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McKinley Chalet Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Staff knew season was over, and didn't care, rooms guests were slamming doors most of the night. Everything was about the dollar!

The food at the two restaurants is fabulous and the showers in the rooms feel spa-like and have nice smelling shampoo/conditioner/soap! The staff is kind and there is a free shuttle offered to three stops in Denali National Park, which is really nice! However, if you stay past 6:45pm, you have to pay a $10 after hours shuttle fee. There is no wifi in the rooms, only the lobby and then the Denali square area below all the cabins.

Could not park car by room. Had to walk up steep hill to get to car because shuttle was never around.

The grounds wasnt clearly marked and lots of one way roads so it took a while to find our room. Once there, there was no internet (surprising for the price) in any of the rooms. Only internet was in the lobby, up a steep hill (not ideal with small children). Icing on the cake was the nail clippings found on the floor next to bed. Not sure how much cleaning each room got but vaccuum wasnt included.

rooms were a little worn,,,but comfy staff was helpfula dn friendly new dining area at bottom of hill really made the hotel experience enjoyable didnt like I could not park myy car near the room wew were in ...thats goofy

Was given a room in the Canyon Lodge. Room was on the small side. Lots of cruise passengers the their luggage moving in and out of this place - often crammed in the elevator and lobby spaces. There is lots of noise from the hallways as luggage and people thump by, from the constant busses and shuttles coming by, and the walls/ceilings are thin, so there is lots of thumping and noise coming from all sides (and at all hours of the night). As others have pointed out, there is no parking near the rooms, except those near the main lobby. As a result, you have to rely on a shuttle to get around, or walk up a steep hill to get to the parking lot outside the main lobby. You can drive your car to the rooms in the other buildings, but it's a huge pain because the road is a one-way loop, so you always have to drive the whole way to get in/out. My wife had a broken leg, so I had to make the uphill hike/scenic drive around the loop many times over the course of our short stay - not a huge deal, but folks with mobility challenges should be aware. On the bright side, we ate at both the Karstens and Canyon restaurants, and the food was quite good, albeit expensive consistent with most places in Alaska during the summer.

No mini fridge or microwave in the room you think for paying 300 a night they would have basic necessities.

Check in was efficient. Room was clean. Campus offers lot of options.

The McKinley Chalet Resort is near Denali National Park. Located on the property were restaurants and shops. They also have busses that will take you to Denali National Park.

I really enjoyed this room! My daughter, her boyfriend, and myself stayed there and it was very comfortable. We had a queen bed, single bed, and a hide-a-bed sofa. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Beautiful location, great access to shops and fun places to dine.

Our king-size bed ended up being a full-size and twin; took 2 hours for our luggage to arrive from the train depot. Staff seemed very confused about normal practices. I would try to get into the Princess if possible.

Most rooms seem to come with a double bed, a twin bed and then a pull-out couch (Q). In other words- that King or two doubles, doesn't really seem to exist. The privacy is nice, the beds are too small & too many. But, the place has a great location & spectacular views of the canyon!

Great location free shuttle service to visitors center and access point, nice restaurant and coffee shop in both lobbies

Nice room and location, very close to Denali. It has shuttle runs in the resort and free shuttles to Denali. The lobby can be crowded sometimes because a lot of people wait there for taking tours.

The room was very nice but because we were in a room that was not in the main area it took us 30 min to find the room. There are no signs telling you where you are... and we ended up in the employee area. We finally had to ask another employee where our building was. After talking to other guests, I realized that we were not the only ones with this issue. If there were street signs in the complex it would be easier.

I stayed in 4 different hotels during my 9 days trip to Alaska. Given what I paid. this probably was the best hotel. The rooms were very clean and room service was done everyday. Beds were not the most comfi ones and were more like a 3 start hotel in the rest of the US, however, they were very clean. Bathrooms were spotless. The overall experience is very good, and the resort looks pretty. The restaurant onsite is pretty good and reasonably priced. There are shuttle services ti everywhere and you do not need to drive your own car during stay. One catch, the shuttles do not operate after 7 PM. They told me to talk to front desk to make arrangement, however, I drove myself. My room was right next to the rivers, and I had pretty good views. On a different note, the rooms were not insulated and were a bit noisy. Overall, I would stay again, if I visit Alaska.

great location to stay for any Denali trip, the hotel is spread out over a very large area though, so maybe not great for those who cannot walk a lot. But, nice and private. The room was big, clean and had a nice balcony overlooking the river.

The gentleman who offers help with tours was very amazing. Did his best to help everyone he could. The front desk manager handled a complaint with grace and confidence.

We enjoyed the stay. The room was nice but the walls didnt keep the people outside and next door quiet. Thewater pressure was very low almost a trickle. The front desk staff very friendly and helpful. The resturant staff was 50/50 good and poor. Food was ok not great. The breakfast buffet at $18 was good but a bit steep for bacon and eggs. Couldnt get very good cell reception down in the bott rooms where we were. Looked like the shuttle sevice worked well simce there are so many tour buses staying there. Ill probable shop around next time before commiting but stay there again if needed.

The hotel was very nice and felt new. Definitely one of the better places to stay in rural Alaska. Can be a total tourist trap for the cruise crowd if you're not careful. If possible, avoid the overpriced "tours" and get a bus ticket into Denali. You'll go much further both literally and financially.

Milepost 238.5 George Parks Hwy Denali National Park AK

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services

Located in McKinley Park, McKinley Chalet Resort is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Wilderness Access Center and within a 10-minute drive of Denali National Park Visitors Center. This 483-room, 3.5-star resort welcomes guests with conveniences like 2 restaurants, a bar/lounge, and free self parking. Near the airport, the resort is also within a 15-minute drive of Black Diamond Golf Course and Denali Outdoor Center.


Dining

Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Canyon Steakhouse, which specializes in seafood. Get an energy boost at the coffee shop/café, or grab a drink at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


Rooms

The 483 accommodations feature sitting areas. Guests can expect to find flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Coffee makers, free local calls, and desks are also standard.


Property features

McKinley Chalet Resort features free WiFi in public areas and a picnic area. There's free parking and an area shuttle for a fee. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with concierge services, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Additional amenities include a fireplace in the lobby, a gift shop, and a porter/bellhop.

Room options

Standard Room

King 1 | Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for McKinley Chalet Resort

Everyone (15) Couples (1) Family (3) Friends (1) Other (1)
3

hotel staff really didn't care, end of the season

Everyone

Staff knew season was over, and didn't care, rooms guests were slamming doors most of the night. Everything was about the dollar!

By , from denver co on Sep 19, 2017

3

mckinley

Everyone

The food at the two restaurants is fabulous and the showers in the rooms feel spa-like and have nice smelling shampoo/conditioner/soap! The staff is kind and there is a free shuttle offered to three stops in Denali National Park, which is really nice! However, if you stay past 6:45pm, you have to pay a $10 after hours shuttle fee. There is no wifi in the rooms, only the lobby and then the Denali square area below all the cabins.

By , from Californi on Jul 29, 2017

3

walk

Everyone

Could not park car by room. Had to walk up steep hill to get to car because shuttle was never around.

By on Jul 29, 2017

3

not doing that again

Everyone

The grounds wasnt clearly marked and lots of one way roads so it took a while to find our room. Once there, there was no internet (surprising for the price) in any of the rooms. Only internet was in the lobby, up a steep hill (not ideal with small children). Icing on the cake was the nail clippings found on the floor next to bed. Not sure how much cleaning each room got but vaccuum wasnt included.

By on Jul 25, 2017

3

new dining at bottom of hill really makes the hote

Everyone

rooms were a little worn,,,but comfy staff was helpfula dn friendly new dining area at bottom of hill really made the hotel experience enjoyable didnt like I could not park myy car near the room wew were in ...thats goofy

By on Jul 23, 2017

2

just okay...

Everyone

Was given a room in the Canyon Lodge. Room was on the small side. Lots of cruise passengers the their luggage moving in and out of this place - often crammed in the elevator and lobby spaces. There is lots of noise from the hallways as luggage and people thump by, from the constant busses and shuttles coming by, and the walls/ceilings are thin, so there is lots of thumping and noise coming from all sides (and at all hours of the night). As others have pointed out, there is no parking near the rooms, except those near the main lobby. As a result, you have to rely on a shuttle to get around, or walk up a steep hill to get to the parking lot outside the main lobby. You can drive your car to the rooms in the other buildings, but it's a huge pain because the road is a one-way loop, so you always have to drive the whole way to get in/out. My wife had a broken leg, so I had to make the uphill hike/scenic drive around the loop many times over the course of our short stay - not a huge deal, but folks with mobility challenges should be aware. On the bright side, we ate at both the Karstens and Canyon restaurants, and the food was quite good, albeit expensive consistent with most places in Alaska during the summer.

By , from Fairfax, VA on Jul 22, 2017

3

way to expensive for what it is

Everyone

No mini fridge or microwave in the room you think for paying 300 a night they would have basic necessities.

By on Jul 3, 2017

4
Everyone

Check in was efficient. Room was clean. Campus offers lot of options.

By on Jun 5, 2017

5

nice hotel with a mountain view.

Everyone

The McKinley Chalet Resort is near Denali National Park. Located on the property were restaurants and shops. They also have busses that will take you to Denali National Park.

By on Sep 25, 2016

5
Everyone

I really enjoyed this room! My daughter, her boyfriend, and myself stayed there and it was very comfortable. We had a queen bed, single bed, and a hide-a-bed sofa. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Beautiful location, great access to shops and fun places to dine.

By on Sep 20, 2016