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Susitna River Lodging
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Toledo, Ohio, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

We had the most wonderful time on our trip, and the lodge is one of the best stops we did. The views and the atmosphere is tops! We stayed in the lodge. Our room had a loft and was very clean and they also offer cabins! We only stayed one night, but I wish we could have stayed longer, but they were already booked! Wonderful people and beautiful surroundings. Very nice, I highly recommend that you include this as a main stay if in Alaska!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Diane C
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Bedford, Virginia
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32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

We stayed at this lodge during our trip with Planet Earth Adventures. We had a great cabin overlooking the Susitna River with the snow covered mountains as a backdrop. Our cabin was warm, cozy and had all the necessary creature comforts to make it a most relaxing stay. Our hosts Howard and Darlene were welcoming, friendly and accommodating. One of the highlights of our stay was a bonfire on the frozen river bank complete with smores! If you are looking for a relaxing, friendly place to stay while in Talkeetna this is it!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TrpTakers
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Hayward, California
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

Enjoyed a wonderful stay with friends at beautiful Susitna River Lodge, a destination wonderland near Talkeetna, Alaska, gateway to Denali National Park. It was the winter season and a highlight of our visit was an enchanting bonfire along the river our last night. Our accommodations were splendid! We had the two-story end suite overlooking the forest and the river. Special thanks to our hosts, the delightful Hunter's, and our superb tour leader Al Marquez of Planet Earth Adventures, the best small group adventure firm in Alaska.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Robert L
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Hartsville, SC
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208 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

My wife and I searched all of Talkeetna and decided on the Susitna River Lodging. We stayed in a wonderful little cabin. The cabin had every necessary amenity. With a king bed and a couch below and two twins in the loft, you could easily fit five or six people in one unit. We were blessed with perfect weather, and the northern lights were forecasted. (We did see a faint green glow, but nothing else that night.)

As the other reviews have indicated, the owners are fantastic. A full movie library, with some great recommendations, kept my wife and I cozy on the couch for the evening.

Getting into Talkeetna is a breeze. There is plenty of parking at each cabin. Each cabin has an outdoor grill with charcoal, starter fluid and everything you need to really enjoy the outdoors. There is a small portion of paper plates, plasticware and other necessary items. Coffee was available in the room and we honestly had everything that we needed. We were very impressed.

This place is a great way to spend your evenings in Talkeetna.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mark R
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Dallas, Texas
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40 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2012

I highly recommend this property. My son and I stayed here March 4 after going to the Iditarod. We had a fantastic 2-story suite in the main lodge that felt like a standalone cabin. The rooms looked out over the river, which was frozen. It was beautiful. The beds were very cozy and comfy and gave us a good rest after spending all day in the cold watching the start of the race. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. They even arranged a short snowmobile tour at the last minute for my son and he was able to zoom across that frozen river - quite an unual experience for Texans!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank DallasKaren
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Asheville, North Carolina
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2012

We stayed here while visiting Denali and the surrounding area. Upon our arrival we were welcomed w/a smile and told of our option for a cabin w/a better view then the one we previously reserved. We were given a key and sent on our way. Maybe we looked like we knew what we were doing, but we didn't and were not really given any helpful hints on things to do at the lodge/cabin area or in Talkeetna. I will say in their defense, we are from the south so maybe we're just used to be people being more in our business :) I went back to the lodge a few times to find out about different things including the continental breakfast and was just looked at like I was crazy and a "of course there is a breakfast..here it is" but no one told us of this upon our arrival, or about any of the amenities and it always felt like we were imposing a bit when we asked. However, the cabin was very clean and nice and suited our purpose just fine. The only other issue we had was the lack of curtains upstairs to block out the '24 hour' sunlight and this was a very hard thing to deal with for us. I felt I was going a little bonkers after 4 days of not being able to block out the sun so that I could get a proper sleep. The river out front was really cool however and exploring it at 11pm at 'night' which felt like 4:00 back home was pretty cool and the view out to Mt McKinley was epic.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank bludaizie
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East Lansing, Michigan
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2012

My wife and I stopped here for the night of February 18th after flying in to, and then driving from Anchorage on our way to Fairbanks to see the Northern lights. We booked here based on earlier tripadvisor ratings and we were not disappointed. Darlene, the proprietor, treated us as old friends, from booking us via e-mail to the Saturday night check-in, even though it was only for a one day stay. We felt very welcome! We stayed in the big room off the lobby. It was roomy, clean and modern, with a very comfortable bed, and with a deck on two sides viewing the forest and river. This place was well constructed as two fellows were watching the tv in the adjoining lobby and we didn't even hear the sound through the wall, nor any sounds from the lobby at all, which translated into very good sleeping! As the location of the lodge is right on the banks of the Susitna River, in the morning we walked to the middle of the frozen river to enjoy wonderful views of Mt. McKinley/Denali before leaving to continue our drive north. What a treat, and what a great location! If we visit Talkeetna again, we will stay here!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tomkbart
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Property: Susitna River Lodging
Address: Talkeetna Spur Road, 13.5 Mile, Talkeetna, AK 99676
Location: United States > Alaska > Talkeetna
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Talkeetna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Susitna River Lodging....where the rivers and mountains meet. 13.5 mile Talkeetna Spur Road. Private cabins, deluxe suites, river and mountain views. 5 minute walk to historic Talkeetna. Open year round. 2 hours from Anchorage and 2 1/2 hours from Denali National Park. New unbelievable playground across the street. Two pet friendly cabins. All accommodations include full baths and kitchenettes. BBQ grills and supplies provided. We accept all major credit cards. Military discounts. ... more   less 
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