I took another trip to Kennicott and stayed in the lodge (south wing) and had another fantastic experience. My friend had never been there and she is still raving about it today. We took the package that flew us in on a bush plane from Chitina and I met Bob again our pilot who actually remembered me from 2 years ago. Incredible flight and he actually takes you up to the glacier for a birds eye view! The room was beautiful and clean and the food again was phenomenal. I was curious about the few negative reviews about this place and was shocked that some folks felt the way they did, however, maybe they didn't realize the type of place they were going to. First of all read the lodges website. It is VERY INFORMATIVE about the accommodation types and what there is to do there. Yes, the meals can be expensive compared to lower 48 but NOT for Alaska and you should consider the logistics of bringing food up there especially to this location. Look at a map and you'll understand why. But what is amazing to me is compared to the rest of Alaska, my gosh the food is fantastic and look at my Tripadvisor name (Fussyeater)! Just check out their website and do your research and you WILL NOT be disappointed. Keep in mind this is Alaska, you are not going to get accommodations like the lower 48 unless you are staying in the Hilton or Marriott downtown Anchorage. This is a remote location and requires some effort to get there, which makes it so special. You will not be able to drive your car up to the front door (nor would you want to). The meals are served family style for dinner, lunch can be had in the dining room or they will pack one for you if you want a picnic, breakfast is buffet style and my goodness I've never seen such quality and quantity in all of Alaska. I've had prime rib dinner (best prime rib I ever had); salmon dinner (awesome) with all the trimmings and fresh vegetables and salads and awesome deserts like creme brule. The breakfasts lack in nothing with lots of choices of eggs and meats and every kind of incredible pastry and juices. I've been working up there for 3 years now and many other locals agree that this is a premier place to visit. If you are not into hiking, rafting or walking around the Kennicott Historical Mine then this is probably not for you, although I'd be happy just sitting on the porch staring at the view and eating their delicious food. Keep in mind the main lodge has been built as a replica of a building in the original mining town so the rooms will be small but you can clearly see them on the website. I've seen those rooms and yes, although small they are not as small as some I've been to in NYC! There is a porch that people can walk down on the first floor which first floor rooms will face so I can imagine there will be some traffic noise there, but ask where your room will be when you make the reservation. The decorations on the wall are all original things from the mining era, including magazine ads that are funny to read and historical accounts of items that were ordered by the mine for their stores and letters as well and they all add to the historical significance of the town. The shared bathrooms were very clean and I cannot state why there is no hot water in the rooms, but I always had hot water in the south wing. The room rates I think are reasonable given the location of the lodge and the views. Unless you don't care about shared baths and some extra noise from the main lodge visitors, you should try for the south wing. It is a separate building with rooms that face the mountains and it may be a little quieter. This is a remote lodge, ask if you have any questions as I'm sure the staff with be happy to answer them. They did with me! Read about the history of the mine before you go and you'll get a better understanding on what it was all about. Incredible stories about the folks that lived and worked here and how it was built. Take a tour with the NPS or a guided tour to the glacier with a guide and you won't be disappointed. There are two tour companies in town and they both are excellent. You can hire a private guide so you can go at your own pace and it isn't that much more expensive than a group tour. We did it and I was glad. Ask them about the types of tours and they will guide you as to what would be best for your level of activity. I never did make it into McCarthy but although it is very small with a few buildings I heard the museum there was very good, and there I've heard locals rave about the McCarthy Lodge Dining. So, do your homework and go have the time of your life!
- 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