Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
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Day 37 (Monday): Fairly uneventful day travelling by train up to Denali National Park. What takes 2 hours by coach took nearly 7 by coach and train! Train would average under 20mph (great for scenery though) with excellent viewing and service. Lots of beaver country (but no beavers) and 1 lonely black bear along river bank. We shared a table with …
Today was a day of travel, leaving our log cabin styled accommodation we coached it down the road for a few miles to a homestead. On the way we were given an insight into outback living by Levi, a guy in his late 20's maybe early 30's who lives on his own with his dog hair and beard down to the waist and no shoes! He hunts bears and moose for meat …
When we checked in yesterday, the host gave us a heads up that the tracks were right behind us and we'd hear two trains overnight. All but Sherry heard the first one around midnight. It was really loud too. Only Mike and Chuck heard the train at 5am. They said it was just as loud as the first one so I guess most of us slept pretty well.
Our lodge is so beautiful with its rustic log cabin motif. There is a main lodge with the usual front desk and travel info, restaurant with an amazing patio that overlooks the river and mountains, cafe lounge, bar and a large fireplace with lots of comfy eating. There are shops, restaurants, and more cabins that are scattered about the compound and …
We are up bright and early, and by that I mean there isn't really any true darkness in Alaska this time of year, to take a trip on a sternwheeler down the Chena River. We were so excited to see that the weather is clearing and we will have a rain free day. The thought of being on a boat in a cold rain wasn't sounding like fun so we are all very …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDenali Princess Wilderness Lodge Denali National Park and Preserve
Very similar to McKinley Princess lodge but in a much larger complex. Surprised to find we were so close to the highway (so much for wilderness!). Relatively small TV but they have a laundry and free Wi-Fi to room (was only available in main lodge at McKinley). Bathroom relatively small with sink in bedroom. Bar & Grill was great (service & food) and short walk to shops (across highway). Sourdough buffet fir brekky disappointing (why can't motels cook scrambled egg properly!). Lynx Creek Pizza & Pub were great with live music).
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A huge complex. Has several restaurants, gift shops, hot tubs, walking trails. Stayed in the newest building and it was above expectations. They have a dinner theater that was really fun. Food was excellent and lots of it. Everyone is very helpful and accommodating.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge Denali National Park and Preserve
Beautiful hotel. Very cozy. In the middle of magnificent Denali. I recommend it highly.
Nice Property, Tiny Rooms
If you're looking for wide open space and a sense of the nature of Denali, stay somewhere else. If you want a hotel complex with everything you'll need, stay here. The rooms are tiny -- I suppose they want you to continue the cruise ship experience? -- with very limited views, but clean and functional. The main lodge has a huge public area with internet access, cafeteria, luggage hold and gift shop. There is a separate building housing a decent restaurant and yet another building housing a casual pizza/sandwich type of eatery. We had terrible service at the restaurant the first night, but after complaining to the manager, the meal was free. The next night, the service was great (different server). Another building houses a coffee shop and internet cafe. Not the place to be if you want to get away from it all in Alaska, but very nice if you want some creature comforts and a large room is not a requirement. The dining room at the Summit restaurant has nice views.
Pretty, but too many people and too little parking
This was an attractive place to stay, although the huge crowds in the lobbies, entry ways, restaurants, etc certainly remind you that this a hotel for the cruise tour hordes. Our room was clean and attractive, but certainly on the small side. The restaurant was good. We were near the back of the property so it was quiet. We were driving rather than part of a bus tour, and parking can be a significant problem. For the huge size of this place, there is very little parking. Several times we had to stake out the parking lot for 15-20 minutes waiting for someone to leave in order for us to park. We talked with security once about other parking options and were told that the only other area to park was several blocks away.
Hotel is clean and homey. The room was rather large but nothing special. My in-laws and I both loved the clam chowder in the cafe. I highly recommend it. Only down fall was the construction going on around the hotel. Lots of equipment that took away from the feel of getting away from it all. We briefly stopped at the Mckinley Princess on the way to our hotel and thought it a much nicer facility.
I would stay there again
I stayed there this fall, in order to take a bus tour into the park.
When you stay in this area, you are outside the park itself, and many miles away from Mt. McKinley, so you can't expect to see the mountain from your hotel room. The same is true for most of the hotels near the park. The park itself is not industrialized like Yellowstone, it is as wild as it can be preserved.
I was very pleased with the restaurant and bar, the meals were fantastic. I was there at the end of the tourist season, and lucked into some entrees that were being served to see if they were well liked enough to be included on next years menu. The chicken leek soup was so good, I was ordering extra bowls at every meal. And the resturant itself has a beautiful river view. The bar had an old fashioned piano player and lounge singer who was good, I enjoyed myself there.
If you want a cheaper meal, there is also a snack bar on the grounds that sells small fruit trays and sandwiches.
I also took one of their tours, the Husky Homestead tour, that takes you to the dogyard of Iditarod winner Jeff King. You will be handed tiny puppies to cuddle when you arrive at their property, with the option to pay for the photos that a photograher will take of you.
You'll also hear the musher's wife speak about the lifestyle near the park. this tour was well worth the $40.00 per person price tag.
Don't go there!
This place was worse than bad! Overpriced small dingy rooms, with no air conditioning, their buses driving nearby all day spewing diesel fumes. Drunks from the bar making noise at all hours. The staff was rude including the General Manager who basically said, "if you don't like it, leave." There is a much, much nicer place next door at Denali Park Resorts.
Hated the hotel
Dont bother with this hotel. They are very rude . there are several hotels in the same area that are much nicer than the princess. The service is terrible.
Classy Bus Station
Been to Denali several times and always wanted to stay here. the view is great,grounds are beautifully kept and there are 4 hot tubs. However the rooms are small dark with low ceilings. The only view you have is the identical complex of rooms across the way. you access them by walking along a covered walk way. If you want privacy you have to keep your drapes closed as people getting to their rooms can look right into yours. The only provided amenities were shampoo,conditioner,soap and a built in hairdryer. For rates we paid I expected an in room coffee maker and a refrigerator. Our room felt airless, and we kept the bathroom fan on to give us a sense of air circulation. If your not with Princess cruises,parking is very scarce as the tour busses take up all available parking space. We parked off shoulder along the service road as did other guests and some of the hotels staff. In general the hotel staff were very friendly and the shuttle drivers very accommodating but I wouldn't stay here again.
Princess lodge in Denali
In a word, Don't. The lodge is old and poorly situated. There is no air-conditioning and the mosquito's eat you alive. Besides being over-priced, there is not much to do there unless you want to pay the high prices for their tours. There are many newer and less expensive lodges in the same area.
On the land tour part of the Princess Cruise, we recommend skipping Dinali Princess Lodge because you cannot possibly see Mt McKinley from anywhere around it; the rooms are odd (e.g. sink in the bedroom); its like a cattle call in the lodge when the bus arrives and insufficient time for any meaningful outside tours. Lots of GIFT shops everywhere, makes the whole area look tacky. Suggest instead, an extra day at Mt McKinley Lodge, and direct train to Fairbanks. In short, MtMckinley is fine (but often a hour away from some of the more desirable tours). Skip the rest. And Bear Lodge in Fairbanks is great and the train trip there is fabulous. The ship was also.