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North Face Lodge
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

From all the reviews I read and the $515 each/day price, I was expecting more. The scenery did not disappoint. Clear blue skies, majestic Denali, gorgeous autumnal tundral tapestry. Aurora borealis at 0130 in the rain. Exquisite, truly inspiring and awesome. Words fail me.
Staff were helpful and concerned. I like a little less structure though. The meals were, well....they were organic. Vegetarians are used to that sort of fare. We weren't. Oh well, it was nutritious and filling. There are no locks on the cabin doors, so don't bring anything you can't live without. The guests were without exception well educated and well traveled. I'm glad the four of us went to Alaska and to North Face Lodge, but none of us plan to return.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

This is an expensive stay, but absolutely well worth the cost. The quality of almost everything about the lodge is excellent; the lodge itself, the fantastic location, the guided activities, the chance to meet people from everywhere in a convivial setting, etc. The food was good. It is an absolutely unique experience. Although you can visit Denali by staying outside the park and taking a day tour, you will not see nearly as much as you do by staying at North Face Lodge. You must be in the park for at least a few days to have a good chance of seeing Mt. McKinley and all the wildlife. North Face Lodge is the best way to do this. Comfortable rooms, good food, knowledgeable naturalist guides, great service, fantastic atmosphere with a great view of the mountain. Anytime is a good time to go, but we like Fall for the colors and good chance of seeing "The Mountain", abundant wildlife and the Northern Lights. Don't hesitate, go for it!

Room Tip: Any of the rooms are fine, but the one at the southern end of the building must be the best...has wi...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank rsmjpm
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

Location and Staff are incredible. The lodge offers daily excursions, browser, moderate and strenuous. Each is guided by one guide and if too many people sign up the group is divided in half and each group has a guide. The guides are extremely knowledgeable about the flora, the geology and everything else that a traveler might want to know about the area. Manym if not all, have degrees in the relevant fields. The rooms are small but certainly quite usable. The central lounge is frequented by the guests and the interaction among the guests, particularly those who hiked togetherm further makes for a wonderful stay. The food varies, but is always ample and tasty.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

First visited Alaska in 1971, and visited this lodge 90 miles in from the railhead and visitors center at Denali. They continue to attract lively people to staff the facility, playing bus drivers and guides throughout. Varied pace for activities each day, some involving sister facility Camp Denali up the hill. Other guests are usually very interesting, and the family dining for meals plus picnics on longer day excursion add to the congeniality.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

We booked our stay at the North Face Lodge over a year in advance. This was a much anticipated trip! The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the food is excellent. There are guided hikes every day. The staff is very impressive - they do all of the jobs around the lodge and are very knowledgeable about the ecology of the area.

Unfortunately it was cloudy the entire three days we were in the park so we didn't get so much as a glimpse of the mountain. But the bright side of the cloudy, cool weather is that it was very comfortable hiking - we could cover up to avoid the bugs!

We will definitely come back some day, maybe later in the summer season when the fall colors are coming out. It is very expensive, but I wouldn't want to take the time and expense to come to Denali and then stay near the entrance and ride the bus in for just a day. Save up and plan ahead ... it's worth it!

Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about North Face Lodge

Address: Post Office Box 67, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755-0067
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Region: United States > Alaska > Denali National Park and Preserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Denali National Park and Preserve
Price Range: ₹ 35,202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located near the end of the unpaved, mountainous 90-mile road into Denali National Park, North Face Lodge is one of only two in-park lodgings in view of Mt. McKinley. It specializes in learning adventures for active travelers, featuring naturalist-led hikes and field trips for visitors who wish to explore Denali in-depth. ... more   less 
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