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“Wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of North Face Lodge

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North Face Lodge
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“Wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2006

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.

  • Stayed June 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2004

At the end of the road in Denali National Park wilderness, is a wonderful lodge. The main lodge, which contains the dining room, sitting room, and library is beautiful and very tastefully done. There is a very large fireplace, which welcomed and warmed us when we came in during a rain storm, and large comfortable furniture, and wonderful books to read about the wilderness.
The food is also very good, and there is a greenhouse where many of the vegetables and herbs are grown.
The staff, however, is the best thing about this lodge. They are all naturalists and specialists in the wildlife and plants that live in this pristine wilderness, and they share their knowledge with the guests in many ways. They lead hikes, wildlife expeditions and give lectures, and do this most graciously.
Although the rooms are tiny, they all have flush toilets and hot showers, despite the remote location, and on a clear day, a magnificent view of Mt. McKinley is seen.
This lodge is very expensive, but this experience is worth every penny.

  • Stayed July 2004
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Property: North Face Lodge
Address: Post Office Box 67, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755-0067
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Location: United States > Alaska > Denali National Park and Preserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Denali National Park and Preserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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 
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North Face Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve

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