Motel Nord Haven
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... along the road than about the bus that pulled up and stopped to take a look while we were watching. At this point I think we can say that we've seen and done virtually everything we hoped to, even despite some periods of dicey weather. Monday / Tuesday will be a a loooooong trip home, starting with a nearly full day in Denali and Anchorage, then a midnight flight to Denver and ...
... safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore" - author unknown The return trip was long and uneventful which just seemed to take for ever. I hoped off the bus and hiked the last few miles back to my camp at Teklanika. It is very hard to get to sleep with the long hours of daylight. Tomorrow i'm heading back to the Riley's campground which is located at the entrance of the ...
... fog, and the rain stopped. Cool and overcast is good, for wildlife and photographers. We've got left side seats, the better to see it all, and there are moose, caribou, eagles, and BEARS...and some ridge line white specks they say are Dall sheep. Animals are seen most often on open hillsides, but far away. I'm packing the heavy 400mm lens, and we've all got binoculars, but Mary eventually gave up picture taking with her point and shoot after a series of brown dots ...
... their 1st wedding anniversary). The meal and views were spectacular. The last time we ate on real plates was on Augusto's birthday. It had all of the traits of truly a memorable meal. Since it does not get dark until close to 11, we explored some small trails by Riley creek. There Augusto - always the hunter - found a fairly fresh moose hoof print. And a forest thick with trees, and a spongy, carpet like floor. I'm not sure what can we do to top ...
... the music halls they set up during the gold rush for the miners. Walked around the Lodge afterwards. It is probably the biggest one yet but the smallest room since the cabin. Very hot again so needed a drink on the deck overlooking the Nenana River and watched others river rafting to end the day. They left a letter of apology in our room about the hot weather and a fan to try to cool us. No ...
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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.