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Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins
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Taylors, South Carolina
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“Remember, this is a hostel - not a hotel.”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

I stayed 2 nights in a room with 4 bunk beds and the bathroom quite a distance from the room. Some of the bathrooms were closed, so bathroom access was difficult and ran out of hot water for showers. On the positive side, the setting is beautiful with a creekside firepit to enjoy in the evening. If you are accustomed to hostel stays you might be comfortable, but if not you probably should find a hotel. It is about 15 miles from the entrance to Denali National Park.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 23 August 2013
Hi there and thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We appreciate the opportunity to receive and respond to all feedback. First of all, I must say I apologize for the lack of hot water during your stay. We recently added a new hot water heater to our shower house, thinking that we were going to improve the hot water to the showers, and unfortunately we realized that we had some maintenance issues with our brand new piece of equipment, after it had already been installed. We are working on repairing this hot water heater now. As for some of the bathrooms being closed down, we have had 1 of 5 of our restrooms shut down for most of the summer as we have been remodeling, but we expanded our shower house to include 2 new showers and toilets at the end of last summer, so we actually have 1 more than we used to, and we really do feel that we have an adequate ratio of showers and restrooms for our occupancy rates. I'd also like to note that while some of our dormitories are a short walk from the restrooms (nothing is farther than 30 seconds from anywhere else on the property), we always try to accommodate requests to be nearer to the restroom/shower facilities if people notify us of this in advance.

I wholeheartedly agree with your advice to your review readers to please keep in mind that we are a hostel- not a hotel, and I am going to take the opportunity to expand on that idea. Yes, we are a hostel, and we work really hard to be the best one that there is. Our aim is to provide an affordable, comfortable, sociable, and communal travel experience for those who stay with us. By nature, hosteling entails sharing a sleeping area with others and waiting your turn to use the kitchen or the showers- although we hope you're not waiting for TOO long at DMMH :) The trade-off of all of this is getting to share stories and find new friendships with people from all over the world. It is a temporary community to be found while being in a state of transience, and we hope that you leave with lasting relationships and fond memories. We are not a hotel, nor are we trying to be.

Thanks again for your review and for the opportunity to respond. We hope to see you again if you come back to Denali.
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

We stayed in the Women's Dorm for 3 nights in mid June, we were there over the Solstice. The mosquitoes in and out of the cabin were unbelievable. The door and window screens had many large holes in them, the screen door did not close all the way . There were no quiet times, people sat up by a fire along the river all night drinking and playing guitars and arguing loudly - there is no manager on site. This happened each of the three nights we were there. Waits for the bathroom were routinely 20 minutes any time of the day or night, up to 45 minutes for a shower. The loft bed in the dorm was so low that I - a 5 foot 7 inch person - hit my head on the ceiling every time I sat up. I really could recommend this place to anyone - you would be better off bunking in your rental car.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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DMMH, Owner at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 17 August 2013
This review is the same group as the review below. This is in response to both similar complaints.
With all due respect, I do feel I need to address some inaccuracies in your review and offer some suggestions regarding your complaints which are unjust in some regards.
First, the cabin was not the women's dormitory, it was our Wonderwave Bunk Cabin. That cabin is described and has photos on our website. This cabin is a tent cabin. It has mostly wooden walls and partially canvas. It is next to the creek and one is able to listen to the water flowing along, which is wonderful. However, as you mentioned, if people are being loud and drunk out at the campfire, you can hear that too! Which is why we have quiet time from 11 PM to 7 AM. We know people are here to see the park and get up early. They don't need to be kept up by partying. Each guest, including all of you, are told about quiet time at check in, and that it applies to the fire area as well. Just across the highway from the hostel is a Pizza Pub that stays open late into the night - partiers are welcome there - not at the fire at least not after 11.
You said in your review that you were kept up each of your three nights by loudness at the fire. I really must ask, why in the world would you not tell us at the time. We would have happily taken care of it immediately or the next day we would have talked to the abusers. You didn't have to suffer in silence. Which brings up another inaccuracy. THERE IS 24 hour staff on site and if you can't find them in their accommodations there is a telephone in the Octagon that rings to both the general manager and owner. This is explained as well and the on sight staff's accommodations are shown to everyone at check-in. You stayed on the summer solstice, that lends itself to a greater degree of partying, but it doesn't change our quiet time policy. A knock on the door would have let you sleep in peace.
Next, the mosquito population this year can only be described as over the top. I have spoken with many long time residents and none remember them being this bad. In fact it became almost impossible to find bug spay from Anchorage to Denali to Fairbanks. The door on the cabin does shut completely if one shuts it. Since you were all traveling together I would have thought that would be an easy task. However, we too thought it wasn't a very good door and its replacement was purchased prior to these two reviews not because of them. As for the hole in the screen, again, why in the world didn't you bring this up to us? Since you stayed another guest did bring it up to us and it was replaced that very day with screen we have on site. But we can't fix it if we don't happen to notice it or if no one tells us. It would have made your trip a lot happier than it apparently was.
Lastly, about the bathrooms. I don't understand why you experienced such a great delay. We have in our shower house near your cabin 2 private showers and 3 showers that have toilets and sinks inside as well. All our showers and toilets are home style letting you lock the door behind you for privacy. If I remember correctly, one of the showers with toilet and sink was shut down for repairs when you stayed. In addition to the shower house, we have 3 toilets on the lower floor of the Octagon, one with a detached sink area with two sinks. Upstairs is another shower/sink/toilet room which is just for the private room upstairs and the Women's Dorm, called the Cable Car. We added two new showers with toilets and sinks this year, even though we received very few complaints before. So, again, I don't know why you experienced a delay, but I'm sorry you did.
Yes, the Wonderwave is not huge, there is plenty of room for everyone and their belongings. Perhaps if whomever was in the loft put their heads at the center area of the loft instead of the slanting roof side there would have been less pounding of your heads.
We don't provide the greatest rooms and cabins in Denali. If that is what you needed you would be well advised to look at the two accommodations above us in ranking. Be aware though you will be paying about $1350 plus tax per night instead of $160. We try to offer an affordable, comfortable place to sleep eat and meet, but it is still a hostel and a nice one.
My management, staff and I strive to do everything possible to make every guest's visit to Alaska the best it can possibly be. I respect that our guests have spent a lot of money for what may well be their lifelong dream to visit Alaska and we treat our guests with that in mind. I'm sorry your trip wasn't what you hoped for, but honestly, we can't control Mother Nature and her mosquito plans, but given the chance we could have silenced the noise so you could hear the creek, put on a new screen for you and helped make your stay better for you. You just need to tell us of the problems while here. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and reading this response. If you or anyone has any questions or suggestions or complaints or ideas, we are all ears. Just send us an email. If you are here, just tell us. Thanks again, I hope you and your group has better travel experiences in the future.
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Anchorage
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We stayed two nights in the Yanert cabin. It's very small, three single beds BUT easy access to the hostel's general living area. Coffee in the morning, firepit by the Carlo Creek in the evening, great international company. It is the best value in lodging this close to the Park. But, don't expect fancy; it's clean and has shuttle service into the Park.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Tripmasterploos
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 16 August 2013
Hi and thanks for your review! We're happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and we appreciate your comments and feedback for our future guests. We hope to see you next time you are visiting Denali!
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Marathon, Florida
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

On our trip in Alaska we stayed at the Denali Hostel. It was primitive but a nice experience. We actually slept in a tent with cots and mosquito netting. They have a bath house with showers. They provide all your towels and bedding. A sleeping bag with liner. I would recommend this for the adventurous soul. The best part it was just a few miles from Denali National Park.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Susan P
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 16 August 2013
Hi and thanks for your review! We're happy to read that you enjoyed your stay in one of our Wall Tents. We try to make them as comfortable as possible without detracting from the simplicity and authenticity of a true tent-camping experience. For those who are looking for something a little less rustic, check out our private cabins or dormitory bunks- there's something there for everyone!
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Central NJ, USA
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

We rented the upstairs room in the octagon (private room) for 4 nights. There are many levels of accommodation at DMM. We wanted to be close to the park, but not pay the enormous prices. Our room was decent size, very clean, comfortable bed, and we shared a bath with the girls dormitory room (6 beds, I think). It was all fine. Downstairs is a large, well stocked kitchen, and a communal room. Both are for everyone staying there, and for the most part we encountered no issues (there was one obnoxious group one morning but they were not there long, and it could have happened anywhere). right across the road (the highway) is a very good little cafe with excellent food.
The office staff is happy to help you arrange any activities you would like to do. It was a very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank weezie711
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Aloha and thanks for another great review! We're happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, and we thank you for your advice and observations for our future guests. We hope to expand the common area eventually, as we realize that it can be a little cramped in the kitchen when we have larger groups staying with us, but in the meantime we appreciate your patience and understanding :) Thanks again and we hope to see you next time you're in Denali!
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Austin
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

We stayed two nights in the Highwater Cabin. It is small but was definitely enough room for my husband and me. They have a nice shelf in the room to put suitcases so that they are out of the way yet still accessible.

The bed was very comfortable, the room was clean, as were the sheets & towels. There is a lovely babbling river right outside. The location of the hostel is great too because it's very close to the Denali Park entrance.

The only downside is there isn't a private bathroom. The bathrooms are a short walk away which was really only an issue when I woke up in the middle of the night.

As far as hostels go, it is a VERY good one. Clean and comfortable and won't break the bank. It was even nicer than some of the hotels we stayed at during our visit to Alaska. I definitely recommend this place!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Yael H
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Hi and thanks for your review! We're happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. The Highwater Cabin is our smallest private cabin, but it's also our most affordable one, and you can't beat the location- right on beautiful Carlo Creek and with an incredible view of the surrounding mountains! Although none of our cabins have en-suite restrooms, we try to keep everything under a 30-second walk from anywhere else on the property, and we do have motion lights to keep our paths illuminated for any late-night trips to the restrooms, showers, or common areas once the sun starts setting. Thanks again and we hope to see you at DMMH on your next trip to Alaska!
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Malmo, Sweden
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We stayed 2 nights in the Splaser Rock cabin and we truly enjoyed it.
The bed was amassing and the lodge was so quit.
The toilet and showers are very clean and there is a large shared kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.
Please note that the cabins are located 12 miles outside the park.

I will defiantly recommend staying in the cabins.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank DenmarkLotte
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Hi and thanks for the review! We're happy that you enjoyed your stay and that you found your accommodations to be quiet, clean, and comfortable. That's exactly what our aim is, so thanks to my staff for keeping up the good work! We are located 13 miles south of the park entrance- but it's a beautiful and scenic drive to get there we also have a complimentary shuttle service to and from the park entrance area 4 times daily for those who don't have their own vehicle or don't feel like driving. We also like to think that the distance from the hustle and bustle of the park entrance area helps add a bit of rustic appeal and gives our guests a more peaceful atmosphere to relax after an adventure-filled day in the park. Thanks again and we hope to see you back in the Splatter Rock Cabin in a future summer!
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Property: Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins
Address: 224 Mile, George Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
Region: United States > Alaska > Denali National Park and Preserve
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 26 Speciality Lodging in Denali National Park and Preserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful setting on a creek. Private cabins, private rooms, hostel beds and wall-tents. 13 miles from the park entrance, but with a free shuttle service. The only way to see Denali on a budget. The hostel is clean, the staff is super-friendly and helpful and we offer discounted prices on local tours and transportation. We are the source for the lowest cost tickets for the Alaska Railroad and sell tickets for The Park Connection Motorcoach. And we offer the lowest prices on nearly all the local tours. We look forward to serving you! ... more   less 
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