The one and only thing this resort has going for it is its "viewing location" of Mt. McKinley. The setting is beautiful amdist the mountains and IF it is not rainy, foggy, or cloudy, there is a great view of Mt. McKinley. The huge problem for this resort is that it IS rainy or cloudy more than 60% of the time, there is NOTHING else to do at this resort, and it is an hour from town, where all of the excursions are located. Princess built a nice main lodge and then built a multitude of mini motels in the area around it - some a VERY far distance from the lodge - housing mediocre (at best) hotel rooms (sparsely furnished, old-fashioned TVs, no amenities in any of the buildings, etc.). Being that this resort is so far from any excursions or activities, it is incomprehensible that Princess has NO recreational facilities or activities at this lodge. There are a couple of SMALL hot tubs in one of the outer buildings (not easy to get to from most of the hotel rooms). There is no fitness facility and very few organized activities. There are several documentary movies shown in the main lodge (of Denali Park and the Aurora lights), but even they are shown in a small room (not a theatre) with banquet chairs for seating, and of course there is a fee for these documentary shorts. There are hundreds of people and buses coming in and out of this resort at all times, so catching a shuttle to our VERY far away, mediocre at best, hotel room was also a difficult and frustrating experience. We often waited 30 minutes in the rain. The shuttles are supposed to come every 15 minutes, but with all of the people there, they were often full, especially if it was raining.
One last disappointment: We got off the train in Talkeetna and then we were taken by the Princess shuttle bus to the Princess Center downtown. The Princess people told us the lodge was an hour away so we should enjoy the town of Talkeetna before we went out to check in the lodge. The problem was that we had carry-on luggage with us. Princess said they could not store luggage in their downtown center and they would not let anyone use the restroom. They directed us to one in the town center a quarter of a mile away - in the rain! Knowing their lodge is so far away, they should put some of the money they are making from "moving all these people in and out of their lodge" into making their town center more "guest-friendly" and also adding some much needed amenities to their Mt. McKinley resort. We would not recommend this resort to anyone.
- Also Known As:
- Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Hotel Trapper Creek
- Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Hotel
- Mt Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
- Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Alaska/Trapper Creek
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