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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

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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Los Angeles, CA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a throwback to earlier days: rooms with beds, sink, and night table, shared bathrooms down the hall, sitting room packed with period furniture and LOTS of cell phones being recharged. The beds are exceedingly comfortable, the rooms are very clean, the bookcase in the sitting room is piled with good reads, and...you're in the middle of McCarthy, one of... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

McCarthy itself is such a great place to visit, but staying at Ma Johnson's was amazing. It was so much fun to learn the history of the property. Staying in rooms with no bathroom attached was like we were all living together for a few days. Shared bathrooms were never an issue. Everything was clean and the staff was so... More

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our stay at Ma Johnson's while seeing the McCarthy, Kennicott, Wrangell-St. Elias area. It was a change to have to share a bathroom with strangers, but worked unexpectedly well. The rooms were very clean and well appointed for comfort. It was also quiet at night even with a full house, so that you can rest up to start... More

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Winthrop, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Based on TripAdvisor reviews and the confirmation that we received from the hotel, we were prepared for something out of the ordinary. We were not disappointed! Step back to a simpler time, when people collected in the parlor to discuss experiences, when they shared a bathroom because they were delighted to have indoor plumbing, when they sought the comforts of... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

McCarthy is an unusual place. Ms Johnson's is also unusual, and an unexpected pleasure in this little town that time forgot. Warm, welcoming, and a step back in time, it's entirely consistent with the ambiance of its setting. The shared baths--an initial put-off--turned out to be quite comfortable, especially with the robes and slippers supplied by the hotel. The only... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would say that McCarthy is as remote as you can be in Wrangell St Elias without camping in a tent. It is not easy or inexpensive to get there but well worth the overnight visit. Two reasons to be there--to see the old Kennicott mine operation or to sign up for kayaking or ice climbing or other such activities.... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like an adventure, this is the place to go. McCarthy is the old historic "wild child" town to the hardworking life in Kennicott but feels like a step back in time. The old windy dirt roads and occasional store make this a huge leap away from the modern world and fantastic for anyone wanting a break from everyday... More

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not miss this great place to sleep if you are in McCarthy. Rooms 1 and 2 look out on the street--so it is always entertaining to watch the happenings at the saloon that is just across the street. Staying here is like living in a frontier museum. Chris was a wonderful concierge, and made sure that we had everything... More

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phoenix, Arizona, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The backcountry setting may not be for everyone--a couple of stores and dirt roads-- but the hotel is great. All the comforts of home, with a feeling of stepping back in time. The rooms are small, but they really are fine. A sink in the room was very helpful and although I'm not a share a bathroom kind of person,... More

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Mountville
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful place!! The people are friendly and very diverse. Ma Johnson's was great, comfortable, clean rooms, no problem with sharing the bath with other guests. Very relaxing, enjoyed the beautiful flowers. Nice visit to Kennicott Mill, wonderful raft/fly trip. Loved The Golden Saloon. I felt like I stepped back in time.

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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: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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