Stayed at this lodge based on glowing reviews here, but the thin walls and dense conglomeration of units make this a not very peaceful and not very wilderness experience.
Upon settling into our room in the late afternoon, we noticed wild banging and hollering next door. After an hour, we called reception, who admitted a family with four small children was in that adjoining room. The staff graciously offered to move us and helped with our bags. The next unit wasn't quite as spacious, but when we got back from dinner the quiet was enjoyable--until about 10 PM when the young adult drunken party began next door. At midnight, we called the office to complain because we had an early morning fishing trip planned.
So perhaps this was just bad luck for us, but reception did admit to thin walls in the accommodations. (And there were a lot of families with kids staying there and a lot of hubbub). If you don't mind noise, then the rustic cabin-type rooms with wood burning stoves might suit you.
The dining room wasn't all that attractive, not in the vein of a grand lodge at all (we opted to have dinner at a local dive that was much more fun), and breakfast at Princess was expensive and very average quality--plus two of the wait staff were coughing and sneezing and blowing noses on the job (ew!).
I will say the reception staff was helpful and concerned with our satisfaction. They let us come back after fishing, and after checking out, to wash up in the fitness area, that had a shower (and hot tub), which was very much appreciated. Strolling the river path was pleasant enough, and peaceful, since the weather was drizzly (though the river follows the road, so it's not an away-from-it-all hike).
Overall, none of the positives of this hotel compensated for the noise. A small, less bustling, less touristy place would probably have been preferable.
- Also Known As:
- Kenai Princess Wilderness Hotel Cooper Landing
- Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Alaska/Cooper Landing