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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

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Valdez, Alaska
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Not many extras! Nice cozy traditional (old school) hotel. Small but comfortable! Will be staying again, I am sure! Beautiful hotel and wonderful atmosphere. I could easily imagine I was travelling at the turn of the century and staying at a nice, dry, luxurious hotel and not sleeping in my wagon!

Thank jlkompkoff1988
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

I had a really good time here. Firstly it should be remembered that these are old buildings. So the rooms are simple and small but that is part of the charm and what you sign up for e.g. Shared bathroom, no power sockets in room...or wifi (how did we ever survive before these necessaries?!) It is good to get away...

Thank DWatson79
Albany, New York
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We stayed at Ma Johnsons. The room are very small. Just room for a bed and small night stand. Luggage is squeezed against the wall next to the bed. Internet is very slow. Shared showers and bathrooms. Across the street is a bar. Thursday night is open mic night. The crowd was out on the street until 2 am making...

1Thank Tim K
AK400400, Owner at McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Tim, Thanks for taking the time to review your experience in McCarthy. We are sorry to hear that you were kept awake at night by the noise from the saloon across the street. Please email or call so we can issue a 100% refund as it is your vacation and we failed to provide you with a fantastic experience....

Barrington, Illinois
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Ma Johnson's Hotel in McCarthy is a wonderful step back in time. It has preserved the historical slice of life when the town was hustling and bustling. The Hotel is well appointed with artifacts as well as very friendly and accommodating staff. Everyone should visit McCarthy AK and when you do; you must stay at Ma Johnson's Hotel. 😉👍🏻👍🏻😉

Thank Joe B
AK400400, Owner at McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel, responded to this review

Joe B Thanks for taking the time to write your review of our little town and hotel! So glad you enjoyed your stay! -Neil

Scottsdale, Arizona
Reviewed 17 August 2016

If you want a unique experience in the wilds of Alaska...make reservations at the Ma Johnson and travel to McCarty and Kennecott Alaska. After driving down a 60 mile dirt road and crossing a footbridge...one is met by Kris, manager of the Ma Johnson Lodge. She was so helpful and informative about the hotel and the goings-on of the tiny...

Thank JanPC
AK400400, Owner at McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel, responded to this review

JanPC: Thanks for taking the time to review our little hotel and your experience here. Our team of professionals led by our hotel manager, Kris Wiley, is why everything works so well in McCarthy. Thank you so much for recognizing our great team! We are always delighted when the guest's stay is a highlight of their Alaskan vacation! - Neil

Reviewed 13 August 2016

Perhaps because we knew what to expect (Neil the owner actually called us to make sure we understood - an international call!) we found our experience at the hotel even better than we had hoped. We never had a problem using the bathrooms, found the beds very comfortable and charged our electronic devices while reading down in the lobby or...

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AK400400, Owner at McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel, responded to this review

ETal: Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel! We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Sorry that no one picked up at breakfast that you would like toast - it is available, just not always on the buffet line. Glad to hear that the lunch issue was resolved, but it is unfortunate as we do...

Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

we explored Copper River while waiting for Wrangell Mtn. Air to pick us up...this is the way to go, even if delayed by fog!! Be sure to stop in at the Golden Saloon plus make reservations at the Bistro, Chef Chris' meal was over-the-top!! Tour of Kennicott mine was tough on the going up...but worth it walking down thru the...

Thank Sherry S
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 August 2016

McCarthy town dates well back and so does this hotel. The furniture and decor have been kept as original as possible so the atmosphere is great and makes a change to not stay in a room that looks like every other around the globe. Staff were friendly and on call 24/7 via an intercom. Rooms were basic and small and...

Thank Steve P
Anchorage, Alaska
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Cute historic inn with shared bathrooms. Rooms are small if you have a lot of gear. Stairs are steep if you are injured or older. SUPER staff that were very friendly and helpful. The staff really make this place work. Comfortable beds and very clean. It's pricey for what you get but better than the alternatives in McCarthy. McCarthy is...

1Thank jengeogeek
Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed 30 July 2016

This is an historic hotel. Rooms are tiny and bathrooms are shared. There is no air conditioning. That being said, this is the finest lodging in McCarthy. Everything is clean and neat. The sitting room is very comfortable and has plenty of outlets to charge your electronics. The staff was extremely accommodating and friendly. This is a trip of a...

Thank Barbara B

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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 

Additional Information about McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

Address: 101 Kennicott Avenue, P.O. Box MXY, McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
Region: United States > Alaska > Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve > McCarthy
Price Range: ₹ 7,131 - ₹ 12,965 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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“1st floor is quieter”
lord-xeon, 11 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Not all rooms have a sink”
ajmaguire2016, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms with two beds may be larger”
Aussieidler, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Make reservations before traveling as lodging is limited”
JanPC, 16 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Request a first floor room if you have a problem with stairs.”
ETal, 13 Aug 2016 | Read review
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