The Grande Denali Lodge is one of Denali’s premium hotels and presides over the Denali Canyon area just north of Denali National Park’s entrance. The hotel is located high on the hillside and has impressive views of the valley and the front country of Denali National Park. The hotel has a main lodge with the restaurant, lounge, and gift shop in it in addition to the the front desk. The 166 guest rooms are in separate buildings next to the main lodge. The interior of the main lodge has high log ceilings and large windows to enjoy the views.
On my last trip to Denali National Park I stayed at the Grande Denali Lodge and found it to be the perfect resting spot after a long day of travel and activities. I arrived by the Alaska Railroad and as the train pulled into the Denali Train Depot it was a relief to see the waving shuttle bus driver holding the Grande Denali Lodge sign. The Grande Denali Lodge was visible on the hillside from the train depot and I was excited to get to our hotel. Upon disembarking the train, I knew exactly where to go and once we collected all the other passengers we were delivered directly to our lodge. When we arrived at the lodge we were in awe of the gorgeous view that the Grande Denali Lodge has of the Canyon Area of Denali National Park.
Check in was simple; the staff at the hotel collected our baggage claim slips from the train, and had our luggage delivered outside our room shortly after our arrival. After the long train trip it was nice to relax in our comfortable room for awhile. We purchased a Canyon View room which provided a nice view right from our window abote the Canyon area of the park. The room had two queen beds in it which was great since I was traveling with a friend but there were other rooms that had king beds in them. After a little down time we headed to the Alpenglow Restaurant for a real Alaskan Seafood Dinner. The food and views were fabulous. We headed to bed early to prepare for our early morning bus tour, and I am happy to say our beds were comfortable, our room was quiet, and the curtains are thick enough to block out Alaska’s midnight sun.
The next morning we departed for our Denali Park Tour. The Tundra Wilderness Tour bus conveniently departed from the lodge so we didn’t have to arrange for transportation to another property or into the park to the visitor center. However, the hotel did have a shuttle which provided local transportation in the canyon if we would have needed it.