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For a relatively small town in a far northern location, you may not expect the quality of Fairbanks lodging to be as high as it is. But come visit: Fairbanks hotels feature lots of amenities, attentive service, and unique touches to make your stay here memorable. First, you’ll want to decide whether to stay Downtown or near the Airport and Chena River.

Fairbanks Airport & Chena River Hotels

This is the other main cluster of quality Fairbanks lodging, which lies near the airport along the banks of the Chena River. These Fairbanks hotels have more of a secluded feel. It’s easy to believe you’re away at a resort rather than staying in the city. Take the walking path along the river in the long summer nights or explore the gardens—they all have with flowers that grow big in the long Fairbanks sun. Here’s where to stay:

  • Pike's Waterfront Lodge: Locally owned, Pike’s is an upscale rustic Alaska lodge. Sit down to eat at the great restaurant, or stroll around the gardens and check out the ducks. Or just sit out on the deck by the river with a book or a drink.
  • Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge: This large hotel along the river feels like a wilderness lodge, and boasts the consistent quality and service that has earned Princess a stellar reputation. Sit out on the riverside deck, or take in the water view from your room.
  • River's Edge Resort: For those who want to stay along the banks of the river but crave a bit more intimacy, choose this Fairbanks hotel: you’ll get your own private cottage. There’s fine dining and casual dining, or just relax on the expansive deck overlooking the water.
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairbanks: For business travelers, this hotel puts you right in the heart of the city, with easy access (and a free shuttle) to the airport; for leisure travelers, this is a great way to get the most from Fairbanks’ city amenities year-round, and a great jumping-off point for aurora viewing late August to early April.
  • Sophie Station Hotel: This all-suite Fairbanks hotel isn’t on the river, but it’s perfect for those who need some extra space and the convenience of being near the airport. Sit down to a breakfast with unique items, peruse the library with its floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and stretch out in the oversized leather furniture.

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Downtown

These offer easy access to shops, restaurants, and historic sites. Here are our suggestions:

  • Westmark Fairbanks: The newest, largest downtown Fairbanks hotel is the Westmark Fairbanks. Owned by the cruise line Holland America, the Westmark features a contemporary look and feel, along with spacious rooms and two restaurants.
  • Bridgewater Hotel: If you want to stay in the heart of downtown but want a smaller, locally-owned Fairbanks hotel with a personal feel and quaint touches like bamboo furniture, stay at the Bridgewater.
  • Wedgewood Resort A mile from downtown Fairbanks, the Wedgewood offers all large suites (good value for large groups) and sits on 27 acres of gardens and walking paths. The Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary is on premises, while Creamer's Field bird sanctuary is an easy walk away.
  • Holiday Inn Express Fairbanks: Conveniently located to both shopping and the airport. Enjoy all the amenities like, complimentary breakfast, indoor pool and spa, business center, exercise room, and guest laundry.
  • Bear Lodge at Wedgewood Resort: Just a few minutes from downtown and you'll feel like you've found a quiet place in the wilderness.

Just Beyond Town

Downtown Fairbanks

Close to downtown shopping & restaurants
Season: May 19 to Sep 11 $159+

You’re just a few min­utes from down­town Fair­banks and all the major shop­ping sights, but at this 157-room resort hotel — part of the city’s renowned Foun­tain­head Hotels fam­i­ly— you’ll feel like you’ve found a qui­et place in the wilderness.

Season: Year Round $159+

Set out­side of the down­town bus­tle in a nat­u­ral­ly wood­ed envi­ron­ment, the resort’s lodge-style build­ings are spread out across 30 acres. Walk the mean­der­ing paths, which are punc­tu­at­ed by flower gar­dens, or explore an old miner’s cab­in. Inside the hotel, the home-suite-home” 1- and 2‑bedroom suites are a great option for groups and families.

Season: Year Round $79+

Mod­ern and styl­ish, the West­mark Fair­banks Hotel is con­ve­nient­ly sit­u­at­ed in down­town Fair­banks. The hotel boasts 400 guest rooms, yet pro­vides the per­son­al ser­vice of a small hotel. Fea­tures include spa­cious rooms, a fit­ness cen­ter, two new restau­rants, and free Wi-Fi. Relax in your room or go for a stroll through the hotel’s fresh herb garden.

Season: Year Round $89+

Locat­ed just north of down­town Fair­banks, the Hol­i­day Inn Express Fair­banks is close to both shop­ping and the air­port. You’ll be able to enjoy all the ameni­ties like an indoor pool and spa, busi­ness cen­ter, exer­cise room, and guest laundry.

Season: Year Round $79+

Stay at the Bridge­wa­ter Hotel, and you’re get­ting a front row seat on down­town Fairbanks.

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Just Outside of Town

Still in Fairbanks, but tucked away
Season: Aug 21 to Apr 10 $389 shoulder, $449+ Peak & Holiday 2+ Nights

Locat­ed on a qui­et ridge­line out­side of Fair­banks, the Bore­alis Base­camp offers 15 ele­gant clear-roofed igloos that have been cus­tom designed and specif­i­cal­ly posi­tioned to max­i­mize your view­ing of the North­ern Lights. You’ll also have the chance to take advan­tage of the camps many win­ter activ­i­ties like dogsled­ding, snow­ma­chin­ing, snow­shoe­ing, and fat-tire biking. 

Season: Year Round $195+

At A Taste of Alas­ka lodge you’ll find com­fort­able, mod­ern accom­mo­da­tions. This quaint lodge feels more like a B&B, but has all of the pri­va­cy of a hotel.

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Fairbanks Airport & Chena River

Access to Fairbanks River Walk • Close to airport
Season: Year Round $233+

Pike’s Water­front Lodge in Fair­banks sits along the banks of the beau­ti­ful Chena Riv­er. Inside, you’ll find com­fort­able accom­mo­da­tions; out­side are beau­ti­ful gar­dens and a green­house grow­ing let­tuce, straw­ber­ries, and toma­toes. Dine inside, or out on the water­front deck. The hotel also has Wi-fi, to help you stay con­nect­ed while on vacation. 

Season: May 13 to Sep 15 $219+

This resort is a col­lec­tion of pri­vate cot­tages set along the scenic Chena Riv­er. The own­ers want­ed to cre­ate a pri­vate expe­ri­ence that was also con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed, and that encour­aged guests to expe­ri­ence the out­doors. River’s Edge Resort does just that. The loca­tion is not far from town, but just out­side each cot­tage guests can take a walk along the riv­er or enjoy the flo­ral dis­plays across the property.

Season: Year Round $169+

Sophie Sta­tion Suites has 149 suites that are per­fect for busi­ness trav­el­ers or vaca­tion­ing fam­i­lies. All are one-bed­room units and come with a bal­cony and full kitchen. And if you don’t want to cook, you can get all three meals at the restau­rant, Zach’s.

$99+

Set on the banks of the Chena Riv­er, the 328-room Fair­banks Princess Hotel boasts all the atmos­phere of a wilder­ness lodge, yet it’s also one of the city’s most lux­u­ri­ous prop­er­ties. It’s also con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed, close to the air­port, shops, and restau­rants. You can take a shut­tle down­town to enjoy the sites, or enjoy walk­ing around the var­i­ous gar­dens and trails on the lodge prop­er­ty. When it is time to dine, enjoy the ele­gant Edgewater  ...more

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