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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

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101 Kennicott Avenue, P.O. Box MXY, McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Ma Johnson was a nice place to stay. It is the best option in McCarthy. The hotel had shared bathrooms but that was never an issue because they had several to use and they were always clean. The rooms were small but that is what you get in an old historic hotel. The lobby library was a great place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to add a couple of days to our trip to take the long drive from Anchorage to McCarthy and this was the best decision we could have made! We loved our stay at Ma Johnson's hotel. The hotel has all shared bathrooms and small rooms. They recommend you don't bring a lot of luggage with you so we... More 

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St. George, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading the reviews of Ma Johnson's, we were looking forward to our two night stay at this quaint spot. Although we really, really wanted to love it, we were sorely disappointed. We were put in a room in the adjoining building....but to call it a "room" is a real stretch. It really was a closet with a double bed... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a pleasure to arrive at such a magic destination.This is a must as a destination for a trip to Alaska and you should not be put off by the distance and location of this establishment.Plan on a minimum of 2 nights. We drove from Denali to Ma Johnson's in one day - amazing trip and fantastic scenery. The hotel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here for two nights and loved it. McCarthy itself is such an experience and this was so welcoming and homely. The ladies collected us with our luggage by the bridge and were so friendly and helpful. It's a great place to chill out and relax. I did suggest they get a guest book for people to sign. Loved... More 

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Glasgow, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment we arrived in McCarthy, the folks at Ma Johnson's took care of us as if we were long lost family members. This was a once-in-a-lifetime graduation trip for my son who had just turned 18, and I couldn't have been more pleased with the hospitality and accommodations at both the Lancaster Backpacker Hotel (our first night in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived in the late afternoon and walked across the foot bridge as outside vehicles aren't allowed in McCarthy. We were met by the Manager of Ma Johnson's Hotel and driven through town (takes 2mins). The town is really small just one street with old buildings like Ma Johnson's which adds to the character of McCarthy. Each room has historic... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ma Johnson's is an amazing establishment with fascinating historical links. Don't be put off by warnings about the road in - we found it similar to many country roads in New Zealand (our homeland). You leave your vehicle in a parking area a couple of kilometres from McCarthy, call the hotel and a shuttle comes to pick you up. The... More 

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Leesburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Came from Orlando, FL just to visit McCarthy and stay in this historic hotel. I am so glad we did. Very charming, comfortable and clean! The rooms are very well decorated. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Like stepping back in time. You'll love the visit and the pictures. It is worth the trip just to visit this hotel!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Memorable Experience. Road in was not bad. It did take about three hours, but we went slow and stopped for many photo ops. Did see a Black Bear on way out. First 18 miles are paved, next 35 good enough to run on cruise control at 35mph, last 10 tough and 10-15 mph. You park your car in a Car... More 

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