Located in central Fairbanks on the banks of the Chena River, the Springhill Suites Fairbanks enjoys proximity to the downtown district with its numerous shops and cafes, and the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center. Large studio-suite rooms feature contemporary design and stylish furnishings, with one king or two double beds, plus a sofa bed. Amenities include deluxe bedding, writing desk, free Wi-Fi, mini fridge and microwave. Start your morning with a full hot breakfast buffet. Recreational facilities include a fully equipped fitness center, heated indoor pool and whirlpool spa. The Springhill Suites Fairbanks is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award-winner.
McKinley Creekside Cabins
Denali National Park, Alaska
Located in a quiet setting on Carlo Creek just 15 minutes from the entrance to Denali National Park, McKinley Creekside Cabins and Cafe is a small, locally owned and operated lodge in the heart of the Alaska Range. Nat Hab groups staying here during their Denali visit will enjoy the warm hospitality and personal touch that the owners and staff take pride in. A variety of accommodation types including individual cabins, duplex cabins and lodge rooms are assigned on arrival based on availability, and no specific room type can be guaranteed. While somewhat rustic, the accommodations are "authentic Alaska," cozy and comfortable, and surrounded by the peace and beauty of wild nature. Cabins and rooms have either one or two queen beds, private bath with hair dryer and toiletries, mini fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, heat and ceiling fan, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Cabins have no phones or TVs, in order to enhance guests' connection with nature, although some lodge rooms have televisions. The casual cafe features homemade fare from the famous bakery on site, including fresh-baked bread, coffee cake an Mt. Denali cinnamon rolls.
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, sits atop a bluff above the rustic hamlet of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali, offering magnificent views of "The Great One" and the Alaska Range. Talkeetna has long been the jumping-off point for climbing expeditions to Denali, and the historic town retains a rough-and-tumble charm. But the lodge itself, situated on 640 acres, provides a luxurious respite from the Alaskan wild. Guest rooms are located in three different lodge buildings, all constructed with massive timbers and stonework—160 tons of rock collected from the Matanuska River are incorporate throughout the lodge's design and decor. The central feature of the main Great Room is the 46-foot tall river rock fireplace, and various animal designs have been crafted in stone in the pillars at the lodge entrance. The enormous logs in the Great Room are from beetle-killed spruce trees from the Ninilchik area, and the ceiling is constructed of knotty pine. Throughout the lodge, the trim is crafted using birch from Trapper Creek.
Spacious 364-square-foot guest rooms have two queen beds or one king, a private bath, hair dryer, writing desk, coffee maker, satellite television, telephone, and optional wireless Internet. Fine food and drink is available in the Foraker Dining Room, while casual fare is served at the Base Camp Bistro and Lounge. The Tokosha Coffee & Gift Shop in the main lodge carries a variety of souvenirs and authentic Alaska Native art, as well as your favorite espresso drinks.
Designed to integrate Alaska Native heritage with modern luxury, the chateau-style Hotel Alyeska is one of Alaska's finest accommodations. Located within the Alyeska Resort in a lush valley near the historic mining-supply town of Girdwood, the hotel provides visitors access to stupendous mountain environs via a mountaintop tram, with plenty of enticing hiking and walking trails. Views from the summit take in the length of Turnagain Arm and the glacier-clad peaks of the Chugach Range and Kenai Mountains. The renowned "Seven Glaciers" AAA 4-diamond restaurant located on top of the mountain (accessed by the tram) is an enticing option for a gourmet meal (not included) during your free evening at the resort.
The hotel, built in 1994, underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2007, bringing interiors and guest rooms to a new level of luxury. Expansive rooms feature elegant decor in rich natural colors, Alaska Native artwork and Edward Curtis photographs, plush new carpets, premier pillow-top mattresses, satellite TV, MP3 clock radio, complimentary wireless Internet access, mini refrigerator and in-room safe. Large bathrooms have heated towel racks, lighted make-up mirror, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers for guests' comfort and convenience. Starbucks' in-room coffee and complimentary bottled water are provided. Hotel amenities include several restaurants and a bar, 24-hour room service, a full-service spa, pool and whirlpool, and fitness center.
Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
A short, scenic boat ride from Seward brings guests to a rare backcountry experience at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. This remote outpost is located on a privately owned parcel of land on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay, surrounded by Kenai Fjords National Park. Tucked in the woods between a pebble beach and quiet island lagoon, the lodge provides a serene retreat amid some of Alaska's grandest landscapes. Just 18 guests are accommodated in eight cozy log cabins situated on a narrow peninsula of land near the main day lodge. All cabins are on the waterfront, with some facing the freshwater lagoon while others survey the bay. All cabins have one queen bed and one queen sofa-sleeper, with premium linens; en suite bathroom with shower; propane heating; solar-powered electric lights; and a battery-powered alarm clock.
The main lodge has immense two-story windows that look out across Halibut Cove, where guests should a lookout for sea lions or humpback whales occasionally come into view. Fine dining is a highlight at the lodge, and guests will enjoy innovative meals infused with seasonal ingredients found around Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The executive chef and kitchen staff enjoy welcoming guests and are happy to share their techniques and recipes.
The Fox Island setting is magnificent, with glacier-iced peaks towering over the waters rich in marine life. During our stay we will have the opportunity to paddle sea kayaks in search of wildlife. No prior experience is necessary, and our guides will assist even the most rank beginner. We also enjoy a private wildlife cruise on a small chartered vessel, looking for puffins, sea lions, otters and perhaps even whales. It's a vivid contrast to other boat trips where a hundred or more travelers jam the decks.
Alaska's Gold Creek Lodge
King Salmon, Alaska
This remote fly-in wilderness lodge located on 16 forested acres on the Naknek River near Katmai National Park is among Alaska's most exceptional accommodations. The main lodge and individual cabins and yurts enjoy territorial and river views along a stretch of water that's famed for some of the best salmon and rainbow trout fishing in Alaska (including from the lodge's 200-foot private dock). Wildlife surrounds us here, and a viewing platform overlooking the river offers a safe place to observe the bears, moose, bald eagles, waterfowl and occasional sea lions that frequent the environs.
Alaska's Gold Creek Lodge is a two-generation, family-run operation, where a select number of guests enjoy an exclusive experience of "bush luxury" and genuine hospitality. The deluxe main lodge provides a central gathering place for gourmet meals featuring freshly caught fish and other locally sourced fare. The expansive space features a
high wood ceiling, soaring stone fireplace, leather sofas,
rustic wood tables and chairs, and trophy fish mounted on the walls for
added ambience. Accommodations are in individual private log cabins, private rooms in the main lodge and deluxe yurts with Alaskan character. Each cabin has a wood stove, two full-size beds, en suite bath, private deck overlooking Gold Creek and the forest, 40-inch flat screen cable TV, Wi-Fi, Keurig coffee maker, and a small fridge stocked with cold drinks. The main lodge suite has three rooms that share a large common upstairs lounge area with comfortable couches and a flat screen TV. Guests wishing to stay in a yurt must make a special request. Each yurt has a queen bed and lounge area, but restrooms are located 25 feet away, requiring you to walk outside the structure.
Katmai National Park, Alaska
World-famous Brooks Lodge is one of the best places on the planet to view giant Alaskan brown bears—the world's largest coastal grizzlies—at close range. The lodge, in operation since 1950 and originally conceived as a fishing camp, overlooks the Brooks River in the heart of Katmai National Park. Featuring 16 rustic cabins, the lodge is an easy 1-mile walk to the viewing platforms overlooking Brooks Falls, where bears famously fish for salmon as they fatten up for winter hibernation. In September, bears are seen everywhere in the area, not just at the falls.
While the accommodations are rustic, the location more than makes up for the simple amenities. It is a rare privilege indeed to awaken in proximity to the bears when no daytrippers have yet arrived, and to wander the trails in silence later on, after day visitors have flown away, leaving lodge guests alone in their own wilderness haven. And in the high summer months, long hours of daylight extend our bear-viewing opportunities well into the evening, maximizing your encounters.
Cabins at Brooks Lodge accommodate three to four travelers in one large room with four single bunk beds. We match travelers by gender (or by couples, depending on the group). Cabins have private bathroom facilities. Any inconvenience caused by having to share a cabin is more than outweighed by the fact that a stay at Brooks offers many more hours among the bears than other locations, which require visitors to fly in. The main lodge enjoys a view of Naknek Lake and the surrounding forest. Its large circular fireplace is a popular spot for relaxing in the evenings and sharing tales of the day's adventures. Hearty homemade Alaskan fare is served buffet-style three times a day in the lodge dining room. Cocktails are available for purchase at the bar each afternoon and evening.
In the heart of downtown Anchorage, the Hilton is one of the city's landmark accommodations, within easy walking distance of the Anchorage Museum, Public Lands Information Center, and numerous shops and cafes. Stylish rooms, updated in 2019, overlook Ship Creek, Cook Inlet, the Chugach Range and city skyline and feature furnishings and decor with mid-century modern flair. One king or two double platform beds have top-quality Hilton Serenity mattresses with down comforters and crisp cotton bedding. Each room has a spacious desk, 49-inch HD flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi and Cuisinart coffee maker. Bathrooms have large, walk-in tiled showers with hand-held shower attachments. The lobby holds a notable collection of Alaskan art, and guests can take a self-guided tour. Hooper Bay Cafe serves Alaskan specialties in a relaxed, casual setting while Bruins Lounge serves local microbrews and a full slate of wines and cocktails, as well as meals. A recently renovated fitness center includes Precor conditioning machines and free weights, steam room, sauna and indoor pool.
Historic Anchorage Hotel
Established in 1916, this landmark hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For dignitaries and celebrities traveling to the new territory of Alaska, the Anchorage Hotel was the premier place to stay. Luminary guests have included artist Sydney Laurence, legendary mountain man Bob Marshall, and Will Rogers and Wiley Post spent two nights here before their fateful flight to Barrow. Over the decades, the once-lustrous hotel changed locations and eventually fell into disrepair until it was purchased in 1989 and restored to reflect its original heritage. Today's guests will enjoy the traditional decor and genteel touches that defined the original property more than a hundred years ago. Located in the heart of the city's walkable downtown, it's is conveniently located to shops, dining and cultural destinations, and the Iditarod sled dog race starts right outside the door. The boutique hotel offers 26 elegantly furnished rooms featuring plush beds with luxury linens, sitting area, large-screen cable TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffeemaker with gourmet coffee and tea, and private bathrooms with hairdryer and Aroma Botanicals bath amenities. The hotel also has a fitness center, Grizzly's gift shop, and a complimentary full breakfast buffet served in the classic old bar.
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