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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

101 Kennicott Avenue, P.O. Box MXY, McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We loved our (unfortunately) short time in McCarthy. Ma Johnson's Hotel was quite charming and offered an insight into high living in 1920's AK. Actually reminded me of Gunsmoke....We had salmon the best salmon diner of our lives at the resturant and we were quite suprised to find top shelf ETOH in the bush. We'll be going back in 2015!

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Goshen, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I have been on every road in Alaska even the ones rental cars are not allowed and been to most of the towns including Barrow, Nome, Sitka, Juneau, Cooper Landing, Seward, Homer, Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Bethel, Chitina, etc and nothing comes close to the "Real Alaskan Experience" as does McCarthy specifically McCarthy Lodge and Ma Johnson's Hotel. I have been coming... More

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Davis, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

What a treat we found awaiting us at the end of a long drive from Anchorage! The staff at Ma Johnson's was incredibly friendly from the moment they picked us up at the footbridge to the moment they dropped us back off. This historic hotel is clean and full of antique treasures. They provide robes and slippers, so heading down... More

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Lodging in a renovated 1920s hotel in remote Alaska might be challenging, but this place pulls it off nicely. Don't expect luxury accommodations, but do expect a clean environment and friendly staff. It is right in town and just 10 minutes from the Kennicot Mine buildings. Don't forget to walk across the street to the saloon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I loved staying at Ma Johnsons ... A very quaint old world wooden hotel in keeping with the nearby abandoned Kennicott Mine. We were offered to look at all the available rooms and chose. Each room had a basin, towels, soaps, dressing gowns and slippers. The bathrooms are shared but right there and as the hotel was quiet so we... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Very friendly staff at the Hotel, Saloon and restaurant. Stairs are quite steep to the 2nd floor rooms but this destination is for the more mobile traveler anyway. Shared bathrooms but the rooms have an old style charm that is endearing. My room had a sink, soaps and towels which meant I could clean up before dinner without relying on... More

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Iowa City
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14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Lobby is very quaint and the staff nearby. Tiny rooms and adequate beds. With two beds, I had a place to put my duffel. Beware, there in NO heating. I got back to Glennallen with a terrible cold. The only outlet(power strips)for charging is in the lobby. Only two bathrooms, one on each floor. For two nites, I should have... More

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AK400400, Owner at McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience here in McCarthy. We are sorry to hear the hotel did not meet your expectations. Most visitors to McCarthy plan well in advance and have ample opportunity to learn about our living museum hotel. When a guest arrives as a "walk-in", (very rare in this remote location) they may... More

Decatur, Alabama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

BEST experience of our trip. I'll admit that I had concerns but each & every one was unwarranted. I'd go back tomorrow !! The facilities were great and the atmosphere was wonderful. Everyone was so friendly and helpful.

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Anchorage, Alaska
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We've stayed at the McCarthy Lodge many times, and are always treated wonderfully. Small, but comfortable rooms, decorated with authentic artifacts of the Kennicott mining era. The restaurant is genuine, fine-dining of the sort that you wouldn't expect, and we've never seen in a town this small. It's so good that we've traveled all the way from Anchorage just to... More

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Chestertown
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The staff at Ma Johnson's and the Lodge could not have been more welcoming and helpful when our family of ten (four young children) descended on them. Not only did they work the room accommodations for us and around our uncertain schedule, but were great at satisfying junior and senior palates to the "nth " degree.

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Additional Information about McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel Alaska
Address: 101 Kennicott Avenue, P.O. Box MXY, McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
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Location: United States > Alaska > Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve > McCarthy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty lodging in McCarthy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful Scenery, Fine Cuisine, and True Alaskan History all rolled into one – Perfect for a weekend gateway!Our accommodations and restaurants are in the very center of the largest protected wilderness on earth. McCarthy is surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska! Experience the unexpected; unique tasting menus with casual style at McCarthy Lodge. The Golden Saloon offers a hearty menu of family favorites. Our greenhouses provide fresh produce for our restaurants, our Copper River Red Salmon is wild-caught by locals. Best of all, the fully restored Ma Johnson’s Hotel is the only authentic historic hotel in the park. Spend a few minutes in the Golden Saloon and make friends instantly. ... more   less 

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