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Skyline Lodge
Australia
Level 6 Contributor
260 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Good Value”
Reviewed 4 November 2012

Kantishna Lodge is certainly better value than other lodges in the area. However, after staying 2 nights deep ' inside the park' I thought it would have been better to have had four nights in Healy. Kantishna does not have a lot of merit- the views are of a village rather than a wilderness area and even subsistence hunting is allowed in the park.

Otherwise,we enjoyed Skyline Lodge, and I thought that it was good value (about $335 per couple per night for all food and lodging) compared to other Kantishna places I looked at. The only problem was an unpleasant septic smell but I guessed that it was because it was so late in the season and the infrastructure was not quite adequate. There are two or three shared bathrooms in the main part of the lodge and it is necessary to leave the individual cabins to use these facilities. Remember to bring a dressing gown and slippers to avoid having to get completely dressed in the middle of the night if you need to go to the bathroom. There was a comfortable sitting area and some educational books available for guests. The food was simple but adequate. Breakfast was continental style and bread, sliced processed meat, and cheese was available for a ‘self made’ sandwich inside the lodge or a bagged lunch to take hiking. Dinner was served family style. The dishes one night were chilli beef, ravioli , peas and carrots, cheesy potatoes and a green salad. There was a banana and cream pie for dessert and coffee and tea were available at any time. Our cabin was very quiet and the beds were comfortable

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Greg L, Owner at Skyline Lodge, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
Dear oliverAustralia,

We were pleased to hear that you found Skyline Lodge to be a good value, as that is exactly what we strive to be. As the base of operations for Kantishna Air Taxi, our goal is to provide independent guests with a friendly, comfortable and affordable stay at the "end of the road." We're glad we were able to provide that for you during your visit, and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with our future guests.

Sincerely,

The KAT crew
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2012

About a fortnight back, we were sitting disappointed at the visitor’s centre of Denali National Park as the bus which was supposed to take us inside the park got cancelled due to heavy snowfall. However, it proved to be quite a blessing in disguise as the Skyline Lodge offered its stranded guests a free flight into the park  Needless to say we jumped at the offer. We rushed to the airstrip, hopped on the plane and took off for the 45 minutes spectacular flight around the shimmering Mt. Denali and through a snow storm – unforgettable!! The pilot even took a detour to show us the mountain peeking above the clouds, which was awesome of him.

Landing in the deep wilderness, we were received by a very welcoming and cheerful host ‘Matt’ who drove us to the Skyline Lodge, up in the mountains. Our room was cosy, comfortable and clean. Though there were only 3 bathrooms, to be shared by all the guests, there were no long queues outside their doors (maybe because I was not the first one to occupy them :P). The home cooked food was delicious and was followed by an even more yummy ice cream, made of blueberries handpicked from the nearby mountains.

The best thing about the lodge is however its location which offers a great view of the valley below and its surrounding mountains. We spent the evening in the lounge watching the sunset and its hues which lingered as late as 11 in the night. We also met some interesting visitors and had a great time sharing each other’s Alaskan experiences.

P.S. Matt - Remember to get the laser printer ;)

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Greg L, Owner at Skyline Lodge, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
Dear marmot_traveller,

Adventure: That which happens without design; a remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring incident; as, "the adventures of one's life."

Sometimes buses are cancelled due to snowfall. Sometimes you fly by the highest peak in North America for free. Sometimes you eat homemade blueberry ice cream. Sometimes you experience an 11pm sunset from the end of the road in Denali National Park.

We were glad to share in your adventure!

The KAT crew

P.S.

Sometimes Matt remembers the laser printer :)
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Orange, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2012

We like to travel on our own rather than with a tour. When I noticed the loft in the room, I invited our son, who lives in Fairbanks, to join us. My husband was not looking forward to the shared bathrooms but once there I heard no grumbling.
If you have good topo maps of the area (our son forgot to print out some from a program he has), be sure to bring them because the maps offered are not good. Ask for trekking poles if you plan a hike described as "steep," you also want to do the steep part at the beginning rather than the end of the hike. They said bears aren't in the area, we saw no evidence but we had bear spray with us just the same. They might have some at the lodge, we didn't ask. We took the flight in to the lodge -- beautiful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Greg L, Owner at Skyline Lodge, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
Dear sueoc76,

Thank you for your 5-star ratings, and we were pleased to host the three of you during your trip to Kantishna. We were particularly pleased that you loved the flight and did not have to endure any grumbling, and you'll be pleased to know that we've purchased new mattresses :)

All the best,

The KAT crew
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NYC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2012

Hard to review because different than a city or town. Here you are in he middle of nowhere. Food comes by air or truck from 300 miles away inFairbanks. All non burnable waste is trucked out. The season is super short and by mid september or so it is done. There are only a handful of lodging options at the end of the denali road. This one was right for us.

Casual, friendly, and authentic, this lodge is more like a b&b. No real rules, come and go as you like, bikes available to ride, communal meals. Aside from being much more affordable, Skyline is easy without the regimented autocracy of some some nearby hotels.

The rooms were comfy and clean. Nice views of the valley. Didnt love the fact thatthe only twobathrooms werent all that conveniently located, but operating in this environment is understandably tough. meals were workman like. Bit on the basic side.

But for overall comfort, location, price, and atmosphere, we liked Skyline.

Awesome improvements would be more bikes in better shape and free wifi. Better venting of septic would improve the airspace between the main lodge and the rooms.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Greg L, Owner at Skyline Lodge, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
Dear kyle 10014,

We appreciate you taking the time to write a review, and thanks for the suggestions. Most of all, we're glad that we were the right fit for you in Kantishna, and we hope you can make it back some day.

Cheers,

The KAT crew
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Skyline Lodge was just the right fit for my family - my husband and I traveling with my parents. From the flight in, which was exhilarating, to the care and hospitality shown during our stay, we found the lodge and staff to be the perfect base and perfect hosts. We felt comfortable with the staff, pilots and guests alike and enjoyed chatting with them about flying in Alaska, Waldorf education and whatever other topics happened to come up. Like other reviews here have mentioned, we did not feel like paying visitors, but like welcomed guests in a family atmosphere.

Simple, tasty communal homecooked dinners were a treat after eating in restaurants for weeks, and we liked the flexibility of making packed lunches for hikes and outings. We had no specific plans, so the maps, bug nets and bikes provided by the lodge gave us plenty of options for walking and hiking, as well as exploring further afield.

Thank you all for making our two nights in Kantishna so enjoyable and memorable.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Greg L, Owner at Skyline Lodge, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
Dear jessachieng,

It was a pleasure to host your family. Thanks for sharing your review, and we look forward to your next trip to Denali!

Your friends,

The KAT crew
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Belmont, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2012

I have never felt compelled to write a review about any place...ever. That has changed now that I have spent two days with the Skyline family. And I mean that, family. They, in essence, welcomed us into their home. The experience was like staying with close friends over the holidays. In fact, Marge cooked a Thanksgiving dinner the first night we were there. We got in late but found dinner waiting for us to warm up when we arrived. This is the un-resort, but I'd rather stay with friends. Greg - thanks for starting this place and for schooling me at ping pong. Matt - never change, you are the nicest person I know. Shakti - No one could be better at making guests feel welcomed into the family. Andy & Denise - blue skies! Jason - let me know when you want to cut those trees. Peter Chan the Weather Man - best of luck with your future, may the fish always bite. Marge - You are the best cook in Denali! All of you are welcome in my home anytime your in NC.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Greg L, Owner at Skyline Lodge, responded to this review, 8 September 2012
To the party people in the cheap seats,

You've got us blushing. It was a pleasure to invite you into our home, and while we're fond of saying that in Kantishna "we're all here 'cause we're not all there," the truth is that hosting guests like you is the reason we're all here. Thanks for chillin' with us on the north side.

Keepin' it real since 1992,

The KAT crew
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2012

Let me start by saying, if you are going to Denali, stay in the park, you just don't get to experience everything when you bus in and out. And if you are staying in the park, I cannot recommend the Skyline Lodge run by Kantishna Air Taxi enough. It's as far in to the park as you can go, and a bike ride away from Wonder Lake. Everyone was extremely friendly and helped us plan some great hikes, made three delicious meals everyday (and even catered to my vegetarian ways), and had all kinds of gear like bikes and mosquito nets as a courtesy. They are are the perfect balance of helpful while letting their guests do their own thing.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Greg L, Owner at Skyline Lodge, responded to this review, 23 August 2012
Dear Rachel B,

Thanks for letting us share Denali with you, and we were psyched to hear that we provided a perfect balance for you during your recent trip to Kantishna! We appreciate you and look forward to more great hikes, delicious meals and bike rides to Wonder Lake on your next trip to Denali :)

All the best,

The KAT Crew
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Property: Skyline Lodge
Address: Kantishna Air Taxi, PO Box 46, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755-0046
Region: United States > Alaska > Denali National Park and Preserve
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Ranked #10 of 26 Speciality Lodging in Denali National Park and Preserve
Number of rooms: 4
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Skyline Lodge Alaska/Denali National Park And Preserve

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