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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

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Anchorage, Alaska
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Staying in McCarthy is, in general, a really odd affair. The oddity begins when you park your car, walk across a river on a footbridge, and then call the hotel for a ride into town. (Or you can walk, but its a couple of miles and when we got there it was dark and raining.) To say McCarthy is quaint...

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 12 February 2014

We loved our (unfortunately) short time in McCarthy. Ma Johnson's Hotel was quite charming and offered an insight into high living in 1920's AK. Actually reminded me of Gunsmoke....We had salmon the best salmon diner of our lives at the resturant and we were quite suprised to find top shelf ETOH in the bush. We'll be going back in 2015!

Thank Tim H
Goshen, Indiana
Reviewed 17 December 2013

I have been on every road in Alaska even the ones rental cars are not allowed and been to most of the towns including Barrow, Nome, Sitka, Juneau, Cooper Landing, Seward, Homer, Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Bethel, Chitina, etc and nothing comes close to the "Real Alaskan Experience" as does McCarthy specifically McCarthy Lodge and Ma Johnson's Hotel. I have been coming...

2Thank Michael H
Davis, California
Reviewed 17 November 2013

What a treat we found awaiting us at the end of a long drive from Anchorage! The staff at Ma Johnson's was incredibly friendly from the moment they picked us up at the footbridge to the moment they dropped us back off. This historic hotel is clean and full of antique treasures. They provide robes and slippers, so heading down...

2Thank Kris G
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Lodging in a renovated 1920s hotel in remote Alaska might be challenging, but this place pulls it off nicely. Don't expect luxury accommodations, but do expect a clean environment and friendly staff. It is right in town and just 10 minutes from the Kennicot Mine buildings. Don't forget to walk across the street to the saloon.

1Thank aiscifi
Reviewed 8 October 2013

I loved staying at Ma Johnsons ... A very quaint old world wooden hotel in keeping with the nearby abandoned Kennicott Mine. We were offered to look at all the available rooms and chose. Each room had a basin, towels, soaps, dressing gowns and slippers. The bathrooms are shared but right there and as the hotel was quiet so we...

2Thank LZEH
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 30 September 2013

Very friendly staff at the Hotel, Saloon and restaurant. Stairs are quite steep to the 2nd floor rooms but this destination is for the more mobile traveler anyway. Shared bathrooms but the rooms have an old style charm that is endearing. My room had a sink, soaps and towels which meant I could clean up before dinner without relying on...

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1Thank Jamie B
Iowa City
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Lobby is very quaint and the staff nearby. Tiny rooms and adequate beds. With two beds, I had a place to put my duffel. Beware, there in NO heating. I got back to Glennallen with a terrible cold. The only outlet(power strips)for charging is in the lobby. Only two bathrooms, one on each floor. For two nites, I should have...

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

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience here in McCarthy. We are sorry to hear the hotel did not meet your expectations. Most visitors to McCarthy plan well in advance and have ample opportunity to learn about our living museum hotel. When a guest arrives as a "walk-in", (very rare in this remote location) they may...

Decatur, Alabama
Reviewed 23 September 2013

BEST experience of our trip. I'll admit that I had concerns but each & every one was unwarranted. I'd go back tomorrow !! The facilities were great and the atmosphere was wonderful. Everyone was so friendly and helpful.

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Anchorage, Alaska
Reviewed 18 September 2013

We've stayed at the McCarthy Lodge many times, and are always treated wonderfully. Small, but comfortable rooms, decorated with authentic artifacts of the Kennicott mining era. The restaurant is genuine, fine-dining of the sort that you wouldn't expect, and we've never seen in a town this small. It's so good that we've traveled all the way from Anchorage just to...

1Thank Lou N

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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: ₹ 7,199 - ₹ 13,089 (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”
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“Not all rooms have a sink”
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“Rooms with two beds may be larger”
 of 5 bubbles Aussieidler, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Make reservations before traveling as lodging is limited”
 of 5 bubbles JanPC, 16 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Request a first floor room if you have a problem with stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles ETal, 13 Aug 2016 | Read review
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