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“Counting the days until I return...” 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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Houston313
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Counting the days until I return...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This place was AMAZING. I've always wanted to visit St. Elias Wrangell Park, and we just booked here because it was at the end of McCarthy road. I wasn't expecting much....so I was blown away by how beautiful it was. Plus, the food was extremely good. I love the family style dinners. No decisions to be made, just eat what they bring you. You will not be dissappointed. We had halibut the first night, and prime rib the second night. Hike up to the mines, they are incredible. The history there is rich. And visit the glacier, not many places where you can hike right out on it.

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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  • 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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Cranbury, New Jersey
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This lodge will take your breath away. The staff come from all over the USA and world. They are all so happy to be working there and as a result make you feel like you just got home. The scenery, hiking, food and accommodations are a must see trip of a lifetime,

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Tikøb
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Kennicot Glacier Lodge is definitely worth a visit. It is not luxurious, but has a lot of charm. The rooms are comfortable, clean and with a fantastic view of the glacier. The old copper mine and the surrounding buildings are very interesting – and a hike to and on the glacier is a very good experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Arlington, Virginia
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3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Me and my wife stayed in room#2 of Main lodge for 2 nights in July 2013 and found the experience to be less than average.

There were more negatives than the positives for us here...

Rooms: Very small in size....two small size beds ....and just a cold water sink... for approx $200...seriously?? The shared bathroom right across the room had hot water sink... so we felt it to be a cheap act of not providing hot water in the room sink.

Overpriced breakfast, lunch and dinner: Breakfast $15, Lunch $18 and Family style dinners for over $30 per person....being vegetarians price was a deal breaker for us...
We ate pizza right across the lodge at a bus aka pizza joint....$20 great deal!

Only positive is location as it was closer to our glacier hiking activity at St. Elias Alpine Guide office. Also parking of $5 at the footbridge was waived off.

But all in all, a highly overpriced experience and we would blame our travel agent - Alaska Vacation Store to set us up here...

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rich_Kirkwood, Owner at Kennicott Glacier Lodge, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thank you for visiting Kennicott Glacier Lodge. We are sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations.

Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a remote, wilderness lodge and because the Main Lodge is a replica of an original mining era building, those rooms are smaller than typical hotel rooms and they have shared bathrooms. All of the rooms in the South Wing are larger and have two queen beds and a private bathroom.

For guests who would like to eat in our dining room, we offer a Room Plus Meals option that includes your room and three meals per person per night. This package saves you 10 to 15% over purchasing meals individually.

It is our goal to ensure that our guests know what to expect during their stay and this year we launched a new website that describes the different types of rooms, the discounted meal plan option, the special package offers, and other important information. We recommend that all of our guests, including guests that book through a travel agent, as you did, read the information in the website. We believe that the more information our guests have before they arrive, the more they will enjoy their visit.

Thank you again for staying with us.
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Louisiana
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

I didn’t stay at the lodge, but I did have lunch. I had an excellent meal for $18 including tip. The food tasted great and the service was friendly and attentive. After eating, I sat there for a few extra minutes just to enjoy the rest of my tea, the soothing music, and savor a great view of an awesome glacier! ….. I regretted not being able to stay. It was my type of accommodations – historic, nostalgic, quiet, and a great view.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peters Creek, AK
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I recently had the fortunate opportunity to stay at this remote lodge for an extended weekend. We had such a wonderful time that we're now self proclaimed 'ambassadors' telling everyone we know of the need to experience this beautiful area as well as the Kennicott Glacier Lodge. We were so impressed by every aspect of the lodge, from the friendly staff to the incredibly tidy and comfortable rooms. The food deserves a special mention, as not only was it plentiful, but it was extremely tasty! We truly look forward to returning to KGL in the near future.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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44 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This Lodge is almost at the end of the trail in Kennicott. We stayed in the Annex to have a private bath but would imagine, looking at the overall standard of the Lodge, the cheaper shared bath would be fine. The rooms looked out over the glacier to the mountains beyond & the Kennicott Copper Mine complex was just up the trail. Staff cheerful & friendly & the Family style dining was great. The food itself was excellent & we found the continental breakfast to be adequate but there was hot available. To produce this quality in this isolated place shows real commitment. Not cheap but well recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 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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