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“If you want budget accommodation near to Denali NP this is it”
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Totem Inn
Ranked #6 of 8 Healy B&B and Inns
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283 reviews
160 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“If you want budget accommodation near to Denali NP this is it”
Reviewed May 29, 2008

A good overall stay. This is classed as a motel but you cannot get you car to the door of the room.

However this is a popular motel with business travellers which is a good sign. I arrived at 1pm out of main season and got the last of 50 rooms.

Its attractions are that it is only 12 miles from Denali NP, has small but clean rooms with large bathrooms ,large tv and wireless internet, all for around $70.

Its restaurant has attracted adverse comment in the past which I can understand.It is quirky but the food is ok. You have to enter thru the bar and if you want a drink with meal you have to sit in a seperate area and get the drink yourself from the bar! This is also a smoking area. A smoke free meal with a glass of wine is not possible. This seems strange but then I am English

The reception is laid back; not sure if we have a room but friendly. I would stay again.

  • Liked — near to Denali,wi/fi access,value for money,rest on site
  • Disliked — distance from car to room,reception,quirky restaurent
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 7, 2006

All I can say if you visit the lounge at the Totem Inn is to watch your husbands. It must be the lack of men in Alaska. The regulars are always drunk and the bartenders are ready to snatch whatever comes in the door. This was not a very nice place to vacation. The service was way too slow in the dinning room. The food not that good and having to make sure you did not turn your backs on the women who worked there was very uncomfortable.

  • Stayed July 2002
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Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 23, 2006

Totem Inn is conviniently located 10 miles north of Denali national park. The Inn is ok and the rooms were clean. However the staff were downright rude. The lady was totally uninterested during the check in process. We actually checked in at around 5 PM in the eveing and not at some un-godly hour. The whole time she hardly uttered a word. One of the earlier reviewer has mentioned that a native american had checked them in and he/she was also rude. In our caseit wasa cacusian and there was no difference. The next day we had breakfast at the restaurant and again the staff were so unfriendly, it was totally unpleasant.

If you are driving through and just need a place to crash for the night it is ok, otherwise for longer stays it is definitely not good.

  • Stayed May 2006
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Reviewed August 1, 2005

All in all my stay at Totem Inn was very disappointing. We were checked in by a young Native American boy who was not interested in uttering any words. He did not even greet us or told us in which direction to go to our room. The only few words he did say were "Credit card?". I travel around a lot and have tried a huge variety of places to stay at and I would have a hard time remembering any where the attitude at the reception was so nonchalant. It seemed as if they were doing us a favor for letting us stay at their property. The room was cramped, there was very little space left to move around and to put our (small) bags. Although it looked rather new, the room was quite destroyed and not maintained. A metal piece of heater cover was dangerously sticking out towards the bed. The overall cleanliness was marginal. I could not say the room wasn't cleaned before our arrival, but it was done very negligently. We paid 115 USD for this room which is way too much for what we got. When I visit Denali again I will gladly give 20 or 30$ more and stay in a nicer and friendlier property.

  • Stayed June 2005
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Reviewed May 29, 2005

While staying in Healy, Alaska, we ate twice at the Totem Inn.

For summer 2005, the Inn has hired a very personable young man who goes out of his way to please customers. The menu is extensive and varied, considering the restaurant must drive TWO HOURS to Fairbanks for their food supplies.

The Totem does an excellent job with breakfasts and lunch, having a great selection of sandwiches, all of which are top rate. There is also a good choice of dessert items. The Totem is an alternative to the higher priced establishments ten miles south, at Denali National Park.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for dinner. Four of us ate dinner on Saturday May 29th, and none of the menu items ordered were satisfactory. Especially disappointing were the steak items, far from the quality and enjoyment of their lunch menu.

Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed January 5, 2005

My stay at the Totem Inn was pleasant. It was what I expected for the price I paid. A nice room, a good meal in the cafe. But the bar was excellant! There was a great band and a friendly bartender who gave me real advice about where to go in the area. She even drew me a map to drive to view old coal mine remains. Real people at reasonable rates!

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Reviewed November 19, 2004

The service was excellent, the food even better. I would recommend this establishment to everyone visiting the area. It can't be topped!

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Property: Totem Inn
Address: P.O. Box 417, Healy, AK 99743-0417
Location: United States > Alaska > Healy
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Healy
Number of rooms: 32

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