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2.0 of 5 Lodge   |   101 Kennicott Avenue, P.O. Box MXY, McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Park City, UT
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Edinburgh, Scotland
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141 reviews 141 reviews
34 hotel reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best places we have EVER stayed at. It really is a living museum. You just feel as if some gunslinger wearing spurs is going to come into town and stay. The whole building is full of character. There are shared bathrooms and no sockets in the rooms but that's how it was. The rooms are tiny and... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ma Johnson's rooms are quaint, the hotel is like a little museum, and it's impeccably clean! McCarthy is a great historic town and a tour of the Kennecott mine is a must. Then be sure to finish an evening with a phenomenal gourmet dinner at McCarthy Lodge. You can't find better tasting food at this price anywhere in Anchorage! It's... More

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
19 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had low expectations because apparently in the past people had complained about thin walls and having no power outlets in the rooms. Who cares!! This place is wonderful, exactly what I was looking for in a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere, Alaska! The rooms were very cosy and comfortable and if you are desperate to charge... 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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel 2*
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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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