The August 23 review gives a good description, so I won't duplicate that. I'd just like to second what the reviewer said - the staff are wonderful! They are not just knowledgeable about the "charismatic megafauna" everyone comes to see - our guides were excellent birders, knew almost all plants down to species for those interested in the scientific names, and there was even a lichen specialist there the weekend we stayed who could get lichens down to species! There is an active beaver pond within easy walking distance.
The requirement of staying several nights makes sense given the long bus ride to get in. Also, you will definitely see more wildlife on a longer stay! The animals don't appear like clockwork so it's important to spend enough time.
The food is very good (though that's not what you come for), the rooms are clean and comfortable (not romantic with single beds). But what really makes this place special is the staff and the setting. It's a whole different experience than staying in GlitterGulch at the Park Entrance, and well worth the high price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located near the end of the unpaved, mountainous 90-mile road into Denali National Park, North Face Lodge is one of only two in-park lodgings in view of Mt. McKinley. It specializes in learning adventures for active travelers, featuring naturalist-led hikes and field trips for visitors who wish to explore Denali in-depth. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- North Face Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve