a view from my room considering we were a mile from Denali National Park.
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Historical Traveler Reviews McKinley Chalet Resort Denali National Park and Preserve
Very nice, and expesnsive!
This was a very nice hotel, however it was very expensive! The rooms were log cabin theme, ours had a balcony overlooking the river which was absolutely beautiful. About ten minutes after getting to our room there was a power outage for about 5-10 minutes, I don't know how common this is up there but I thought that I would just mention it!
We had previous reservations at another hotel which ended up being a dump when we got there, so we had to try and find a new hotel on Labor Day. The staff were very helpful and willing to get a us a room. If I ever go to Denali Park again I will get a room here again.
Overall this is a beautiful serene place to stay and I would absolutely recommend it. The price is well worth it!
We were booked to stay at the McKinley Chalet Resort and were quite worried about it, having read some of the reviews - especially those about the quality and price of the food!
We were booked into the McKinley Chalet resorts as part of a tour group. Having read some of the preavius reviews about the resort, we were quite apprehensive about our stay.
What a pleasant surprise. We found the rooms clean and comfortable, the grounds neat and attractive.
There were several dining room options. We found the food selection satisfactory, and tasty. The prices were good and the dining room staff were friendly and helpful.
In spite of the many tour groups into the resort, the movement of guests went smoothly.
We have no complaints.
After having read several negative reviews, my expectations were not high for the McKinley Chalets. I was pleasantly surprised. The resort consists of a number of buildings, many of which are two-story "chalets" with about ten rooms. The buildings are nicely hidden among the trees on a slope down to the river. It's a large property, which you never really see in toto because of all the tall trees. A shuttle bus travels regulary among the chalets and brings you up to the main building where there are two restaurants, a coffee shop, a gift shop, and the main lobby. While I wouldn't consider the resort to be luxurious, I would definitely consider it attractive-- rustic, which makes sense since the tourist area is surrounded by wilderness. Our room was actually a small suite. It was rustic in appearance, but very clean, modern and comfortable. Much of the staff is comprised of foreign students, whom we greatly enjoyed talking to. Most were from Russia or eastern Europe and spoke English beautifully. All the staff were very polite and attentive. We had three meals at the lodge, including a buffet breakfast, which was certainly satisfying, both in quantity and quality. The other restaurant was really of remarkably high quality (and pretty expensive, although not unreasonable considering the isolation of this area.) I especially recommend the Denali eggs Benedict, which I think was really spectacular. We had one meal at the Denali Grand Hotel, which had a much more elegant atmosphere (and was very expensive), but the food was no better than at the Chalets. We took the Tundra Safari adventure tour, which was beyond belief: We saw thirteen grizzlies, numerous caribou and mountain sheep, and a wolf! The guide was extremely informative. We also attended the dinner theater, which had some very talented performers. I loved the ribs, but my husband didn't. It's all you can eat, so most people stuffed themselves. Although we never saw Mt. Denali or any part of it in the three days that we were at the resort, due to overcast skies, we had a breathtaking view of it from the train on our way back to Anchorage. One more thing: Holland-America houses its tour members at the McKinley Chalet, so it's full pretty much all the time. Not a problem for us, we had a great time.
Upon arrival to McKinley Chalets via train, the told us they over booked the hotel for the next few days, after great debate on their part, they asked if we would consider changing rooms (down to river) in the middle of our stay. They said if we agree to this, they would give us a comlientary night. So, we decided on the second day to pack everything up & move down to the river to have the complimentary night. While checking out, they charged us for the room every night (no complimentary night) and also over charged what the reservation said. They seemed to have forgotten what they offered us, and the assistant manager (Emily) would not help at all. She told me the manager would call me later that day. I have left 15 messages with managers, etc. and no one will return my call. Totally unproffessional. We taveled for 18 days across Canada & Alaska & everyone was delightful. But I will not stay at Mckinley Chalet again, unless they make this right with me. Be very careful & have everything in writing! "TRADERS"
I made the mistake of staying at the McKinley Chalets for four days earlier this summer, and off the top of my head I cannot recall having any less pleasant hotel experience in my life. Rooms are acceptably large and well furnished but there were plumbing problems, which we couldn't get fixed, and there is no air conditioning, which the hotel's publicity lies about. The staff is rude, surly, incompetent, and most of them don't speak any English at all. Trying to get problems fixed proved a waste of time.
We stayed at the Chalet for three nights last summer. When I called to book the room, I asked if the rooms were air-conditioned as I know not many hotels in this area have a/c. The girl who answered the phone put me on hold and went to ask someone. She came back on the line and said that yes...the rooms had a/c....Hence...I paid almost $800 for three nights in full as they wanted prepayment.
- Stayed at McKinley Chalet 22/23 May
Beautiful river scenery
The best thing about The Chalet is the view from its parking lot of the wild Nenana River . I always stop for photos there, when I go to the park. What you may not know is that there is an access road to the far left of the parking lot, it's very steep and it takes you right down to the river. There are rooms down there as well, and you can walk up to the river's edge for photos. You'll see a boulder of huge proportions along the bank. If you love the sound of rushing water, you'll love this walk.
The resort is well located. Many tours into the park leave from here so you don't have to take a shuttle from another hotel for your tours.The restaurants are overpriced with mediocre food. We stayed in the cabins and they are rather spartan but comfortable.Trails down to the Nenana riverside.Overall a positive experience.Holland America puts their passengers there.