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The 10 Most Popular Hotels in Alaska for 2024

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When it comes to planning an Alaska trip, it’s a fair understatement to say there’s a lot to consider. From choosing when to visit and how much you can afford to spend to working out the finer details of different towns you want to visit and stringing together an Alaska itinerary… I feel a bit overwhelmed just typing that all out!

One of the most important parts of planning your trip is choosing where to stay in each place you visit. Alaska has a different standard of accommodation than you might expect, and a high price-point doesn’t necessarily mean a five-star stay. However, there are a few tried and true hotels, inns, and B&Bs that are worth booking at whether it’s your first trip or you’re a return visitor.

Most Popular Hotels in Alaska 2023 Hero

To be honest, I didn’t stay in hotels very much while growing up in Alaska – why would I? – but I have stayed in many Alaskan hotels since my family moved away, and I began traveling back to Alaska 1-2 times per year. The ability to compare different hotels in the same area is a unique perspective I can offer over Alaskan locals giving advice – or other folks who might have only visited Alaska one time.

Having run this site for almost a decade, I’ve learned a lot about the places people want to stay in Alaska – and I’ve finally begun to dive into that data to help provide better suggestions for you. Below you’ll find a list of the 10 most popular hotels in Alaska, based on readers like you who booked hotels through my site last year. All of these hotels – well, almost all of them – are great options to start your Alaska hotel booking process.

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Determining the Most Popular Hotels in Alaska

For this post, I wanted to do something different and create a list of the hotels most booked through my site/social media that was unique compared to any other source on the internet.

My primary data source for determining the most popular hotels in Alaska is booking data I can see through the different websites people use to book their hotels that are linked on my site; the two primary websites people book through (other than hotel websites directly, which I can’t see) are Booking.com and Hotels.com.

I collected all of the data for bookings made (not bookings stayed) in 2023, and combined it to come up with this list. In the end, people booked a lot of different places through my site in 2023 (192 properties in all); here’s the data from my spreadsheet analysis:

Best Hotels in Alaska 2023

This chart shows that, though the hotels listed below are the ones most booked, there are plenty of other ones to book if you don’t like what you see (or they aren’t available on the dates you’re traveling).

The Most Popular Hotels in Alaska

Before jumping into my list, I thought it might be helpful to share all top 10 hotels in one place. The table below shows the most popular hotels in Alaska based on 2023 bookings, and how much the list has changed since last year.

Rank
(2023)
HotelChange
(from 2022)
1Grande Denali Lodge
2McKinley Creekside Cabins↑3
3McKinley Chalet ResortNew!
4Denali Bluffs Hotel↑3
5Denali Park Hotel↑1
6Seward Windsong Lodge↑2
7Harbor 360 Hotel Seward↓4
8Hotel SewardNew!
9Talkeetna InnNew!
10The Hotel Captain CookNew!

There are some hotels that I’m surprised are not on my list this year: Chena Hot Springs Resort near Fairbanks, for example, didn’t make my list this year after being #2 in 2023 – but that’s likely a result of the way my data is collected. If a hotel decides to stop using Booking.com or Hotels.com, I have no way of knowing if you – my readers – book through them.

So just because a hotel didn’t make my list this year doesn’t mean it’s bad or not worth staying at. It just means I don’t have a good data source to understand whether it’s popular with my readers.

Okay, ready to dive into the hotels that did make my list of the most popular hotels in Alaska?

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1. Grande Denali Lodge

Looking for the hotel people who visit my site are most likely to book in Denali – and Alaska as a whole? The Grande Denali Lodge holds tight to the #1 spot on my list this year – the second year in a row!

Like many hotels on this list, I have stayed at the Grande Denali Lodge, but it’s not the only place I’ve stayed in Denali – so it says something that this property stands head and shoulders above the rest on my list. (It has more than twice as many bookings than any other hotel on this list.)

What makes the Grand Denali so special is its position; it sits high on the slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain, with expansive views of the Nenana Canyon (aka “Glitter Gulch”) where the rest of the hotels are located. It even looks down on its sister property, the Denali Bluffs Hotel (which is #7 on this list).

My favorite part of the Grande Denali is the six cabins. These are well worth the extra cost per night to stay in an authentic Alaska log cabin with all the creature comforts and plenty of privacy. We stayed in the Bear Cabin in September 2021, and it was such a lovely stay – I wish we had longer than the one night (especially as it was interrupted by the northern lights!).

In 2024, the Grande Denali Lodge will be open from May 15th to September 17th; rooms start from $319 per night. Book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

2. McKinley Creekside Cabins

Here’s a hotel I haven’t personally stayed at, so I’m pretty impressed that it received enough bookings to take the #2 spot on my list!

Don’t mistake me though: I don’t not recommend McKinley Creekside Cabins; I’ve just never stayed there or even been on the property*. I do know of it, and know it’s a good option if you don’t want to, can’t afford to, or there isn’t availability to stay in the Nenana Canyon area during the Denali portion of your Alaska itinerary.

(*I probably have been on the property back during the days when I worked for Holland America Line, but that was – checks – over a decade ago, so…)

In any case, McKinley Creekside Cabins is a great alternative to some of the other properties on this list. It’s located south of the Denali National Park entrance, and is self-contained with a restaurant and tour operators on site. Guests stay in their own cabins, or lodge rooms depending on availability (go for the cabin!). Since the property is right along Carlo Creek, it’s also a great spot to stroll or relax with the babbling brook for a background soundtrack to your Alaskan experience.

In 2024, McKinley Creekside Cabins will be open May 17th through September 13th; rooms start from $246 per night. Book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

3. McKinley Chalet Resort

Back when I used to work in Denali, I actually lived on the grounds of the McKinley Chalet Resort. I know this property well, though I’ve never stayed here as a guest. I’m happy to see it rise up onto the list after being closed throughout the pandemic; it’s definitely somewhere I’d be happy to stay and recommend among the many options in the “Glitter Gulch” area of Denali.

Most rooms have been recently renovated and updated, and the on-site amenities are excellent. Add on the fact that it’s got a stunning view of the Nenana River and Mount Healy, plus is walking distance from the rest of the small commercial area, and you’re all set with the perfect base camp for your time in Denali. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself like me, wanting to spend the whole summer there!

The only two issues you might face here are spotty wifi due to the property’s large size and the fact you’re sharing it with lots of cruise guests (I’m already seeing limited availability for most of the summer probably due to those large numbers of travelers). Just some things to be aware of, especially when comparing with other properties on this list.

In 2024, the McKinley Chalet Resort will be open from around May 25th to September 20th; rooms start from $199 per night on shoulder dates. Book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

4. Denali Bluffs Hotel

Of the top 10 most-booked hotels on my site in 2023, five of them are in the Denali area. What that says to me is that Denali is one of the most popular destinations in Alaska (no surprise there), and that it’s absolutely bonkers to suggest skipping Denali because of the road closure (which some bloggers do!). I love Denali, I spent a summer working in Denali, and I want everyone to visit Denali – it’s totally worth it!

Back to where to stay in Denali, the Denali Bluffs Hotel also made my list this year. “The Bluffs” is a sister property to the Grande Denali Lodge, and a nice option if you can’t get a spot up on the hill. Rooms are spacious and have lovely views of Mount Healy across the Nenana River. There are several restaurants on-site; the Mountaineer Bar & Grill has awesome salmon chowder. It’s also a relatively easy walk from the property into the main commercial district of Glitter Gulch if you need to pick up some souvenirs or meet a tour guide for something like rafting or flightseeing.

In 2024, the Denali Bluffs Hotel will be open from May 17th to September 11th; prices start from $289 per night. Book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

5. Denali Park Hotel

I’m delighted that the Denali Park Hotel has made this year’s list again of the most popular hotels in Alaska; it’s somewhere I haven’t stayed, but is somewhere I recommend for where to stay in the Denali area. This is because – despite being up in Healy, about 10 miles north of the Nenana Canyon area and park entrance – Denali Park Hotel has a long heritage: it was built with part of the old McKinley Park Hotel.

Today, the hotel is pretty rustic; expect nice, cozy rooms with wood furniture and quilts for warmth, but nothing super fancy. Luckily, the Denali Park Hotel also offers their accommodation at a reasonable price. You’ll need a car if you want to stay here while visiting Denali (as opposed to taking the Alaska Railroad), but if you have that as part of your Alaska travel plans, this is a(nother) great option in Denali!

In 2024, Denali Park Hotel will be open from May 17th through September 15th. Rooms start from $169 per night. Book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

6. Seward Windsong Lodge

Looking for hotel options in the Seward area? The Seward Windsong Lodge is a long-time favorite, and continues to be among the most popular hotels in Alaska. It’s located a short drive out of town, which means you’ll either need to be patient and use the shuttle to transport to-and-from the harbor and downtown areas of Seward, or have a rental car and try to find parking spots.

In any case, the Seward Windsong Lodge is a lovely hotel I hadn’t stayed at until my visit in August 2022. Their newer buildings are beautifully designed and have balconies looking out over the forest; I spent my whole trip secretly hoping a moose would wander across the motif through my glass sliding doors.

Like most Alaskan hotels, the Windsong Lodge also has an on-site restaurant and coffee bar, so you can fuel up (or refuel after) your Alaskan adventures. The Resurrection Roadhouse has a really nice range of American classics and Alaskan specials.

In 2024, the Seward Windsong Lodge will be open from May 15th to some time in September (date unknown); rooms start from $198 per night. Book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

7. Harbor 360 Hotel Seward

Though it slipped a few spots this year, the Harbor 360 Resort is still well worth booking if you can find rooms on the dates you need – it’s hands down the best hotel location to stay in Seward.

Harbor 360 Resort is located right on the Seward marina, literally steps from the Major Marine Tours boats that are operated by its sister company. This means you can stay at the hotel, wake up, check-in, and walk right onto your boat for an incredible cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park.

The Harbor 360 Resort was formerly a Best Western (if memory serves), but was bought and refurbished to a much higher standard than many hotels in Alaska given the price point of rooms here. If you’re looking for somewhere comfortable, clean, and convenient to stay in Seward, Harbor 360 is it! (If they are totally booked, take a look at their sister property, the Gateway Hotel.)

The Harbor 360 Resort is open year-round and rooms start from $159 per night in the off-season. Book on Booking.com.

8. Hotel Seward

One thing I love about writing this list is the chance to see where people like you – fellow Alaska travelers – stay during your trips. Often – almost always – that’s the same places I stay during my trips, but sometimes it’s somewhere I recommend based on reputation but have never spent a night myself. Such is the case for the Hotel Seward.

Located in a historic building in the heart of downtown Seward, the Hotel Seward balances budget-friendliness with comfort. Like many properties on this list, you might find it a bit rustic or dated, but it’s well up to Alaskan hotel standards and offers a nice alternative to some of the more expensive Seward properties on this list.

Best of all, the Hotel Seward has lots of distinctly Alaskan charm: taxidermied trophies from hunts and fishing trips, a charming rich wood bar, and essential amenities in each room to help you prepare for days of adventure in Kenai Fjords.

The Hotel Seward is open year-round and rooms start from $139 per night in the shoulder season. Book on Booking.com

9. Talkeetna Inn

It seems like every year I write this list, there’s one property I have never actually recommended here on my site – but which Alaska travelers like the look of so much that they book anyway… which means, of course, that I need to go check it out for myself!

This year, that honor falls to the Talkeetna Inn, which should not be confused with the Talkeetna Alaska Alaskan Lodge. This is a rustic but charming property much closer to Talkeetna proper (I can’t really call it “downtown,” given Talkeetna’s size), which is probably why people have been booking it.

The rooms are – by looking online – no frills and quite dated, but the price can’t be beat; while they haven’t released their summer 2024 rates, I’d guess they’re about half of the nicer properties in the area.

I obviously can’t give my own personal endorsement, but if you’re considering the Talkeetna Inn, I feel confident saying that past Alaska travelers have been satisfied enough that ou will be too.

The Talkeetna Inn is open year-round, and rooms start from $109 per night in the winter; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

10. The Hotel Captain Cook

After not making the list last year due to the way I collect data for this list, the Hotel Captain Cook has rightly taken a spot this year. This Anchorage area hotel is my go-to recommendation, the only one in Anchorage on my list this year, and it’s where I try to stay whenever I’m booking a hotel (sometimes my trips make more sense with other types of accommodation, such as when traveling with my brother in August 2023 when we needed multiple bedrooms).

Comprised of three towers, my favorite is Tower 2, with northward views of the Alaska Range – if you can ask for that, it’s well worth it! I’ve been fortunate to stay at the Hotel Captain Cook several times, most recently in 2022. It’s one of the nicest properties in Alaska from the quality to the amenities on-site; I regularly stop for meals at Fletcher’s even if I’m not staying there! You won’t find the design-forward style of the Lower 48, but they are luxurious and comfortable.

The Hotel Captain Cook is open year-round; rooms start from $275 per night in the winter. Book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

Which of these hotels will you be staying at during your Alaska trip? Let me know any questions in the comments below!


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