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Denali Bluffs Hotel
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.
M F from: Washington
Published Date: Sep, 14, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Hotel with Nice View and Desirable Location
This hotel sits on a bluff overlooking the river and mountains. I strongly recommend getting more expensive rooms in the River View buildings which are newer and have better views. These rooms are spacious and beds are comfortable, also have balconies facing the river. However, there is no desk in the room and if you need to use your laptop, you have to use the ottoman as substitute. I only had one breakfast at the hotel. The buffet was decent. The service was mediocre. When we told the waitress the carton of milk she gave us was spoiled, she seemed impatient and returned with couple dozen half n halves as if to tell us "are these enough for you or not?" Staff in the hotel did their jobs, but none seemed to be warm and friendly and hospitable. The shuttle service was good, and we could reach the main business area within a few minutes. This is also one of the six or seven hotels the Denali Park narrated tour buses and the Alaskan Park Connection Motorcoaches would pick up and drop off their passengers at the door. This proved to be very convenient for senior citizens like us.