I've wanted to visit Wrangell-St Elias National Park for a long time, and when the opportunity finally presented itself, I promptly reserved a room at the Kennecott Glacier Lodge. There are two buildings; the original lodge has no private bathrooms, which may be a problem for a lot of people. I also had to pretty much live out of my suitcase, as there was nowhere to put clothes. I was there 2 nights. I suppose when the options are so limited, they can do (and charge) just about anything they want. Still, there's no denying the charm of it all; it's truly a magnificent setting. I booked online and got a special rate, but didn't know that it meant I'd have no view from my room. The restaurant was overpriced ($35 for a family-style dinner; $16 for breakfast buffet).
There's a newer building with private baths in each room.
The service and attention from the front desk crew is admirable, and I enjoyed my stay at this rustic little place very much. I would love to return someday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a family owned lodge located in America's largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias. Try glacier hiking or ice climbing on the Root Glacier, one of the few easily accessible glaciers in North America. Get a breath taking view of the park on a flightseeing tour, or spend time alpine hiking, river rafting, and exploring the National Historic Landmark of the Kennicott Copper Mine. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kennicott Glacier Hotel Kennicott
- Kennicott Glacier Lodge Alaska