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Motel Nord Haven Aurora Denali Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Healy
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 April 2014

We were a bit hesitant about this place gauging from the posted photos of this place. Since we were visiting during an off peak time, the winter, we had 2 choices, the Motel Nord Haven or the Totem Inn. We chose the Nord Haven and we were pleased we did. It a a standard Motel with clean large rooms. The bathroom is large and clean with the usual amenities. The room has a flat screen TV, a mini fridge and microwave. There is a coffee, tea and hot chocolate table/bar in the lobby for customer use. There is free wireless use here but not all the rooms can have access. We were in room 101 and we did not have access and had to go out to the lobby to have wireless which was very annoying because we specifically asked about getting wireless before booking the room. By the time we checked in and figured it out that we didn't have it, we were already settled into the room and it was too much trouble to change rooms. We asked about why she said there was wireless throughout the motel when there really wasn't and she just said, "well some of the farther rooms, such as ours will have either spotty connection or none". Noted! Otherwise, it's a good place to stop over at and the price is fair for what you get.

Room Tip: Watch out for rooms closer to the perimeter of the motel, likely will not have wireless.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

If you plan to visit Denali consider making Nord Haven your base. The town of Healy is about locals who love their environment. It is only about 12 miles down the road from Denali Canyon where the cruise lines pack thousands of their customers elbow to elbow, but it is a world away in terms of being able to experience this amazing place. Assuming that you have a car, everything in the Park is still easily accessible. The rooms are clean, attractive and quiet. The customer service is world class. The owners and all of their staff members are focused on exceeding your expectations in everyway. My only regret is that I did not discover this amazing place on one of my earlier trips to Denali.

Room Tip: Nord Haven has 35+ rooms in two buildings. Winter vehicle plug ins are closer to the two story build...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 February 2014 via mobile

Let me start by saying that I have never been moved to review a property before, but for Motel Nord Haven I felt that I must express my absolute pleasure at discovering this little gem so others would be able to make an informed decision when visiting the Denali area. Like a previous reviewer stated, this property was a MORE than pleasant suprise! We have a large family with young children and the room at Nord Haven fit us perfectly. We travel a lot and typically stay at Hilton properties when we can, but seeing as options are few in this area we booked this one based on the reviews on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed! Patsy was a joy to work with and so helpful with an email prior to our trip full of extra suggestions for activities for our kids during the Winter Fest in Denali. They supplied us with a roll away bed and pack n play for no extra cost. The rooms are incredibly spacious and could have fit 2 roll away's quite easily had we required it. A wonderful little treat was the open area sitting room on the second floor with couches and chairs. We discovered it right as we were leaving and we weren't able to stay and enjoy it as long as I would have liked. There are plenty of books to read, a puzzle to work on and a lovely view out of the large windows adjacent to the room. If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend staying at this property. You will not be disappointed!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

This was a wonderful surprise. The motel was exceptionally clean and the lady at the front desk was very pleasant. My son, his fiance, and I were in Healy on business and stayed here one night. Everything was top notch! Thank you so much. It was the last of January and we didn't know what to expect. Thanks again...

Room Tip: I don't think they had a pool, and if there was a restaurant, it wasn't open.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Our first impression was very positive, thanks to the welcoming presence of "Miss V" (Veronica) at the front desk -- friendly, articulate, helpful, knowledgeable. The room was spacious, clean, with fridge and all standard amenities. The motel is open all year, which is hard to find in this locale. We stayed here 3 nights, before and after our Denali Road Lottery day. It's a perfect way to visit the park if you are driving. A bit pricey considering that breakfast was not included that late in the season (mid-Sept -- $115), but options are limited in this area.

Room Tip: We were on the parking lot, but it was very quiet in general.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

We stayed at the Motel Nord Haven for two nights while visiting Denali National Park. It is approximately 15 minutes north of the park entrance and sits back off of Parks Highway. We stayed in the building across from the reception area. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful. The room was clean and the setting is quiet. We did have a hard time trying to set the thermostat to the temperature we wanted. I'm not sure whether the temperature is regulated at on spot or in the building. Weather outside was pleasant so it didn't matter. The only problem I had was that the walls are very thin and we heards our neighbors more than you would expect. We stayed after high season so breakfast was not included. We dined at the 49th State Brewery and at Rosie's next door and liked them both. This motel is worth the price if you don't plan on spending a lot of time in your room.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

I expected it to be like another motel in lower states but it turned out to be a really nice place to stay. The room is huge, with fridge, sitting area and flat screen cable TV. WiFi is fast and reliable. Bathroom seems to be a little dated but spotless and functional. Central air is convenient in both warm and cold days. Coffee and tea are free in lobby. Price is better than some B&Bs nearby. It's located near gas station and restaurants. I would definitely stay there again if I go back.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Motel Nord Haven Aurora Denali Lodge

Address: Mile 249.5 Parks Highway, Healy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99743
Region: United States > Alaska > Denali National Park and Preserve > Healy
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Healy
Price Range: £59 - £158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Motel Nord Haven Aurora Denali Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aurora Denali Lodge formerly known as Motel Nord Haven is a 28 room family owned motel in Healy, Alaska. We are conveniently located 12 miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park. We are open every day of the year to serve visitors to Denali, travelers driving between Anchorage and Fairbanks, folks here on corporate or government business, workers on job assignments, and local Alaskans with friends and family in our beautiful town of Healy. ... more   less 
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