SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairbanks

With its clean, modern decor, accented by Alaskan artwork, this downtown Fairbanks hotel is a nice mix of mainstream comforts and authentic local flavor. For business travelers, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairbanks 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.

The hotel, after all, is located right next to the Chena River and the Chena Riverwalk, the city’s 3.5 mile-stretch of parks, historic homes and plazas between Pioneer Park and Airport Way. You’re also a few blocks from the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center, which features local art exhibits, films and live music, and is a good starting point for finding tours and activities in both summer and winter.

Room to Spread Out

The suite-style rooms—with separate living and sleeping areas—come with either one king bed and a sofa bed, or two doubles and a sofa bed, as well as a work area and kitchenette with microwave, mini fridge, coffeemaker and flatware (along with the all-important free wifi). Downstairs, you have season-proof amenities like an indoor heated pool and whirlpool, as well as a fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights.

Angus Beef, Alaska Seafood and Fairbanks Ice Cream

In the morning, take advantage of the free breakfast—a hot buffet of morning classics. Have dinner on-site too: Lavelle’s Bistro serves Alaskan-grown and Certified Angus Beef products in recipes whenever possible, and Alaska classics like beer-battered halibut, King Crab, or a potato-crusted salmon. Finish the evening off with a black-bottom crème brulée or a scoop of locally made College Town Creamery ice cream.