If you’re looking for a grand old hotel, this is your place. Dating to 1939 and once considered the finest hotel west of the Mississippi, the Westmark Baranof has maintained the opulence of that era. Even today you’ll find a dark, lavish lobby and the upscale Gold Room Restaurant, a favorite gathering place for legislators and businessmen. Add to that a central downtown location within walking distance of the waterfront and capital, as well as a courteous and helpful staff, and you’ll see why many travelers choose to stay at the Baranof.
Grande Dame Glamour
Walk in to find an elegant Art Deco lobby that features a marble floor and original artwork by renowned Alaskan painters Eustace Ziegler and Sydney Laurence. Wood paneling, marble and wood tables, and leather furniture add to the refined, classic feel.
Historic Touches, Plus Wifi and Flat Screen TVs
The nine-story hotel’s 196 rooms retain key historic elements, like pressed-tin ceilings and glass doorknobs. And though they’re on the small side, the rooms are fully modern, and remodeling has helped bring in more light. All rooms feature coffee makers, phones, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen televisions. You’ll also find a fitness room, with recently upgraded machines.
Local Flavor—and Friendly Locals
The Baranof also boasts a great staff, with many Juneau residents employed year-round. From the front desk to the stately waiters, these locals are happy to recommend tours, hikes, or places to visit. Ask the front-desk staff for a walking-tour map; strolling this capital city is an easy way to enjoy the afternoon.
Here you’re not only close to the waterfront, but also the cruise ship docks, shops, and state offices. Reserve a room on one of the upper floors (on the water side) to take advantage of the great view. And don’t miss traditional fine dining in the dark, wood-paneled Gold Room (one of the best restaurants in Juneau), or a drink in the Bubble Room. Try an Alaskan Amber beer (brewed nearby), or dig into a seafood or steak meal (the macadamia nut-crusted halibut is excellent). There’s a more casual menu at the bar, and the hotel’s Capital Café features extensive breakfast and lunch menus.