Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
in Denali National Park and Preserve
Wonderful hotel for your Denali vacation
Almost everyone who stays here are on a cruisetour through Princess Cruises. Though we did go on a Princess Cruise, we did not book their cruisetour package. I found it much more affordable and flexible to create my own land tour and booked a rail & hotel package through PrincessLodges.com. We paid one low price for a train ride from Anchorage to Denali on Princess’ fancy rail cars and 2 nights at Denali Princess Lodge.
Don’t let the name fool you. It’s not just a lodge. It’s a large campus of buildings made to look like individual lodges. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it meant comfortable and modern accommodations along with a small courtyard of trinket shops and restaurants. It is the only hotel in the area with hot tubs but unfortunately, we did not take advantage of them due to the rain and they were all the way at the other end of the property. There are several other resorts around, but it seemed to me that Denali Princess is the most conveniently located since the better souvenir shops, convenience stores, and eateries are right across the street. Princess also provides a free shuttle that goes to and from the train station as well as Denali National Park.
The rooms were clean, quiet, large, and comfortable. The décor was also really cute in keeping with the wilderness theme. If you have mobility issues, ask for a room on the ground floor as I don’t believe there are elevators to get to 2nd floor rooms and the walkways are pretty narrow on the 2nd floor. My only complaint is that Wi-Fi is only available in the main lobby building so we could not access it from our rooms. The lobby also got very busy in the mornings and evenings. If you plan to do any activities, I highly recommend that you book them before arriving at the hotel because the Activity Desk was crazy the whole time I was there. It seemed like there were 20-25 people in line at all hours that the desk was opened.
Where to Sleep
I tried to stay at the Princess Hotel, but they were sold out. I stayed instead 15 miles up the road at the Totem Inn.
That was just fine for me. Two beds, small refrigerator, cable television, coffee maker, shower, and a good view. It was $69 for one for one night. The Princess was $139 for a night. That was off season too.
You don't have to cruise to stay at....
This complex is absolutely huge! Not sure how many it accomodates but it looked as if there were enough rooms for a couple of cruise ships. Of course you can book a room even if you're not on a cruise.
We did not stay here but our friends did. Their room was very nice and large. The best feature of the property is the deck overlooking the park and Nenana River. The views are stunning. Drinks, appetizers and casual meals are served there.
Unique Quality: - a number of restaurants, elegant to casual
- deck overlooking park & river
- hot tubs with views
- complimentary shuttle service
- Park tours depart from here
(We stayed at the Denali Bluffs and had to meet our bus at the Mercantile)
- music dinner theatre
- beauty salon
- tour desk
- large gift shop
- health spa
Directions: A mile from the park in the Glitter Gultch area
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Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
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- Denali Princess Wilderness Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve
Address: Mile Post 238.5 George Park Highway, Alaska, 99755, United States
Amenities at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
- Fitness Center
- Free Parking
- Business Services
- Shuttle Service
- Bar / Lounge
- Free High Speed Internet
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