Stayed here for 2 nights as part of a Princess Land Tour. This lodge is all about location being at the entrance to Denali National Park. The Main Lodge is over two floors and includes reception, the tour desk, gift shop and coffee bar. [The restaurants are in separate locations.] It feels a bit like a transit camp due to the large amount of footfall especially in the mornings when tours are departing and the carpets were quite dirty. Our room was in C block on the upper floor & fortunately overlooking the canyon. Those on the ground floor and on the other side of the block would not have had the view. The room was rustic in style and far more dated than McKinley Lodge. It had 2 double beds & was very compact once 2 largish suitcases were in - the sink was also in the room. Bathroom had shower over bath and loo and the noisiest extraction fan imaginable which came on with the light and you could hear all our neighbour’s fans early in the morning when people were getting up for transfers or tours. The bathroom appeared clean but smelt a little musty and the room was on the dark and gloomy side. However, WiFi worked well and there was a TV should you want it (neither of which is available in rooms in Yellowtone NP for the sake of comparison). No air con but this was not needed whilst we were there. First night had local beers and a plate of seafood nachos at Base Camp Grill. The nachos were so huge (just as well at $20) that we did not need anything else that night. Following night we had a lovely window table overlooking the river canyon at the King Salmon Restaurant. Dining here was more upscale with prices to match ±$15 for a starter, ±$35 for an entree. Service was good and we enjoyed the meal. There is also a pizza restaurant which gets good reviews or a few places across the road from the Lodge where some people ate but prices were all pretty similar. There was also a bakery which sold delicious bread, scones & cakes which we raided for breakfast in our room using the in-room coffee facilities. We upgraded our tour from the Natural History to the Tundra Wilderness Tour (the former goes 17 miles into the park on an out and back road and the latter 53 miles) which I highly recommend as we saw so much more wildlife including 11 Grizzlies in separate sightings.
This is not a luxury facility but given the remoteness of the location and the seasonal nature of tourism there, it was a perfectly acceptable base for visiting the Park. Incidentally, Block A & B near the car park appeared to be newer with good views across the river and its own bar area. This could have been improved by making it more cosy with nicer seating and not serving drinks in plastic cups as the space here was rather under utilised which was a shame as it was a much nicer area than the Main Lodge.
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