Imagine, flying 10 hours to get somewhere then training another 7 after that. You get off the train and look around for this shuttle you scheduled months ago. You think, "Man, I'm in the middle of NOWHERE. Where do I go from here?" Well, I looked around and saw a white van with the words Crows Nest on it so I was off to a good start. I flagged the guy down and he took over from there. I didn't have to lift a finger and when I tried to help he insisted he had it covered. Ok, I appreciate that. We head to the cabin and I have to admit, it was a bummer that the road was torn up because what would have been a 5 minute drive took almost 20. But it seems like there's only one road so what are you going to do? The check-in was smooth and the staff was friendly. I had an upper level cabin and they took my bags up for me. I immediately needed a shower after nearly 20 hours of travel. The bathroom was clean and the water was hot. They had some nice soaps so I didn't have to dig through my bag. Refreshed, I went in search of a bite and a cocktail. I needed a relaxed night before going into the park the next day so I stayed on property. The Overlook is their restaurant and I intend to review them separately. In short, it was outstanding! Back to the cabins. I had one of the best sleeps of any hotel I've stayed in. There was a TV but I wasn't really interested in that. The wi-fi was EVERYWHERE. In the room and the restaurant. Did I mention that I'm on the side of a mountain overlooking more mountains in a canyon in the middle of interior Alaska? There was a USB port that I appreciated and the coffee machine worked very well (nice not having to mess with grinds, easy Kurig set-up). Pricing: I booked a couple months out. I don't really care about the price as long as it's a solid place to stay. This place seemed to be in the sweet spot. Not as much as the prefab resorts but more than the motel-type spots. In the end, I call it a value. I don't care if I pay $50 more than a roadside joint. I want the views, a comfortable/clean room, and competent staff. Check, check, and check! Room Tip: Want a view, go to the top! Mobility issues, call and ask if they have a lower level room.
You wouldn't expect to find a gem like The Overlook in the middle of Denali National Park. The menu is spectacular. Pick one dish from every category and take your time savoring each bite. From simple dishes like cheese plates and marinated olives to more complex pairings like prosciutto wrapped halibut and mustard crusted rack of lamb, you will find something that makes your toes curl. Don't leave without trying their chocolate lava cake or crème brûlée! The ambiance is comfortable and warm, you could easily spend 4 hours dining and chatting with your loved ones and not notice the time go by.... that's exactly what happened to me! The views are spectacular, the staff is attentive, and the prices are reasonable for the quality of the meal and portions you receive. Experience a small piece of luxury in the heart of Denali. Get yourself to the Overlook!
“Crow's Nest Cabins is a very special place. The staff is kind and helpful. The rooms have everything you need - a comfortable bed, an amazing athmosphere and a great view of Mt Healy. ”
The cabins are in a convenient location with a lot of stores and restaurants nearby. I really enjoyed my stay there and I highly recommend going there and I'll most definitely come back.
Best restaurant in Denali. The cocktails were fabulous the food was amazing, not only was it the best lamb I've ever had but the plating was beautiful. Our bartender Matt was fantastic lead us to cocktails we would enjoy and recommended an amazing dish. The lamb was outstanding. Not visiting the overlook would be a mistake! Enjoy the overlook!
“Cozy Cabin in Denali! We stayed at the Crows Nest this past July, Super friendly helpful staff good attitudes! ”
Young students from Bulgaria, Clean cabin compfortable bed, good resturaunt on premises. reasonable prices for Denali
The setting is rustic, cabin-like, but the menu shows ambition and ideas. And surprisingly the staff is kind, attentive, and careful in comparison with other Alaskan restaurants. Try the oysters: juicy, tasty! We recommend also King salmon in an original mexican-alaskan interpretation and a surprising burger with figs and goat cheese. We did not expect all this in the middle of Alaska!! Wine choice wide and fairly priced. The check was not cheap, but considering food (but not location) fair.