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2.5 of 5 Lodge   |   #15 Kennicott Millsite, Kennicott, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

I can't say enough about this lodge. Just beautiful. Family style dining for dinner makes for great conversations with people from all over the world. Staff was outstanding. The decor is items from the all over the mine. If your history buff,a lot to look at. The rooms were spotless. Just remember if you want a private bath, to ask for those rooms when making reservations. We had a wonderful time,and would love to go back sometime. Mary Barich 8/6/2012

Room Tip: ask for room with private bath,if that is what you want. No TV in rooms. WIFI in main building
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Greensboro, NC
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

3 night stay: July 25-27, 2012. It is interesting to reread the reviews of Kennicott Glacier Lodge, now that we’ve stayed there. People have such different expectations! We just wanted to visit Wrangell-St. Elias Natl Park, and a Google search turned up the KGL. Without doing more than a cursory look at the review results, I booked 3 nights stay about 7 months in advance. We were 10 days into a 2 week Alaska vacation when we got to Kennicott, and we were blown away with finding such a treasure of a place, so far from anything. We’d already had over a week to get used to the fact that outside of Anchorage or Fairbanks, you are MILES AWAY from anything, all the time. Alaska is huge, and mostly “off the grid”. I certainly did not expect to have cell signals, or WiFi, so left my electronic toys behind, but my husband did have a Kindle Fire, and we found the WiFi to be accessible in about 2 places…mostly around the front desk…which was fine – we weren’t there to surf the net. Folks with Verizon had cell service all over town.

We opted to fly into Kennicott, because the 60-mile dirt road drive would add too many hours to our return trip to Anchorage. We are so glad we flew – the scenery was amazing, and the pilots were a hoot!

Another review had advised getting a room in the South Annex, which we did. We were very pleased with a spacious room, adequate bathroom, and front porch access to a wonderful view. The lodge is a wooden building, though, so expect to hear foot traffic and people rolling luggage down the porch. Take earplugs if that sort of thing bothers you. I would guess the very best room in the Lodge to be #201 – upper floor in the South Annex, farthest from foot traffic & the main lodge. We had room #105, and it was perfectly fine.

The food was more than adequate. If you came for five-star dining, you’ll find Alaska to be severely lacking – think about how far they’ve had to ship that food in, then shut-up and eat. KGL had a nice wine list, but we were truly disappointed with their beer list. We had already found five very fine breweries in the state (Denali, 49th State, Midnight Sun, Mooses Tooth, & Glacier), yet KGL offered only 1 “micro-brew” – an Alaska Amber which was mediocre. Over in McCarthy, there is plenty of good beer to be had! Only problem is - the McCarthy saloon doesn't open til 5PM, and the last shuttle back to Kennicott is at 7PM. They make sure you can't have a nice night out :), but at least they're not hauling drunks back to the lodge late at night.

We perused the list of local activities and the hefty fees associated with them, and decided we could amuse ourselves for free. We hiked to the glacier and walked around on it a bit – without crampons – and lived to tell the tale. We toured the town, and all the buildings we could go inside. We wandered the trails around town, and walked to McCarthy on the old Wagon Road. If we were flush, I would have loved to do the river rafting trip with return air flight, but alas, we didn’t have an extra $500 in our pockets.

Kennicott was one of the coolest places we discovered in Alaska, and the Glacier Lodge was a pleasant, friendly stay, in a lodge that is most befitting of its environment.

Room Tip: Best room is probably #201, but not sure they let you reserve a specific room. Just ask for South A...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We did the package deal with lodging, meals, two excursions and flights to and from Chitina. The room (newer part of the lodge) was clean and comfortable but a bit noisy due to upstairs neighbors. Meals were delicious! We had lots of fun with the excursions (hike the glacier!) and the flights were enjoyable and scenic. Be sure to check out the hallways in the older lodge building for all sorts of amusing and historical artifacts, many from the Kennicott mining site.

Room Tip: Try rooms on the top floor to avoid foot traffic noise.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milwaukee, WI
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

I've wanted to visit Wrangell-St Elias National Park for a long time, and when the opportunity finally presented itself, I promptly reserved a room at the Kennecott Glacier Lodge. There are two buildings; the original lodge has no private bathrooms, which may be a problem for a lot of people. I also had to pretty much live out of my suitcase, as there was nowhere to put clothes. I was there 2 nights. I suppose when the options are so limited, they can do (and charge) just about anything they want. Still, there's no denying the charm of it all; it's truly a magnificent setting. I booked online and got a special rate, but didn't know that it meant I'd have no view from my room. The restaurant was overpriced ($35 for a family-style dinner; $16 for breakfast buffet).
There's a newer building with private baths in each room.

The service and attention from the front desk crew is admirable, and I enjoyed my stay at this rustic little place very much. I would love to return someday.

Room Tip: There are other lodging options in McCarthy, about 5 miles away, but the view is absolutely nothing...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Key West, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We booked 5 rooms at the Lodge. Reservations went well and the rates seemed reasonable. On the day we arrived, we were delayed a few hours so we called the Lodge to let them know we would be in around 10:30. They said that was fine, just let them know when we were closer.

We did that, and eventually arrived at around 10:15 pm.

A van picked us all up and we proceeded to tip him $20 for the inconvenience of picking us up late.

BUT, the catch is at the end!

The rooms and bathrooms were very nice, clean and comfortable. The views were spectacular. (Remember the bathrooms are shared, not private. We had forgotten that, but there are enough it's generally not an issue.) Breakfast was very reasonably priced, service was pleasant and our tour of the Mine was incredible.

As we were checking out, the surprise came. They added a $40 PER ROOM fee for checking in LATE! There was no indication on the reservation that they had a late check in fee, there is no information on their website (as of 7/25/2012) that a late check-in has a late fee and no information on the confirmation paperwork they sent us that there is a late check in fee.

That means we paid $200 more, for arriving AS A GROUP after an arbitrary time they set up!

Of course IN the rooms there is also a mention that if you check out after 11:00 am, you will be charged a $50 per room LATE CHECK OUT fee. Fortunately they do store the bags for you at no charge. You can rest assured we checked out before 11:00 am.

After going through their website and all the correspondence they sent us, I have requested a refund of the $200 they charged us, since it was never mentioned in any of the paperwork. I'll update this review IF they give us a refund (and we don't have to pursue it through our credit card company) AND once they post the late arrival AND late checkout fees on their website.

If they do not update that information, GET A CONFIRMATION FROM THEM WHEN THEY CONSIDER a check-in to be "LATE". Otherwise you'll pay far more for that room than you had planned.

Room Tip: Any room is nice. They're minimal, but clean and interesting things on the wall. You can book a...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rich_Kirkwood, Owner at Kennicott Glacier Lodge, responded to this review, August 6, 2012
Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Kennicott Glacier Lodge. We would like to apologize for the confusion about our late arrival policy. The Kennicott Glacier Lodge shuttle transports Guests between McCarthy and Kennicott from 8am to 10pm. If Guests arrive at the Footbridge after 10pm, there is an extra charge for transportation to Kennicott. Since this “late arrival” policy was taken off of our web site without our knowledge, we are happy to refund your $200 late arrival fee. This policy has been added back into our web site and we will also ensure that it is present on all confirmation letters that are send out in the future. Thank you again for your time and feedback. We hope you will visit us at Kennicott Glacier Lodge again in the future.
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Norwalk, Connecticut
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

We did not stay at the lodge but we had lunch there and it was fabulous ! My wife's wrap and my beef stroganoff over noodles were fantastic ! Plus service and the views were simply amazing ! It is hard to get to and more than average in terms of price but is was one of the best experiences we had in Alaska !

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Emmons, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

The 2 hour drive on the gravel road is nothing short of interesting. Between the views and the potholes it was spectcular. If you were to get a flat tire there is a small stop at mile 26 where they will fix your tire. We did encounter two people with flats. Once you get to the end of the road you park in a lot and they will call the lodge for the shuttle to come get you. Load your luggage onto a cart and haul it across the footbridge to the pick up spot. The glacier and old mining town were just beyond words, so if you are going to be in the area take a day to go to Kennicott

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: #15 Kennicott Millsite, Kennicott, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
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Location: United States > Alaska > Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve > Kennicott
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Kennicott
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kennicott Glacier Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a family owned lodge located in America's largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias. Try glacier hiking or ice climbing on the Root Glacier, one of the few easily accessible glaciers in North America. Get a breath taking view of the park on a flightseeing tour, or spend time alpine hiking, river rafting, and exploring the National Historic Landmark of the Kennicott Copper Mine. ... more   less 
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