For a relaxing night away from home we spent one night near the end of the 2011 season. Check-in was easy and the young couple managing the place were pleasant.
The cabin was nice. Plenty of room for two, a large bed and a twin in the room, nice and spacious enough bathroom, and nice little kitchen area with a small fridge, coffee pot, and microwave. The cabin appeared to be relatively new and was clean.
We ate in Palmer so we did not need dinner in the Yurt. We did order the breakfast for the next morning. It was okay-nothing to be excited about but high quality enough to last us until we were back near restaurants for a hot breakfast.
Unfortunately, despite the positives of the place it turned into a long, very boring night. We could find no trails to hike or climb anywhere near the cabins even though we were in a place people would like to hike around a little. The only places to walk were down the road coming in (which led to the highway and also had a motorcycle zipping back and forth) and a little trail that went only several yards and ended with a No Trespassing sign because behind the sign was a storage area for the lodge. We weren't interested in walking down to the highway because if we wanted to walk along a road with autos and motorcycles we could have stayed home. We wanted to climb and not do so next to cars, but with no trails in sight, we went back to our cabin.
We knew there was no TV but we'd been told there was a television and DVD player with a good selection of movies. We brought a couple of our own movies and settled in to watch them only to discover the DVD player was broken. Management came to look at it and decided there was no saving it. We asked for a replacement but were told there were no replacements. We asked if they could get one from another cabin and we were told no. Good management would have brought their own DVD player in the for the night if there were no other options or asked another cabin's guests if they were not going to use theirs (there were other guests in a large group who were having a great time together visiting, drinking, and laughing who would have been a good bet for not being interested in watching movies that evening).
We got out our iPad but we could not connect to the lodge's wireless Internet. Management could not get us connected and they did not know what the problem was. No movies, no Internet, no place to hike.
Management suggested we read but there was only one small dim lamp in the entire cabin! I said we had our own reading material but we couldn't read because there was no reading lights in the cabin. Not one. The cabin was dark save the one dim light, unless we wanted to hang out reading in the bathroom all night. The manager heard me say we could not read because we had no light to read by, but he did not respond. He just went home for the night. Again, a good manager would have gone to his own cabin and brought in at the very least a reading lamp for us if the Lodge had none in its supplies! Instead, they just left us in the dark with nothing to do all night; a very long night because after a long-term marriage there is only so much to talk about for hours-on-end. We played a few games together on the one little iPad between us and then went to sleep early out of pure boredom.
Because of the lack of interest in providing us Anything, not even a reading light, when we didn't have any of the offered amenities for passing time, for the price of what is costs to stay in places in Alaska, I doubt I'll ever return. Friendliness and a clean cabin are not enough to justify the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Picture yourself on the deck of a beautiful cabin, pondering the serenity of the wilderness. Look for our resident moose or listen to the great horned owl in his favorite lookout tree on top of the hill. Knik River Lodge is remote enough to be true wilderness, yet just one hour by car from Anchorage. Perfectly situated for exploring South-central Alaska, we invite you to share our magical part of the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Knik River Hotel Anchorage