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Where to Stay in Homer: 7 Spots with Stellar Views & Amenities

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It might not seem like it if you’ve read any other articles I’ve written about Alaska, but I swear, it’s possible: even I get befuddled when planning my return trips to Alaska. While I grew up in The Last Frontier, there are – of course – places I haven’t visited (or haven’t visited much), and Homer is one of them. Somehow, in 15 years of calling Alaska home, I never visited!

Don’t worry though: I remedied this during a trip in 2022, which meant doing all my own research (both in advance and on the ground) to ensure I had the best trip possible – and learned all I could to help you do the same. This included a lot of research about where to stay in Homer, because there are several distinct areas (on the Spit, in town, out of town, etc.) and each property also has something special to offer.

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In the end, I had a great trip, and I’m confident you will too – even if you don’t stay at the place I did during my trip (which is on this list in addition to several other places I considered). Hopefully, this list will help you start to narrow down your choices and end up staying somewhere that works for your travel budget, style, and with the amenities you need.

I can say for sure that if you pick any of these places, you’re in for a treat: there’s a reason Homer is one of most Alaskan’s favorite places to visit, and you’ll soon see it for yourself! Let’s dive into the list of the places I recommend for where to stay in Homer.

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Land’s End Resort

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If you’re looking for the most quintessential – and picturesque – place to stay in Homer, Land’s End Resort is the place. It’s located literally at the end of the Homer Spit, overlooking Katchemak Bay. You almost feel like you’re at the end of the world, and the views almost justify the price you’ll pay. (This is one of the spendier/more “overpriced” places to stay in Homer, depending on your budget and perspective.)

You can go for a walk on the beach or just look for sea life (whales, otters, seals, sea birds, you name it!) from your room window. The on-site restaurant – The Chart Room – boasts fresh, locally sourced food, and is one of the spots I recommend for where to eat in Homer.

If you’re sold on this hotel, you should book early for peak season, as it’s a very popular spot that fills up quickly.

Rooms start from $75 per night in the off season, but are more in the $200-$400 per night range during the peak, summer months. Book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

Otter Beach Lodges

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Otter Beach Lodges is your other option if you’re keen to stay out on the end of the Spit but don’t want to book Land’s End Resort – or can’t due to availability. The property offers spacious rooms and cozy beachfront lodges.

It’s a great option for families as you’ll find more comfort; the rooms feature kitchenettes, smart TVs in most, custom furniture, sleeper sofas, and free wifi. Oh, and beachfront rooms also have a private deck overlooking the bay. The bay-front lodges come with one to three bedrooms, full kitchens, a laundry room, living and dining areas, and a private deck with jaw-dropping views. 

Rooms start from $169 per night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

Ocean House Inn

During my own (first!) trip to Homer in 2022, I decided to stay at Ocean House Inn. This was partly a matter of practicality, and partly a matter of budget – much like many of you, I am not made of money even when I’m on the road researching Alaska articles for this site!

In any case, I settled on Ocean House Inn because it too has sweeping views of Katchemak Bay and the mountains beyond; you can also see the Homer Spit from this property, which makes for fantastic pictures if the weather cooperates!

The rooms themselves are all different: this property is a hodge-podge of different options, ranging from multi-room condos with kitchen space to the small top-story room I booked (Little Mermaid) which had the basics (bed, bath, coffee maker) but plenty of creature comforts (the bed was so comfy!) and a small porch on which I enjoyed my morning coffee. As far as where to stay in Homer, I obviously recommend it as it’s where I chose – but it’s also a really nice alternative to other places mentioned so far.

Rooms range from $199 to $629 per night with a two-night minimum; book directly on their website.

Homer Inn & Spa

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If you’re stressed out and in need of a big dose of self-care, Homer Inn & Spa stands out as one of the top Homer hotels for those who want a relaxing experience. The owners go beyond to make sure you are pampered from the time you step into their place, and rested and relaxed when you leave.

Everything is fantastic, from the private hot tub on the deck overlooking the ocean and mountains to the daily chocolate delivery to your room to the otters and seals right outside the window to the gorgeous spa. As you might expect, it’s a bit of a splurge since you’re getting a lot of luxury touches and amenities, but if that’s what you’re looking for – this is a great option.

Rooms start from $285 per night; book on Booking.com or Hotel.com.

The Lighthouse

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Perched on the cliffs overlooking Homer Spit, The Lighthouse is a hidden gem for those who aren’t local to Alaska. Before I say anything else, the views from here are just breathtaking: mountains and water, glaciers and the Spit… it’s picture-perfect! (Okay, I know that so far, every property I’ve recommended has that – can you tell what I love about the places I’m recommending for where to stay in Homer?!)

You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home in these apartments.  All units come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with streaming services (not that you’ll want to look at the screen at all!), and a private bath with a hairdryer and hot tub. There’s also a microwave and fridge to make your own meals, or reheat delicious leftovers from local restaurants. There’s also a washer/dryer available if you find yourself at that point of your trip while in Homer. (I’ve been there – actually, I wish I’d had this during my Homer stay because I had been hand-washing clothes in the sink the night before in Anchorage!)

Rooms start from $192.50 per night; book directly on their website.

Baycrest Lodge

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Baycrest Lodge is famous for being one of the best places to stay in Homer. This lodge blends modern comfort with the Alaskan wilderness; it’s worth noting that it is a little bit further out of town (back up the Sterling Highway), so be prepared to not have close access to the main amenities of town, and you’ll have to drive a bit to get out onto the Spit (about 15 minutes).

Their houses feature fully equipped kitchens, a fire pit, a natural gas Weber grill, and a hot tub on the porch – you’ll love sitting around the huge fire pit at night. The only drawback other than location (if that bothers you) is its proximity to the road; you may hear car traffic noise and interrupt your relaxation experience.

Rooms start from $215 per night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

Aspen Suites Homer

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Ideal for extended stays, Aspen Suites Homer provides well-equipped suites with kitchenettes; the property screams convenience, especially if you want to have a longer stay in Homer. I haven’t stayed at their Homer location, but Mr. V and I did stay in the Aspen Suites in Sitka and it was a really nice option I wish we’d had longer to enjoy (we only had two nights).

While not out on the Spit, Aspen Suites in Homer is centrally located, and the trail down to Bishop’s Beach is right next to the hotel; it’s also within easy walking distance of the grocery store and several fantastic restaurants. You’ll also enjoy the convenience of laundry facilities and pet-friendly rooms. The only difference with most hotels in this list is that it lacks waterfront views. However, the comfort and practicality it offers make up for it, and it’s a great option for longer stays and/or families.

Rooms start from $143 per night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

Have any other questions about the places I recommend for where to stay in Homer, or other properties I didn’t include on this list? Let me know in the comments below!


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I was born on the East Coast and currently live in the Midwest – but my heart will always be out West. I lived for 15 years in Alaska, as well as four years each in California and Washington. I share travel resources and stories based on my personal experience and knowledge.

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