Ratings based on 43 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.8 out of 5
81% of guests recommend
4.0 Room cleanliness
4.0 Service & staff
3.7 Room comfort
3.8 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Jul 19, 2014
Pros: The staff and the beautiful setting.
Location: Relatively close to Denali park.
Very friendly and accommodating staff. The creek running by the cabin provided a picturesque setting as well as contributed to a very good night's sleep. The evening bonfire was a fun way to meet other guests and staff. It was a relaxed atmosphere and great information regarding things to do in the area, some history of the area, and personal experiences was shared.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Colorado Springs, Colorado

Beautiful setting south of Denali N.P.

Posted Jul 14, 2014
McKinley Creekside Cabins are truly creekside, along the north bank of Carlo Creek. We couldn't see Mt. McKinley for the clouds, but the hotel cannot control the weather! The creek rushing by made for soothing white noise, and the mountains were a spectacular backdrop. There was a slight glitch with our room key, but the staff responded promptly and courteously and fixed the problem. We would definitely stay here again.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Terre Haute, Indiana

Average Hotel Adjacent to Denali

Posted Jul 9, 2014
Pros: The room itself, new, on the river, clean, nice bathroom, heat, fully functional. Staff helpful. Shuttle to the park $10 per person.
Cons: Delete the RV park. Provide free internet.
Location: Nice resort across the highway. Full service, nice restaurant. Denali is the key. Needs to be more control of the area outside the park, junky.
The room itself was fine. The RV area that we had to walk through to get to our room was a dump. The original camping area was nice. They need to lose the RV area...it detracts from the overall impression. Go back to the original look with the two new buildings and the original wooded campground.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Carl from Wellington, New Zealand

Rustic and Homely

Posted Jun 22, 2014
Cons: More signage on the road as you approach in either direction so you don't drive past it
McKinnley Creekside Cabins were exactly as we expected. Not flash but Homely. The were basic, ample and had everyhing you needed for a comforable stay. The staff were nice & freindly. The food was basic and just what you needed without being overpriced. The views were very nice. You need a car if you are staying here as Denali National park is about 20 minutes easy drive away. If you are looking for at touristy place with all the tourist trapping then don't stay here, but if you are looking for a real Alaska experience then do stay here.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Jun 21, 2014
Chains were clean but small. Bathroom floor was cold to walk on!'nice close location to creek and denali national park.
2 out of 5
by Guy from Anchorage

Overpriced and no pets allowed

Posted Jun 13, 2014
Pros: The beds were comfortable and the coffee provided was good.
Cons: Make your policy re: pets available when reserving the room
No mention of their pet policy until check-in....our mini schnauzer had to sleep in the car...and it was still pretty cold out side. The room itself was very expensive for (me, wife and 18 yr niece) 2 queen beds and 1 double. The room was very cramped, no TV and no wifi. Then, if we wanted to bring our pet in, another $100. We would have lost our money if we cancelled bacause of short notice....so we had no choice but to stay. There was no thermostat dial and at 3am, my wife had to get up and open windows and doors to cool the place off...which I had to do again after 4am. There were pebbles in the carpet and the bathroom needed a good dusting. The walls and windows were so thin we were awaken everytime a truck went down the highway and our cabin was 2 rows back...I can't imagine the noise if we were closer to the road. Very disappointing.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Jun 12, 2014
It's right by the creek with a great view of the mountains. The cabin was very comfortable. There's a restaurant on site and they serve great food.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Paulette from Lucerne

Kicked back cabins near McKinley Creek. No shuttle

Posted May 29, 2014
13 MI south of Denali park depot. Plan on a taxi $45. Or grab a shuttle from the hostel if you can. Good food at the Creekside Cafe. One of few Privately owned hotels. Friendly staff. Moose citing across hwy :>
2 out of 5
by Bill from East Coast

Cabins 13 miles from Denali National Park entrance

Posted May 26, 2014
Pros: If you like firm beds, our bed was firm to our liking. Sits next to stream, but little time to enjoy this feature.
Cons: Shampoo in shower, TV, and wifi access which actually works. Cabin parking should be paved to reduce dust and improve cabin access from car.
Location: 13 miles from entrance to Denali National Park entrance. We found nothing nearby to do. Cabins next to running creek which is pretty with chairs.
When we made our reservations for this cabin, our information stated there was a cafe next to the lobby. We thought this would be great for breakfast. We checked in and learned that the cafe was not in operation. We were disappointed to find we had to drive 13 miles or so north to find a place for breakfast. Also, if there is a problem later than 8 pm, no one is at the front desk to provide assistance. There is no TV, phone and wifi worked only periodically. Also no shampoo for shower.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Other
by Nora from California

McKinley Creekside Cabins

Posted Aug 27, 2013
Pros: The large room, the cafe on the premises, and the helpfulness of the staff.
Cons: Information about the second floor units and the non-daily cleaning policy.
Location: It was fairly close to Denali Park, and there were shops and restaurants in the area.
When we read the ads for the McKinley Creekside Cabins, we were led to believe that all the rooms were cabins - as in single story. Imagine our surprise to find we had been placed in a second story (no elevator) room. Both my friend and I are senior citizens. It would have been nice to know that some of the rooms were on the second story so we could request a lower level room. To the credit of the staff, they volunteered to carry our luggage up and down the stairs, which helped a lot. We also weren't told that room cleaning wasn't done every day so we were surprised to come back to our room to find that it hadn't been touched even though we were gone all day. That would have been acceptable if we had only known about it in advance. On the positive side, the staff helped us get tickets for a tour of the Denali Park, and the little cafe owned by the hotel was very pleasant. Our room was larger than expected, and nicely decorated - rustic, but pleasant. It was only seven miles from the park, which was fairly convenient, but the directions as to where to go after we drove the seven miles were sketchy. We muddled around for awhile before we found what we were looking for - a bus to the park.