We loved this place and hope to go back someday. We had a room in the main lodge; there were separate toilet rooms and shower rooms down the hall which were shared with other occupants. They sounded busy around 7 or 8 am, but we took our showers in the evening and stayed in bed until about 8:30 am. We never had to wait for the bathrooms.
We only got to spend one night here because the place was full. I recommend booking far in advance.
Kennicott is much nicer than McCarthy, and the lodge is right next to the old mine buildings, the Park Service Visitor Center, and about an hour's walk from the edge of the glacier. It will take less time to hike there if you do not stop frequently to take photos, as we did.
We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food, which was reasonably priced by Alaska standards.
The staff was friendly and helpful. The lodge provides free parking about 1/4 mile from the footbridge and will pick you up from the bridge. A man at the parking area gave us a ride to the bridge. The lodge will also take you back to the bridge if you either stay there or eat in the dining room for dinner.
The hotel is in an old building connected with the mine and is full of artifacts from the mine as well as old advertisements on the walls which are humorous nowadays.
- 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