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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Talkeetna
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Redlands, California
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“We loved it and hope to make it back soon”
Reviewed June 15, 2011

We had a wonderful time in Talkeetna. The lodge is so beautiful. A very peaceful & serene setting. The staff is so friendly and helpful, always giving suggestions on places to go and things to see. We saw lots of moose, caribou and eagles. The drive to Denali was beautiful. The town of Talkeetna is so close and everyone is so nice. Make sure to have breakfast at the Roadhouse! Great food and large portions. We went back the next morning and shared the same order that we had the day before, but only one this time. It was plenty! Yummie pastries too! The bar in the lodge has good beers on tap (try the Alaskan Amber) and you can take it out to big leather chairs by the huge river rock fireplace and enjoy the mountain views. Very relaxing after a days hike. We hope to be able to visit the Talkeetna Lodge again some day soon. It was a great vacation for us both. Hello to Michelle!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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catctal, Front Office Manager at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, responded to this review, June 18, 2011
Dear Marci and John,

Hello to you!! I am so happy that you enjoyed your Alaska vacation. I only wish I could have made the sun shine more for you in Talkeetna! Thank you for reviewing the Lodge and I hope we’ll meet again soon!

Kindest Regards,
Michelle
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

We, too, traveled with the Celebrity Land Tour in May and we had a very positive experience at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. If you've visited National Park lodges out West -- at Yellowstone or Yosemite, for example -- this lodge may not quite match their charm, but it makes a great effort, with a huge central fireplace, lots of cozy lounges, beautiful patio, and, oh, that view! It's a fairly new structure - modern and very clean.
When our bus arrived at the Lodge our tour director explained that half of us would get rooms on the view side, the other half on the parking lot. We got the parking lot -- and there is nothing much one can do with that but keep the shades closed. The room was more than comfortable enough for sleeping --- otherwise take two steps out of the room and you'll find one of the little lounge areas, or a door leading out to 'that view' --- it's all just lovely.
We had dinner in the dining room - a beautiful place with just a few diners. There was trouble with our order and a lot of goofiness around it being the first week the lodge was open, but the service was sweet and competent and the food was delicious. We weren't the least bit rushed -- could have lingered over coffee for long hours, I suspect. It is a bit pricey, but I'm guessing they'd welcome folks in for just coffee and dessert -- which would have to be their berry pie - Wow.
I try not to recount small hurts when I write these reviews, but we did encounter weird behavior when went to the cafe for breakfast. We arrived at 6:55 and were informed by the hostess that they opened at 7. Evidently, that means we couldn't be seated until 7 (which does seem a bit late for breakfast in the mountains) so we stood outside the entrance and waited. At 7 the hostess began a conversation with several waitresses and another woman about break times. At 7:10 they noticed us and took us in to a table. I mean! (the food was fine.)
I'm guessing that the lodge is a pricey place to stay, but if it's level of comfort, service and spectacular location are important to you than it is the right choice. We'll be letting Celebrity know that we are delighted with their choice!

  • Stayed May 2011
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catctal, Front Office Manager at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, responded to this review, July 14, 2011
Dear Michigan Cookies,

Thank you for the time you spent in reviewing the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. I am pleased that your overall stay was positive and that you enjoyed your visit. I do apologize for the experience you had in our restaurants, we certainly appreciate your comments and have continued training our staff to better serve our guests.

Kindest Regards,
Michelle Sutton
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Farmington, Connecticut
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

Everyone was friendly, from the desk staff to the restaurant staff.

We loved the view of Mt McKinley from our rooms. The view was spectacular from the back deck area! The lodge itself was beautiful with a floor to ceiling fireplace. We did not have enough time to use the pool or Fitness Center. Lunch in the Bistro restaurant and breakfast in the Foraker restaurant were very good. We did not have the breakfast buffet.

The location was not far from the attractions, a 10-20 minute drive. The center of town was very small. They have many very good restaurants to choose from.

We liked the awesome view the best!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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catctal, Front Office Manager at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, responded to this review, June 18, 2011
Dear Pepcingin,

Thank you so much for your positive review of our Lodge and staff. We take great pleasure in providing friendly customer service to all our guest. We are also pleased that you enjoyed your dining experience in both our restaurants.

Thank you again and happy travels!
Michelle Sutton
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is one of the nicest lodges we've ever stayed in. It is absolutely a treat! Beautiful towering rock fireplace in the lobby...... Relaxing atmosphere....Great rooms... We had the mountain view room so we could look right out of our windows and see Mt. McKinley which was very special! Service was great, and the staff was very friendly. Can only say the BEST when reviewing this lodge.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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catctal, Front Office Manager at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, responded to this review, June 18, 2011
Dear Yacky2,

We were truly delighted when reading you review of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. It is our hopes to have every guest feel the way you did when staying with us and are overjoyed that your experience was such. Please visit us again soon.

Sincerely,
Michelle Sutton
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Severna Park, Maryland
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Reviewed June 6, 2011

View that is out of this world. Beautiful lodge that is more than we expected. Food is very good. Service great. We had a great time. We traveled with another couple and my mother. Be sure and fly Mt. McKinley.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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catctal, Front Office Manager at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, responded to this review, June 18, 2011
Dear Debay11,

Thank you so much for making note of your trip to Talkeetna. I'm glad you and your travel companions had a great time. I hope your dreams come true and we will see you again soon!

Kindest Regards,
Michelle Sutton
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Gold Beach, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2011

We were taken to the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge as part of a 5 day land portion with a cruise. The view was amazing IF you were lucky enough to get a decent room with a view. We unfortunately got a room that was VERY hot, crappy view of a parking lot and NOISY with lodge employees driving around and parking right outside. We asked for a better room and they said I could pay a large amount more for an view upgrade. They were very rude when I called them about the horrible room. Restaurants are way too expensive for the mediocre meals and poor service. We are also contacting Celebrity Cruise to degrade finding another place to stay with better customer service.

  • Stayed May 2011
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catctal, Front Office Manager at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, responded to this review, June 12, 2011
Dear Guest,

I am sorry to have read about your experience here at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. It is unfortunate that you did not receive a view room, as not all guests can. It is standard practice to charge for an upgrade to a view room. The charge involved is the difference in price between our non view and view rooms. We do make every effort to produce the highest quality service and food and are sorry to hear that your experience was less then desirable. We are always looking for ways to improve the already high standard of customer service we expect from all our employees and appreciate your feedback as a training tool.
Sincerely,
Michelle Sutton
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

We stayed at the lodge on our driving holiday. The views from the more expensive rooms are sensational even on days when it is not totally clear. We ate at the restaurant and had no complaints with the accommodation or the food. The township of Talkeetna is unusual and a bit quirky, nice place to visit

  • Stayed June 2011
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catctal, Front Office Manager at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, responded to this review, June 12, 2011
Dear Guest,
I appreciate the time you took to review the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. I as well appreciate the views from the lodge even on the not so sunny days as we still view the river valley, mountain range and town. Your description of Talkeetna as “unusual and quirky” are often heard around here. I hope all of your driving holiday was as pleasant as the time you spent with us.
Kind Regards,
Michelle Sutton
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Property: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Address: Mile 12.5 Talkeetna Spur Road, Talkeetna, AK 99676
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Location: United States > Alaska > Talkeetna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Talkeetna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 212
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali, our lodge offers unforgettable views of Denali and the Alaska Range, yet we are just minutes from adventures of a lifetime. Enjoy the view as you relax next to our 46-foot river rock fireplace or shop for Native art from villages across Alaska. Enjoy casual or fine dining featuring Alaska specialties and the best wine selection in the neighborhood. ... more   less 
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