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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
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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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New York City, New York
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26 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel is very well run: the staff works hard and keeps a great attitude, the rooms and shared bathrooms are clean. They also went out of their way to accommodate us when our plans abruptly changed. I would give it a higher rating but the rooms are very small, have no outlets (though the lights are at least bright!),... More 

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Northbrook, Illinois, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The owner, later found to be Neil Darish, began yelling at us during checkin. Some in our party feared for our saftey. Later is was learned, it was a case of mistaken identity, but he wouldn't let us explain. Would never do business here.

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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 review the hotel. I apologize for any misunderstanding. It sounds like there was an issue at check in, later the issue was identified as "mistaken identity", and that you offered an explanation to the owner, but it was not accepted or received by the owner. Our reputation is built on over 15 years... More 

Kansas City
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43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Historic maybe; but, charming Ma Johnson was not! The hotel had shared bathrooms, no heat or AC and no electrical outlets in the room. To top it off, all this came with a ridiculous price! At breakfast, the restaurant was out of every sausage, except for bacon. Service was painfully slow. And, there was virtually no fruit. The fine dining... 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 review our hotel. We are truly sorry that we failed to impress you with our breakfast service the morning of your visit. We are delighted that you found our fine dining to be delicious and beautifully presented. Normally, breakfasts are as well! We did run out of Reindeer sausage for a few days... More 

Houston, Texas
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62 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for two nights, separated by 7 days backpacking. Loved this place - it was small and historic, and more than adequate for our needs. We left our duffel bags in the basement for the week while we were backpacking. I loved how rustic it is, there aren't many amenities, but that's part of the charm. No outlets... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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 July 26, 2015

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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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

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 July 13, 2015

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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