Top 10 hotels in Denali National Park and Preserve, United States

August 5, 2022 Jacquiline Darosa

Denali National Park and Preserve is most famous for being the home of Mount McKinley, also called Denali, meaning "The Great One." At 20,320 feet, Mount McKinley is the highest peak in North America. The park, which is larger than the state of Massachusetts, has only one road, making it the perfect backcountry adventure. Try to spot The Big Five: moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bears.
Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

1. Grande Denali Lodge

238 Parks Highway, McKinley Village, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755 1 (907) 313-8507
Excellent
25%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
10%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 1019 reviews

Grande Denali Lodge

Relaxation and adventure await you at the Grande Denali Lodge. Our lodge features an authentic design with log construction, vaulted ceilings and a warm stone fire place, spacious sleeping rooms with private baths, and the most breathtaking views in Denali. The Alpenglow Restaurant specializes in locally sourced ingredients in a setting with unparalleled views of the Denali Canyon. For an early morning pick-me-up visit Peak Espresso, known for it's specialty coffees and convenient gourmet grab-and-go food items as well as box lunches. Wind down your day of exploration by enjoying a signature cocktail perched on top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Peak Spirits Lounge. A wide variety of optional tours are available in Denali National Park, and our Front Desk staff is available to answer question or make tour reservations on your behalf. Adventure is just steps away at the Grande Denali Lodge!

Nice Setting

Reviewed By Jim B

This hotel is situated on a bluff the looks out on Mt. Denali and the national park. Room was clean and comfortable, nothing exceptional. Restaurant was OK, breakfast buffet a little overpriced. Staff very helpful and attentive. The road up is winding and rough, but cute road signs keep it interesting.

2. McKinley Creekside Cabins & Cafe'

Mile 224 George Parks Highway, McKinley Village, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755 1 (907) 312-2207
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1039 reviews

McKinley Creekside Cabins & Cafe'

McKinley Creekside Cabins & Cafe'- BOOK DIRECT Specials! AAA approved-BEST of Location and Housekeeping 2018-2019. We cater to independent travelers and small groups looking for clean, reasonably accommodations with comfortable beds that are close to Denali National Park. All of our rooms and cabins are simple yet tastefully decorated. We have cabins that cater to couples only and family friendly units. TRANSPORTATION: Sorry NO Shuttle/taxi service-you must have your own vehicle.

Enjoyable stay

Reviewed By Ginny P

We spent two nights at the cabins and had a wonderful experience. The cabins were clean, the beds were comfortable and there was plenty of hot water. The view from our door was spectacular. The staff took great pride in landscaping and had beautiful hanging baskets at each cabin. We were in a cabin that was a duplex and never heard sounds from the room next door. The insulation must be superb! Every staff member we came in contact with was helpful and pleasant. It was a great experience being at McKinley Creekside Cabins.

3. Denali Park Hotel

Mile 247 Parks Highway, Healy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99743
Excellent
26%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 504 reviews

Denali Park Hotel

Denali Park Hotel is an excellent choice for travelers and located just 10 scenic miles from Denali National Park. Denali Park Hotel offers quiet, cozy family-friendly motel-style rooms that include helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay. Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV, cable/Satellite, microwave/fridge, a desk, and *free WiFi. As an added convenience, there is free parking right outside your door. While in Healy, you may want to check out some of the restaurants that are within a mile or two from Denali Park Hotel, including Black Diamond Grill (0.7 mi) and 49th State Brewing Company (1.1 mi). Also, just up the road is the, Three Bears Grocery, a coffee shop and Rose's Diner. Enjoy your stay in Healy! *Please note: There is no shuttle or public transportation so we strongly recommend renting a vehicle. There is a local car rental company in the area. *WiFi is not always reliable and may not be sufficient for the business traveler. *We do not have A/C It is usually not necessary here in Alaska. We do have a floor fan in each room. *We do not offer breakfast. We do have a snack bar available with lots of great snacks, breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, yogurt, juice, pop and water for purchase. Coffee and tea are complimentary. Office hours: 8:00am-8:00pm. *If arriving after 8:00pm please contact the office for self check-in procedures. Visit our website for photos and more information about our property and the surrounding area attractions and activities.

Good Value Option

Reviewed By TYWMi

This hotel is about 10 miles away from the Denali park entrance and middle of no where. I was not aware off it when I booked it online. So when I reached, I was quite concerned about the safety. However, after talking with manager Sherry, I checked in. Sherry was quite helpful. Rooms provided all the basic needs. Nearest restaurant is about 2 miles. For couple of night stay, it is a good option.

4. Denali Bluffs Hotel

Mile 238 George Parks Hwy, McKinley Village, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755 1 (907) 917-4206
Excellent
26%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
7%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 922 reviews

Denali Bluffs Hotel

Stay just minutes away from the hustle of the Denali National Park entrance, and you'll be rewarded with great views and a quiet stay. 112 Hillside at the Bluffs guest rooms are equipped with all the conveniences of home, such as private baths, cable TV, and much more! Our 64 room addition, River View at the Bluffs, was completed in 2017, and provides premium accommodations. Enjoy hearty, home-style Alaskan fare when you dine at the Mountaineer Grill & Bar. Enjoy a cold local brew, while taking in a beautiful view of Mt Healy. You’ll also find a variety of specialty coffee and beverage offerings, pastries and other delicious food items in the Perky Moose Espresso. Our main lodge features a log-beamed great room, with authentic Alaskan art, a gift shop, and a tour desk at which our staff will be happy to assist you in choosing from a wide variety of optional tours available in Denali National Park. Adventure is just steps away at the Denali Bluffs Hotel!

Excellent

Reviewed By victoriaroselee771

This was a very nice hotel with a great view. They provided clean rooms. The staff were very friendly and the restaurant offers wonderful meals. The only downfall is that our room was quite the walking distance.

5. Carlo Creek Cabins

224 Parks Hwy National Park and Preserve, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
Excellent
46%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 189 reviews

Carlo Creek Cabins

New local owners starting summer 2020. Carlo Creek Cabins offers a rich Alaskan history having been homesteaded since 1959. We are known by many for our distinctive features including black spruce burls and handcrafted log cabins. We invite you to stay nestled in the Alaska Range in a private cabin on the creek, or one of our private lodge rooms. Enjoy a restful evening on wooded acres bordered by Carlo Creek.

A cozy, rustic cabin away from the hub-bub

Reviewed By Jeffrey B

We enjoyed our stay. The high points are the quiet, the beautiful, relaxing Carlo Creek behind cabin 4, the accommodating staff, and convenience to some nice restaurants across the street. The cabin is rustic and very basic with a small fridge, small microwave, and small table. There is a comfortable queen bed and a twin (although a third person would be quite crowded) and two night tables.

6. Denali Cabins

Mile 229 George Parks High Way, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
Excellent
29%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
11%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 679 reviews

Denali Cabins

With Denali Cabins by Pursuit, we combine charm of Alaskan cabins with the comforts of a hotel room. You get all the amenities: private bath, wireless internet, TV, phone and comfortable beds. Plus, you get your own cedar cabin nestled conveniently by the highway in the arboreal forest next to Denali National Park. Convenient to package with a day trip into Denali National Park on Denali Backcountry Adventure!

Shuttled to modern cabins

Reviewed By BigWebO

The cabin is perfect with a rustic feeling but modern plumbing. The room had WIFI that was helpful in sharing online pics of the adventures that day of Denali. The shuttle is an excellent value that can pick you up from the train (or bus) depot, get you to the entrance of Denali (and the park shuttles), and can get you to the nearby tourist area. Rental cars are expensive and this was a huge savings in the shuttle. I highly recommend the onsite restaurant, Prey. The staff is friendly and the food is reasonably priced (for Alaska as getting the ingredients there is pricy!) I enjoyed to breakfast that were tasty (one there and one to-go I ate within Denali Park) and one evening meal with caribou meatloaf. The property is clean and safe but the staff is absolutely outstanding.

7. Backwoods Lodge

Denali Highway, Cantwell, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99729
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Backwoods Lodge

The Backwoods Lodge is a 10 room motel with 2 cabins. We are known for our impeccably clean rooms. We are located in a quiet wooded area, only 27 miles south of the entrance to Denali National Park. We are located on the Denali Highway, the second most scenic highway in Alaska. We have views of Mt. McKinley from the property and we are surrounded by mountains. We are pet friendly and offer pet sitting.

A must to stay at

Reviewed By Q4911CTpeterm

Being this time of year ..we ran off the road into a snow ditch.the tow truck driver brought us here while he attempted to get our truck out..we woke these nice people up at midnight and without hesitation they got us into a room..this is a beautiful place rooms very roomy and comfortable..the next day they offered any help if we needed..they treated us like family..you must stay here work or pleasure..we will always remember the kindness they gave

8. Grande Denali Lodge

238 Parks Highway, McKinley Village, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755 1 (907) 313-8507
Excellent
25%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
10%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 1019 reviews

Grande Denali Lodge

Relaxation and adventure await you at the Grande Denali Lodge. Our lodge features an authentic design with log construction, vaulted ceilings and a warm stone fire place, spacious sleeping rooms with private baths, and the most breathtaking views in Denali. The Alpenglow Restaurant specializes in locally sourced ingredients in a setting with unparalleled views of the Denali Canyon. For an early morning pick-me-up visit Peak Espresso, known for it's specialty coffees and convenient gourmet grab-and-go food items as well as box lunches. Wind down your day of exploration by enjoying a signature cocktail perched on top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Peak Spirits Lounge. A wide variety of optional tours are available in Denali National Park, and our Front Desk staff is available to answer question or make tour reservations on your behalf. Adventure is just steps away at the Grande Denali Lodge!

Nice Setting

Reviewed By Jim B

This hotel is situated on a bluff the looks out on Mt. Denali and the national park. Room was clean and comfortable, nothing exceptional. Restaurant was OK, breakfast buffet a little overpriced. Staff very helpful and attentive. The road up is winding and rough, but cute road signs keep it interesting.

9. Denali Crow's Nest Cabins

Mile 238.5 Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755 1 (907) 683-2723
Excellent
40%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
10%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 392 reviews

Denali Crow's Nest Cabins

Nestled on Sugarloaf Mountain overlooking the Alaska Range, Denali Crow's Nest Log Cabins are located in the heart of everything Glitter Gulch has to offer. Staying at the Crow's Nest Cabins means you don’t have to worry about driving anywhere once you get here. While most area attractions are within walking distance, the resort provides free on-site shuttle service during operating hours, making it easy for guests to get to Denali National Park or local area restaurants and shopping in minutes. Experience the vacation of a lifetime at Denali National Park while enjoying your own private log cabin complete with an on-site restaurant and incredible views.

Do Not Stay Here

Reviewed By Susiebabe2

Do Not Stay Here I would not recommend staying at Crow’s Nest. We paid over $300 per night to say at this cabin hotel, which is a ridiculous price for what it is. It is high up a very steep hill, though there are also 100s of stairs you can take from the bottom. If you don’t have a car and are unwilling to walk you are completely dependent on the shuttle to get anywhere. There is no Uber around Denali. It is highly inconvenient, and one night my husband and I called more than 30 times until he finally walked up the stairs to find out their phone wasn’t working. The cabins are on various levels, some up flights of stairs. The rooms are very rustic and include one soap by the sink but no shampoo. The sink is by the bed, so if there is anyone else in the room with you you will wake them up washing up or getting ready. A problem that plagued us all three days, was getting into the room. The key to our room either did not work and/or the door required brute strength to open. You could not quietly open or close the door which meant if one person was asleep the other person had to stay in the room so as not to awaken them. We also needed to make sure we were in the room by 10 when the front desk closed in case the key didn’t work. The restaurant on the premises is only open for dinner. Our last day we ventured across the street to the Denali Princess, which was a beautiful resort that was slightly more expensive. To say that our experience in the area would have been different if we’d stayed there would a huge understatement. The gorgeous, sprawling hotel complex is beautifully laid out with a choice of restaurants, and areas to relax and enjoy the outdoors right on the river. No one ever even cleaned our room or brought clean towels. But the beds are comfortable, the people who work there are all very nice, and the happy hour on the deck was relaxing. And we were very fortunate to enjoy wonderful weather.

10. Alaskan Spruce Cabins

Copper PI, Healy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99743
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Alaskan Spruce Cabins

Great Getaway!

Reviewed By Wendy R

Great place to stay. We were there for 3 nights and was convenient location to get to all the places we needed to. Two beds in each of the cabins we rented. Full kitchen. Grill outside. Deck on cabin with chairs and picnic table. Nice and quiet and the owners were amazing!

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