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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

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1.0 of 5 Lodge   |   101 Kennicott Avenue, P.O. Box MXY, McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
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  • 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
    5 of 5 stars
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Munich, Germany
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We toured Alaska for 3 weeks in August '14: Anchorage-Fairbanks-Inuvik (ok, not Alaska :-)), Haines Junction-Anchorage. If you look for a place completely off the mainstream, if you want to meet a bunch of authentic people who simply love what they do, if you want to meet real "Aussteiger" - as we say in Germany - who give everything to... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

...but didn't regret it for one moment. Yes, the rooms were small. Yes, there were shared bathrooms. Yes, there are no power outlets in the rooms. And yes, this truly is a living history museum. The experience was totally worth it and we would return again with no reservations (well, you had better have reservations as it is usually sold... More

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Newtown, Connecticut
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Ma Johnson's is a step back in time. During our recent visit to McCarthy we spent 4 days and really had a great time. The staff was extremely helpful and are really nice. The rooms are small and clean also be prepared to share a bathroom with other guests. If your looking for a place with a lot of amenities... More

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Park City, UT
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We stayed here as part of a tour (Get Up & Go Alaska) and would definitely recommend Ma Johnson's to anyone venturing to the McCarthy/Kennicott area of Alaska. The hotel is in an old, but beautifully maintained and historically furnished former boarding house. The rooms are a bit small, but clean and comfortable. The staff is wonderful and incredibly accommodating.... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My travel agent had booked me for two nights in this lodge. The room was tiny - one king sized bed just filled it with no room for anything else. Showers and toilets are shared with others. There are no keys to the rooms (I was told - it is so safe here, we do not need keys). It was... 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 a review. We are sorry to hear about your asthma and are not certain of what may have caused a flare up. The hotel is heated with a high efficiency baseboard heat exchange system. No wood is burned in any of our historic buildings, although other accommodations near McCarthy do use wood... More

Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was on a tour so we didn't have a choice in where we stayed accommodation wise. But this is such a gorgeous place and a gem in the middle of Alaska. I would love to visit again and if I did, I would be staying at Ma Johnson's! The hotel and really the whole town feels like you're in... More

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Buffalo, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Ma Johnson's is a unique experience. Built in 1923, I believe, it has many of the original artifacts, including the original bed frames. The lobby is BEAUTIFUL! Shuttle buses at the pedestrian bridge are available at a moments to transport you to the hotel. . We were greeted in our very clean room with robes and slippers and hand-made soaps... More

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Haddenham, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It really is as good as it looks! Rooms were on the smaller side but very comfortable and had wash basins in. The shared bathrooms were plentiful and were always clean and tidy. Staff couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. Got us organised for dinner (only one restaurant and 2 sittings but food also in bar) an our tour... More

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I had debated staying at Ma Johnson's or The Kennicut Lodge (wasn't up for camping at this point), and decided on Ma's since we wanted a unique "traditional" alaska experience. It didn't disappoint! I They warn you it's a "living museum" and it definitely lives up to this reputation, we loved the history throughout the building and the entire town,... More

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Belgium
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is such a lovely place! We enjoyed every second of our stay. It was so much more than I expected it to be. We arrived at 10 am and could leave our luggage in the lobby so we could already start exploring. I travelled with my 18 year old son, he didn't miss tv or internet at all. It... More

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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
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Hotel Class:1 star — McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 18
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