We booked a room a the Denali North Face Lodge thinking that for $3400.00 for a basically 2 1/2 day stay we would be getting a nice place to stay out in the wilderness. First, the ride to the lodge is 90 miles, some of which is over a dirt road cut into the mountains called Polycrome Pass with no guard rails, lots of road equipment, hairpin turns looking straight down-very scary. They don't tell you up front but the ride in is considered day 1. The picnic food on the way there was good for being hauled around but the next day my husband a diaria so bad that he had to stay in bed the entire stay. The hotel itself looks like an outdated Motel 8 with notes on the wall not to get toothpaste or contact solution on their towels as they will have to replace them. Well for that kind of money-they should be able to afford a few towels! The room is hot with no AC in the summer. The beds are small unless you're lucky enough to get one with a double. Wish we had only did the bus ride in and back out again. On the bright side the food in the dining room was good but the staff decide whom you will be sitting with each night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located near the end of the unpaved, mountainous 90-mile road into Denali National Park, North Face Lodge is one of only two in-park lodgings in view of Mt. McKinley. It specializes in learning adventures for active travelers, featuring naturalist-led hikes and field trips for visitors who wish to explore Denali in-depth. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- North Face Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve
- North Face Lodge Alaska/Denali National Park And Preserve