This was a really neat lodge and worth the cost if you can swing it. Though built only about 12 years ago, but was based on an earlier structure from the first half of the 20th century and has lots of period décor. The view from the front porch of the lodge is spectacular with a glacier coming down the valley right in front of the lodge and incredible snow-covered mountains all around. The rooms are small but serviceable, with shared bathrooms and showers located at various points on each floor. The rooms do have a sink. If you purchase the vacation package, the meals are included, which if you eat at the lodge restaurant, ends up paying for itself. However, they also advertise that a tour of the Kennicott Mill is included in the vacation package, implying that it is the St. Elias Alpine Guides Mill tour. It is actually just an evening walk that anyone staying at the lodge can do where the hotel staff takes you around the town and not into the Mill itself. Other than this, I have mostly positive comments about this lodge. The staff was helpful and took time to remember your name. The food was wonderful, and the dinner dishes were comparable to some higher end restaurants. Dining room seating is reserved for guests at long tables so you get to sit with and meet other guests to share conversation and experiences. If you will be out for the day, they can prepare a sack lunch if you tell them the night before. They will also get you setup with the local outfitters for various activities, even making calls for you if necessary. We changed our flight-seeing trip time, and they took care of letting them know we were coming. To get around, they have a large van that runs to the McCarthy bridge. Since it takes some time, its best to schedule with the desk in advance when you want to go somewhere. However, they can give you discount tickets on the local commercial shuttle service (Wrangell Mountain Bus) if you need to go somewhere at a different time. If you arrive by car, you can call them from a free phone at the foot bridge and park your car for free at the St. Elias Alpine Guides office about ¾ miles back up the road (the St. Elias guides will shuttle you down to the bridge.) All in all, I think this was a great place to stay.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Kennicott Glacier Hotel Kennicott