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Kantishna Roadhouse
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Reviewed 14 July 2008

I think my opinion of the Kantishna Roadhouse would differ if we had paid for it separately rather than part of a package. We thought it was pretty nice, but for $800 a night it should have been nicer!!

We enjoyed the bus ride out there because we saw so much wildlife! Our driver could spot something moving 5 miles away.

Our first steps off the bus brought MOSQUITOS! I mean huge numbers of huge mosquitos....like nothing we've ever seen! We were told to pack some repellant, but the Off Skintastic we used was like salad dressing to these bugs. 100% DEET is what you need if you're going there in June. I guess the hatching is directly tied to the summer solstice and bird migration. Thankfully, they have nets you can wear over your face, but it's not fun seeing the Park that way.

Our cabin #15 had a king bed, which was nice, but the handicapped shower was troublesome. The curtain was 4" from the floor and water leaked everywhere. The pillows were hard and uncomfortable. Other than that, the room and bath were fine.

We found the food very good, but like others said, only two choices each night. The servers were helpful and friendly.

We told the Program Director that they need to offer additional hikes and activities for those who are staying more than one night. Each day it's the same activities.

We didn't realize going in that Denali mountain is not visible from the lodge. We took the shuttle to Wonder Lake each night at 9pm, but didn't see the mountain until the morning we left after our 3 night stay. Luckily, we could see it almost the entire way out of the park and our driver stopped many times for us to take photographs.

I think you should stay the 90 miles inside the park if you can, but just know the facts before you go!

  • Stayed: June 2008
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3  Thank ilive4sun
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Reviewed 14 June 2008

We've stayed in Amazon and African jungle lodges so know that expensive lodges in very remote areas can and usually do offer much higher levels of service and accommodation. First one must ride on an old school bus and in our case with a driver who drove everyone crazy with his constant talk about his own life. The lodge managers know this fellow is not working out but have yet to even tell him to shape up. Fortunately on our return bus ride we had a very capable/
experienced driver. The rooms are OK but could certainly be improved at minimal expense. Worse is the fact that during our two day/three night stay there was no cleaning done at all. The food was satisfactory and service in the dining area very good. They offer only three guided hikes per day with a limit of 11 on each. It would certainly be very disappointing to guests if they failed to get onto one of these. While the guides were good, it is not clear why they don't hire more and provide smaller group hikes. They have excuses about park rules regarding parking at trailheads but a few extra vehicles/drivers could move guests around the area for sure without parking at all. The lobby, as others have pointed out, only has seating for 9 - this in a lodge that has so many times that number in residence. Overall, this is an operation that is milking the guests who have no choice if they wish to stay at the end of the park. The lodge owners know this and are doing nothing to improve the facilities and services. For $800 (including taxes) for two per night, this lodge is really a disgrace. I must also add that Denali for all its reputation is also a bit disappointing but then again we live in Colorado which has much more scenic mountain areas.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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5  Thank Stan B
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Reviewed 11 June 2008

We just got back from a great trip to Alaska - one of the highlights was a three-night stay at Kantishna Roadhouse, 90 miles in from the entrance to Denali National Park. You can't drive in yourself - you have to take their bus from the entrance (6 hours, with multiple stops for wildlife viewing) or fly in via air taxi. They feature guided hikes, with three levels of difficulty (or you can design your own); there are also great presentations on dogsledding, Alaskan culture and history, wildlife and other topics. Cabins are rustic, but with indoor plumbing; food (meals are included in the price) are good but not fancy, with limited choices. The staff is wonderful, and the experience of being deep in the park should not be missed. I wish we had stayed longer.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank eastporter
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Reviewed 4 October 2007

We stayed 4 nights at Kantishna Roadhouse. Quite an expensive place to stay but we figured it was once in a lifetime so why not??! Definitely our favorite place we stayed because we took time to relax and hang out as well as participate in the guided hikes and seminars. The ride to/from the Denali gate is fun but exhausting. We saw 3 moose, 2 grizzlies, caribou and sheep. Kantishna's service was great and we really liked the laid-back atmosphere. We liked the food & bar too. There were 2 couples in our group - we had cabins #1 (newer but right next to main entrance & heavier traffic) and #24 (behind the main lodge, older but had the basic amenities). This is not a 5-star chic hotel, definitely rustic but charming. The scenery and wildlife are worth the price and we saw Denali's peak! We spared ourselves the long bus ride back by chartering a plane which was incredible with Natl Geographic-like pics of Denali's peak.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank greenjeans37
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Reviewed 15 September 2007

Denali is an amazing place, and the only way to truly experience it is by staying in one of the handful of properties located within the park. Otherwise you'll spend most of your time on busy ,crowded buses and miss most of what the park has to offer.

Kantisha is in a great location, about five hours into the park and very close to Wonder Lake. Many of the cabins are spread out along the river, which makes for a great atmosphere. The duplex cabins are simple, clean and comfortable... but definitely not modern. No compaints about the rooms though. The main lodge is a bit of a let down, as the gift shop takes up most the space. It also gets overrun with day trippers when the bus rolls in.

The guides are great, and conduct a few hikes and talks every day which were quite good. The dog sled demo was fun. Food is decent, but not much variety or choice. Service mediocre. Seems like they could have tried harder.

The bus ride in/out is long, and they make you leave at pretty inconvenient times which results in shortening the amount of time you get to spend at lodge. I'd suggest three nights, no more, no less. Make sure to sit on left side of bus on way in. Driver was terrific.

The $750/night price tag is pretty crazy, even considering it includes food, bus ride and activities. However, it is the only way to stay in the park without roughing it. I found it a bit insulting that for such a steep "all inclusive" price they still charge you for sodas and don't provide any snacks (and its not like you can go to the store down the street!).

Don't think I'd stay here again anytime soon, but glad we did it this time. It is all about location and access when it comes to Denali... and Kantishna certainly provides both.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Troy S
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