Addition Enhances McKinley Chalet Resort and Denali Square
Seattle, Wash., Jan. 29, 2018 —
Holland America Line is expanding the guest experience on its award-winning
Alaska Land+Sea Journeys with the addition of new guest accommodations at its
Denali operation. The 99-room addition will feature the first-ever junior
suites at the resort and is expected to be open for the 2019 summer Alaska
cruise season. The 55 new junior suites will showcase balconies, larger living
areas and greater amenities for guests.
The new rooms are an extension of Holland America Line's overland Alaska
experience to Denali, which includes the McKinley Chalet Resort hotel and
Denali Square, a gathering area to relax, shop, dine and enjoy music and
entertainment. The addition will be located just west of Denali Square with
views of Mt. Healy and Denali National Park.
"Following the opening of Denali Square, we're excited to continue the
expansion and elevate the overall Denali experience once again by adding junior
suites to our Denali property," said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line's
president. "Holland America Line has been at the forefront of Alaska
exploration for more than 70 years, and our Land+Sea Journeys are the only way
to go deep into the heart of Denali and enjoy a cruise in one seamless
vacation. This will enable us to bring more guests on overland tours so they
can witness the magnificence of Alaska."
The three-story project will feature junior suites and standard rooms with
rustic-chic décor. All junior suites have balconies, so guests can enjoy the
stunning views of the surrounding Alaska wilderness in private comfort. Each
floor will have a central, open-air lobby with cozy furniture. The third floor
has open public deck space with tables and loungers so guests can take in the
The new building will become a fundamental feature of the McKinley Chalet Resort,
Holland America Line's magnificent 68-acre hotel property on the Nenana River.
The hotel — featuring a reception hall, dining facilities and guest rooms —
serves as base camp for all adventures at Denali National Park such as
flightseeing, ATV adventures, hiking trails, river rafting and more. All
accommodations feature stylish décor and premium amenities.
Alaska-based companies heading up the project include general contractor Ghemm
Company, Inc., based in Fairbanks. Lead architect Heliotrope is based in
Seattle, Washington, and also developed Karstens Public House at Denali Square.
Heliotrope is working with the Fairbanks office of Alaskan architectural firm
Bettisworth North. Costigan Integrated of Seattle is serving as project
Complex Immerses Guests in Alaska Culture
Steps from the new rooms, Denali Square is at the heart of Holland America
Line's Denali property and is centrally located between the main area of the
McKinley Chalet Resort and the riverfront guest rooms.
The largest building in the complex is Karstens Public House, the grand
7,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant showcasing views of the neighboring
mountains for dining guests. An inviting deck with fire pits and outdoor
seating also allows guests to immerse themselves in this special venue as they
drink and dine.
At the center of Denali Square is an amphitheater with a covered performance
stage and bench seating for guests to enjoy a variety of local shows and ranger
talks. Those wanting to quench their thirst or listen to live music can visit
Gold Nugget Saloon, home to the Music of Denali Dinner Theater, that becomes a
bar and music venue after the show.
Denali Square also features fire pits, outdoor seating, retail shops offering
local goods, and an artist-in-residence cabin where Alaska native and local
artists display and discuss their works. Walking paths in and around Denali
Square show off the property's mountainous landscapes and beautiful setting.
Offer Most Comprehensive Alaska Adventure
Holland America Line's Land+Sea Journeys combine a three-, four- or seven-day
Inside Passage or Glacier Discovery cruise with in-depth overland tours to the
Yukon and Alaska's interior.
Holland America Line is the only cruise company to weave must-see sites such as
Denali National Park — the centerpiece of every Land+Sea Journey — with
seldom-seen ones such as Dawson City, in the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush
Country. Offering up to three days at Denali National Park for wildlife viewing
and spectacular scenery, Land+Sea Journeys are designed to highlight the best
of Alaska's wilderness, wildlife, native culture and history.
For more information, contact a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
Editor's note: Photos
and renderings are available at https://www.cruiseimagelibrary.com/c/myip8im7.
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