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Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
Reviewed September 27, 2012

the views say it all......once in a life time. Even on a bad day it was beautifull. The lodge was big and roomy and a great place to relax. The hotel rooms were 0k and we were lucky because our room was close to the main lodge. The food in the resturant was good and the staff were very helpfull.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

The one and only thing this resort has going for it is its "viewing location" of Mt. McKinley. The setting is beautiful amdist the mountains and IF it is not rainy, foggy, or cloudy, there is a great view of Mt. McKinley. The huge problem for this resort is that it IS rainy or cloudy more than 60% of the time, there is NOTHING else to do at this resort, and it is an hour from town, where all of the excursions are located. Princess built a nice main lodge and then built a multitude of mini motels in the area around it - some a VERY far distance from the lodge - housing mediocre (at best) hotel rooms (sparsely furnished, old-fashioned TVs, no amenities in any of the buildings, etc.). Being that this resort is so far from any excursions or activities, it is incomprehensible that Princess has NO recreational facilities or activities at this lodge. There are a couple of SMALL hot tubs in one of the outer buildings (not easy to get to from most of the hotel rooms). There is no fitness facility and very few organized activities. There are several documentary movies shown in the main lodge (of Denali Park and the Aurora lights), but even they are shown in a small room (not a theatre) with banquet chairs for seating, and of course there is a fee for these documentary shorts. There are hundreds of people and buses coming in and out of this resort at all times, so catching a shuttle to our VERY far away, mediocre at best, hotel room was also a difficult and frustrating experience. We often waited 30 minutes in the rain. The shuttles are supposed to come every 15 minutes, but with all of the people there, they were often full, especially if it was raining.
One last disappointment: We got off the train in Talkeetna and then we were taken by the Princess shuttle bus to the Princess Center downtown. The Princess people told us the lodge was an hour away so we should enjoy the town of Talkeetna before we went out to check in the lodge. The problem was that we had carry-on luggage with us. Princess said they could not store luggage in their downtown center and they would not let anyone use the restroom. They directed us to one in the town center a quarter of a mile away - in the rain! Knowing their lodge is so far away, they should put some of the money they are making from "moving all these people in and out of their lodge" into making their town center more "guest-friendly" and also adding some much needed amenities to their Mt. McKinley resort. We would not recommend this resort to anyone.

Room Tip: There are no "good" rooms. If you must stay here, ask for a room close to the lodge!
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

We were satisfied with our accommodations. We were in Alaska and therefore expected nothing fancy. There really wasn't much to do here except take a 1 hr. bus ride into Talkeetna, which is a charming village and worth the trip. We were fortunate to have nice weather and the clouds moved out to give a spectacular view of Mt. McKinley both in the evening and again in the morning with the sun shining off the snow.

Room Tip: Cabins close to the main lodge are a must.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

After leaving the cruise ship at 6am and then travelling on the train to Talkeetna for 5 hours it was a beautifull surprise to finally arrive here. It was lovey to have a clean comfy and really relaxing room for a good nights rest. We were able to see MT.Mckinley clear for 3 days straight the weather was perfect!!! We attended the lecture on earthquakes in Alaska and were rivited by the guy giving the informative talk. The food in the restaruant was fantactic as they had a special GLUTEN FREE MUNU with lots of choice. I wish we could have stayed for longer just to soak it all up.The staff were all very helpfull and kind going out of there way to give my the food I needed for my special diet requirments.Every thing was clean and well cared for, it was a pleasure to be there. I loved the colourfull hanging flower baskets every where.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

The recent reviews here are a little unfair I think.
Come on guys, this is a 'wilderness' lodge after all, you are there for the scenery and the wildlife so surely you weren't expecting a swanky town hotel or cruise ship luxury?
For me the style, layout and ambience of this resort was exactly what I expected - we were also booked for one night as part of a post-cruise land tour.
Ok we were lucky I guess - we had clear sparkling views of the mountain two days running - and our room was in the building right opposite the main lodge, but there was a continuous shuttle bus around the extensive site.
Rooms are all ground floor (I think) in lodges with 6 (or8?) in each. Our room was fine, didn't notice anything dirty, good facilities even a coffee maker, quite large with two big comfortable beds, armchairs, nice bathroom.
We found all the staff we encountered attentive and couteous.
The restaurant food was good staple Alaskan fare mainly and we thought the prices were reasonable. I don't think there's anywhere else to eat for miles. I even had an 'English' breakfast, albeit with half a plate full of roasted potatoes - very odd!
Personally, I was glad of a comfortable, seated, covered, sheltered place to have a smoke - a nice change from most hotels nowadays. (Civilised I'd call it, unlike the moaning non-smokers).

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

As many others have rightfully stated this resort is nestled in a beautiful valley with amazing views (when the weather cooperates) however our disappointment was with the resort itself.

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Princess DOES know how to movem in and movem out. They are very organized and do a nice job of staying on schedule with transportation etc. Some of the free educational presentations were first rate. Don't miss the Call of the Wild & The Great Earthquake.

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Housekeeping was poor. Countertops and carpets were dirty and that was AFTER they cleaned the room. The front outside covered area of the main lodge is well designed with benches etc however it also serves as a smokers area so few people other than smokers are able to use it. It is particularly irksome to have to walk through a smoke cloud in order to gain entrance to the lodge. Princess needs to move smokers to another venue.

We were there with only 2 weeks left in the season and based on the poor attitude of several wait staff it was apparent they were more then ready to go home. Not good! Princess needs to emphasis to all it's employees that friendly customer service is required through the ENTIRE season.

Room Tip: Although the complex is spread out they do run continuous shuutles throughout the grounds for those...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We stayed as part of a Princess land package an were underwhelmed. Rooms were fine but pretty stark and quite a distance from the lodge. We ate dinner in the "fine dining" restaurant and the food was just so-so. While there is not much to do at the hotel other than view the mountain, we were incredibly lucky that it was "out" and in view for our entire stay of about 20 hours. I felt that the staff was well aware that it was the final two weeks of the season and the service was sub-par. The problem is, if you are on the Princess tour, there are not other options. Princess should address these issues..

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Mile 133 Parks Highway, Denali State Park, Trapper Creek, AK 99683
Location: United States > Alaska > Trapper Creek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Trapper Creek
Price Range: $103 - $103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 238
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