Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

Mile 133 Parks Highway | Denali National Park, AK 99683  [SEE MAP]Denali National Park, AK  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Near the southern edge of Denali National Park, the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge reminds visitors of a remote outpost: Nothing but wilderness surrounds this rustic hotel, which welcomes Princess cruisers and landlubbers alike and offers a variety of ways to experience the Last Frontier. Three hiking trails are accessible from the lodge (the McKinley Hill Trail gives the most impressive mountain views), and the tour desk can help arrange anything from rafting trips to glacier treks. As for the lodge itself, some guests say that there's not much to distinguish this hotel from other Princess properties. Guest rooms are cozy, yet somewhat bare, and the food served at the on-site restaurants is described as tasty, but nothing to write home about. That said, visitors do praise the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge for its outstanding customer service.

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Location
Denali National Park, AK
Hotel Class
3.0-star
Property Type
Hotel, 460 rooms
Primary View
River, Mountain(s)
Style
Rustic
Best For
Couples, Groups, Families

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Critic Reviews

Fodor's

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When the sky is clear and Mt. McKinley is visible, this lodge has excellent views of North America's highest peak, especially from the lobby, which has two-story windows. On private land inside Denali State Park, this hillside lodge overlooks the Chulitna River.

Frommer's

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On a wooded hillside 100 miles from the park entrance, this luxe hotel has a striking view of the mountain, which is only 42 miles away, as close as any major hotel gets. The Princess cruise line runs it like a resort, with a full set of activities and good hiking trails on-site, since nothing else is nearby. Rooms are beautifully appointed and fit the setting.

AAA

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Set in a number of lodges, rooms feature a contemporary mountain wilderness motif. Regular shuttle service is offered to all areas of the property. Guests can listen to a number of interpretive talks from past climbers of Mt. McKinley.

Lonely Planet

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More isolated, spread out and economical than other Princess lodges, the McKinley retains a laid-back rustic atmosphere that’s not a million miles from a national park lodge. The view of the iconic mountain (should it reveal itself) from the main building’s deck is probably worth the room rate alone.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 1163 have reviewed the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1163 reviews 4.0 (based on 1163 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The rustic cabin-like guest rooms at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge feature a sitting area, television, telephone and mountain or stream views. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in public areas like The Great Room lobby lounge. The lodge is owned by Princess Cruises and packages are available that combine cruise or rail tours with lodging.
  • Self-serve laundry facility
  • Outdoor hot tubs with mountain views
  • S'mores kits available for purchase to use at outdoor firepits

Standard room size250 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is located 41 miles southeast of its namesake peak and offers picturesque views of the mountain from most guest rooms and from the floor-to-ceiling windows in its lobby, The Great Room. The lodge sits on 146 acres inside Denali State Park along the Chulitna River on the south side of Mt. McKinley. Located at milepost 133 on the George Parks Highway, the lodge is 135 miles north of Anchorage and offers several hiking trails as well as outdoor hot tubs with views of the Alaska Range. The lodge offers daily shuttle service to Talkeenta ($10 roundtrip) and a tour desk for booking excursions like fishing tours, river rafting and flightseeing.
  • Open mid-May to mid-September
  • 140 miles north of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
  • Complimentary parking
  • On-site sundries and gift shop
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

The Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge offers several dining options, from the grab-and-go Coffee Bruin Espresso that offers gourmet coffee, pastries and snacks to the Mountain View Dining Room, which specializes in chic Alaskan cuisine. The 20,320 Alaskan Grill, named for the height of Mt. McKinley and decorated with authentic climbing gear, also serves Alaskan favorites from seafood and steaks to reindeer. For pub grub and local brews, kick back on the deck of the Grizzly Bar.
  • Reservations accepted for Mountain View Dining Room

Number of restaurants4

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Kids

Children 12 and younger stay for free at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge if they stay in the same room as their parents and require no additional bedding. The lodge offers a playground, loaner board games, a childrens menu, nature trails and shuffleboard.
  • Park ranger childrens program available
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs

Fitness

The Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge does not have a fitness center, per se, but does have a small exercise room with a treadmill and some free weights. Several walking trails are accessible from the lodge, including the property's easy Lodge Trail, which has views of the river and local wildflowers, and its strenuous 1.5-mile Hill Trail, which features a steep incline at the start, but also has some of the most scenic overlooks in the area. The lodge’s tour desk can book a variety of excursions, many of which depart from Talkeetna. Daily nature walks with a Denali State Park naturalist and presentations by Denali climbers are also offered. Even though there is no swimming pool, the lodge does offer outdoor hot tubs with mountain views.
  • Daily Alaska aurora borealis presentation set to classical music (additional fee)
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

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