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 …
... are in for a quick dry out and charge up for the electronics. The mom said most of their choice food had been depleted, so when Mary handed over two packs of Famous Amos cookies from our lunches, two kids' eyes lit up. We did a walkout into the tundra with Ranger Matt. Got a quick lesson in BMW safety before we started out. Bears: Do NOT run! Stand up tall and wave your arms in the air, because they aren't familiar with any prey animals who raise their arms ...
... The morning was a bit cooler then the previous couple of days and we bundled up. At the creek we were treated by a huge caribou walking and eating along the river. There were several photographers also clicking away. Augusto did his fair share, but I think secretly he would have preferred his Hoyt. Early in our hike we saw a bob cat marking ...
... on. We had stumbled upon the 49th state brewery. We bellied up to the bar and began tasting a few so we could bring back a couple of growlers. As we were sampling the brew I received a text from Nancy asking where are we? We were so taken by the brewery we came back to the campsite and decided to go there for dinner. The food was great and they served one of the biggest hamburgers I have seen. When we inquired about the burger the waiter said when your in Alaska you ...
... 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 ...
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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.