We stayed at the Denali Mountain Morning Hostel in July of 2006 and we loved the place so much we're thinking about creating something like it in the lower 48.
It's important to know what you're getting into here. It's not a full-service hotel. The cabins are rustic and spartan and don't have private baths. You have to clean up after yourself.
But the main lodge has a kitchen (equipped with 2 stoves and 2 sinks, so you don't usually have to wait in line to cook) and a communal dining table. It also has a comfy sofa where you can sit and talk with guests from around the world.
The hostel is situated right on the banks of a beautiful creek, and right at the base of the mountains, 9 miles south of the entrance to Denali National Park. It's a beautiful location, and a great place to just sit around and enjoy some peace and quiet.
There are 3 lodging options: the main cabin has a bunkhouse upstairs, where you can get an inexpensive bed in a room shared by others (which suited my 75 year old mom just fine); there are a variety of cabins, where my wife, kids and I stayed; and they even have a couple of tents on platforms right by the river.
If you're driving up from the South, watch the mile markers carefully, as the hostel isn't well marked. Their webpage says mile 224.5 Parks highway, but in fact they're immediately after the 224 mile marker, down an embankment and almost out of sight. Their's a mailbox that says "Hostel," and that's it. (It has a new owner, so maybe this will change.) Right across the road are another outfit's cabins and a restaurant, which works out as the best landmark.
Final note: We stayed 3 days, but this would be a good place to hang out for a week or more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful setting on a creek. Private cabins, private rooms, hostel beds and wall-tents. 13 miles from the park entrance, but with a free shuttle service. The only way to see Denali on a budget. The hostel is clean, the staff is super-friendly and helpful and we offer discounted prices on local tours and transportation. We are the source for the lowest cost tickets for the Alaska Railroad and sell tickets for The Park Connection Motorcoach. And we offer the lowest prices on nearly all the local tours. We look forward to serving you! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Denali Mountain Morning Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve