Hands down the BEST Stay in Denali!
No need to research places to stay near Denali -- this is the place to be. Donna, Callie, and their warm, kind, attentive team of employees make your stay a wilderness dream come true. Don't be fooled by the name -- the lodge is just a small, but wonderful, piece of this property.
After a gorgeous drive up the driveway, you'll find the main building, the lodge, which is where you'll check in, select your breakfast and lunch items for the day, grab a refreshing drink, delicious coffee, and/or snack, find some games to play, and the wifi (if you need it). Upstairs is where you'll enjoy a delicious dinner that has be thoughtful put together by the exceptional culinary team; each meal was an absolute delight and served by the warmest of servers.
The property consists of 10 fabulous, eco-friendly cabins placed generously along a horseshoe shaped path. Cars are parked in a separate parking lot. The cabin is spacious -- fitting me, my husband, and our two teenage children (sharing a pull out sofa). If you have grown/taller/bigger children you may need two cabins to have a proper sleep. We slept great - the bed was super comfortable.
The scenery around the property is just gorgeous. If you're lucky, like we were, you may encounter a moose passing through the property! The walk along the drive will take you by the lake and beautiful flora and fauna.
The lodge is located very close to the downtown strip which houses all the offices for the various fantastic activities you can participate in in the Denali area. The drive is easy and you'll appreciate the space between the commercial downtown area and the lodge.
I noticed how there's a comment about price ... a few notes on that. First, travel in Alaska isn't cheap; the high season is short and there aren't many accommodations. So whether you're in Denali or down in Seward, just know that accommodations are pricey. Second, at the time of our travel, the lodge is all inclusive, meaning -- that all your meals in-house breakfast and dinner and to-go lunch are included. As are the bakery goods, snacks, coffee/teas, water, coconut water, electrolyte packages, gummy snacks, EVERYTHING, is included the price. In Alaska, these items can add up quickly. It's a welcome break from the nickel-and-diming one can experience elsewhere. If you come back from an excursion and want to grab a muffin and late you can! No wondering if it's going to cost you an arm-and-a-leg. And it's DELICIOUS. The only items that are not included are alcoholic beverages and tips. You'll tip at the end of the trip and it's shared by the whole team.
We were delighted to stay at the Tonglen Lake Lodge and are sure you'll enjoy it too!