What a treat we found awaiting us at the end of a long drive from Anchorage! The staff at Ma Johnson's was incredibly friendly from the moment they picked us up at the footbridge to the moment they dropped us back off. This historic hotel is clean and full of antique treasures. They provide robes and slippers, so heading down the hall to use the shared restrooms (which are kept nice and clean) is comfortable and easy. The beds are comfortable and the sheets are amazingly soft. The rooms are small, but there is a lovely lobby and two great porches to spend some time relaxing, plus with millions of acres of wilderness to explore, there really wasn't much down-time for us at the hotel. The only electrical outlets in the hotel are in the lobby, so it's a great chance for you to unplug from your electronics addiction ;)
The restaurant at the Lodge directly across the street (same owner) is a fine-diner's delight! Make your reservations early each day, because it is a small establishment and you won't want to miss the chance to eat there. The food and the service at the Lodge were simply amazing. We did not expect to be eating such delicious food while in McCarthy. There are a couple other spots to grab food in town, and the friendly folks at Ma Johnson's will give you all the tips (we loved The Potato, but be prepared to wait; were not thrilled by the food or service at the Saloon). As for Ma Johnson's and the Lodge: treasures!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Scenery, Fine Cuisine, and True Alaskan History all rolled into one – Perfect for a weekend gateway!Our accommodations and restaurants are in the very center of the largest protected wilderness on earth. McCarthy is surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska! Experience the unexpected; unique tasting menus with casual style at McCarthy Lodge. The Golden Saloon offers a hearty menu of family favorites. Our greenhouses provide fresh produce for our restaurants, our Copper River Red Salmon is wild-caught by locals. Best of all, the fully restored Ma Johnson’s Hotel is the only authentic historic hotel in the park. Spend a few minutes in the Golden Saloon and make friends instantly. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ma Johnson's Hotel McCarthy, Alaska