by Phil Corless
Hidden away in the forest above the Parks Highway, this homey lodge with cabin-style rooms offers an ideal location for a family wanting to explore Denali National Park. Many of the spacious rooms include two queen beds, private balcony, coffeemaker, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Walking trails criss-cross the grounds of the hotel, leading to an overlook on the banks of the Nenana River. Inside the main lodge of the hotel is one of the better restaurants in the area, the Mountaineer Grill and Bar, which specializes in BBQ, beer and Alaskan seafood. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is an awesome place to sit on the outdoor patio to watch the sunset. Right next door is Perky Moose Espresso, where you can grab a coffee, pastry or sandwich. The boxed lunches are perfect to take with you on a trip into the park.
The Denali Bluffs Hotel is only a few miles from the entrance to Denali National Park. Free shuttles run back and forth between the hotel and the park’s Visitor Center, as well as up and down the highway to area shops. If you’re arriving on the train from Anchorage or Fairbanks, the hotel will have a shuttle for that as well. Ask at the front desk of the hotel for help with guided tours and other activities. Staff are happy to recommend places to go and things to see. Kids will want to see a sled dog demonstration or pan for gold on the Nenana River. There are great memories to be made at Denali National Park, and the Denali Bluffs Hotel is a fine place from which to make them.
Our Editor Loves
- Private balcony
- Outdoor patio
- Free Wi-Fi
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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.
by Nancy H
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