Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
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We traveled by bus to the Mt. McKinley lodge. There are supposed to be beautiful views of Mt. McKinley, but we only saw rain and fog! There was a fabulous lobby/bar area where we enjoyed quiet reading time. I even sketched a little.
We took a jet boat tour and saw an eagle and a tree that had been chewed by a beaver. I was a bit unnerved when …
There was no call to notify us of the Aurora Borealis last night, the lodge has an arrangement where if it is visible they call the room, with a wakeup call (if you ask them to), we thought this was a great idea as if we are going to see it, it would be between 1am and 3am.
So the morning started in a relaxed fashion, we caught the bus …
We were impressed with how everything was arranged so smoothly to get off the ship – at our final port Whittier. It was very early when we left in the morning, before light and it was overcast and drizzly.
We walked straight from the ship to the train, the station is located at the port and we were on our way to Talkeetna, a town …
The day was cloudy today so the mountain top was not visible, so glad we saw it yesterday.We went for a walk around a lake about 15minutes drive away from the lodge it was beautiful. Early on the mist was rising from the lake after wards we could see salmon swimming in the water. The mountains were reflected perfectly on the still water. our guide …
After a fantastic week on the ship we are now in Alaska. We have seen some amazing sights Glacier Bay and College Fjord were fantastic. We saw lots of glaciers at both sites and sea otters, whales seals and dolphins.
Now we are at the lodge and there is a beautiful river below us with mountains in the background.
How has this lodge rated in the past?
The rooms were clean and the restaurants were good. I enjoyed the bar with views overlooking Mt. McKinley. Too bad we couldn't see it because of the weather.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Trapper Creek
My husband and I stayed one night as a part of our Alaska travel package. The lodge is pretty much in the middle of nowhere (just off George Parks Highway), but has just about everything you will need right on site. Our room was very nice. Decorated in rustic style and clean. There are laundry facilities in a few of the lodge buildings ($1/wash, $1/dry) located throughout the property. We dined in the 20/320 Alaskan Bar & Grille. The food was good and reasonably priced. We had the breakfast buffet at Cub Cafe. It wasn't the best that I've had, but it gets the job done. Unfortunately, we were in Alaska during an exceptionally rainy summer (...according to the locals) and did not get a chance to see the mountain views from the lodge due to a lot of rain and fog.
My partner and I stayed for one night at Wilderness Lodge. From the hotel descriptions, we anticipated a relaxed and comfortable experience. What we got was quite a bit different.
A major disappointment. As an independent traveller I felt completely unwelcome and at a disadvantage. On boarding the shuttlebus at the station at Talkeetna, the hotel representative had packets and room allocations for all package travellers but nothing for independent travellers. Arriving at the lodge after about 7 hours of travel at 2pm, I was told bluntly by the woman on the desk that check in was at 3.30pm and she would not check me in before then (despite the fact that clearly the package travellers had been given their room allocations). She made no suggestions about what I might do for the next hour and a half. I have never experienced any major hotel which would not even check to see if your room was ready (as I am sure it was).
Stayed at the McKinley Princess Lodge for two nights as part of a rail trip from Anchorage. It was clean and there were friendly college students everywhere trying to be nice and helpful, but I kept feeling that something was missing for the money. I guess attentive service I expect at a large resort.
I expected more from a lodge run by a cruise ship company... This wasn't first class in any stretch of the imagination. Although, the views are beautiful, I think the views at the Talkeenta Alaskan Lodge are superior. (Speaking of the Alaskan Lodge, even if you don't stay at the Alaskan Lodge, you should check out the views!)
This is a great property - part of the Princess Cruises chain. The location affords an unparalled view of majestic Mt McKinley and the surrounding range. And what a view it is!
We went to the Mt. Mckinley Princess as part of a cruise/tour combination. It was wonderful. The lodge is spread out over a large area so you don't feel crowded. On the main deck in front of Denali ( Mt Mckinley ) it does get crowded at times, but make your way to the front. It is rare to get to see Denali completely, due to weather and clouds, but when you do it is like nothing you will ever see again. This deck is 40 miles from the mountain. You can get closer, but you have to hike into the national park and there are no trails. Behind the deck is a Great Room with a fireplace and plenty of chairs to relax in. There is a nice bar for a cold Alaskan Amber while you wait for Denali to show itself. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Most all of them I talked to are quite knowledgeable about Alaska and the surrounding area. The rooms are nice and roomy. The only minus I have to say is the Mountain View Dining Room. It is rather over-priced and stuck on itself. This is typical of many hotel restauraunts though. If you are staying here, it isn't because of the food anyway.
You'll love Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge!
The lodge is a spectacular destination not to be missed. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure that your every need is met. The room's decor is tastefully decorated in an Alaskan theme, and the Great Room's views and architecture are breathtaking! Don't miss this!
Enjoyed Mt McKinley Lodge
I stayed at this lodge Sept 2002 and really liked it. The great room with fireplace was heavenly and the food was excellent. It is very far out from everything which I liked. Just don't forget anything!The room was fine. Clean and attractive.
A wonderful place with a fantastic view
The lodge and it's various lodges were very luxurious and clean. The air was so crisp and fresh to breathe, and the sights of Mt. McKinley were beyond belief. It was breath-taking. The food in the restaurants was fabulous. I truly hated to leave. If it hadn't have been for us leaving for a cruise, I would have wanted to stay on for a few more days. The gift shop was filled with delightful employees ready to help our every need, and it was loaded with many unusual gift ideas. All in all, my husband and I would love to come back to the lodge to stay for a while and revisit the Denali National Park and the surrounding areas of Willow, Alaska. Our three days there truly made our vacation a true joy and a wonderful time of relaxation.