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“Awesome setting, pretty good food, adequate quarters”
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North Face Lodge
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Malolo Island, Fiji
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Awesome setting, pretty good food, adequate quarters”
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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Bellevue, Washington
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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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usa
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Reviewed 27 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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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Ellicott City, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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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Highland Village, Texas
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

My family of six traved inside Danali National Park to stay at this beautiful little lodge. It is first class service and the staff members are there just for you. It is for hiking and being in the middle of nature. " Relaxation and adventure combined." It is a bit expensive, but will worth it, at least once. One can hike and see parts of Danali that only a few have had the opportunity to see.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms 15 - 7; the other rooms will not have complete views of Danali. (if it is out)
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Diapensia, Manager at North Face Lodge, responded to this review, 30 April 2012
Dear Olivia089,

Thanks for your candid review of North Face Lodge. We're glad you and your family enjoyed your time at the lodge, and inside Denali. We'd like to clear up a little confusion about the rooms and their views since so many people are reading these reviews, and then calling to speak with us, where they hear slightly different information.

The lodge is configured in an L-shape, as mentioned in other reviews, with guest rooms along both sides of the "L." With the exception of one room, none of the rooms have views of Mt. McKinley from inside the room. However, once you step onto the porch, the mountains can be viewed from nearly all the exterior areas. The room on the end of the building does boast some mountain views. It is the only room at the lodge configured to accommodate a family, so it is reserved for that purpose.

With the cozy common space at North Face Lodge, the patio, and picnic area all offering unobstructed views of the mountains, including Mt. McKinley, the lack of mountain views from the guest rooms does not generally limit our guests' opportunity to glimpse "The Great One." Guests tend to rarely be in their rooms, spending most of their time exploring in the park or in the common spaces that afford views.

For those that would like to ensure a mountain view from their overnight abode, our other nearby lodge, Camp Denali, does offer views of Mt. McKinley from each cabin.

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify, and thank you for helping prospective guests better understand the North Face Lodge experience.

Sincerely,
Anne Beaulaurier
VP & Program Coordinator
Camp Denali & North Face Lodge
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Park City, Utah
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2011

There are not enough adjectives to describe how fantastic our stay was at North Face Lodge. The staff is what truly made this an experience of a lifetime. They are well-versed in the outdoors and are eager to share their love of this wilderness area. The planned activities were perfect for all levels, and the ability to have unplanned activities such as canoeing in Wonder Lake or riding a mountain bike through Denali National Park road were a plus. The rooms were comfortable and the meals excellent. Everything about our visit exceeded our expectations. Be prepared for a long bus ride in and out of the Park, but the drivers/guides make it a great experience as well. And if you are lucky enough to see Mount McKinley, so much the better!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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
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Free Breakfast Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 26 Speciality Lodging in Denali National Park and Preserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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