Sporting “raccoon eyes”—pale circles where your sunglasses used to be—is something of a badge of honor in Talkeetna. That’s because it means you probably climbed or hiked up Denali, the 20,310-foot peak that sits at this former mining town’s back door. Rough-hewn logs are the building material of choice for everything in town from humble cabins to grand lodges. The signage is largely done by hand, so the letters are often squished together because the painter ran out of room. There are plenty of outlets here ready to take you on an adventure, whether it’s fly fishing, whitewater rafting, or soaring in a propeller plane over the Alaskan Range (landing on a glacier is optional).
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4.5 based on 1725 reviews
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge by Pursuit is set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali. Our lodge offers unforgettable views of Denali and the Alaska Range, yet we are just minutes from adventures of a lifetime. Enjoy the view as you relax next to our 46-foot river rock fireplace or shop for Native art from villages across Alaska. Enjoy casual or fine dining featuring Alaska specialties and the best wine selection in the neighborhood.
If it was for the incredible view of Denali, I would have rated it a "1". The hotel had no A/C in the rooms. It hit 80 that day. Your choice is to leave you window open (with 20+ hours of sunlight) or close the curtains and swelter. Plus, we had smoke from the hotel fireplace drawn into our room by the wind. (We thought it was a forest fire at first). The hotel staff smiled and said sorry. The hotel staffing was poorly managed, One girl was manning the snack bar with 15-20 people in line (I guess because the breakfast buffet was so expensive) while 4 desk staff 20' away stood around with nothing to do. The hotel shuttle was inconsistent. Our informal dinner that night was good. For this we paid $375, and both my wife & I left there was colds. I later saw the same room online for $200. Find someplace else in Talkeetna.
4.5 based on 224 reviews
Meandering Moose Lodging offers quality rentals in log cabins, rooms or suites. We can accommodate singles, couples, families, groups. We are located 1 1/2 miles from the village of Talkeetna.
We stayed here for 2 nights and reserved the suite in the main lodge. It was very large with a private bath . Both hosts , Kathy and Christie , were superb. They offered use of their full kitchen and offered suggestions of where to dine in town . They also allowed us to use their washer and dryer to refresh our laundry. Beware that this lodge is a ways from town so a vehicle is needed . Also beware that some descriptions of the resort say it is a bed and breakfast and since Covid , no breakfast is served . Our room was very clean and neat . We would definitely stay here again .
4.5 based on 24 reviews
Whether you’re visiting Talkeetna to enjoy the authentic Alaskan experience, fishing The Last Frontier, zip-lining through the Talkeetna treetops, or just resting up before an attempted summit of Denali’s brilliant and bold peak, the Talkeetna Inn is the place for all your travel needs. The Talkeetna Inn provides an authentically Alaskan lodging option for travelers of all types. The Talkeetna Inn offers Clean, Comfortable, and Affordable accommodations, at the best Value in town. A unique, and recently renovated, complex, complete with its’ famed twin A-Frame buildings serving as the bar and restaurant, the Talkeetna Inn carries the ambiance of Talkeetna’s historic past. Our staff is at your service and are here to make your trip to Talkeetna a memorable one! The 22-room property is just one block away from the restaurants, bars, festivities and shops of Main St. We are happy to book any tours our guests would like to take, and train station pick-up is available for all guests coming in on the Alaska Railroad. The Alaskan décor of each room will ensure your stay is cozy and welcoming, plus all rooms have renovated, private, bathrooms. There is a bar on site, serving your favorite Alaskan brews, and a restaurant that focuses on simple, yet delicious, breakfast and pub fare.
We arrived early afternoon only to be told we would have to return after 4 pm as they were still cleaning rooms and were fully booked. So, we drove up to Denali National Park to tour for the next several hours. However, we noticed when we returned after 8 pm, we noticed there were many empty rooms-some with "river views" that we had requested in our booking. My husband and I were unable to open the assigned room with the card and had to walk to the bar requesting help. A very drunk bar patron shouted at him, "Hey, get from behind the bar!" My husband was afraid of being hit by the unruly character with no one to jump in to save him. Finally, the bar tender left his post to assist us to get into the room. We did not feel safe and put a chair, our large suitcase against the door so that we might feel not so threatened. I would not recommend that place to anyone a it was expensive, not a good value and located in a junky tourist trap town. The five star review is not warranted by serious in the know travelers.
4.5 based on 98 reviews
Experience a great view of Denali and genuine hospitality from our B&B. Our property is located on a ridge overlooking the Alaska Range, where on a clear day you can see the top of North America. We have 4 rooms with private baths and 2 rooms with a shared bath. Families and small groups are welcome. Spectacular view, clean comfortable home setting, smoke-free, full and continental breakfast, reasonable rates.
We live in Talkeetna and still my wife and I will take a trip up the hill for an unobstructed view of the Aurora and wildlife out behind at least a few times a year. No TV, but there is internet. The rooms are comfortable, the shared bath is setup well. The owners live just off the property and are very gracious hosts. The view of the mountains is impeccable. Be sure to enjoy the “b&b” made fresh every morning (blueberry and banana bread).
5 based on 32 reviews
We were able to get a last-minute room at Talkeetna Villas and I am so glad we did. The room was really comfortable, sparkling clean, and well-stocked. Travis is a fantastic host! I highly recommend staying here during your next stay in Talkeetna!
4 based on 22 reviews
Talkeetna Love-Lee Cabins (TLC) opened in 2015. We offer premiere lodging in Talkeetna. It’s a terrific place to stay for your entire trip. Take an amazing day trip every day anywhere from Anchorage to Denali. I believe that you take the trip of a lifetime to gather experiences you’ll never want to forget. That is what I want to help you achieve here at TLC. I have selected: modern fixtures and jetted tubs – comfortable beds and linens – furnished kitchens – streaming TV You’ll be comfortable during your stay after a long day of exploring The Great Land. We can book Denali tours right from here. We also love to offer suggestions on things to see and do that most visitors really don’t to experience.
Very clean, small but cozy and warm few minutes to town will stay here again .bring your own coffee and food as kitchen is set up nicely. Outside screened in firepit with chairs very inviting ,you wont want to leave
4.5 based on 6 reviews
1. The cabins are about 13 x 22 prefab buildings that have been fitted with a very basic eating shelf and a rudimentary bathroom. Focus on RUDIMENTARY. One of the 2 cabins we rented didn't have a shower curtain. Check out the picture. 2. There was a small coffee pot with coffee provided except no cups. Nothing to use to drink from unless you brought it. 3. To be fair I found the bed very comfortable. There aren't lots of choices in Talkeetna and it's a very casual town. Anyone wanting true amenities should book the higher end properties.
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