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You want to find Denali Park lodging that's right for your needs...and your budget. Here's our insider's advice: First, decide if you want to stay near the Denali Park Entrance or in the remote center of the Park, an area known as Kantishna.
90% of visitors choose a Denali hotel near the park entrance because it’s convenient, less expensive, offers a variety of lodges from luxurious to rustic, is near the national park visitor center, and is within easy access to transportation and interpretive bus trips along Denali Park Road and a variety of recreational activities and Denali excursions.
There are 7 hotels near the Denali Park Entrance that we recommend; McKinley Chalet, McKinley Village Lodge, Denali River Cabins, Denali Princess Lodge, Tonglen Lake Lodge, Grande Denali Lodge, and Denali Bluffs Hotel. They are all scenically situated and among the better-managed Denali lodges at the park entrance.
The Park Entrance area isn't called "Glitter Gulch" for nothing. If you want a secluded setting (and have a little extra money and time to spend) in the remote center of the park, choose a Kantishna area wilderness lodge. Back here, a 6-hour drive from the park entrance, near the end of the mostly unpaved, winding 90-mile Denali Park Road, are a few wilderness lodges. You won’t find restaurant choices or souvenir shops; what you will discover is the quiet solitude of Denali’s backcountry.
Staying in the heart of the Park is not for everyone. Not only are these Denali wilderness lodges far from civilization; they’re also more expensive ($100-$200 more per night). Unlike park entrance Denali hotels, though, prices are generally all-inclusive, per person rates that include transportation, lodging, meals, and activities.
Some lodges require a 2 to 4 night stay, such as Camp Denali Lodge and North Face Lodge, among the finest wilderness lodges in the state. Nearby Kantishna Roadhouse is another quality Kantishna area lodge with a deep sense of history and an idyllic setting on the bend of a river.
One of the reasons Princess has risen to be the largest cruise and tour company in Alaska is the huge investment they've made in their lodges. The spacious new main building of the Denali Princess Lodge is a prime example with a 50-foot mural of Mount McKinley, grand staircases, and a 65-foot fireplace. The resort offers casual and fine dining, an expansive deck overlooking the Nenana River and Denali National Park, and a long list of amenities. Auto access is restricted so you can really get away from it all. Located just one mile from the park entrance, the lodge lets you enjoy the rugged beauty of Denali National Park, then come back and be pampered for the rest of your stay.
One of the reasons Princess has risen to be the largest cruise and tour company in Alaska is…
Between its handcrafted log furniture, creature comforts, and postcard views, Tonglen Lake Lodge radiates traditional elegance. Catering to a high-end clientele, it has the ambiance of a fly-in wilderness resort, but is only 10 minutes from the entrance to Denali National Park, and the full range of activities and tours offered in and around it. Along with tranquility, you’ll find an art gallery, an artisan bakery, even a “canine resort” for your dog. The two-story, hand-scribed log lodge is itself a gallery radiating with artistic touches — handcrafted log furniture, handmade quilts, stained-glass accents, pottery, paintings, and sculpture. There’s nothing else like it, comfortable and intimate, with a lovely view of the Alaska Range.
Between its handcrafted log furniture, creature comforts, and postcard views, Tonglen Lake…
Located seven miles from the park entrance, the 150-room McKinley Village Lodge gets you far enough from the hustle and bustle so that you can focus on the quiet sounds of nature—like the sound of a river rushing by. Set on 20 acres of a spruce forest along the Nenana River, the lodge offers rooms spread out among seven two-story buildings. This is the place to get back to nature, while enjoying the luxuries of the lodge.
Located seven miles from the park entrance, the 150-room McKinley Village Lodge gets you far…
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Overlook the Nenana River in rustic elegance at the McKinley Chalet, a recently remodeled upscale hotel just one mile from the Denali Park entrance. Heavy on cedar, the lodge has several buildings tucked into forest, all connected by boardwalks, and this Swiss chalet feel makes it more intimate than its 345 rooms suggest. Choose from deluxe rooms or upscale, cedar-lodge mini-sites. The “upper” rooms at the McKinley Chalet have great views of the river, while “lower” rooms are situated in a quiet spruce forest along the shore of the Nenana River.
Overlook the Nenana River in rustic elegance at the McKinley Chalet, a recently remodeled…
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The 112-room Denali Bluffs is the closest to park entrance. The lobby greets you with a warm fireplace and large windows that look out onto the patio. If it’s a nice day, sit outside and enjoy a meal at the Mountaineer Grill & Bar. All rooms, decorated in warm woods and subtly country decor, are housed in 12 buildings along the resort’s trails, and are well appointed with many amenities.You will have great views of the Alaska Range, especially if you can reserve a room with a balcony The overall atmosphere is down-to-earth and relaxed, making it easy to unwind after a long day of travel or adventures.
The 112-room Denali Bluffs is the closest to park entrance. The lobby greets you with a warm…
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If you’re looking for an intimate setting right on a river, try Denali River Cabins. You’ll find 52 individual rustic cabins nestled among the trees on the banks of the Nenana River, along with 48 modern rooms (in the Cedars Lodge). Here, you’ll avoid the tourist crowds as you hike along the river for your own wilderness experience. Many raft trips begin right here.
If you’re looking for an intimate setting right on a river, try Denali River Cabins.…
Set on a hill, this 166-room hotel offers a bright, contemporary version on the classic rustic lodge style with native Alaska art in the lobbies. The lodge features a vaulted ceiling, comfortable lounges facing a stone fireplace, gift shop, tour desk, guest laundry, courtesy shuttle service and the Alpenglow Restaurant. The rooms feature colorful Alaskan décor and, at about 300 square feet, are some of the largest in the area. For even more space and privacy, choose one of the six Grande Cabins, which sleep four and feature kitchenettes, queen-size beds, private decks and hardwood floors.
Set on a hill, this 166-room hotel offers a bright, contemporary version on the classic…
The sister property to Camp Denali, is the North Face Lodge. This lodge, like Camp Denali, was homesteaded in the 1950s, but unlike the cabin style lodging, The North Face Lodge is quaintly decorated like a casual country inn. The lodge can hold about 36 guests, who all enjoy the multi-day stays complete with natural and cultural history education through naturalist-guided hikes, field trips and evening programs. Wilderness no longer means canned meals - antibiotic-free meats and locally grown organic produce contribute to the lodge’s artisan cuisine.
The sister property to Camp Denali, is the North Face Lodge. This lodge, like Camp Denali,…
There’s no TV and no bar (byob), just the quiet of surrounding wilderness and simple, sustainable amenities for around 38 guests that have remained true to the founders’ conviction to maintain a light touch on the land. Rustic guest cabins, each of which claims a unique view of Mount McKinley, sleep from two to six people. Good food, artfully prepared with quality ingredients has always been fundamental to the Camp Denali experience, as well as learning adventures for active travelers.
There’s no TV and no bar (byob), just the quiet of surrounding wilderness and simple,…
Right on Moose Creek, Kantishna Roadhouse has big, green lawns and plenty of grounds to wander, beautiful log buildings, and lots of interesting early Denali mining memorabilia. The original roadhouse was built in the early 1900s and served as a private residence, community center, post office, and inn for visitors. The lodge’s Alaska Native owners hire mainly other Alaskan Natives and put a lot of effort into making it a friendly, relaxed place to stay. It’s a great place for wildlife viewing, naturalist tours, gold panning, biking, and evening outings to see Wonder Lake and Mt. McKinley.
Right on Moose Creek, Kantishna Roadhouse has big, green lawns and plenty of…