Don't expect Frette linens, fresh flowers in Limoges vases and designer-influenced touches at this family-run hotel. The Copper Center Lodge is a nearly 100-year old establishment that was built as a roadhouse. Get it? ROADHOUSE! But, read on!
The rooms are small and cramped, with a tiny television and small bathroom. It's two-stars at best, but heck, you're in Alaska, where the men are, well, men and the animals are spectacular. Don't expect five-star meals prefaced with iced vodka served with caviar on toast points. It's steak, burger and fries and great fresh fish. No internet, no pool, no spa, no tennis court and sorry, no 18-hole golf course.
The restaurant serves good fare, ample portions. The lobby/living room featured comfy couches and a large-screen TV, albeit not the latest technology. We struck up friendly conversation with other guests. Do not expect uniformed wait staff, butlers, valets and all that. Copper Center is not exactly a huge tourist mecca, but it stands to change as the Wrangell-St. Elias park develops. When you come here, you will feel a touch of adventure. Remember, much of Alaska is wild and untouched, and we hope it stays that way.
The town is just beginning to add some nice touches, a few boutiques and a great little ice-cream shop. Visit the nearby museum (drop a $1 donation and feel rich doing it!). Inside the museum, read the letters and diaries written by some really tough, crazy, desperate men from 1898 who came here and more than anything, left more desperate and broke than before they arrived. Then, go to sleep in your 2-star room and you'll realize that Copper Center Lodge isn't about trying to be a palatial world-class resort, but about keeping it's lovely historic/antique flavor. Savor what America is really about!
Instead, book a three-hour tour with one of the local pilots and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of Wrangell-St. Elias. Go to the Kennecott Mine and check out "downtown" McCarthy. You can take the drive, but one spare tire won't necessarily cut it!
We loved the Copper Center Lodge for it's local charm, and if it doens't have in-room phones and scented soaps in the bathroom, then maybe you shouldn't be in Alaska in the first place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Town Copper Center Inn and Restaurant (formerly Copper Center Lodge) is a family owned and operated business since 1948. The original historic lodge burned down in May of 2012 leaving all of the historic outbuildings still intact. Tom and Kim Huddleston reinvented the business by opening their new restaurant in the old Club 96 building that had been recently remodeled. They have added a menu of beer and wine to to the great menu they already have. The new business currently has 4 new rooms with private baths & 3 rooms with shared, (that may be rented as a family unit)offered to travelers who wish to enjoy the majestic surroundings of the Wrangell Mountains and famous Copper and Klutina rivers located in their backyard. Many activities are enjoyed around Old Town Copper Center such as skiing, fishing, hunting, sightseeing, birding, and much more. Old Town Auto and the George Ashby Museum are also a part of Old Town Copper Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copper Center Hotel