We booked our Denali reservations ourselves online after reviewing other lodging in the Denali area. We booked it 4 mos prior to our trip; we had 3 families traveling together which meant we needed 3 cabins so we were concerned about not finding enough accommodations. Perhaps we were too hasty. The cabins were small but OK; we had 2 comfortable double beds in ours. The bathroom was tiny and the shower VERY tiny with the shower head very high up for some reason. Often the toilet didn't flush with first try.
We happened to be in Denali in mid-June 2013 when a heat wave was in progress...temps in the 80's. We were away from the cabins during the day but they would have been unbearable for sleeping except for a ceiling fan and screened windows. The room actually cooled down quite a bit by morning. The screens were mandatory because the mosquitos were thick, unbearable, even with bug spray. Could not sit outside at all. I didn't notice the mosquitos being so bad elsewhere in Denali so I don't know if Denali Cabins are in the midst of a swampy area or what.
We had rented cars, so we didn't use their service to the park itself.
The restaurant served a good dinner menu. Our college-girl waitress was very friendly. We bought box lunches from the restaurant to take with us on our shuttle bus trip back into the park. They were OK; the boxes need to be sturdier though. The little cup of sauce for my sandwich popped open immediately and spilled all over the food in the box. They replaced it but it happened again later.
They do try to keep up with maintenance---the ceiling fan in my son's cabin crashed to the floor shortly after they got there. Fortunately no one was beneath it when it fell! They were moved to another cabin right away. One of our cabins, towards the back left side, rested on the raised wooden walkway so whenever someone walked by outside, the whole cabin shook.
The staff was friendly and helpful, so I have no complaints there.
We were looking for 'semi-rustic' so I guess we got it. I know that the hot weather and thick mosquitos influenced my opinion of our 3 nights at Denali Cabins. For folks that are used to tent camping, I'm sure this would be a great place to stay. It didn't work for us though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We combine charm of Alaskan cabins with the comforts of a hotel room. You get all the amenities: private bath, wireless internet, TV, phone and comfortable beds. Plus, you get your own cedar cabin nestled conveniently by the highway in the arboreal forest next to Denali National Park. Convenient to package with a day trip into Denali National Park on Denali Backcountry Adventure! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Denali Cabins Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve