Motel Nord Haven
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We left Healy early to start our 4 hour drive to church. The sky was blue and clear which allowed us to see Mt. McKinley one last time as we drove down.
The small congregation in Anchorage was very friendly and we enjoyed talking with for a while after church. We also joined them for their yearly picnic on Sunday. It was cold and rainy but the fellowship warm.
We have had a wonderful trip and have made so many memories.
... have been in a bad mood if he'd wasted the morning watching the rest of it.
Headed off in our lovely big SUV north on the Fairbanks road. We watched hour upon hour of lovely mountain vistas roll past as we caught up on each other's comings and goings over the last few months.
Arrived in the town of Talkeetna late morning, and had a wander around. Talkeetna was a prospectors town - the major staging point where the railroad from Seward and Anchorage ...
... they were delicious subs. Olivia had a salad. After lunch we walked over to the Murie Education Center. While we were waiting, some of the students were on the webcam. Jadon was able to talk to his mom and his mom could see him. We boarded our bus with a biologist and headed into the park. We made a few stops on the way to learn about the environment and the animals. We were able to get som awesome pictures of the mountains. To our ...
... headed to our home for the next three days at a B&B on a lake in Healy - very pretty setting. Tomorrow and Sunday we take the bus deep into the park to hopefully get even better views of McKinley, the remote wilderness, and wildlife. As I write this, it is 10:00 pm and still broad daylight - the sun won't set for another 2-1/2 hours. This is the farthest north we've ever been, even a bit farther than we got in Norway ...
... the burning wild fires. This significantly reduced our visibility. Now I better appreciate why only 30% of the visitors that come to Denali see Mount McKinley. We were able to see Igloo, Cathedral, Sable, Polychrome and Divide mountains. The group picture is of a dinner show we went to last night - two days in a row of eating out. No worries - tonight we're back by our campsite eating by the fire resting for tomorrow's ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Motel Nord Haven Healy
Nord Haven: good value near Denali
I agree with most of what other people have written. Rooms are large and clean. It's cheaper than staying near Denali's main entrance, but not hard to get to. Internet access was great. Staff was very helpful, and this was important to us since we were on the first floor and an EXTREMELY noisy family was right above us. The night manager called them multiple times and eventually went to the room to get them to chill out. The manager moved us the second night to an upstairs room away from the Loud Family, and that was much better.
We asked for a sack lunch (ten bucks per) and it was a very big ham sandwich w/ an apple, 2 cookies, a softdrink and a bottle of water. We felt we got our money's worth on them. I would be careful w/ Rose's Cafe - my wife and I ate there the first night and the food we had was basically Banquet brand frozen food. Burgers and other items were probably much better but the "fried chicken" was very mediocre.
All in all, Nord Haven is well worth it, but try to get a second floor room to be sure you won't be affected by people upstairs having a dance party or whatever...
We stayed at the Motel Nord Haven after a day of beautiful scenery and long bumpy highways. The staff was very friendly and the room was large and pleasantly decorated. Don't let the word "motel" give you the impression that this place lacks quality in any way. The mattresses were very comfortable and the linens were plush and warm. There was a library upstairs and an extensive area information folder in the room. They also had high speed wireless internet. The Nord Haven made a great end to one day and a refreshing beginning of the next.
We ate a huge breakfast at a good price at Rose's Café located about 300 yards from the hotel.
We stayed at the Nord Haven on the way to Fairbanks from Anchorage and on the way back from Fairbanks to Anchorage. The room was very large and comfortable. It was very clean and quiet. There is a sitting room upstairs where you can sit and read or just look out of the huge window.
We were here in the off season, so we were about the only people here. The locaton is very close to Denali Park. We will stay here again whenever we come back to beautiful Alaska.
Great place to stay
This motel turned out to be as good as the tripadvisor reviewers said it would be. Very clean, large comfortable rooms, good light breakfast.
The term "Motel" just does not do justice to the Nord Haven. It felt more like a nice country inn - with community sitting/reading areas, deck overlooking the forest, and breakfast/game room.
The location 10 miles north of the Denali entrance seems very close after the long drive from Anchorage (or wherever you arrived from). The drive is easy and scenic.
My family of four rented a car in Anchorage and drove to Denali following a cruise (instead of taking the cruise's train/bus land package). This worked out very well.
A Jewel North of Denali
Motel Nord Haven is such a special place--well run and maintained, beautiful Alaskan arwork and photos on all the walls, 2 great community rooms, good collection of Alaskan natural history books for guests, and just a short drive from the busy Denali National Park entrance. The rooms are spacious and very, very clean(and cleaned daily). We were lucky to get a queen with a microwave and fridge, very helpful because food is expensive in the area(we shopped at the huge Carrs supermaket in Anchorage). The motel has the feeling of a fine scandinavian hostel, but with private rooms. The breakfast room w/ fireplace is huge and inviting, as is the deck looking out into the Taiga forest. The staff is friendly and helpful. Highly recommemded by a very picky traveler(but a budget traveler too!) Great for couples and families, as long as kids don't expect video games or a pool. The land of Interior Alaska is the entertainment. The cafe next door, Rose's Diner, is a special place for those who enjoy classic diners. They serve the "Grizzly Burger": 1 lb. ground beef topped with ham steak, egg, and cheese. Your cardiologist's nightmare! Great atmosphere in diner, full of locals and travelers. Right out of "Northern Exposure"! Motel Nord Haven is the place to stay--skip the expensive hotels at park entrance(you must rent a car to travel to Healy).
Great place to stay!
Just a short drive from Denali, but a world away in terms of price and peace and quiet. Clear rooms. Free breakfast. (The diner next door is also quite good.) Cheaper than rigth by the park.
Keep your camera out when driving to the park. The closest we were to a moose was on the drive from Nord Haven to the park, in the wee hours of the morning. It crossed the highway right in front of us. (Had to pull over to keep from hitting it.)
The Lunch Box, a great place for sandwiches, is also on the way from Nord Haven to the park.
Clean, spacious and friendly
After staying in hiltons and marriotts this motel was a pleasant surprise for us.
Clean and spacious rooms and a very friendly staff. We almost felt sorry for the people that stayed ten miles closer to the parkentrance but paid maybe $ 100,00 more for less quality.
Motel Nord Haven - 10 Minutes from Denali and worth the drive.
Just returned from Alaska. Motel Nord Haven is a friendly, family run motel at far better prices then staying "in the canyon". Rooms are HUGE by motel standards. Wireless Internet throughout was an added bonus. A lot less chaotic than the canyon area also. The ten minute drive to the park is no problem. In fact, one evening on our way back to the motel, we stopped to see a moose in a pond next to the road. Although the Motel Nord Haven offers a Continental Breakfast, don't miss going to Rose's Diner located next door. They serve great breakfasts. We walked though the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and my initial thought was that it was a cruise ship on land. This is one of the primary locations where the all the bus tours stay. Lots and lots of senior citizens playing cards and passing time in the lobby. All walkways around the area were concrete. Not at all what I would want from my Alaska experience. I would definitely recommend the Motel Nord Haven to anyone visiting Denali.
Great find in Denali area
A very solid value in an overpriced area, a few miles north of the overcrowded Denali area is a quit and VERY CLEAN motel with prices well below the tourist traps further south. This would be my first choice anytime in the area. The rooms are very basic but very clean and they include a free breakfast which in the area a sit down breakfast for two will cost you $20 and up.
The rooms here are very clean and service pretty good. Absence of a guest laundry is a minus. I would highy recommend the facility. Tip: Stock up on your groceries and treats before you leave Anchorage or Fairbanks -- pricey prices increase substantially in the hinterland.