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“Denali fireside... just what we were looking for.” 4 of 5 stars
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Denali Fireside Cabins & Suites
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22647 S Talkeetna Spur Road, Talkeetna, AK 99676   |  
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“Denali fireside... just what we were looking for.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2007

While preparing for our extended travels into the heart of Alaska after a Princess cruise... I stumbled onto a web link for the Denali Fireside Cabin and Suites. It appeared to be just what we were looking for... Although we booked almost 8 months in advance, it was reassuring to have this completed and we would stay here again!

These small adjoining cabins are sparkling new! It felt as if we were one of the first guests to stay there. Built by the owners, you won't lack for quality.... it's tip top construction - solid and beautiful.

Although we had 5 people in our cabin, our unit would comfortably sleep 4. There were two comfortable double beds and the owners provided a small sleeping mat for the 5th person. If we were used to camping outside ( as I predict many of the guests who travel to Talkeetna may do ) the sleeping mat would have been no problem. However, this is the one area that they may give some future consideration to.... A roll out perhaps? We also suggested to Mavis that as they expand, they may wish to have one double and two twin beds in the units for 4 people.

Inside, there was a small kitchen-ette with a dorm size fridge, a microwave and a coffee pot. Each day we found that the coffee makings were refreshed. A private bathroom was just off the kitchen. The main room was an L shape with beds at either end, a gas heat stove in the corner, plenty of windows and a small table arrangement. There were also chairs on a small porch outside.

As a traveler who was not used to Alaska sunsets ( late ) and sun rises ( early ) we were pleased to have blinds to block out the sun when desired. Our only complaint... and certainly not a fault of Mavis or her family - the welcome toots that the morning and evening trains gave each day. After our first two nights we found that we had gotten used to them. The first evening was a bit more unsettled.

So... about the area... this was easy to find, the price was better than many others of lesser quality... and we recieved a wonderful warm welcome from Mavis and her family. Once parked there and settled, we only used our rental car to travel to Denali. It was easy to walk into town and visit. Certainly, this is a haven for hikers... and if you happen to be like me ( camping by marriott ) this would fit your bill for rustic but comfortable without adding to your bill $$$$ like the local larger lodges.

We loved our trip to Talkeetna and would recommend it to anyone in the future! Be sure to tell them we send our best...

  • Liked — Quality construction and accomodations... best value in the area! Sparkling new and in excellent condition.
  • Disliked — Perhaps 1 double bed and 2 twin beds instead of 2 doubles. ( for the teens )
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2007

After a week on a Princess cruise ship, we struck out on our own to explore Alaska by train, foot, car and bus. We were lucky enough to find the Denali Fireside Cabins on the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce website, and we had an amazing experience. The cabins were brand new, very spacious, and perfect for our needs. The real attraction, however, was our hosts. Don (the owner) was part of the original Homesteaders in 1959 and he has some amazing stories to tell.

Both Don and his wife went out of their way to accomodate us. First, Don himself came and picked us up from the train station upon our arrival. Later, after we went fishing and caught a coho (silver) salmon, Don lent us his mini-grill so we could cook up the salmon ourselves and have dinner in our cabin (river to plate in 4 hrs - it was delicious). Atferward, our hosts joined us on the front porch of the main cabin and we all four watched the sun go down (at 11 pm!) while we swapped stories about how crazy it is to live in Washington DC and Talkeetna (of course, for very different reasons). Chatting with our hosts, while watching the sun set on Denali, was a highlight of our two week trip.

When it was time to leave Talkeetna, Don dropped us off at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. It was very nice, but it felt like a bug bustling hotel. For a more authentic experience, we highly recomend Denali Fireside.

  • Liked — The hosts, the view, and the room.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 22647 S Talkeetna Spur Road, Talkeetna, AK 99676
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Location: United States > Alaska > Talkeetna
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Talkeetna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Denali Fireside is a new facility in Talkeetna offering suites or cabins that comfortably accommodate up to 4 people. Features include pillow top king and queen beds, kitchenettes (mini-fridge, microwave, coffee brewer, bar sink) gas fireplaces, satellite HDTVs, wireless internet and private covered deckswith log gliders. The structures are log/frame and the interiors are decorated in Alaskana decor, including cozy hand sewn quilts. New for 2010 - Our "Little Cabin in the Woods" located on 5 acres beside a small spring-fed pond, 3 miles from our lodge in Talkeetna. ... more   less 
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