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Denali River Cabins
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   Mile 231.1 Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755   |  
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fair Value for $$”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

Based on the prices other places were charging, this was a fine place to stay. Cabins were small, but we weren't here to hang out inside. We had great view of river & mountains and we didn't have any noise problems. Staff was helpful and courteous, very friendly. Transportation was a little confusing, but it worked out. Glad that we stayed there instead of "in town" which was pretty over-run with tacky touristy places and too much traffic.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

An O.K. place to stay, but these were some of the problems areas we saw:

-No early check-in, not even if its two hours prior to the check-in time of 3 PM
-no soap in shower dispenser, remove it if your not going to fill it!
-no aerator on sink. splash, splash, splash!
-very small shower head

All in all, these are not critical items, but still they should be looked at!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Westchester NY
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2010

The property staff was great. However, the cabins need major updating. The bathroom sink is in the sleeping area causing a person to walk around the room with dirty hands. There is a strong sewer smell around the #20 rooms. There is not much to do by the cabins.

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Travelers are raving about these Denali National Park and Preserve hotels

Purcell, Missouri
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

I cannot add much to the earlier reviews. Most reviews described the accommodations accurately. Next to the highway (some noise), half doors, long walkways, etc. Two beds, small bathroom. Was an enjoyable stay, and very nice to be away from Glitter Gulch and all that hoopla, but you can still take the hotel's free shuttle into town if desired.

I really enjoyed the cabins proximity to the Triple Lakes hiking trail into Denali. The trailhead is only 1/4 mile from the cabins, across the bridge on the highway.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

My spouse and I stayed at DRC for two nights in August 2010. The room was simple -- two beds, a table, a couple of folding chairs, and a sink outside the small bathroom (a pocket door separated the toilet and stall shower from the rest of the room). Room lighting was marginal. Nothing remarkable and nothing inconvenient except the "remote" location of the sink.

The DRC facility has a coin-operated washing machine and dryer in a separate building. A little rough but completely adequate. The continental breakfast was adequate. All in all, the DRC was adequate as a resting place during our brief visit to the Denali area.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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Seattle, Washington
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115 reviews 115 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

A place where cuteness gets mixed up with satisfaction. It looks great: cabins with half-doors, some by a river. That's the good part. The rooms are cabins - each separate (keeps away noise from the next room), but joined by common walkways.

They are cabins, with a shower, sink, beds, table and folding chairs. I could see daylight through the wall where the ridgepost was - just like many a cabin. The shampoo comes in little packets that are the devil to open in the shower with wet, soapy hands. The water was hot, but the hot/cold labels on the shower control were reversed. Light bulbs were burned out upon our arrival and not replaced during our stay. The box spring on our bed was ripped open at one edge. The rug was black, so hard to say how filthy it was. There were propane heaters - no doubt a step up from the (abandoned?) electric baseboard - and they worked (if you could read detailed instructions only in English).

The company's fleet of buses was washed each night outside our cabin, with noise from the pressure washer engine. The cabin shook when people walked on the walkway. There's an elevated bridge nearby and when trucks would pass over its ribbed roadway, the washboard sound went straight into our cabin. We were awakened the first morning by a wake-up call, but we had not requested one. It must be that they are not cleared after each party departs. Beware!

The advertising claimed wi-fi throughout, as did the staff. It was barely there in our cabin; however, the only place I got decent connectivity was in the reception building. I would have liked to know this right off.

Breakfast was included, but don't expect much. It was the same each morning.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Peschiera Borromeo, Italy
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96 reviews 96 reviews
73 hotel reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

If you are searching for a quiet and lonely place in the wilderness of Alaska forget this place.
Location is terrible because is in a corner of the highway and at night you could hear every car and truck. Probably in the cottages on the river is a little better. Room are clean and big but you can hear the people talking on the stairs. Service is ok and people are kid.
Internet connection is weak.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Denali River Cabins

Address: Mile 231.1 Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
Location: United States > Alaska > Denali National Park and Preserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Denali National Park and Preserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Denali River Cabins 2.5*
Number of rooms: 54
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