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Denali Bluffs Hotel
DPMALLIC from: London, United Kingdom
Published Date: Dec, 17, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Costly but well organisedl
When I was selecting a hotel at Denali, I considered few things in my mind as below:
1. Should be very closed to National park gate
2. Should provide a free service to and from Denali Rail depo
3. A decent hotel
4. A balcony with the room to enjoy the view
5. Not far from Denali downtown
Considering the above, Denali Bluff Hotel perfectly matched all the criteria’s. The only barrier was the rate as it looked exorbitantly high to me, but considering the remotest location in Alaska, I reluctantly agreed and booked this hotel through Expedia.
On a warm day on August 2019, we went to Denali by “Denali Star train” from Anchorage and reached Denali Rail Depo at 3-40 pm. The luggage was deposited in Anchorage Rail Depo to the rail staff before boarding the train from Anchorage and they had put a luggage tag marking “ Denali Bluff Hotel” .We were told to collect our luggage from the hotel directly. So we were free from the luggage collection at Denali and became free. No sooner the train reached Denali, we came to the bus stop, which was few meters away from the rail station. A bus was waiting from the hotel but it was full. The lady in charge said us to wait few minutes as other buses would be coming. As promised, the next bus came immediately. She checked our name from the list and we boarded the bus. It took 15 mins to reach Grande Denali Hotel first for few passengers and then another 5 mins to reach Denali Bluff Hotel.
As soon as we got down from the bus, another lady, who was waiting there, asked our name and with our surprise, we got the key of the cabin 2124. Denali Bluff had 112 rooms in various cottages, and our was at the back side of reception. The room size was ok. It had 2 queen beds for 3 of us, a table with 2 chairs, some furniture’s, TV and other essential things including a mini refrigerator. We opened the door for the balcony and amazed to see the beautiful greeneries, mountain, trees and a portion of river. Wonderful view from the balcony kept us mesmerised for sometimes. The weather was excellent, sunny with max 23 degree C, min 10 deg C. While we were in the hotel, most of the time we spend in the balcony with a cup of coffee.
There was a restaurent in the hotel which had no such wide choices and looked costly to me. We therefore avoided it and always had the food from the downtown. Downtown was 10 min walking from the hotel going down the hill. In addition, they had the regular shuttle for going to downtown too. There were number of restaurants including a subway, a Thai one and few others. There was a good café from where we have our coffee most of the time.
The next day we had a trip from the Denali Bus depo for going to Wonder Lake(85 milestone- you can go up to 92 miles only in the park) at 6-45am.We took 5-40am hotel shuttle and reached Bus depo at 5-50am. The trip was for 11hrs and we came back to bus depo at 5-45pm. The shuttle bus for Hotel was up to 5pm. We were informed that we would have to make a call to the hotel reception as soon as we were back for providing special shuttle. We did so and they sent a bus for us only at 7pm. In fact there were other shuttle bus going to McKinley Chalet resort at down town up to 7pm and it was only 15 mins walk from there to hotel, but we preferred to take the hotel shuttle to avoid walking up hill from the downtown.
We reached the hotel in 10 mins.
We had another trip in the Denali park on the next day for going to Eielson Visiting Centre (66 miles) at 6am. We took the same 5-40 shuttle to reach there at 5-50am. It was 8hrs trip and so returned by normal shuttle.
In three nights stay, we used Denali Bluff’s shuttles many times for going to Rail Depo, Downtown, Bus Depo and all times, it was dot on schedule.
Check out was easy. We took the luggage tag from the reception and placed the luggage outside our room with the tags. They picked up all the luggage, placed in the Denali Star train going to Anchorage and we collected our luggage from Anchorage Rail depo.
The hotel compound was big, full with flower beds, trees, many nice cottages on the slop of the hills, a river flowing below and the view was amazing from many locations within the compound. There were many deck chairs around those view points and we enjoyed reading books in the evening sitting there.
There was a warning sign for mosquitos but we never got one.
The rooms were cleaned every day and service was excellent.
The overall managing capability of handling so many boarders and their luggage, allocation of rooms, bus arrangement, keeping the whole area clean and beautiful made me charmed.
At the end, I would say, yes, it was one of the costly hotel in my lifetime but it was worth of every penny and I enjoyed every moment of it.
- Value: 4
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5
DBParfitt from: Rochester, New York
Published Date: Oct, 28, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Large Rooms and Easy Access to Denali National Park
We stayed here for two nights during our Alaska Railroad tour of the state. The Denali Bluffs Hotel is just outside the Denali National Park boundary and 3 miles from the railroad depot. The hotel provided a FREE shuttle, and the staff met passengers at the depot, distributed hotel keys, and answered any questions on the ride to the property. This allowed us to bypass the check-in desk and head directly to our rooms. This service was extremely convenient, and allowed us to quickly stretch out and rest after the scenic 7.5 hour train ride from Anchorage.
We loved the warm colors of our modern hillside room. Our large riverview suite included two soft, comfortable queen sized beds, a small lounge chair & ottoman, desk, refrigerator, and large flat screen TV. There was also a Keurig coffee maker to make our morning brew. There was also free Wi-Fi available in the guest rooms and public areas of the hotel.
The Mountaineer Grill is the onsite full-service, sit-down restaurant, and we had dinner here both nights of our stay. The Mountaineer Grill is known for its BBQ, and my daughter and I shared a platter along with nachos and dessert. For breakfast we used the grab-and-go options at the Perky Moose Pantry and Cafe. There are great coffee creations at the Perky Moose, and they will even pack a sack lunch to go for your family to take along on your Denali adventure.
Our family loved our stay at the Denali Bluffs Hotel and would definitely go back. I haven’t yet seen the peak of Denali, so there’s one reason to return. The Denali Bluffs Hotel made for a great base camp to explore Denali National Park. It was a fantastic spot for families with comfortable rooms and hearty meals after long days of touring the national park. We would stay at the Bluffs on a second visit to Denali, or, if there were no rooms available, we would check out its sister property the Grande Denali Lodge further up the mountain. The impeccable service and comfort of The Denali Bluffs Hotel gives me upmost confidence in either of their properties.
- Rooms: 5
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5
Nancy H from: Webster, Florida
Published Date: Oct, 19, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
We were suppose to have great views from all rooms; ours had a view of the roofs in front of us. If you go to the lobby & they have a balcony the views are wonderful. The deli is extremely expensive there but they do have a shuttle into town which is much needed since it sits way up on a hill. We were not into the hiking but were told that was really good. The room were very small just enough room to walk around & tiny bathroom
- Rooms: 3
- Value: 2
- Service: 3
hazelmom from: Cleveland, Ohio
Published Date: Oct, 5, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Large lovely room
We stayed two nights following an Alaska cruise. The rating reflects the fact that almost all accommodations in this part of Alaska are more rustic than what you might find elsewhere in the US. We requested a river view room, and ours also had a balcony. The first evening was so warm we were able to enjoy snacks and some wine on the balcony. The room itself was very large (could certainly accommodate a family if one could get a cot or roll-away bed added to the room) and very clean. And room and bath both appeared to be recently re-done.
Staff was very helpful and friendly. We had booked this through a package. And did not find out until we arrived that the package, which included a Denali Park tour with pick-up at the hotel around 9 am, had instead booked us for a 5:30 am pick-up. We were not happy to find this out and one of the concierge staff got us placed on a later pick-up (although when we called the tour operator to complain, we had been told it was too late to change it).
This is a simple hotel. There is only one restaurant, with a fairly simple menu. We ate there the first night and it was just fine. We also had breakfast there and it offered a fairly wide selection for a simple place.
Our only complaint, and this ca be expected in such a rural setting, was that when we were on our balcony, every once in a while we would get a whiff of a septic tank. But that was always short-lived.
We were advised to book early, and we did. It can be difficult because a number of the rooms near Denali are “pre-booked” by cruise lines (or even owned by a cruise line) or package tour operators, for their guests. I suppose that closer to your travel dates, some of these bookings are “released” if their bookings have not lived up to expectations,
- Value: 4
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
lisawesley13 from: Brisbane, Australia
Trip Type: Solo travel
Published Date: Sep, 29, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
I loved this hotel. So close to Denali National Park.
The room was spacious and clean. Bathroom very small but lovely toiletries. Hand Basin was outside of the bathroom.
There was a coffee machine and fridge. If you need something heated up you could go to the onsite cafe to use their microwave . Also a restaurant and bar onsite for evening meals.
The room had a lovely balcony with a small table and chairs. So nice to sit out and smell the fresh air. Lots of trees in the way so not a great view, but wonderful nonetheless.
You can catch a shuttle to downtown from the front of the hotel and there is also a shuttle that takes you to the visitor centre in the park.
Easy walking distance to the downtown area .
I would highly recommend this hotel and look forward to staying again in the future.