Developers to build 154-room hotel near Denali entrance

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two local developers are building a multimillion, 154-room hotel near the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Jeff Barney and Bill Berglin already own a separate hotel near the new structure.

The Grand Denali Lodge is to open May 14, taking a majority of its bookings from Royal Celebrity Tours, a Florida-based company, said Frank Rose, president of Alaska Lodging Management, the hotel operator.

The hotel, located above the owners' Denali Bluffs Hotel off the Parks Highway, will include a gift shop, lounge and dinner theater for 85 people, Rose said.

Operators plan to offer six luxury cabins that each can sleep eight people. Room costs will range from $125 to $199 a night. Cabins will run about $250 a night.

Construction costs for the hotel will run $15 million to $20 million, Barney said.

The new hotel will boost the number of accommodations in the Denali Borough.

There currently are 2,734 rooms, recreational vehicle parking spaces and cabins from Healy to Carlo Creek, according to borough figures. About half of those are concentrated near the new hotel.

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