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Reviewed July 15, 2008

We spent two nights here during our week long trip around Alaska. We found this to be a very nice hotel with impressive public areas, spectacular views, a nice clean room, good amenities and a pleasant, helpful staff.

There is a big open public space which has rustic furnishings and art and has comfortable seating with wonderful views out to the snow covered peaks of Wrangell St. Elias National Park. The grounds outside include the same views plus trails to even more impressive views of the mountains, the Copper River valley and the Klutina River. There is even a hiking trail down to the river which provides a nice workout.

Our room was clean and very nicely decorated with rustic style furniture. The bed was comfortable and we slept well. The bathroom / shower / sink area was very clean and nicely designed. Our room was a pretty good deal at $119 per night.

Free wireless internet was available in our room and there were several computers available for guest use in the public space upstairs. A self-serve guest laundry is available and is open 24 hours.

IIn early July it doesn't really get dark here.. just several hours of dawn/dusk and the drapes in our room blocked the light well so that we could sleep. I was up late and took a walk out to the mountain overlook at around 1:30AM and it was really incredible to look out over the wilderness to those huge snow covered mountains in the middle of the night.

We ate two meals in the dining room (breakfast and dinner). While the service was very friendly and efficient, we weren't impressed with the food. The presentation was nice but the food was flavorless and everything seemed to be coated in oil. Maybe they had an off day in kitchen. The food prices were fairly high. We would look for other food options in the area, but there aren't many.

The area is not a bustling tourist area. In the area there is fishing, the national park, hiking and wildlife viewing. A drive down the Edgerton Highway to Chitna to the bridge over the Copper River is nice (about 30 miles each way). We took a day trip to Valdez and the drive over Thompson Pass is spectacular and not to be missed. It's not hard to find interesting things to do in this quiet and beautiful corner of Alaska.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Randy1956
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Reviewed July 7, 2008

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.

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed May 31, 2008

The Princess hotel in Copper Center was a pleasant surprise, the location of the hotel allows you to visit Valdez, Wrangell National Park, Glenallen, and several other interesting sights. The rooms were fairly nice,and comfortable, the lobby and bar area was set up very nicely. The hotel offered internet service and also had a couple of computers if you did not bring one. The hotel food was pretty good, the service was also good. the prices were normal Alaska prices.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Cruiser809483
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Reviewed May 28, 2008

My husband and I have returned from a two week trip to Alaska and this property was one of our favorite lodging on the trip. They had just opened for the season and it was running smoothly. It is a nice property, beautiful area and remote location; the staff was very pleasant. From the guests we talked w/, most were on a Princess cruise and were on a land excursion, but we were not. We were looking for a hotel near the Wrangell-St. Elias Nat'l Park and this was a gem. There are not many hotels in the area and we were very pleased w/ this choice. Our rate was about $100/night which was a bargain-we thought.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank HooHokie
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Reviewed August 30, 2007

We happened upon this great hotel by thumbing through a travel book. I hadn't thought to call because I figured it would cost a fortune to stay there however after stopping by one of the local hotel accomidations and being blown away by their price I decided to give the Princess a call. To our disbelief we struck gold. Our rate was $99. total for the night. The loby is beautiful. The rooms were very clean and just above average. The entire staff was amazing especially the waitresses in the dining room. The property around the hotel was set up nicely with many walking paths and many lovely views in all directions.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank lovtotravl
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