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Kennicott Glacier Lodge
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Kennecott/McCarthy are stunning places to visit to say the least... incredible glaciers and mountain vistas, buildings frozen in time and some of the most friendliest people in the world. I have been coming to this park for my whole life and finally decided to stay in the lodge instead of camping.

When you get to the end of the Edgerton Hwy- you park in a private lot and are picked up by a van to the lodge (very handy and free for hotel guests) and they take you the 5 miles or so to the lodge. The rooms are nice, cozy, great beds and some have glacier views to die for.

When you check in- you have the option to RSVP for dinner that night. DO IT. It may seem expensive but is absolutely reasonable considering what you get. Their menu is incredible and some of the best food I have ever ate. Never mind that the smell of fresh baked bread wafts through the lobby every afternoon making it impossible to think about anything but dinner (especially after a long day of hiking)... but the dinner is served "family" style" and its really cool to meet some of the adventurous souls who are also guests there. The food portions were generous and I walked away from the table stuffed and fully satisfied.

Take advantage of their ranger talks in the family room (very cool stuff) at night or have the front desk work with the local guides and hook you up with an adventure of your own.

Room Tip: Glacier view rooms are premium and worth the upgraded price. They have wifi on location!!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Christina K, Manager at Kennicott Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2014

Dear Kat K,

Thank you for your comments about your experience at our lodge. We hope you will visit us again soon!

Christina Kirkwood
Kennicott Glacier Lodge

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We left Anchorage at about 8AM and made a few stops along the way. One stop was at the Matnuska Glacier Overview, another in GlenAllen for gas, and third stop was at the Wrangle St Elias National Park Headquarters on the Richardson Highway where we had a wonderful view of the Copper River Valley as we ate our picnic lunch. The Macrathy Road is slow and has a few places where you can buy coffee and several park restrooms. We arrived at the parking lot between 4:30 and 5PM. We did not have to wait long for the lodge shuttle to pick us up once we walked across the foot bridge. In fact the driver waited for my husband to return from the parking when he discovered he had left his ids and ccs in the car.

The lodge is right in Kennecott and does indeed overlook the Kennicott glacier. However what you'll be looking at is not a beautiful white glacier, but the moraine (the dark dirty ice that is pushed ahead of the pristine white glacier). We had a forest view room and were very pleased with our room. It was quiet, clean, dark and comfortable. We did not feel cramped. The restrooms are clean, as are the bathrooms. On cold evenings the lounges are crowded, but if the weather is nice there is lots of room to sit on the lawn or on the porch which have excellant views of the glacier and valley. there is usually a guest speaker after dinner in the uppper lounge. The main lodge has complimentary wifi. Tips are equally divided among all of the staff.

The McCarthy-Kennecott shuttles stop at 7PM and then the park is empty except for the residents of Kennecott, individuals who are camping in the park, and whomever is staying in the lodge. So by being at the lodge you'll have Kennecott all to yourself which is a treat especially since the sun sets really really late during the summer. Late at night you won't be able to go into any of the buildings, but you can walk around and take tons of photos. While if you were staying in McCarthy you'd have to catch that last shuttle or end up walking 5 miles at the end of the day.

The meals were excellant. The chef is very imaginative and prepares fabulous food. Buy the meal package, it is a bargin. The helpings are very generous. Actually all of the meals compare favorably in price to restaurants in Anchorage. Remember Kennecott is very isolated and food has to come a long way to get to the lodge, so factor that into the price before you complain.

Room Tip: Forest rooms are an excellant bargin. They may not have a view of the glacier, but then are you enjo...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Cleaner and more comfortable than expected. Staff friendly and supportive. Shower and toilet "down the hallway" is not as bad as envisioned. Food was very good. Downside caution for others who might visit during slack times -- DO NOT MAKE RESERVATIONS unless willing to overpay. We made early reservations for our room and breakfasts. However, if we had merely called a few days early and separated the room from breakfast, rather than a few months early, our cost would have been $60/day less! August 20 was the start of reduced rates and we stayed Sep 1st and 2d. The management appears to not reveal their discounting until a max of higher priced reservations are received. Although we enjoy traveling to Alaska, we will not patronize the Lodge again unless we have agreement beforehand that our rates will be cut to reflect "best available at the time". Caveat emptor!

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rich_Kirkwood, Owner at Kennicott Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2013

Dear TwiceRetired,

Thank you for taking the time to review our lodge. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay, the friendly staff, and the good food.

In response to your comments about the special, every year we typically offer an End of Summer Special with reduced rates for Main Lodge rooms starting at the end of August. The special rate can be reserved on a “space available basis” and only applies to new reservations.

Our lodge can book up far in advance and on the Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend, when you stayed with us, we were fully reserved nearly a month ahead of time.

To guarantee availability, we recommend reserving your room as far in advance as possible. For those visitors who have the flexibility to wait until the last minute to reserve their room, however, this special can provide the opportunity to visit the area at a reduced rate.

Thank you again for visiting and we hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

We drove out from Anchorage (great drive at that) and lucked out with timing as the shuttle was the to meet us on the far side of the footbridge. The lodge is amazing - warm, clean, and friendly.
There may be some guests who will not like the lack of private showers and toliets in their rooms (there is a sink), but we found it added to the charm of the lodge. We also enjoyed the family style dining and incredible food (how they do this is beyond me).
My only complaint is that we did not have enough time. We will be back...

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1  Thank NateoftheNorth
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

As other reviews have stated, yes I also thought that staying at the Lodge with the meal plan was expensive. However, when you get there you realise why. You really are in the middle of the wilderness where it is very hard to get supplies to ut WOW it is so beautiful that I would recommend going without hesitation!

We chose to go Wrangell St Elias National Park instead of a trip to Denali on our holiday - we got as far as Talkeetna- and I am so glad we did. The Lodge is a great part of it. We chose to stay in the Annex with an ensuite bathroom. The room is large and the bathroom good. We were on the second floor which helps with the noise of boots tramping up and down the wooden walkways outside. We didn't have a problem with sound. The staff at the Lodge are so friendly and helpful. The ladies on the front desk drive the van to meet you at the footbridge as well a manning the front desk. They also have lots of great advice on things to do locally and stories to tell.

The meals were great and I liked the family style of 8 to a table for dinner. We met some great ladies who actually lived near to us in Texas. The breakfast was perhaps the weakest meal with not much selection if you didn't want a hot breakfast. We ordered sack lunches the night before at dinner. They are huge! A big sandwich, chips, fruit and the biggest cookie ever! The meal plan was well worth the money.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Aug 2012 my husband and I visited Kennicott and stayed at the annex. It was perfect, food was excellent as was the service. My husband had terminal cancer but wanted to hike the last morning. We took an easy route but he was unable to make it back. A ranger happened to pass by and the Forest Service had an ATV but strict rules of only one person allowed to ride at a time. He stayed with my husband while I hiked back to Kennicott Glacier Lodge to see if they could send an ATV. One was on its way in less than 10 minutes and brought him safely back. It was a wonderful visit and we only wished we had booked a longer stay. Thank you for making his visit a wonderful memory. He passed away in December. We flew in and took the shuttle out. If doing it again we'd fly both directions. A long drive and not that scenic.

Room Tip: The south annex has private baths and plenty of room. They are also quiet.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

This was a very pleasant stay. The staff are extremely friendly and accommodating. Shared bathrooms was not bad since it was not crowded when I stayed. Overall a great place. It is the only place in Kennicott.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Kennicott Glacier Lodge

Address: #15 Kennicott Millsite, Kennicott, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
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Location: United States > Alaska > Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve > Kennicott
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Kennicott
Price Range: $165 - $269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kennicott Glacier Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a family owned lodge located in America's largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias. Try glacier hiking or ice climbing on the Root Glacier, one of the few easily accessible glaciers in North America. Get a breath taking view of the park on a flightseeing tour, or spend time alpine hiking, river rafting, and exploring the National Historic Landmark of the Kennicott Copper Mine. ... more   less 
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