Alaska Hotels & Lodges
You could spend hours sifting through hundreds of hotel listings on TripAdvisor, Expedia, or Hotels.com—and still not know which hotels are right for your trip to Alaska.
That’s why we’ve taken out the guesswork. We've picked the best few hotels— the places that we send our own friends and families—for each major Alaska destination.
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We've made it simple to search the list: You can either filter by town, or just browse from top to bottom. You’ll find accommodations ranging from high-rise hotels to secluded wilderness lodges, and options from family-run lodges to established chains—but they all offer high levels of service.
Insider Tips on the Best Views & More
We’ll tell you from an Alaskan’s perspective what makes each place so special, too. If you want incredible views, for instance, we recommend Camp Denali, deep inside Denali National Park for views of Mt. Denali, or the breezy waterfront views of the Harbor 360 Hotel in Seward. Prefer a high-end city hotel? We will tell you about Hotel Captain Cook, or the Anchorage Marriott. In Denali, we love the Denali Princess Lodge for its view that overlooks the Nenana River.
Wilderness lodge vacations are Alaska’s ultimate lodging, off the road system, accessible only by boat or plane. You’re not just getting a hotel room, but all-inclusive guided activities and meals. They’re not cheap, so we’ve selected only the best wilderness lodges—about a dozen—and have visited them all personally. Want a very high-end, remote lodge in the mountains? Try Ultima Thule Lodge located in Wrangell St. Elias National Park, accessible only by bush plane. Prefer to be on the ocean, with all its underwater wonders and marine wildlife? One of our favorites is Kachemak Bay Lodge, which you can reach, by boat, from Homer. Another is Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, reached by boat from Seward and overlooking a glacial lake.
We also list 10 of the best roadside adventure lodges, great options if you're exploring Alaska by our highways. These are typically family-run properties that feel like a cross between a wilderness lodge and a B&B, offering an intimate and authentic experience at a lower price point than the remote lodges. Some great examples include Currant Ridge (near McCarthy) and Alaska Heavenly Lodge, overlooking the Kenai River. (Meanwhile, if you love classic B&Bs, check out our Alaska Bed & Breakfasts page.)
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Hotels & Lodges
Not many hotels can say that every room has a great view, but Ocean Shores was designed that way. Each room features views of Kachemak Bay and the surrounding mountains. Also the ocean front property has a nice path to our secluded beach and tide pools of Kachemak Bay. Or explore the nearby town of Homer.
This 86-room lodge not only has endless views over a vast valley, but it also sits on the banks of the Kenai River, which teems with fish. With vaulted ceilings made of naturally finished wood, cozy sitting areas with wood-burning stoves and private porches, it’s easy to feel like the whole place is yours. The area is famous for its fishing, but you also have easy access to Kenai Fjords National Park, a wild land filled with glaciers, marine ...more
The McBride Family has perfected their all-inclusive world-class Alaskan experience. Their amazing local Alaskan team and professional guides will personalize and customize your stay based on your interests, the tides, and the weather. Your days can be quiet and relaxing or filled with action-packed adventures including sea kayaking, hiking, casual beach fishing, tide pooling, marine and wildlife viewing, boat excursions, beach campfires, bird ...more
This hotel is located near the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal and Juneau International Airport. Remodeled in 2008, the Juneau Travelodge Hotel has a bright, sunny, atmosphere — and stays fresh by being 100-percent non-smoking. If you’ve come to Juneau to fish, the hotel even offers a large freezer for fish boxes ($10 a day). While at the hotel, you can also take advantage of the heated indoor pool and gym area. To get downtown (9 miles ...more
Want to find out where Alaskans take their visitors? Visit McCarthy Lodge and the Ma Johnson Hotel for an experience National Geographic calls “authentic, sustainable, memorable.” McCarthy offers small-town charm nestled among spectacular glaciers and mountains – in a national park twice the size of Denali. Equally impressive is that it is the only accommodation and restaurant recommended by Michelin Guide for the McCarthy-Kennicott area. It’s ...more
Set on a hill, this 166-room hotel offers a bright, contemporary version on the classic rustic lodge style with native Alaska art in the lobbies. The lodge features a vaulted ceiling, comfortable lounges facing a stone fireplace, gift shop, tour desk, guest laundry, courtesy shuttle service and the Alpenglow Restaurant. The rooms feature colorful Alaskan décor and, at about 300 square feet, are some of the largest in the area. For even more ...more
Experience complete immersion in the wonders of wild coastal Alaska, and stay in spacious, bright yurts (circular, reinforced tent-like structures) on a private island in Humpy Cove. Inside, the yurts are warm and comfy with fireplaces, private bathrooms and private decks overlooking the cove all connected by extensive boardwalks. They water taxis is included along with sea kayaks, paddleboards, rowboats, and fishing gear. All of this is just a ...more
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.
One- and two-bedroom suites (that can sleep up to 7 people) make this centrally located hotel a great choice for families. Plus, you’ll find made-to-order breakfasts, along with the option of taking them to go, if you have early morning activities. Book a mountain view room for a breathtaking view of the surrounding Chugach Mountains.
Experience true remote Alaska at this fly-in wilderness lodge northeast of Denali National Park. Wood River Lodge lies at the base of a mountain with a river running past it, and since the 12-cabin lodge is only available to be rented in its entirety, you and your group of up to 50 people will have this rustic, historic gem all to yourselves. It’s an idyllic getaway for any large gathering, like a family event or corporate retreat.
Formerly the Seward Ranger Station, in 2017 it was renovated and turned into a modern hotel with six light-filled bedrooms. Each room has a queen-size bed, Wi-Fi, kitchenette, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee bar. It’s the perfect basecamp in Seward for outdoor enthusiasts. They’ll help you book kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing charters and more.
See website for other Princess properties open in 2021. Views abound at this unique downtown hotel, and each of the 200 oversized rooms has a balcony to look out at the Chugach Mountains and Inlet. Or just wander through the property and appreciate the Alaskan art and photographs.
This fly-in-only lodge features two secluded chalets set amid a stunning mixture of sea, forest, and a glacier-formed lake. Enjoy guided walks, custom zodiac tours on the lake, bonfires on the beach, and relaxation at your private chalet. The rate includes meals a day plus snacks, kayaks, and activities. Transportation is separate.
The Denali Bluffs is the closest to park entrance. The lobby greets you with a warm fireplace and large windows that look out onto the patio. If it’s a nice day, sit outside and enjoy a meal at the Mountaineer Grill & Bar. The 112 original Hillside Rooms and the new 64 room addition, the RiverView Premium Rooms, are nestled in to the shoulder of Sugarloaf Mountain, above the Denali National Park entrance. The hotel is designed to make ...more
Staying at the remote Kenai Backcountry Lodge within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offers a real taste of the wilderness. The lodge, located on a five-acre, private in-holding, began as a river-accessed hunting cabin back in 1935. Years later, the remodeled and expanded property is still road-free, and guests raft into the lodge. Alaska Wildland Adventures pride themselves on a ‘leave no trace’ style of eco-tourism.
Alaska’s Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge is a premier, full-service destination lodge in Halibut Cove adjacent to the Kachemak Bay State Park. Your hosts understand that experiencing Alaska’s great outdoors is a primary goal for those active in mind and spirit, so they have designed numerous guided adventures to choose from, including hiking, glacier kayaking & wildlife viewing. You can also add-on a fishing charter or bear viewing tour during ...more
Just 2.5 Hours from Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway, The Lodge at Black Rapids is an undiscovered gem.The peaks of the Alaska Range, trout-filled lakes, swift rivers, and alpine tundra surround the lodge, which is named for the Black Rapids glacier. The owners built the Lodge over nearly 10 years, designing it to fit into the landscape. There are six rooms in addition to the bunkhouse, with queen beds and private baths. Large windows ...more
The Lands End Resort sits at the very tip of the Homer Spit, offering incredible views of Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountain Range. Take a walk along the beachfront, then head to the shops, bars, and restaurants along the spit. If the views are too beautiful to leave, enjoy a meal at the hotel’s Chart Room restaurant. When it’s time for activities, a helpful staff of locals can provide recommendations and book your excursions.
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.
Stay at the Bridgewater Hotel, and you’re getting a front row seat on downtown Fairbanks.
Remote, exclusive, and all-inclusive, this family-owned lodge located north of the Arctic Circle on the edge of Gates of the Arctic National Park caters to independent travelers looking for comfort off the beaten path. The summer season offers hiking for all fitness levels, fishing, boating, and canoeing under the Midnight Sun. Only one group is booked at a time, and a ‘concierge guide’ is included for the duration of your trip.
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.
This private lodging business may be the ultimate way for independent travelers to stay in the famously just-off-the-grid McCarthy. They’re located just before the footbridge leading into town, so you can park your car right by your private guest house —without the hassle of parking and having your stuff schlepped over the bridge. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, the modern guest houses have great views of the Wrangell St. Elias ...more
Set at the end of the Alaska Highway in Delta Junction, the Trophy Lodge is the perfect place to stay if you’re driving between Alaska and Canada. Since it’s the only place in town that’s a hotel, restaurant, and bar all in one, Trophy Lodge is ideal for relaxing after a long day on the road, offering value and comfort in addition to convenience.
Indeed, the Harbor 360 Hotel has a pretty literal name: Located on Seward’s waterfront, this 96 room hotel offers stunning 360-degree views: You’ll see the Seward Small Boat Harbor and Resurrection Bay if you book a Harborside room, or the Kenai Mountains if you book a Mountainside room.
This intimate, 85-room lodge with amazing views is the perfect place to stay on the way to America’s largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias. Look out your window to the junction of the Klutina and Copper Rivers, 200 acres of wilderness, and the park’s awe-inspiring mountains.
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.
The Ultima Thule Lodge offers you two extremes — though extremes of the best kind possible. This unique and private lodge is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Alaska — they’ve hosted both the rich and famous — but it’s also tucked inside the vast wilds of the nation’s largest, and most remote, national park. Second generation hosts, Paul and Donna Claus (he an internationally revered bush pilot, she a retired ski racer and first class chef) ...more
Stonewood Lodge is a high-end, year-round, all-inclusive getaway to wild Alaska located on the shores of 50-mile long Lake Clark within the Bristol Bay Watershed. Summer activities include prime bear viewing and trophy fishing as well as snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing in the winter.
Looking for an intimate and accessible getaway with an authentic Alaskan feel? Alaska Wildland Adventure’s Kenai Riverside Lodge will fit the bill, with just 16 cabins set on the Kenai River, surrounded by 3,000-foot snow-capped mountains. This easy-access riverside lodge has a remote feel, but is still right on the road system. Meals are served family-style, creating a more intimate experience, and allowing you to mingle with fellow guests and ...more
Driftwood Inn presents a variety of lodging options, including hotel rooms, deluxe lodges, a family cottage, and an RV park — all of which have great views of Bishop’s Beach and Kachemak Bay. This family-owned and ‑operated inn and has free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers in most rooms, and a cozy lobby with a fireplace. And you’re within walking distance of coffee shops, bakeries, bookstores, and restaurants.
Kantishna is a historic goldmining district in the backcountry of Denali National Park. Among the most remote areas of the park, you can stay in a cozy cabin and spend your days playing, exploring and relaxing in the wilderness. Kantishna Roadhouse is the only lodge in the area with a full-service saloon.
Brand-new in 2021, this 74-room property with panoramic mountain views is a six-minute walk from the harbor of Resurrection Bay making it easy to catch a day cruise or fishing charter. You’ll also be just a mile from downtown’s shops and restaurants and you won’t even need a car for your stay here, thanks to a free shuttle to and from the railroad depot and cruise ship dock.
This lodge offers spectacular views of Mount McKinley and is situated within Denali State Park on the banks of the Chulitna River. Rooms offer nine-foot ceilings and fans; some offer amazing mountain views. When you’re not in your room, relax in the Great Room with its huge stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. Or, step outside and stroll one of the three nature trails, either on your own or on a guided, park ranger-led walk.
Discover cozy cabins, great food, and big Alaskan adventures at this intimate lodge that sits on the edge of the wilderness yet is super-accessible from Anchorage. It lies tucked in at the back of the Knik River Valley and at the end of Knik River Road, where Alaska’s real wilderness opens up, with mountain and river views — but without a flight or long drive. It’s the perfect place to escape for a few days, with lots of activities available from ...more
The family-run Denali Grizzly Bear Resort offers a variety of accommodations, great amenities, and amazing views of mountains and the Nenana River. And its location, six miles south of the Denali National Park Visitors Center but outside the main tourist area, means you’ll have easy park access without feeling crowded. Choose from their hotel rooms, private cabins, or campground.
Located within a 1700 acre native-owned wildlife sanctuary in the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park, the central lodge and 16 guest cabins of Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge have full views of Pedersen Glacier and easy access to wildlife-viewing adventures. The elegantly rustic lodge and secluded guest cabins pair modern comfort and environmental stewardship.
This cozy, family-run hotel features a range of comfortable studios and suites — some of which come with ocean views. Seafarer Suites is walking distance to local restaurants and art galleries, and just a few miles away from the Homer Spit.
Overlook the Nenana River in rustic elegance at the McKinley Chalet Resort, a recently remodeled upscale hotel just one mile from the Denali Park entrance. Heavy on cedar, the lodge has several buildings tucked into forest, all connected by boardwalks, and this Swiss chalet feel makes it more intimate than its 478 rooms suggest. Choose from deluxe rooms or upscale, cedar-lodge mini-sites. The “upper” rooms at the McKinley Chalet have great views ...more
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
The Hotel Edgewater is located on 5th Avenue, right in historic downtown Seward and just steps from the town’s great shops and restaurants. You’ll also be within a 2‑minute walk of a the Alaska SeaLife Center, and right across the street you’ll find the Resurrection Bay waterfront, featuring walking and biking paths. Comfortable rooms look out on Mount Marathon, Resurrection Bay, or the city.
The Alaskan Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a replica of one of the historic copper-mining buildings. It’s a luxurious property that sits in the heart of the ghost town and the center of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, surrounded by spruce and mountains. Curl up by the fireplace with a book, enjoy the home-cooked meals, and linger with a glass of wine on the deck that nearly juts out over the Kennicott Glacier. Choose from either the ...more
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.
The logo for the Soldotna B&B Lodge says it all: a guest who’s lounging in bed — while also fishing. This family-run fishing lodge directly on the Kenai River offers a relaxing place to soak up the sights and sounds of nature, while also delivering a front-row opportunity to do some of Alaska’s most famous, exciting fishing. All stays carry a two-night minimum, but most guests stay longer (an average of 5 – 7 days), which is easy to do given the ...more
Whether you’re looking to take your family off-grid for a bit of Alaska Adventuring, or for a great fishing spot with your buddies with incredible bear-viewing — or if you’re even an artist looking for inspiration — this lodge made up of newly renovated log cabins offers a customized ideal of bliss. It’s about 180 miles from the nearest road and offers an idyllic perch for exploring both the wilderness of Lake Clark National Park, as well as other ...more
Hotel Seward brings Alaskan history to life while serving up stunning views and comfortable rooms. Founded in 1905, you can peruse its unique history through displays in the lobby. There are room types for all travelers. The Alaskan wing features spacious rooms with an en-suite bath. The historic wing has European style rooms with a shared bath.
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in the only hotel in town, this is your chance. This charming, 11-room waterfront property is open year-round. Let this be your basecamp to Seldovia. Tidepool, kayak, hike, or rent a bike, gold cart, or paddle board from the hotel! And don’t not miss the hotel’s restaurant, the Boardwalk Pub & Grill.
This luxury resort, 40 miles from Anchorage in the town of Girdwood, is surrounded by seven glaciers. The spectacular scenery is popular in summer as well as winter, when you’ll find a full-on ski resort. It’s a romantic option that’s equally great for families.
This tiny cove, 10 miles from Seward, offers a combination of unplugged bliss, cool yurt living, and a kayaker’s paradise. The two “unplugged” yurts each come with a queen-size bed and full size sofa bed, a table and chairs, linens, and a kitchenette. You get unlimited use of kayaks during your stay — and given the amount of sunlight during summer, that means you can be paddling in and out of coves at midnight if you feel like it!
This Victorian-style, 94-room inn captures the spirit of the Klondike Trail with its Victorian décor, rustic setting and warm Alaskan hospitality. Located next to Skagway’s historic district, it’s convenient for shopping and entertainment in town. Perks include free ferry/airport pickup, free parking, Alaska Airlines Mileage plan and a guest computer.
This upscale Marriott comes with some great views of mountains, inlet, and city skyline. Take it in, or get up close by walking the nearby Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or Delaney Park strip. You’ll also be within walking distance of Anchorage’s restaurants and shops.
Anchorage’s tallest hotel is the best place to appreciate the gorgeous views of city and mountains – you may even see Denali on a clear day. You’ll also be within walking distance of the train depot and coastal trail, as well as the city’s terrific shops and restaurants.
Exploring Alaska’s backcountry lakes, forests and rivers is a phenomenal experience. Wilderness Place Lodge — tucked away on a remote river northwest of Anchorage — offers excellent access to nearly any freshwater fish you came to Alaska for, along with a unique eco-travel experience that comes with a high level of service, a variety of non-fishing activities and the mellow freedom to create an Alaskan experience that suits your own taste.
Anchorage’s luxurious grande dame hotel is considered by some to be the finest hotel in Alaska. The 20-story, 546-room hotel offers amazing views of the Chugach Mountains and even Denali. You’ll also find first-class restaurants and great amenities.
This fly-in lodge on a private lake in the Talkeetna Mountains is a great place to unplug. It is also an ideal destination to escape the crowds as the lodge only accommodates small groups of 10 or less. Take guided hikes to look for wildlife and enjoy nature, kayak, go fishing, pick wild berries, or just relax and enjoy the peace and blissful views.
An exclusive lakeside oasis with hideaway cabins accessible by car and only 7 miles south of Denali National Park entrance. In addition to luxurious accommodations, you can enjoy the art gallery, artisan bakery, and spacious lawn with a campfire circle and a lovely view of the Alaska Range.
The Northwoods Lodge is a remote lodge where visitors can find themselves in a 45 minute flight from Anchorage. The lodge specializes in guided fishing, and guests can enjoy 8 to 10 hours of fishing a day if they choose. Guides help you spin or fly fish for trophy king salmon, silver and sockeye salmon, or resident rainbow trout, arctic grayling and northern pike
This privately-owned downtown establishment dates back to 1939, but was completely renovated recently for an historic feel with modern amenities. You can’t beat the location, in the heart of Sitka’s historic district, where several landmarks from the National Registry are just minutes from your door. Adding to the convenience is an on-site, independently run restaurant.
At Camp Denali, you’ll immerse yourself in a remote backcountry, but with a cozy bed to settle into each night. Take in the quiet of the surrounding wilderness and enjoy the simple, sustainable amenities for around 38 guests. Here, the balance of “light touch on the land” and providing a comfortable stay is perfected. Refined rustic guest cabins, each of which claims a unique view of Denali, sleep from two to six people.
For a lot of travelers, exploring deep into Denali National Park, far from the crowds, sounds like the ideal way to experience the famous park. But not everyone wants to rough it out there — which is why this lodge is the perfect balance, a comfortable perch in seriously remote wilderness.
Located on a quiet ridgeline outside of Fairbanks, the Borealis Basecamp offers 20 elegant igloos and a new village with 5 aurora-viewing cubes, including a family suite 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.
One of the reasons Princess has risen to be the largest cruise and tour company in Alaska is the huge investment they’ve made in their lodges. The spacious new main building of the Denali Princess Lodge is a prime example with a 50-foot mural of Mount McKinley, grand staircases, and a 65-foot fireplace. The resort offers casual and fine dining, an expansive deck overlooking the Nenana River and Denali National Park, and a long list of amenities. ...more
Iconic and remote Alaskan adventure lodge in the Talkeetna Mountains, accessible by road just 60 miles north of Anchorage. Open year-round, you’ll stay in rustic, comfortable cabins with access to some of the best hiking and skiing in the world, just outside your door. The lodge and cabins sit dramatically above treeline, offering breathtaking mountain views and endless adventure opportunities.
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.
Outside of pitching a tent on a beach with the bears, you can’t stay any closer to the heart of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. The Glacier Bay Lodge, with its massive timbers, huge stone fireplace, network of boardwalks and rooms tucked into the trees, is the only lodging available within park boundaries. Fabulous views, a full-service restaurant, trails through the rainforest, camping and kayak drop-offs, mountain-bike and ...more