The Best in Fairbanks Lodging

Whether you need Fairbanks lodging for your summer or winter vacation ~ or a place to stay for business travel, Fairbanks has the perfect accommodations (starting at around $25 a night! no kidding!)

There are more than 106 places to stay in the Fairbanks area (more if you count campgrounds and new found friends).

All but 16 of those Fairbanks lodging options are open in the winter, so there are still plenty of places to stay when the snow flies and the Northern Lights show up. Plus lodging in Fairbanks is cheaper in the winter!

Fairbanks Lodging List is a list of almost all the places to stay in Fairbanks. However, choosing the best place to stay in Fairbanks isn't that easy.

So we put together a list of our favorites to help you. If you have Fairbanks lodging that you would recommend, or if you are a local business owner who'd like us to review your accommodations, please fill in the "Lodging Recommendations" form.

  • The Best Hotels in Fairbanks are four I've listed below (in my humble opinion!) Read about them, check them out. If you don't agree, of if they are full up, you can check out our alphabetical listing of hotels on other pages in our site.

  • Of course I also talked up the three coziest Best Bed and Breakfasts in Fairbanks: If these are full, or are not in the area you want to stay, you can follow this link for a complete listing of over 60 Bed and Breakfasts in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

  • What are the in Fairbanks? It absolutely depends on what you have in mind.

  • How about campgrounds? or Cabins run by Parks and Recreation? If you want a "tough Alaskan" kind of experience and are really budget-minded, campgrounds are a good place to stay. We have some right here in the middle of town, and spread out in the more remote areas of the Borough. I think the ones right in town close down in winter, but plenty of opportunity for winter camping outside of the City of Fairbanks!

    Best Hotels in Fairbanks

    The Alpine Lodge is a wonderful new, locally owned hotel right near the Fairbanks International Airport (2 minutes to get there!). It is non-smoking and is a Green Hotel! The staff are friendly and accommodating and they take pride in being helpful. The whole place is clean, and it smells and looks good. There is coffee/tea service around the clock and a complimentary continental breakfast. People I've talked to say they get way more than they pay for!

    The Bridgewater Hotel is right on Chena River in Downtown Fairbanks. If you are coming in the summer and like the amenities of a hotel and the personal feel of a bed and breakfast, this quaint, European style hotel may be just for you. But they are only open in the summer and with only 94 rooms, they book up fast!

    The Wedgewood Resort is a great place for extended stays as they have very comfortable 1 and 2 bedroom suites right near DownTown Fairbanks, some of the best in Fairbanks lodging. There are several restaurants both on the property and nearby and grocery stores are walking distance. You can hike (or x-country ski in the winter) miles of nature trails in the Creamers Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. The Alaska Bird Observatory is right on the property where opportunities for birding and wildlife viewing are amazing. They plan to open a new Wedgewood Wildlife Refuge in the Fall of 2008. In the winter you can even ask for a Northern Lights Wake-up call!

    The WestMark is a big hotel (with 2 wonderful restaurants) in a great DownTown Fairbanks location. It is an easy walk to museums, shopping, restaurants and coffee shops. And if you don't have a rental car, it is just around the corner from the City Bus System so you can visit other Fairbanks sites. Owned by Holland America, it is built to cater to the cruise crowd ... and they have figured out how to give guests a homey, personalized feeling. And you can bring your dog 'cause it is now a Pet Friendly Hotel!

    Best Bed and Breakfasts

    Ah, Rose Marie is in an historic DownTown Fairbanks home with a homey parlor and everything! It is owned and operated by John Davis and he loves helping his guests learn all about the wonderful activities and sites available within walking distance. In fact, when you first arrive John will sit down and talk to you about all the places and activities on the
    Map of DownTown Fairbanks he created for his guests. I hear his omelets are amazing.

    University View B& B is in the beautiful home of my friends Mary Christiansen and Felix Bambury-Web. The neighborhood is quiet and you can sit on the wrap-around, covered porch and enjoy the flowers and the forest. Their second deck is on the roof and offers a perfect spot for viewing the Northern Lights in winter and really does have a nice view of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which is only a few miles away.

    Best Hostels and Backpacker Accommodations

    Billies Backpacker Hostel is a quirky, comfortable place to rest your head for the night. Billie will greet you with a smile all year round and is in a great location choice for your Fairbanks lodging, just minutes away from the University and the Airport.

    Go North Hostel is an adventurer's base camp and resource center. You can plan your wilderness expeditions, prepare your equipment and baggage, arrange transportation, and meet other adventure travelers who are doing similar things. They have tent-cabins with 5 beds each (not bunks). They offer bike and canoe rentals and a shuttle for minimal price. This is a great place to stay!