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Mile 227.4, Richardson Highway, Black Rapids, AK 99737
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A new tradition of affordable hospitality at the gateway of this most accessible, wild mountain wilderness. A beautiful 7300 square foot timber framed lodge located in the heart of the Alaska Range. A little bit of luxury, road accessible, heavenly beds, fantastic food and company! Belvedere filled with stain glass portraits of northern lights. Romantic areas to visit, warm stone fireplace areas. Leather couches. Local cuisine.
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Mile 227.4, Richardson Highway, Black Rapids, AK 99737
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ShlomitShteyer wrote a review Jul 2022
180 contributions63 helpful votes
We stopped here while traveling for 2 weeks in Alaska. The location is beautiful, situated high so you have a beautiful view. The staff was so friendly and hospitality was amazing. We had dinner and breakfast in the lodge as it is far from any restaurant plus we had a rain storm so it worked perfectly for us. Food was great. The owner sang for us. The room is clean, cozy and comfortable plus you have windows for such a beautiful view. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Alison W wrote a review Jun 2022
Tadcaster, England, United Kingdom319 contributions151 helpful votes
This is a beautiful building, with a lot of interesting history on site, lots of quiet places to sit and contemplate and great rooms. Add to that a warm welcome from all the team, a well cooked dinner and breakfast plus enjoyable company of other guests. Meals are taken family style and all together. We really enjoyed our one night stopover.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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GrumpPot wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom30 contributions15 helpful votes
The building is a lovely modern lodge and our stay here was supposed to be a stopover treat on our way to Denali, but it didn't live up to anywhere near expectations. It's just not worth the hugely inflated prices: $380 room only / $510 with dinner/breakfast. The room was lovely, true, but boiling hot when we arrived from facing the sun all day. No netting on doors/windows (unlike every other place we stayed in) meant that opening the doors to get some fresh air also let a ton of mosquitos in. The mattress was terrible - more like a bouncy castle: you move, your partner bounces. Not a great sleep. No TV incidentally should you want one. It's the food that really lets this place down. It was TERRIBLE, particularly dinner, and again, hugely overpriced (breakfast $21, dinner $44 per person, excluding drinks). You have no menu, no choice, you get what you're given, and they can get away with it as there are no other eating options in the vicinity. It was some of the worst food we had in our whole holiday in Alaska, especially one main course - a few shreds of WAY overcooked beef and boiled-to-death potatoes in tasteless water. The online booking suggests that the meals are included because you have to order the meals you want so they can get enough food in they said, which just isn't true given the obviously old, reheated food they served up. The booking is very misleading: the meals are listed in the summary of the booking but there is nothing to say they're NOT included, nor how much the meals that you've ordered will cost you, which means they can charge you whatever they like. It's deceptive and they know it as they had to explain it to other customers too. We were shocked to have $130 for such terrible food slapped on the bill when we checked out. Along with a credit card surcharge to add insult to injury. Whether they'll make their website clearer remains to be seen. WiFi stopped working altogether and when it did eventually work it was very flakey. I'm not really interested in why - it's unacceptable when you're paying almost $400 a night for a room and WiFi is included. It was all rather disappointing, definitely not worth $510 per night. We'd have been happy to pay the high rates if we'd got the quality you expect and get in any other lodge or hotel for that price. We know it's out in the sticks but so were many other places we stayed at on our trip. It was only here that we felt like we were being taken for a ride with costs and it left a bitter taste. A real shame. Other options if you need: Fairbanks, where you'll get a choice of accommodation and restaurants, or Delta Junction further north, or the Alpine Creek Lodge on Denali Highway.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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KYtraveler79 wrote a review Feb 2022
Cincinnati, Ohio960 contributions151 helpful votes
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What a beautiful lodge in a stunning location!! I stayed in room 6 and had a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. The room was lovely with a VERY comfortable bed. The drive down from Fairbanks was roughly 2 1/2 hours and was gorgeous! I enjoyed the coffee and hot tea available all day for guests and appreciated their help with information getting to the Castner Ice Cave 10 miles away in addition to loaning me snowshoes, ski poles and crampons once I got into the ice cave. My only issue with this lodge is that sound travels very easily because of how it's built. I'm sensitive to extra sound when I'm hoping to sit in a comfy lodge and read in a quiet place so I didn't love the noise.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Room Tip: I loved room 6!!
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JCW703 wrote a review Sep 2021
Moscow, Russia2681 contributions414 helpful votes
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We spent one night here as we traveled throughout Alaska and truly enjoyed our stay. The room was spacious and well appointed and the dinner was tasty and filling. There is no cell phone service in this area (lodge has wifi) so it is a great place to unplug and relax.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Stephen A wrote a review Aug 2021
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This place was amazing!! My wife and I went for our seventh anniversary. The room was clean and large and we had the place mostly to ourselves. Within an hour of checking in we received a knock on the door informing us of room service. The staff knowing it was our anniversary sent complimentary champagne to the room. At dinner we were entertained by Annie the owner playing the guitar and singing. First course was an amazing beef stew with a sourdough bread that was delicious. Next the main course was an approximately 18oz bone in ribeye steak cooked to a perfect medium, with a baked potatoe, cauliflower, and broccoli. Next followed dessert on the house, a magnificent blueberry crisp and the staff sang happy anniversary to the tune of happy Birthday 😂😂😂. We had an amazing evening using the lodges sauna and sitting around the campfire. In the morning breakfast was a frittata with two waffles, bacon, and hashbrowns. Needless to say we left the lodge full and happy. I cannot wait to get back here and enjoy some of the outdoor adventures in the area. Great staff, great owner, equals great visit. We greatly enjoyed our stay, it felt like we were visiting friends. Thank you all so much.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Annie Hopper, Owner at The Lodge at Black Rapids
Responded Aug 24, 2021
What a lovely review! You are so kind and we appreciate the compliments during these turbulent times. We hope we can be there for you on your next anniversary. Have a safe and wonderful year. Annie
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Kathryn D wrote a review Jul 2021
Denver, Colorado99 contributions23 helpful votes
Stayed here one night en route from Chitina to Fairbanks. We arrived very late in the evening due to highway construction. With great hospitality and no fanfare whatsoever, the cook re-opened the kitchen and prepared us a delicious full-course dinner. Our room was the loveliest on our 3-week trip: comfy bed, fluffy towels, beautifully decorated with french doors opening to a view of the Black Rapids vista. After a delicious and totally home-made breakfast, we departed for Fairbanks wishing we had arranged our vacation schedule to stay longer in this lovely lodge.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Annie Hopper, Owner at The Lodge at Black Rapids
Responded Aug 24, 2021
Thank you for your kindness and taking the time to write a review. Your words mean a lot to us and we love to make people feel at home and not like a stranger. We look forward to hosting you again.
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Taylor E wrote a review Jun 2021
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Our family was on a week-long road trip throughout interior Alaska, and this was supposed to be our nicest lodging. Unfortunately it became the opposite, as our stops at lodges that were a third of the price were WAY more fun and pleasant. While the owner/proprietor Annie does try to help where she can, the rest of the staff is totally oblivious and does not lift a finger for their guests. Even the simplest of requests are 'not possible' if they interrupt the staff's daily routine. Annie was frequently absent from the lodge and the cook was 'gone for the week', so questions on our scheduled activity or ingredients in the food were met with blank stares and long pauses. On our one activity (scenic flight to a ridge hike), the pilot considered dropping my 60 year old mom alone on a ridge that had a grizzly bear on it (they unsuccessfully tried to scare the bear away with the plane) with only a .44 rifle (which she did not know how to use), offering only a 'quick tutorial' before leaving her alone for 45 minutes so he could shuttle the next family member. After my mom questioned him about how safe this would be, the pilot replies 'you really should have a guide for this'. The lodge's organization of this was terrible, and we were forced to abort the hike. To be fair, we did get a refund for the cost of the excursion. DO NOT stay at the Lodge at Black Rapids during the summer. My advice would be to either drive up to Fairbanks, west on the Denali Highway (Alpine Lodge was a quirky but incredibly fun experience!) or all the way south towards Palmer (Sheep Mtn Lodge, Majestic Valley lodge both great options).
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: Main floor rooms are louder if there are people hanging out in the dining room or reception areas.
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Response from Annie Hopper, Owner at The Lodge at Black Rapids
Responded Aug 24, 2021
Thank you for your comments and I hope we have the opportunity to host you again to rectify such a poor experience for you all. Kindness during these turbulent times is always welcomed as opposed to finding fault with every moment. As you know the staffing shortages and all aspects of a remote rural business certainly has its challenges. However, your comments help us take a sincere look at our operations. Our goal is to provide an excellent experience at the end of the day. We hope the rest of your trip was joyful.
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MaxYourLife wrote a review Feb 2021
United States246 contributions101 helpful votes
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This is a stunning place we called home for 2 nights. We stayed in room 6 with a comfy king bed and beautiful view across the plains. The entire lodge and 10 bedrooms were gorgeous. The bed was extremely comfortable with the best pillows! We were taken care of by the hard-working team of Ray, Harmony, and Thomas. The two dinners and one breakfast we had there were delicious home cooked meals. It was the perfect location for hiking to the ice cave (about 10 minutes south) and viewing the northern lights from a nearby plateau (about 10 minutes north.) Our group had the entire lodge to ourselves, and I could see how this might be a good place for a family reunion or executive retreat. The only challenge we had was difficulty connecting to consistent Wi-Fi.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Response from Annie Hopper, Owner at The Lodge at Black Rapids
Responded Aug 24, 2021
Wow! I am so glad we could meet your needs and provide such an intimate experience! Thank you!
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Amy W wrote a review Jul 2020
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Such a phenomenal place to explore Alaska! The lodge itself is gorgeous and so well built. My boyfriend is an engineer and spent awhile admiring the architecture and craftsmanship, he was very impressed. Beautiful place for couples or families to stay, we only were here one night and can’t wait to come back! Great hiking spots nearby and they will recommend some great places to hike to as well, ranging in ability. The meals and wine were fantastic and it was enjoyable to talk to the other guests staying. I have celiac disease and they were very kind and accommodating to me, dinner was all fresh local ingredients which is a big feat up here in AK. Can’t wait to return in the Winter!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Annie Hopper, Owner at The Lodge at Black Rapids
Responded Aug 24, 2021
Thank you for your kindness and compliments. It means a lot to us during these troubled times.
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at The Lodge at Black Rapids?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Lodge at Black Rapids?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is The Lodge at Black Rapids located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.04 miles away from the center of Black Rapids.
Are pets allowed at The Lodge at Black Rapids?
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