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Lancasters Backpacker Hotel
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Lancasters Backpacker Hotel
Reviewed 31 July 2012

This facility books far too many people for the amenities provided. I was in the room right next to the bathroom and there was a non-stop line from about 5:30 a.m. until the following 2:00 a.m.
The guests who stay here are mostly older people and families who are not used to staying in hostels. They are loud and rude, acting as they are the only ones staying in the whole building. There are no quiet hours posted and it doesn't appear that hostel etiquette is shared with the guests staying here. I have stayed in hostels around the world, even ones with bars on the premises and have never experienced this kind of behavior. I barely got any sleep and the worst part is that it was impossible to use the bathroom. There were only two toilets for the whole facility. It also appeared that they had people camping out back or coming from another building to use these bathrooms as people kept coming in from outside to use them as well. Each morning of my stay I had to wait a minimum of 5 minutes to use the bathroom and one morning it was literally 20 minutes! There was a family with three girls doing their hair while there was a line of 4 people waiting to use the restroom at 6:00 a.m.
In addition the bathrooms and showers were absolutely filthy when you did get to use them. Luckily I packed some sandals because I wore them in the shower, I was afraid to step on the floor. The cleaning ladies were trying their hardest to keep the place clean, but there were just too many people.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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AK400400, Owner at Lancasters Backpacker Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2012

Dear Nicole309:
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Lancaster's Back Packer Hotel. There are 10 private rooms in Lancaster's. There are 2 single person use shower rooms and 2 single person use bathrooms in the small building. It is not a "hostel" (no kitchen) but intended as a basic private room for budget travelers who prefer not to camp. Although guests tend to be respectful of others, I do apologize for the disturbance, and we will post "quiet hours" (that is a great idea, thanks!).

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Reviewed 20 June 2012

We just spent two nights at Lancaster's and really enjoyed our visit. It was inexpensive (for being so far from a town!) and well-maintained. The room had a twin bed and a double bed, a lamp, and an overhead light, and all linens were provided. There were electrical outlets in the room, but no heat. It's been relatively warm there so we didn't miss the heat all that much. There are shared bathrooms and showers, but we had no problem getting into them when needed. Check out the Golden Saloon next door for a good breakfast before hiking, and a nice dinner at the end of the day. It seems to be where everyone goes to hang out.

Lancaster's backpacker motel is owned and operated by the same people who operate Ma Johnson's in McCarthy. The properties are across the "main street" from each other. Ma Johnson's seemed very nice, but if you'd like to save a lot of money while staying in McCarthy, Lancaster's is an excellent option.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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AK400400, Manager at Lancasters Backpacker Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2016

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Address: McCarthy Ventures, McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588-8998
Region: United States > Alaska > Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve > McCarthy
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Ranked #7 of 7 Speciality Lodging in McCarthy
Number of rooms: 10
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Small backpacker hotel, simple private rooms. ... more   less 
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Lancasters Backpacker Hotel McCarthy, Alaska

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