Located on the top two floors of the 14-story Begich Towers, June’s Whittier Condo Suites have Whittier’s best views of the water, harbor, mountains, and train station through their floor-to-ceiling windows. And even though you’ll be staying in high-rise digs, the suites have a distinctly homey feel, from the full kitchens to Alaska-themed rooms with Wi-Fi. Owner June Miller lives in one of the suites, so she’s there to welcome you into your new home, suggest local adventures, and take your requests for the morning’s continental breakfast. You won’t find more relaxed, welcoming, family-run accommodations in town.
“You haven’t seen Whittier until you’ve seen June,” folks like to say. A resident for over 20 years, June has run charter fishing trips, managed a lodge, and is a local character filled with stories and advice. She’ll greet you at the elevators, and it’s her goal to make it feel like you’re coming home. She’ll help with your luggage, get you a parking pass, point out the views, answer questions, and suggest a restaurant, hike, or tour. And she knows all the good fishing tips.
With 11 suites you’ll find a room suited for your trip, whether it’s a business trip or a family vacation. Rent the Presidential and Vice Presidential Suites together for groups up to 11. You’ll have great views, plus a large kitchen, Jacuzzi tub, and plenty of space in the living and dining rooms. You can also choose from thematic suites—the Railroad, Eagle’s Nest, and Quarter Deck—decorated with Alaskan art and memorabilia. All the suites have historic photos and memorabilia, even if they don’t fit one theme.
Historic Building with Modern Amenities
The Begich Towers is a historic building, constructed by the government during the Cold War. Sold to private investors, it now houses most of the residents in Whittier, as well as a post office, grocery store, Laundromat, and video store. Everything you need is downstairs—that is, if June hasn’t already take care of it. She has baby cribs, high chairs, toys, video games, and workout videos. And all the rooms have big-screen TVs and Wi-Fi.
Glacier Viewing, Museums & More
But don’t settle in too much: The harbor, railroad, museum and downtown are a short walk away. And June can help you pick an adventure, from a glacier-viewing cruise to a fishing trip to a hike or sea kayak tour. She has freezer space for your catch, plus big pots for boiling shrimp. Come for a night, a week, or a month—June will make sure you feel at home. Just be sure to check with her about your arrival and departure times, since the Whittier tunnel closes to vehicles from 10:45 p.m. to 6 a.m.!