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“Good cabins - bit noisy” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Denali Cabins
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7 reviews
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“Good cabins - bit noisy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Nice cabins surrounded by fir trees: clean, bit small and... too closer to the highway. Also the internal bathroom walls don't go all the way to the ceiling:)

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Room Tip: far from the highway
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Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

We stayed here two nights while visiting the park. It is a fair distance from town, but the shuttle service is good and frequent enough that the distance is not a problem. The restaurant served good food, perhaps about as good as you find in the area as selection of restaurants is limited. While the accommodations cannot be rated as deluxe, they are certainly adequate and clean.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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189 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

Stayed here 2 nights. before and after taking the Backcountry Safari. The 2-bed cabin we had was adequate, but small, a tiny shower, and tiny table with only 2 chairs. No closet. The beds feel like fold-up beds, and if you sat on the end of the bed the entire thing would tilt up! Not comfortable to sleep on, needless to say! The cabins are connected by a boardwalk, and there is a hot tub (we did not try it). The cabins are about 6 miles south of the park itself, and there is a shuttle. Overall, this place did not seem worth what we paid for it, but of course there is not a lot of selection up there!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Springboro, Ohio
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87 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

This complex of cabins is a convenient stopping point for those continuing by bus into the backcountry of Denali National Park. Our cabin, a very basic model directly behind the restaurant, filled with grease smells before dinner. We had to close the windows, which heightened the musty smell of the room itself. The linens weren't exactly crisp, which made me wonder if they had been changed, which made for an uncomfortable night. There was also someone shouting obscenities outside one of the other cabins around 2:30 a.m. Staff were sometimes competent, sometimes clueless. There is a lounge, unheated, where travelers can wait after they check out and before the buses arrive. There are organized shuttle runs schedule to take you to the shops and restaurants around the train station and back to the cabins. If I had a choice, I might try another place. The restaurant on the premises has tasty food, but it is expensive, a fact of life in Alaska.

Room Tip: Not the cabins directly behind the restaurant!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

The cabins are before the entrance to Denali NP but are NOT for an extended stay. They are very basic and sort of junky, not close to being worth what you pay, except they are in AK. The tv is basic, the food expensive and fair, some of the staff is nice, and others so-so; (true anywhere.) The grounds are basic there is no scenic view. The place is really for a one night type of stay on your way some place else.

Room Tip: There are no "better rooms". Just don't expect too much and be prepared for basic and...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Tampa, F.
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117 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

I gave this property an average rating only because the cabins are individual structures so there is some privacy. There is a rustic feel because everything about the cabins is basic, the beds, the shower, the sink (separate from the bath), the furniture, etc. I think they keep things basic because they are only open for the very short tourist season. Having said all of that, the room was clean, and I only had to kill one insect (spider).
The staff was friendly and helpful, but unless you had a car, you had to wait for the shuttle to get to "the gulch" for shopping, restaurants, etc. That aspect was very "limiting".
As others have commented the on-site restaurant was good but choices were very limited.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

We booked our Denali reservations ourselves online after reviewing other lodging in the Denali area. We booked it 4 mos prior to our trip; we had 3 families traveling together which meant we needed 3 cabins so we were concerned about not finding enough accommodations. Perhaps we were too hasty. The cabins were small but OK; we had 2 comfortable double beds in ours. The bathroom was tiny and the shower VERY tiny with the shower head very high up for some reason. Often the toilet didn't flush with first try.
We happened to be in Denali in mid-June 2013 when a heat wave was in progress...temps in the 80's. We were away from the cabins during the day but they would have been unbearable for sleeping except for a ceiling fan and screened windows. The room actually cooled down quite a bit by morning. The screens were mandatory because the mosquitos were thick, unbearable, even with bug spray. Could not sit outside at all. I didn't notice the mosquitos being so bad elsewhere in Denali so I don't know if Denali Cabins are in the midst of a swampy area or what.
We had rented cars, so we didn't use their service to the park itself.
The restaurant served a good dinner menu. Our college-girl waitress was very friendly. We bought box lunches from the restaurant to take with us on our shuttle bus trip back into the park. They were OK; the boxes need to be sturdier though. The little cup of sauce for my sandwich popped open immediately and spilled all over the food in the box. They replaced it but it happened again later.
They do try to keep up with maintenance---the ceiling fan in my son's cabin crashed to the floor shortly after they got there. Fortunately no one was beneath it when it fell! They were moved to another cabin right away. One of our cabins, towards the back left side, rested on the raised wooden walkway so whenever someone walked by outside, the whole cabin shook.
The staff was friendly and helpful, so I have no complaints there.

We were looking for 'semi-rustic' so I guess we got it. I know that the hot weather and thick mosquitos influenced my opinion of our 3 nights at Denali Cabins. For folks that are used to tent camping, I'm sure this would be a great place to stay. It didn't work for us though.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Denali Cabins

Property: Denali Cabins
Address: Mile 229 George Parks High Way, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
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Location: United States > Alaska > Denali National Park and Preserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Denali National Park and Preserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Denali Cabins 2.5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We combine charm of Alaskan cabins with the comforts of a hotel room. You get all the amenities: private bath, wireless internet, TV, phone and comfortable beds. Plus, you get your own cedar cabin nestled conveniently by the highway in the arboreal forest next to Denali National Park. Convenient to package with a day trip into Denali National Park on Denali Backcountry Adventure! ... more   less 
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