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Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 August 2014

We didn't book early enough to get our first choice of rooms, but were very satisfied with what we got. It is nice to be able to have a sink separate from the tub/toilet and a comfortable sitting area with a view at least partially separated from the sleeping area. There was adequate space for two people to unpack. I do think the sofa is a sleeper but I wouldn't really suggest this room for more than 3 people. (If one is a child that doesn't go to bed too early.) (It might be listed as a traditional room.) Do be aware that if it's too much to walk up and down the outdoor stairs to the restaurant you can request a ride. We found it smart to walk to loosen up after our hikes AND to burn off calories. It would be nice if they upgraded to a flat screen tv, and added a microwave and in-room WiFi.

About those calories- the restaurant food was some of the best we've had in 3 trips to Alaska. Portions were large and the food was tasty. I wanted to eat all meals there, which is NOT typical for me.

If you're hikers, talk to the people at the desk. They'll offer some suggestions. Just be honest with your fitness level and interest in adventure. We loved their recommendation but it's almost like they interviewed us before telling us about it. The map is NOT to scale, as we were warned and we had no problems figuring it out.

Don't skip the gift shop. They had some items like jackets at very good prices and it was definitely not all the typical tourist junk.

The people who work there- desk, wait staff, gift shop- were all friendly and knowledgable. In my opinion you can tell that they've been trained by people experienced in the cruise trade. On board a ship, you're somewhat captive so I believe that often you have well-selected staff. It seemed the same here. Many we talked to lived in the lower 48 during the winter.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

Great setting, lodge is owned by Holland American so it is mostly cruise passengers. The food was good but not cheap. It sits over the Kenai River which will take your breath away! You can hike on to the river from the resort.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

Couldn't imagine a more exciting place to stay. Cabins were large, homely and cosy. Setting was fabulous with moose and grizzly bears wandering thru compound during the night. I sat by the window til the early hours of the morning, fascinated by the wildlife. Rooms didnt cater for hot tea drinkers though. Would have been better if meals were included in tariff.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

If you can catch the hotel on a non cruise passenger date - the rates were awesome. I wish it would have been a bit colder and we would have used the wood burning stove that was in our room. The lighting in the room could have been a bit better - we were there on a cloudy day and didn't get much sunlight. We had an excellent meal at the restaurant.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We stayed here for 3 night before joining a southerly cruise from Whittier. Very welcoming staff. The cabins were great with a log burner and logs in each one. We had the fire going our last night there, more to say we had used it than needed it, although it was a little rainy on the last day.
All the meals we had here were of good quality, and if you like crab, the king crab was excellent.
Thorough recommend this Princess lodge

Room Tip: All rooms are good
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We stayed here the first night of our trip to Alaska. It is in a beautiful location overlooking the river. Every room has a wood stove which we used. Nice touch. I would have liked a better view from our deck/patio. Basically it just overlooked the woods. This property has a nice restaurant, walk along the woods and hot tub. The river is a popular location for fishing trips and canyon rafting trips which we booked ourselves with a local outfit but they will book for you for a fee.

Room Tip: Wifi is available in the lobby.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Just got back from an over night stay at the Kenai Princess Lodge in Cooper Landing. It is located on the Kenai River. (great salmon fishing river) It really is a slice of out door heaven about 90 miles out of Anchorage.
The rooms are in little cabins spread around the grounds, they are very well done with their own wood stove and outdoor deck. The furniture is very comfortable and all the extras you need. It does only have internet in the lobby but adds to the cabin feel. The lobby is very nice with big sofas and areas to sit and play board games or read. They also have a bar and very nice restaurant. It also offers a hot tub, cute gift shop, laundry area, and nature walks along the river and a trail through the wilderness. Just really love this place and if you can snag one of their special rates, it's even better. I love going here for a little get away and give it an A++

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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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: £139 - £139 (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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