We stayed at the Denali Highway Cabins for one night in the later part of June on our way from Denali National Park to Seward, via-Fairbanks. All in all this was a great place to stay, but there were a few drawbacks.
On arrival the grounds seemed somewhat messy and disorganized, but this seemed to be the standard for most all other homes and businesses in the rural areas we saw in Alaska so I didn't consider it a negative (don't let it drive you away, the canins are really nice).
Our cabin was very nice and clean with a good view of the nearby river. The building and furnishings were well above average with what felt like a memory foam mattress (some folks may not like this if you have never slept on one before, we were ok with it). The only big drawback of the cabin was a water pump that would kick in every time you turned the water on which could be an issue if everyone staying in the room did not get up at the same time, or if someone flushed the toilet in the middle of the night. Also the cabin had many notes hanging all over asking you to follow a lot of "house rules". We were ok with this, but did feel a bit uncomfortable (kind of like staying at my grandmothers house). Overall an excellent cabin.
We loved the common great room provided by the hosts. It is used for gathering in the evening and for breakfast in the morning. We spent a couple hours here in the evening talking to other guests (great for people who are looking to meet other travelers and hear their stories. The room also had games, a piano etc for entertainment. Breakfast was nice and homemade which can provide a nice break from restaurant food while on vacation. Breakfast did not start until 7:30, which is pretty late for us so we got up and went on a hike to Swan Lake early before breakfast (did not see any moose, only tracks and droppings). We viewed the great room as the highlight of our visit.
The owers Audubon and Jenny were very friendly and willing to share about the area and experiences. We also loved meeting the dogs.
In summary Denali Highway cabins was a great place to stay, with just a few potential minor drawbacks as noted. If in the area again we would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The oldest year-round continuously operating tour and accommodations facility along both the Denali Highway AND the 160 mile stretch of the Richardson Highway from Glennallen to Delta Junction. This is the ORIGINAL "Denali Highway Cabins and Tours;" we also use the name "Paxson Alpine Tours." Please do not be confused by others' misleading names. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Denali Highway Cabins Hotel Paxson