I'm surprised this place gets such good reviews. There's nothing wrong with the hotel -- it offers Princess Lodge comforts in the middle of the wilderness. What IS wrong with the place is that it's in a pretty dull location. While there's a nice view, it's pretty far from major Alaskan tourist sites (like Kennicott, Denali or Valdez) and the immediate area is pretty sleepy. I did the hotel's trails and the one at the nearby Wrangell Park visitor's center, but the hiking in the area is only so-so. If you don't hike, the only other alternatives are a few tours -- most of them overpriced because they're run by Princess.
I think the hotel works best as an overnight on the way to somewhere else. Two nights (and they frequently offer 2 for 1 deals) would be more time than you need in the area, and anything longer than that would be more punishment than pleasure. Also note that the hotel, unlike some other Princess Lodges, offers only a limited activity schedule, so don't look for them to entertain you much. Most of the guests are elderly package tour visitors, but you won't feel uncomfortable as an independent traveller. Meal prices are fair by Alaska standards.
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