Motel Nord Haven
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We drove north on highway 3 from Talkeetna toward the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. After a couple of hours we reached Denali, picked up our bus tickets for the following day, and spent the afternoon hiking around the entrance area trails and checking out the visitor center. We stayed about 10 miles from Denali in the town of Healy …
... dots and grey dots. Our driver Manuel is great. He tells us to yell "stop" if we see anything, and at the about hourly rest stops, he's always out there cleaning all our windows. Our bus has lots of Germans and three young couples from Argentina. We saw one of their cars in the parking lot, the one painted with "Argentina to Alaska." They've been on the road for two and a half YEARS. One couple is planning to take the next 2 or 3 years to drive back down the west ...
... Roses Cafe" around the 249.5 milepost. We had eaten there twice on our 2008 trip and it hadn't changed much, including Rose (although the prices seemed to be up quite a bit.) But the food was good and plentiful (including the warm "bumbleberry pie ala mode") and we called it our "Lupper" since we finished up a little before 4pm between lunch and supper.
We found "Aspen Haus" with no problem and met the ...
... s when it climbed the tree. As a result, I got some great pictures since it was, at that point, a captive audience.
So after taking 6 hours to make a 3 hour drive, we pulled into Denali National Park and made our reservations for out Discovery Hike on Saturday. So far we are the only ones signed up. By this time we were starving and decided to stop at Prospectors Pizza which was recommended by a couple that we ...
We were a bit sleepy, but we made it the 249 miles to the Denali Park. The visitor center was closing so we purchased tickets for the bus ride through the park for tomorrow. We continued 11 miles up the road and searched for our motel. I knew that staying a motel is more of a challlenge than hotels, but everything else was booked. After asking for directions we finally found the motel. The ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Motel Nord Haven Healy
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 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.
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.
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.