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“Great place, but had to smile at the service”

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Denali Lakeview Inn
Ranked #3 of 8 Healy B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Rhode Island
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great place, but had to smile at the service”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

A large room with refrigerator, microwave, and continental breakfast (cereal, juice, muffins, raisin toast, milk, coffee-maker) has a deck (balcony on upper floors) with a picnic table that overlooks a beautiful lake. We would definitely stay there again. But the service was a bit comical. Our TV clicker didn't work right. The office was closed during its still-open hours and there was no answer and no message service when we tried two phone numbers posted to reach staff. We ran into a staffer who tried to help, but said they were out of spare clickers and had no spare batteries. Later I went to an unrented room and traded our clicker for theirs and figured out how to make the TV work in a roundabout way. Several cereal boxes are left in the room, most sugar cereals. Our second day we had only them left and asked for non-sugar cereal, but were told that they were out until their supply was replenished on the weekly shopping trip to Fairbanks the next day. BUT . . . I still recommend the Lakeview. It's big and beautiful and just 11 miles from Denali.

Room Tip: All rooms look out on the lake except one.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Very clean and very friendly......Most of all is the beauty of the room....Balcony that overlooks a lake........Only about 15 minutes to Denali........Well worth staying there.......Very good place to stay when visiting Denali........The price is very fair...........

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2013

We had booked 4 rooms at this place. Our experience was great. It overlooks a lake and it feels to just sit by the lake. Staff is very friendly. They also have a laundry in the basement. I would love to go back to this place!!

Room Tip: Take the room on the first or second floor to get a better view of the lake.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Mason City, Iowa
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139 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2013

My wife and I stayed in the Blue Moose room at the Denali Lakeview Inn. It's about 15 minutes from the park entrance and was an oasis of calm for us. It was so peaceful to have off our balcony overlooking the lake in the evening or watch the sun rise over it in the morning. Check in was super easy. You simply check the bulletin board for your name and it tells you where your room is and the key is in the door. No interaction with the staff is necessary. It was all very efficient. The room was spacious with a fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, etc. Breakfast was in the refrigerator each day. We got a glimpse of one of the larger rooms, and it was spacious; however we were very happy with our room. The directions given at reservation time make it very easy to find the end...turn left at Otto Lake Road (two train cars are near the highway turnoff) golf course and then restaurant on your right, take the second left (you'll go down the lane passed the ATV touring company ( kind of junky looking) and you're there. The bed was comfortable, the room was quiet (it's a corner room), and we were well rested each day. We'll definitely return!

Room Tip: We had the corner room. It was very quiet and comfortable.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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arizona
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67 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2013

After a long day in nearby Denali Park it was just a short 15 minute drive to Healy and this little inn. Both the outside and interior need some updating and refurbishing. The room was a good size but so stuffed with furniture that I wasn't sure where to put the luggage. However the bed was comfortable and the room clean. The lake view is just spectacular. It was also very quiet.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

Pros:

Beautiful location a few miles away from the crowded main Denali lodging, reasonably priced compared to major lodging chains nearby, clean rooms with amazing views of the lake, and free wifi.

The $9 lunchbox we ordered for our trip into the park was well worth it.

Nice owners, and accommodating and friendly staff.

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After reading the other reviews, I don't understand the fuss about the removal of shoes upon entry. There is a bench by the door to sit on while you take shoes on and off. Regardless of the carpet color or flooring, the grounds are wet and muddy - it's ALASKA! The B&B we stayed at in Anchorage had the same policy, and had hardwood floors.

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The breakfast items are almost exclusively carbohydrate (bread, muffins, fruit and sugary cereals) which could be an issue for someone with diabetes or who favors dietary protein. Owners might consider adding a protein to the breakfast items left for guests in the fridge: a hard-boiled egg, cup of yogurt or piece of cheese to go with the carbs would make for a more balanced breakfast, are easy to prepare, and probably wouldn't add much cost.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We stayed here the night before heading into Denali National Park. The views out over Otto Lake with the mountains in the background was amazing. I texted pictures back to my family in Florida and they were jealous (yes, somehow I had cellphone service - they have free Wifi too if you don't). We were there August 1st and it never really got fully dark. I kept the window shades open and was taking pictures at midnight. You were high enough up that the mosquitoes didn't get you on the porch...which was more of a connected porch with 3 other rooms. It pretty much a bed and breakfast and feels like you're staying in someone's house. They provided a good variety for breakfast for free in the fridge too (muffin, yogurt, milk/cereal, fruit, bread). The bathroom was really nice too after staying in some cramped hotels. It was a normal bathroom size of what you'd expect in someone's house and half halfway decent water pressure. No sharing a bathroom with anyone else too, our room had it's own. Overall it was our favorite hotel stays on our 2 week trip.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Denali Lakeview Inn
Address: Mile 1.2 Otto Lake Road, PO Box 14, Healy, AK 99743
Location: United States > Alaska > Healy
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Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Healy
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Number of rooms: 20
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Beautiful mountain and Lake views. Very peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. ... more   less 
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Denali Lakeview Hotel Healy

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