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.
- Also Known As:
- Kenai Princess Wilderness Hotel Cooper Landing
- Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Alaska/Cooper Landing