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224 Mile, George Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755   |  
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I booked a tent and found it surprisingly comfortable. But there are too many gaps in the tent that the mosquitoes kept flying in which made it difficult to sleep. I had to wear a head net but it did not help.

Apart from the mosquitoes, the rest of the stay was good. The showers and toilet were clean. The kitchen had all you need to cook your own food and a fridge to store things. The hostel is about 20 minutes to the entrance of the park.

I would stay again if visiting Denali but I would book a hostel room instead next time.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Hi there and thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor! We're happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, aside from the mosquitoes, and we apologize that they put a damper on your Wall Tent experience at the hostel! We have been experiencing much higher than average mosquito populations in Denali this summer, and we have been struggling to be able to combat the massive swarms this summer. We do have bug spray and head nets available for sale in our front office, and we also lend out hand-help bug zappers to our guests as well. We recently just ordered individual mosquito netting for each cot in our Wall Tents, so we are hoping that will help our future Wall Tenters stay mosquito-free! Thanks again for the nice review, and for braving the mosquitoes while you were here. We hope to see you again in Denali sometime!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I just stayed for one night. You can choose if you wanna stay in a hut or in a tent. I stayed in the femalie dorm/hut. The room was clean and built with wood. It has also clean and practical bathrooms. It is like high quality camping. Adventure feeling with everything you need. The location is very near to the denali NP and they offer a shuttle there and back. (Be aware of moskitos in summer)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Hi and thanks for the review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks for posting photos of our Women's Dormitory and of our outside space as well! We hope if you come back to Denali again that you will be able to stay with us for more than just one night!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed here for a quick overnight June 20, 2013. The Splatter Rock cabin was perfect for the 2 of us, as we needed room to spread out and re-pack our camping gear. Friendly hosts, clean room and a very nice kitchen/dining area in the Octagon make this place a comfortable choice. Bathrooms are outside in a separate building, be aware - but you know it's a hostel, right? I think they have a terrific and informative website, too.

They are right next to Carlo Creek; great for ambience, not so great for mosquitoes, especially in mid-June. However, you have to know that going to Alaska in early summer is bug season, so come prepared with repellant and a head net. We did experience a bit of road noise from the cabin. It was unseasonably hot during our visit so we had all the windows open. I'd imagine it would be quiet with them closed. Be aware you can't park your car at your cabin. It is a short walk, however, and they do allow you to unload your luggage before re-parking.

The hostel is located 13 miles south of the park entrance, away from the congestion which was nice. The Creekside Cafe across the highway is a good place for a meal and also provides box lunches. If your budget allows, plan a dinner at Parks 229, 5 miles towards the park entrance - it was excellent.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Hi and thanks for your candid and informative review! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your short stay with us. I have to say thanks to the staff for being so friendly and for helping to keep all of the cabins, common area, and restrooms so clean! They work really hard and it shows through great reviews like this one, so thanks for your recognition- we really appreciate the feedback! Glad you enjoyed your stay, hopefully next time you'll be able to spend more than just a night with us. Thanks again!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

It was a nice place and the staff was really friendly. The first night I stayed in a cabin called the coffee grinder, and the mosquitoes were really bad. The room was pretty small too for six people. The second night i stayed in the girls dorm called the octagon. I would highly recommend this one. It has a private bathroom with a big shower. Much bigger then the ones everyone else has to use. You are right over the kitchen though so bring your earplugs if you want to sleep in.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Hi there and thanks for your review! We're sorry to hear that the mosquitoes bothered you during your stay. They have been bad everywhere this year, and while all of our windows and doors are sealed, they swarm the doorways and get inside when people are entering and exiting their cabins. One of our dormitories is right over the kitchen, but we do have earplugs available in the common area, and we also have quiet hours in effect from 11 PM to 7 AM to try to alleviate the noise levels. Thank you for your nice comments about our staff- they work really hard and are doing a great job this season!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I guess that isn't there fault but DAMN! We literally had to run from the car to our cabin and vice versa it was so bad and the family was wearing 40% DEET. The little buggers were bouncing off the windows, the exhaust pipes and some would sneak in through the cracks at night and bite us up a little.

Otherwise it was comfortable, cute and affordable

Other issue is that when they say check in is at 4PM they mean it. There will be no one there until 4PM. We got there in a torrential downpour and had to stay in our car for 20 minutes while we waiting for the clock to strike 4PM.

Also no hiking trails in walking distance which I found odd. The Café across the street if very good for breakfast, lunch or dinner

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Hi and thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor!

I'm truly sorry to hear about the mosquitoes giving you a hard time. Unfortunately, we have had an abnormally acute mosquito problem across the entire state this summer, even by Alaska standards. We're doing our best to keep bug repellant stocked in our office (both natural and DEET) and we also have some hand-held bug zappers that we have been lending out to guests as well. We just ordered more of those zappers, along with some head nets and netting to cover the cots in our Wall Tents, to try and help make the hostel a more comfortable and relaxing retreat from these obnoxious little insects. If you have time, please send us an email regarding what cabin you stayed in, and we will have someone from maintenance take a look at it, as all of our windows and doors should be sealed so that no bugs can get inside.

Regarding your comments about check-in not beginning until 4 PM, we do put a note in all of our confirmation emails that check-in is from 4 PM- 10 PM, so that guests can prepare for that ahead of time. Before 4 PM, our staff is working on housekeeping. They are on the property and we have a sign on the door of our office letting guests who arrive early know that they can take a look for the housekeeper out back if they need something, but otherwise yes, our afternoon office shifts do not begin until 4 PM promptly.

There aren't many hiking trails around the hostel, as we have neighbors close by who enjoy their privacy. There is some open space around us, but it is privately owned and occasionally patrolled for trespassers as well, and we don't want our guests getting into trouble for that. However, we do make sure that our staff members are experts when it comes to suggesting hikes in Denali National Park, and on other public lands in the area, along with being able to help people arrange tours and decide what else to do while they are visiting Denali.

Once again, thanks for taking the time to review us. We hope that you will stay with us again if you ever return to Denali, and next time, we'll keep our fingers crossed for less mosquitoes- (if we're lucky, none at all!)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Great place to stay when visiting Denali. We had one of the log cabins (Splatter Rock) which was towards the back of the property, so no road noises. The shared area is good with books and things to do and wifi. Communal washroom/shower area is clean and warm. The little cabin was cute and comfortable. Staff are very friendly as were other guests. For those who don't arrive with their own transport, they run a minibus to and from the Wilderness Access Center (about 12 miles down the highway) twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon. When we were heading back to get the train out however, the manager Ali kindly dropped us down at the railroad station further on which was a great help as we had a lot of luggage. Excellent value compared to other accommodation in the area.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Aloha and thanks for taking the time to review us! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your cabin, and our common area as well! We do try to keep a book exchange going on our bookshelf in there, so for any future guests, feel free to trade for new books, or leave behind old ones for others to read on a rainy day! Thanks again and we hope to see you back at the hostel on your next Alaskan adventure!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We couldn't believe the prices for hotels near Denali, so we took a chance on this hostel. So glad we did! We stayed in Iceworm 2, which had 2 queen size beds (one in a little loft area with very steep steps). The room was very clean and more spacious than I expected. The common shower/bath rooms were not far away and were also quite clean. The luxurious bath mats were nice to step out of the shower onto on cold mornings. The large kitchen was fine for our simple meals. We had to cooperate with others who were also cooking, but folks were considerate and accommodating of one another. We really enjoyed getting to know fellow guests, which was facilitated by the presence of wi-fi in the common area; everyone came in to check email, etc. at some point. The fire pit by the creek was also nice and we enjoyed several evenings out there. The only draw back was that when others stayed out by the fire pit well into the night (like 2 am and it still wasn't really dark) we could hear them from inside our cabin. They could also use more hooks or towel rods in the bathrooms, but that was a minor inconvenience. We also booked a rafting trip through the office and paid less than we would have at Denali Outdoor Center while having the office handle all of the arrangements which was very nice. I will definitely look at staying at other hostels after this positive experience.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Hi and thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor! We appreciate your time and we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay! Thanks for the note about the steep steps in the Iceworm Cabin- some of our stairs are more comparable to ladders, and we definitely take points like this into consideration for future remodels/updates. We'll make a note of the request for more hooks in the shower rooms as well, and we are looking into purchasing new mosquito netting for our tents, too! We had it in past summers, but it got torn up quickly, so we are looking into a better option for replacing them. Glad to hear you enjoyed your time in the common area meeting and cooking with other guests- that's what hosteling is all about! In regards to your comments about the campfire, we're sorry to hear that you were kept awake by other guests. We tell everyone at check-in and post signs on the property that quiet hours are in effect after 11 PM. We also have one staff member on-site, and one staff member on-call nightly, to be there in case there are any complaints or emergencies. Please know that if you had gone to the on-site staff member regarding the noise level, he would have corrected this issue immediately. If you make it back to Denali, we hope you will stay with us again- our on-site person, as well as the rest of our staff, would be more than happy to assist you in making your next trip even better than the last one! Thanks again!!
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Address: 224 Mile, George Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
Location: United States > Alaska > Denali National Park and Preserve
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #5 of 29 Specialty lodging in Denali National Park and Preserve
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful setting on a creek. Private cabins, private rooms, hostel beds and wall-tents. 13 miles from the park entrance, but with a free shuttle service. The only way to see Denali on a budget. The hostel is clean, the staff is super-friendly and helpful and we offer discounted prices on local tours and transportation. We are the source for the lowest cost tickets for the Alaska Railroad and sell tickets for The Park Connection Motorcoach. And we offer the lowest prices on nearly all the local tours. We look forward to serving you! ... more   less 
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