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Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

The Princess is akin to resorts you would find in Orlando or other big cities with tourist destinations and in this case it was the Wrangel St. Elias range that was the attraction. Very upscale with wonderful staff and amenities. They even put out a pot of coffee for us in the morning at the check out because we told them we were leaving before the coffee shop opened. The gift shop is also very nice and reasonably priced. However, the guests were very rude and intrusive. There were groups of people out in the hallways socializing and drinking until the wee hours of the morning. I know that the hotel cannot control human behavior, but it definitely ruined our experience at this facility.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

Last September I drove a 1700-mile loop in Alaska, and this was our first 'real accommodation' on the loop after a gorgeous sunny day on the jaw-dropping Glenn Highway out of Anchorage and Palmer (I should count Days Inn in Anchorage as our first - a quick overnight after a 13-hour plane ride - but that one is not terribly exciting). To get to the Princess Lodge, you turn off the Glenn and head south down the Richardson Hwy for a few minutes until you see the turn that leads you up a hill to the glorious red Lodge (no doubt inspired by the red decor of the nearby Kennicott Mine in Wrangell-St. Elias). We could only stay one night because they were closing the next day for the season. Another night would have been terrific because it's a beautiful location out in the middle of nowhere, but we had to make serious tracks for the next 3 weeks all over Alaska and I just couldn't make it happen. Like the Kenai and Mt McKinley Princess Lodges, the Copper River lodge is hidden up on a hill off the Richardson Hwy, halfway between Valdez and Fairbanks. It's an ideal overnight stop if you're headed in either direction and want to take your time going up or down the splendid Richardson Hwy, arguably the most beautiful highway in Alaska. Checking in was a little worrisome; online I'd booked the $99 room, and the woman at the front desk tried to play games with us and get us to upgrade to a mountain view. Probably would have been worth it if we'd stayed longer, but we were tired, arriving at around sunset, staying overnight, leaving at dawn, and were going to take a long walk around the grounds for an hour until dark. The walk around the grounds was really nice - the view of the Wrangell St. Elias mountains was stunning. The room itself was standard, certainly worth $99. We were so tired we ordered supper from the Whistle Stop bar and grill and took it to our room, but I don't even remember what we had - must have been uneventful. TV reception out in the middle of nowhere is not going to be great and wasn't. The log-shaped furniture was interesting but didn't look terribly high quality. We were on the second floor; a computer center with free use of the computer was right outside our door; that's a nice contrast to paying $5 every 15 minutes to use a computer at a New York hotel. Overall, the lodge was really nice and we would stay again if we go that way. The view outside sold it. We had just gotten to Alaska the day before and were still in a state of shock by the nonstop beauty all around us, so the Princess Lodge probably impressed me more than it would have had we saved it for last. Had we saved it for the end of our trip, it might have been a bit of a downer because the places we stayed afterwards got better and better. But for a first stop on a trip, it was a great start.

  • Stayed: September 2009
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Reviewed 25 June 2010

Very nice hotel near Copper River. Clean, quiet, refreshing stay after a hard day of driving. Hotel staff was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The super saver mid-week special made it a fantastic bargin.

Restaurant was exeptional with fresh Alaska freshly caught seafood. Prepared perfectly. Good wine selection.

I'd go back here!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2010

In a large town this hotel might have been just average, but in the Copper Center area, as a base camp for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park it was very nice.

Very nice views from the back of the hotel. The main restaurant was a little over priced, but the service and food was very good. The bar and grill were small but nice.

Lobby was a nice place to relax and look out over Wrangell-St. Elias.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 December 2009

We stayed at the Princess Copper River Lodge for two nights in August as part of an Alaskan CruiseTour. The lodge is nice, but in some ways more like a hotel than a lodge. The restaurant was very good, delicious food and reasonable prices (for Alaska). The lodge's great room is large and comfortable, with beautiful mountain views. In summary, this is a very comfortable place to stay while in Alaska.

  • Stayed: August 2009
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Reviewed 20 August 2009

Its a professional hotel with no white goods in the room
but there is restaurant and all services inside.
there is wireless in room too

the room was big and clean

the staff is excellent
and the price is low

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2009

Very nice lodge way up on the hill. Views are lovely but you do have to have a car to get about.I think a lot of people who use the lodge are on tours and are ferried by coach, although the loge does offer a shuttle around the area at a price. The rooms were clean and comfortable and very plush entrance and what you expect from a princess lodge., but beware they do not offer coffee in the rooms, you have to purchase it from the coffee shop, which is slightly inconvient to have to come all the way down in the elevator just to get a cup of coffee. I would not stay at the lodge again, we had better for cheaper in some of the other places we stayed on our trip to alaska

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Brenwick Craig Road, Mile 102 Richardson Highway, Copper Center, AK 99573
Region: United States > Alaska > Copper Center
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Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Copper Center
Price Range: £74 - £142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 85
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