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“Stunning views of Mount McKinley” 5 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Mile 133 Parks Highway, Denali State Park, Trapper Creek, AK 99683   |  
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Wirral
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“Stunning views of Mount McKinley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

Booked in at short notice. Whilst used by the tour operators this is a great hotel and fabulous location to view Mount McKinley. Sat out until 10;30 basking in the sun. Hotel rooms are more than adequate though bathroom a little plastic. Food and service very good. Some nice walks around the hotel coupled with useful information. Good place as a stop off though nothing much else to do around it.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011 via mobile

Don't come expecting a grand national park lodge - this isn't it. It's housing for the thousands of people the Princess machine is shuttling around on the land portion of their cruise vacation. That being said, the views are good on the rare occasion the clouds lift, the food is fine but not great, and the rooms are fine. We were here at the solstice so it would be nice if the room darkening shades were designed better. The buildings where the rooms are like a Motel 6 which another reviewer noted, with minimal sound insulation but the beds were comfortable and the rooms were spacious and nicely furnished.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bangor, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

Only 30% of the visitors get to see Mt McKinley. We saw if 4 days in a row... Princess Cruises has this trip down. We were shuttled on their buses, trains and we were very impressed. The lodge was comfortable. The rooms were very nice. We were originally booked in building 21 which was almost the furtherest from the lodge. I went to the front desk and spoke with Jennifer who got us into building 18. We enjoyed the atmosphere in the Grizzly Bear Bar with Craig, our bartender. The views from the outdoor deck were exceptional. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Rooms are large, clean, not air conditioned. If you have trouble walking, request to be close to the main lodge, big property. Shuttle service is nice. Dining on property only unless you pay $15 roundtrip for shuttle to Talkeetna. Not a bad charge since you are 45 minutes away. Food on grounds was good, best restaurant i dined in of the 3 was 20,320. Friendly staff.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

We stayed at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge on May 30th and 31st as part of an add-on package to Denali National Park at the end of our cruise on the Coral Princess to Alaska. We were booked into Building 12, Room 1215. As you might have already guessed, there are several buildings on the site. All buildings appeared to be single story and have interior entrances to the rooms, although I did not explore every building. The site is somewhat spread out, and there is a shuttle that will transport people around if needed. I have posted pictures of the room.

The room was large, comfortable and clean. The view out the window was nice, as I could see some of the mountain ranges in the distance. Also, there are several trails nearby upon which one can walk to look at the river or nearby mountains.

There is a hot tub area (with two hot tubs), one of which afforded a nice view of Mt. Denali (McKinley). I would recommend using the tubs early as two are not enough for the size of this property.

I never really dealt with the front desk, as all the check-in and luggage arrangements were handled by Princess as part of the add-on package. The couple of times I did stop to ask a question, they were courteous and helpful.

For the best views of Mt. Denali, go to one of the viewing areas of the main Lodge. The main lodge has a national park lodge feel about it, and it is quite inviting. There are several places to sit, relax, read, or meditate. Also, several of the restaurants on site have seating that will offer great views – get their early, however.

Be aware that this facility is slightly off the road and that no other services are nearby. Unless you leave the property to go to the nearest town, you will be using the dining and other facilities on-site. There were shuttles advertised to Talkeetna (the nearest town) for $10 round trip. We did not use them, however. That being said, it should also be clear that staying here, one is getting away from all the stores, crowds, shopping, etc. that so many resort areas offer. Again, it has a national park lodge feel – if you know what I mean.

Overall, a nice room and well maintained property. I would stay here again if I were to visit the area.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

We enjoyed our short time here more so than at Denali Princess Lodge. Yes, it's more out in the middle of nowhere, but if you're here and still have to do work, this isn't the place for you - much less anywhere in Alaska! Our room was spacious, comfortable and in the newest section of the property (south part). We were lucky to be part of the 30% club! A crystal clear view of Mt. McKinley happens only 30% of the time and that was us! Only downside is this is a cruisetour destination (which was us) so expect crowds, especially at mealtimes and when buses load and unload. Sunset on a clear day at midnight on the front deck is a must!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

We liked this place. Overall well kept. You are away from it all out here. Only chance for civilization is to take the $10 roundtrip shuttle into Talkeetna. A couple of restaurants and a gift shop on site and everything is closed by 11 p.m. Some walking trails on site but you do not venture far away. We saw signs of wildlife but did not actually see any. We had great weather and could see Denali and spent a whole day on the property. We were a little dismayed that the restaurant did not have the french fries that were included in the meal. Instead they substituted potato chips and did not discount our meal. Also, the breakfast meal they did not have syrup? How can you not have french fries and syrup to go with pancakes? Anyway pancakes were expensive, although probably reasonable given Alaskan prices, and they did not have syrup. These were minor annoyances and we liked the place overall. If the weather cooperates there are great views of McKinley and surrounding mountains.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mile 133 Parks Highway, Denali State Park, Trapper Creek, AK 99683
Location: United States > Alaska > Trapper Creek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Trapper Creek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 238
Also Known As:
Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Hotel Trapper Creek
Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Alaska/Trapper Creek

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