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Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins
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Portland, Oregon
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“I LOVED THIS PLACE!”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

This is a great place! Cabins are rustic, but clean and comfortable. We were in Highwater and loved the creek burbling outside our door. The creek was loud, which I loved, but might be distracting if you like it quiet. It isn't big, but we didn't spend much time there so it didn't mater much. I liked that it was further from the Octagon than Splatter Rock. My mom stayed in Splatter Rock and liked having a little more space. She was a few steps closer to a bathroom.

Octagon was busy some nights/mornings and the kitchen isn't huge, but it was well stocked. There was a large Indian family that came in and took the place over and cooked some really stinky stuff. They didn't make much room for anyone else. Another night a large tour group came in and it was difficult to get around in the kitchen. We ate most meals in restaurants, so we weren't as frustrated with the kitchen situation as we would have been if we had tried to cook every night. There could have been a few more parking spots.

Bathrooms/showers were clean and functional every day. Staff was helpful and sweet. Restaurants across the street were decent and provided sack lunches for our trip to Wonder Lake. It generally took about 20 minutes to get to the gates of the park from the hostel. Just far enough away for some peace and quiet.

We had a wonderful stay here. I will absolutely return to the hostel if I go back to Denali.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 15 September 2013
Hi and thanks for taking the time to review us here! We're so happy to read that you enjoyed your stay in our Highwater and Splatter Rock Cabins. We like to call the Highwater our "backpackers dream" cabin- it's smaller in size (and therefore in price) than some of our other cabins, but still offers the peace and quiet of a private cabin, for those who are looking for an alternative to our dormitory accommodations. And you really can't beat the soothing sounds of Carlo Creek right outside of your window! We hope to one day expand our kitchen and common areas, as it does make an impact when we have large groups cooking in there all at the same time. Thanks again for the review and for your feedback. See you next time!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

This is a beautiful little spot in Alaska! The layout of the cabins/main house is so lovely, right on rushing Carlos Creek. Plenty of outside and inside spaces to take advantage of.
We stayed in the Octagon Room upstairs in the main house - it was just perfect - double bed with a loft single above - right next to the women's bath/shower room and above the common area/kitchen. Everything was super clean, well-stocked kitchen, excellent coffee (kudos to Jo) EARLY each morning, and welcoming, helpful staff. The kitchen was always jammin' in the evening which made it great fun to meet folks from all over the globe!
It is a bit far from the park, but the shuttle really is scheduled so you can do everything you want to at Denali, catch the train or bus, and get back to the hostel without issue. It also helped tremendously to have the hostel staff book tours for us at a discount!
The hostel is right across the road from Creekside Cafe (see my review), in case you didn't get groceries before heading there.
Very affordable place with lodging options for everyone. If you go to Denali, you should check them out!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 15 September 2013
Hi and thanks for the awesome review! We love to hear when people enjoy their stay! Many thanks to our hard-working staff for being so diligent and making sure that everything is clean and comfortable for our guests. We're also glad to hear that you enjoyed the coffee- we only serve Alaska-roasted coffee, and although we have switched our blends throughout the years, we try to find something that is fair-trade and organic, too! Thanks again for the review and yup, that's right readers, you can book your tours through our front desk and receive an awesome discount! We're all about sharing the love here at DMMH. Hope to see you again!
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

We stay in the women's room in the second floor with 6 huge bunk beds. Very clean and cute.
Shared bathroom is clean.
There is a common area where you can cook but is usually busy with families/kids.
Wifi works great.
Beautiful place!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 15 September 2013
Hi and thanks for your review! We're glad to read that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you the next time you visit Denali!
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

Exceptional hostel. Our group of 3 stayed in the private Two Rocks cabin and had a great experience. The cabin had a little heater, big beds, lots of outlets and a prime location near the main common building and bathrooms/showers. Everything was clean and we didn't experience waits for the showers or bathrooms. Great location - pizza place and cafe across the highway at which we passed many rainy hours. :) Service and price were great. Look forward to returning!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 24 September 2013
Hi and thanks for the review! We're happy to read that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you when you return to Denali!
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We stayed in the Razorback Cabin at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel last week and were so happy with the experience. The location was great, and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. We loved the full kitchen in the cabin, and that if we needed anything extra like a sharp knife or a different pan, we could go over to the shared kitchen to use what they had there. There is no bathroom in the cabin, but the bathrooms and showers are steps away so it wasn't an inconvenience at all. There is a firepit on the property right by the creek that runs through it, and the hostel staff keeps a cache of birch wood and kindling so you can start a fire when you want. Overall it was a great place to stay while we were visiting Denali and we will definitely stay there again when we return!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Hi and thanks for the awesome review! We're happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us! We're glad you could make use of the kitchenette located in your cabin and that you still enjoyed use of our common area and shared kitchen facilities at the same time- sounds like the best of both worlds! :) We look forward to seeing you around the campfire the next time you're in Denali!
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Spent 3 nights recently, cabin. overall clean, access good to restrooms. Octagon had a funny smell however, eerily quiet. futon mattress was comfortable. No mosquitos I saw, since quite cold outside. hostel shuttle to Denali wilderness access center limited, especially if you want to catch early shuttle bus to Wonderlake, and same limited service (5:30p,9:30p) back from park, so had to catch Denali Taxi shuttle for $45 a pop. overall experience rustic, good value though.not touristy like the McKinley Chalet, Princess lodgings.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 2 September 2013
Hi and thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor! We're happy to read that you enjoyed your stay overall. First off, I would like to apologize for the odor you describe in the common area. It is heated by fuel oil, and we received a few remarks about the smell. We had recently had it repaired and upon taking a closer look, we realized that there was a bolt on the heater that hadn't been tightened properly, causing it to leak oil. The issue has been repaired at this time, but again I apologize for the odor while you were there. Our shuttle service is limited, as we are 13 miles from the park entrance so we do have to operate on a set schedule to help keep our costs down, so that we can therefore keep our prices the lowest in the area. We do give plenty of advance notice about the shuttle schedule so that people can make their plans around it, and we do try to make it so that people can still catch shuttles out to Kantishna or Wonder Lake, even though they will not make the earliest ones on our shuttle schedule. We do also offer our shuttle bus for private rentals for people who would like to use it outside of our regularly scheduled times. Thanks again for your review and for the opportunity to respond. We're happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you the next time you visit Denali.
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

Our group of 10 stayed here for 2 nights. The place was beautiful and the rooms were clean. There were mosquitoes that were tough to control, but what else do you expect in the woods? We were skeptical about the shared restrooms at first but they were incredibly clean all the time. We couldn't have asked for anything more at the price we paid.... only thing we found a little weird was that we weren't allowed to hang out in the Octagon (lobby) after checking out and returning the key... according to the management, too should literally check out and leave the premise... we were a little shocked when we were asked to leave... I won't hold it against them as we were a big group and I'd think that they had to clean stuff.. but they could do a better job at clarifying what check out means upfront...

  • Stayed August 2013
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Ali F, General Manager at Denali Mountain Morning Hostel and Cabins, responded to this review, 23 August 2013
Hi and thanks for your review!

We're so happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we were able to live up to the expectations that you had for your stay and as described on our website- we try to do at least that, and ideally go above and beyond to make DMMH the best part of everyone's trip to Alaska. I have to thank my staff for keeping the common areas, restrooms, and cabins clean. They work really hard to do a great job, so thanks for your appreciation.

Regarding being asked to leave the Octagon after you checked out- I was the person doing the cleaning that day, so I am happy to elaborate on this. We do generally expect people to leave the property after they have checked out of their rooms, and I think that is a common expectation of any inn-keeper or lodging provider. Some hostels have day-use of their facilities available for an additional fee, but we do not, as we have a very limited amount of time to complete our housekeeping duties for the day and get the hostel ready for people who will be returning or arriving later in the day. Your observations are correct, having a group of 10 people in the common area while someone is trying to clean it, makes it very difficult (and nearly impossible) for the person who is doing the cleaning. That being said, we do try to be flexible, which is why I waited until 11 AM to ask your group to leave the common area, even though check out was an hour earlier than that. I'm sorry that you misunderstood our policies but I thank you for being understanding about the need to have the common area cleared out so that it could be cleaned.

Thanks again for the review. We appreciate the opportunity to receive feedback and we're happy that you enjoyed your stay.
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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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