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“Welcome to the End of the Road” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Monument, Colorado
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“Welcome to the End of the Road”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

"Welcome to the End of the Road" is what one of the local folks said to us upon our arrival. This place is way off the beaten path and a little challenging to get to. We stayed in the new building which has private baths. Even the new rooms are large but quite basic (no TV, no WiFI which available in the main lodge common area).

We opted for the 3-meals a day plan and always took advantage of the sack lunch option so we could go out hiking or whatever during the day. The dinners were awesome...but it is a fixed menu. First night was steak, second night was cornish game hen, third night was halibut...all excellent. Dinner is served family style so we had the opportunity to meet several other couples that we enjoyed talking to during the evening.

The setting is a bit unique...basically an abandoned mining operation that is being restored by the National Park Service and a local volunteer group. There was quite a bit of construction going on when we were there, which is encouraging to see. This means the location is more of a historic site that doubles as a wilderness destination. (Is it really wilderness with all of these buildings around?) There are several hikes leaving from Kennicott but you may want to check out a flightseeing trip to get a better appreciation of the area.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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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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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

If you want to escape the normal routine for a little while, this might be the place. Really nice lodge in the middle of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Very comfortable lodge. Good dining, served family style with a set menu. Wi-Fi in & near the hotel lobby and family room, but not in the guest rooms. Two main parts to the lodge. The south building offers private bathrooms. North building has shared baths. Lots of hiking and other outdoor activities in the area. Lodge provides pickup at the McCarthy airstrip for those flying in. All-in-all, we had a really nice stay in Kennicott.

Room Tip: If you want a private bath, make sure you get a room in the south building.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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arizona, british columbia
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

The lodge is interesting and we enjoyed sitting on the veranda looking at the glacial moraines. We have only a superficial interest in the mining history and I felt that Kennecott should pay to clean up the mess they left rather than have the government do it. But that's a separate issue. The lodge (new building) was clean and comfortable. The main building is quite quaint. The food was mediocre and expensive, but I expect that reflects the cost of transport to McCarthy, then across the river and up the pot-holed 5 mile road to Kennecott.
I would have appreciated morning coffee available in the building if not the room.

Room Tip: new building has private baths, old one doesn't only one side of the new building has little po...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kenai, Alaska
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49 hotel reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We're Alaskans and have lived in various parts of Alaska for much of our lives. We know rural Alaska and just had never had the time to go to Kennicott----I expected to be going for the historical sites. The quality of the lodge was a surprise----even though I'd read the glowing reports I wasn't prepared to feel pampered. The staff is amazing---I have already told our grandaughter that this would be such a fun summer job! The room was perfect----even wandering down the hall for a shower was fine. We had both dinner and breakfast---both very nicely presented and to our liking. I'm thinking that this is an experience best appreciated by young adults through mobile seniors. (though set up for all) I'm already getting ready for next summer's trip!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Canterbury
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We 'discovered' KGL completely by accident as our confirmed booking at a nearby facility was inadvertently lost. So we were put up for 2 nights at KGL & we absolutely loved it. The staff are so friendly, the food is the best, and the scenery is out of this world. Our room was in the new part (south wing) on the 2nd floor & yes the noise can be somewhat disturbing, but didn't detract from our enjoyment of the place. The ambiance and conviviality is just wonderful. We are so glad to see that the buildings are being restored and cared for - this is a fantastic piece of history and worth preserving. Not sure about whether the road should be upgraded or left as is - it's a fairly grueling ride unless you are fortunate to have a grader in front of you. But would hate to see this place overrun with too many people if the road was paved.

Room Tip: Private bathrooms are in the South Wing - stay at far end on 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
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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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Greensboro, NC
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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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Additional Information about Kennicott Glacier Lodge

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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