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Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

We stayed here two nights en route back from Homer to Seward. Our plan was to relax in Princess quality surroundings while trying our hands at fishing in the Kenai River. Our unit was located in a long building of units. Unfortunately, walls were thin so we heard our neighbor's television through the wall. Our patio view was a tree.

On the upside, the rooms were spacious with a wood stove, table, and sitting area one one end and king bed on the other, with private bath. We would have liked a refrigerator, but didn't anticipate one; however, we were shocked to not have a coffee maker in the unit. To get coffee, we had to purchase our first paper cups of coffee and then could have free refills each time we brought the paper cup back to the main lodge. Considering our distance from the main lodge and the amenities in the room, this process seemed cheap.

Staff at the front desks and in the dining room were friendly and helpful. Free internet access was available. Lodge lobby area did not 'feel' inviting but we could go on the deck for limited view of the Kenai River. The Lodge offered a hiking trail down to the river.

And yes, our half day drag fishing trip was fun. My husband caught two trout and we saw a mother moose and baby browsing on the river bank. All gear was provided and the guide was a personable young man determined that we catch fish! That night, we ate at the Kingfisher Roadhouse at Milepost 47.4 Sterling Highway. Great atmosphere and food.

In hindsight, we could have stayed here only one night before fishing and then gone on to Seward for the second night. The Lodge didn't feel that special.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

We traveled to the Kenai Princess Lodge as the first stop on our land tour after a great cruise on the Island Princess. During the cruise, we barely noticed the lengthening of days due to blackout curtains in our cabin on the ship. We expected blackout shades/curtains for out entire Alaskan trip as the days were getting long and we figured that would just be standard for folks visiting Alaska in the summer. Well, we couldn't have been more wrong! We had a charming attached cottage at the Kenai Princess, but not only did it lack blackout curtains, it had a sky light! There was no covering this thing and it looked like noon in our cabin at 11:30 pm. In the morning, we discovered that the walls are paper thin and we could hear conversations in the cabin next door, not to mention their TV at 6 am and the shower, and toilet......Thank goodness the grounds were interesting and the food at the main restaurant was good. I loved their salmon chowder and truly, they had the most delicious and fluffy blueberry pancakes I think I've ever had. Just remember to bring your eye shades and ear plugs.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 23, 2011

My wife and I split up from our friends who were out fishing on Lake Skilak for the day. Since we had been camping in Seward for several days beforehand, my wife was wanting to take a little break and relax at the Kenai Princess. When we pulled in and registered, we were thrilled to see they had full hookups and CABLE!! It was very nice to be able to sit back, relax and have a wonderful dinner at the lodge. I will surely be back next trip to Alaska!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

My wife and I stayed here in July for 1 night, and had a nice stay. Our room was best described as "hotel-style", with the exception of a nice wood-burning fireplace which we did use and enjoy. After having stayed in cozy, locally-owned log cabins on the previous portions of our Alaska trip, Kenai Princess Lodge just struck us as a lttile too "commercial" for our Alaska experience. The room itself was clean and fine, but we found ourselves wishing we had booked one of the many log-cabin options in Cooper Landing, many of which were closer to the river than this hill-top hotel.

Room Tip: HIgh speed internet is free, but only accessable in hotel lobby.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2011

Very nice setting overlooking Kenai river. Rooms were huge -- more like suites with 15 ft ceilings, separate room for beds, and a little deck (no view from the decks though). Surprisingly nice -- MUCH better room quality than the other Princess lodges (Denali, McKinley) we visited.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

Stayed at this lodge based on glowing reviews here, but the thin walls and dense conglomeration of units make this a not very peaceful and not very wilderness experience.
Upon settling into our room in the late afternoon, we noticed wild banging and hollering next door. After an hour, we called reception, who admitted a family with four small children was in that adjoining room. The staff graciously offered to move us and helped with our bags. The next unit wasn't quite as spacious, but when we got back from dinner the quiet was enjoyable--until about 10 PM when the young adult drunken party began next door. At midnight, we called the office to complain because we had an early morning fishing trip planned.
So perhaps this was just bad luck for us, but reception did admit to thin walls in the accommodations. (And there were a lot of families with kids staying there and a lot of hubbub). If you don't mind noise, then the rustic cabin-type rooms with wood burning stoves might suit you.

The dining room wasn't all that attractive, not in the vein of a grand lodge at all (we opted to have dinner at a local dive that was much more fun), and breakfast at Princess was expensive and very average quality--plus two of the wait staff were coughing and sneezing and blowing noses on the job (ew!).

I will say the reception staff was helpful and concerned with our satisfaction. They let us come back after fishing, and after checking out, to wash up in the fitness area, that had a shower (and hot tub), which was very much appreciated. Strolling the river path was pleasant enough, and peaceful, since the weather was drizzly (though the river follows the road, so it's not an away-from-it-all hike).

Overall, none of the positives of this hotel compensated for the noise. A small, less bustling, less touristy place would probably have been preferable.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

My loved this rustic, little lodge. The rooms were spacious - almost like little apartments with a couch, table and chairs, wood burning stove and deck - but not overly luxurious. We liked that each room opened to the outside, so it felt like you had your own cabin. The food at the restaurant is good, but expensive as with all of the Princess facilities. If you have a car, there is so much to do in the surrounding area and this lodge is very centrally located to both side of the Kenai - wonderful scenery, hiking, biking, fishing, boating and other activities. It was also easily accessible to Seward for sightseeing and a day cruise.
This was the second Princess facility we stayed in while in Alaska, and it felt much more authentic than the McKinley. That said, if you do your research, we saw a variety of quaint, locally owned B&Bs, Inns, etc all along the Kenai. If I returned, I would look into one of these. They oftentimes have better locations and I like that the revenue goes back to Alaskans vs the Princess corporation.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

Address: Mile 47.7 Sterling Highway, Cooper Landing, AK 99572
Location: United States > Alaska > Cooper Landing
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Cooper Landing
Price Range: $117 - $232 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 86
Also Known As:
Kenai Princess Wilderness Hotel Cooper Landing
Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Cooper Landing, Alaska

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