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Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

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.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

My loved this rustic, little lodge. The rooms were spacious - almost like little apartments with a couch, table and chairs, wood burning stove and deck - but not overly luxurious. We liked that each room opened to the outside, so it felt like you had your own cabin. The food at the restaurant is good, but expensive as with all of the Princess facilities. If you have a car, there is so much to do in the surrounding area and this lodge is very centrally located to both side of the Kenai - wonderful scenery, hiking, biking, fishing, boating and other activities. It was also easily accessible to Seward for sightseeing and a day cruise.
This was the second Princess facility we stayed in while in Alaska, and it felt much more authentic than the McKinley. That said, if you do your research, we saw a variety of quaint, locally owned B&Bs, Inns, etc all along the Kenai. If I returned, I would look into one of these. They oftentimes have better locations and I like that the revenue goes back to Alaskans vs the Princess corporation.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 December 2010

Stayed here two nights, was good but in comparison with other Princess Lodges this one is more basic, however that's Alaska in general. The grounds are lovely, with a nice (short) hiking trail on the grounds, Like other Princess Lodges, it's all about location, location... and location. Don't be fooled by my low rating, i'm sure it's the best hotel in this area by far, but as it doesn't come cheap i resented giving 'very good" or "excellent". The restaurant serves good food, but looks like something for locals.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank LeoRaeves
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Reviewed 10 October 2010

My husband and I stayed 2 nights at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge prior to our Inside Passage Cruise which set sail the following day. We were delighted with our lodging at Kenai. Lodges are log buildings with four separate accommodations per building, and each one has, in addition to the bedroom, dressing area, screened porch, and bathroom, a living room area with a wood burning stove -- wood is furnished. The accommodations have a cabin look and feel but are cozy and just what you would imagine for a real Alaskan getaway from hustle and bustle. The main building has a dining room with excellent food, but like in most Alaskan eateries, the prices are on the high side. The lodge is in a wooded area perfect for hiking. The Kenai river runs below the property but is accessible by foot. . .a good hike. Loved the place and would like to return. If you do not have a car, you will need to get meals on property as no other restaurants are close. Princess does have an RV park adjacent to the lodge property, but the general store there has very limited groceries. Better bring your own, but no refrigerator or cooking appliances are supplied. . .

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SCarolinatraveler
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Reviewed 29 August 2010

We were a group of ten, ranging from 13 to 54, and we thoroughly enjoyed this scenic lodge. The rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. The food in the restaurant was very good, and all staff there and throughout the hotel were welcoming and helpful. We used this location to visit Homer, Whittier and other places on the peninsula, and found it be a great home-base for this part of our automobile tour of Alaska.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank nxtgen
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

Beautiful setting on a ride overlooking the Cooper River and mountains. Enjoyed just hanging out on the large hotel deck taking in the scenery. The rooms have nice high cathedral ceiling with a sitting area. The staff are wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. As noted by other reviewers coffee makers in the room would be nice.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank Edward T
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Reviewed 19 August 2010

We stayed at the Kenai Princess Lodge for 2 nights. This lodge is beautiful, The location is stunning. Food excellent and staff unfailingly charming. The lodge itself is well appointed and spotless. There is a log burning stove with all the makings of a good fire just waiting for you. There is a verandah. You can hear traffic when you are sitting on the verandah as there is a road down in the valley.

We took an excellent Kenai Fjords National Park cruise tour day trip which I would highly recommend.

A coffee/tea maker would be a welcome addition.

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Thank gingk0
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Additional Information about Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

Address: Mile 47.7 Sterling Highway, Cooper Landing, AK 99572
Region: United States > Alaska > Cooper Landing
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Cooper Landing
Price Range: £87 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 86
Also Known As:
Kenai Princess Wilderness Hotel Cooper Landing
Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Alaska/Cooper Landing

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