Hotels in Alaska
Depending on where you travel, hotels in Alaska range from luxurious, business-friendly hotels to quaint B & Bs, roadside lodges, rustic campgrounds and plush, all-inclusive wilderness lodges off the road system. Even if you are staying in a city or town, the best hotels in Alaska are run by locals who know how to help guests find flightseeing tours and day cruises, or can set you up with a kayak and point you to the best hiking trails nearby. Here are a couple of our favorite Alaska hotels:
The Hotel Alyeska: Surrounded by Chugach State Park in the small town of Girdwood, this Alaska hotel and ski resort offers guests easy access to the slopes. Come summer, you can make the most of the hiking trails as well as the scenic aerial tram, along with the year-round spa, fitness center, and indoor pool area.
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge. Located outside Wrangell Elias National Park - though it's not as well known as Denali, it's the biggest national park in the U.S. - this distinctive red-and-white hotel has a comfortably upscale vibe and great views of the mountains.
The former 1930's hunting outpost has a lakeside wood-fired sauna.
Stay at this private-island wilderness lodge.
The hotel is a wonderful relic of Alaska's pipeline-boom of the 1970’s.
Set more than 100 miles away from the nearest road, in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the Ultima Thule Lodge is one of the most authentic, and adventure-centric, in the 49th state. The owners—three generations of the Claus family—give their guests once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Book a one-room log cabin on a hillside, close enough to the main lodge for comfort and far enough for privacy. Cabins have gingham curtains, a big wooden bed, and gas-powered lamps. Ask for one with a view of Mt. McKinley.
Stay in one of the cabins on the lake. Eat freshly caught salmon grilled on an alder plank in the open kitchen of Cordon Bleu-trained chef-owner Kirsten Dixon. Hike and dogsled around the property, located right on the Iditarod trail.
Accessible only by boat, Alaska Wildland Adventures’ new property is a collection of 16 comfortably rustic log cabins set on a 1,700-acre wildlife sanctuary owned by Alutiiq natives. Here, the park is literally your backyard.
Stay at the lodge for prime bear-watching.
Reached via seaplane or boat, it has five private chalets and cabins and specializes in so-close-you-can-touch-it wilderness experiences. The food alone is worth the trip: local fishermen stop by several times a week with loads of salmon and oysters.