on September 30, 2010
This was a bargain I scored through AARP nearly a year before our trip. With a rack rate of over $150 at the time of our trip, we were lucky to have it for just $65+ tax/night for the first night and $72+ tax/night for the second. While the location isn’t great given its proximity to the airport, it is definitely a good location for most visitors to Fairbanks. It is an especially great location for those coming to town to visit in March during the International Ice Art Championships or the Open North American Championships (ONAC) sled dog races. For us, it worked out to be a good landing place upon our arrival into Fairbanks . . . and for the night before our departure home at the end of our great adventure.We had the standard king suite which was a very nice sized room complete with a sofa that could also be used to sleep one, hence the room rated for three people total. We also had a small mini refrigerator and coffee maker. The hotel also had a decent breakfast for all guests, featuring waffles, biscuits & gravy, an assortment of fresh fruit, plus some breakfast pastries and muffins. Add coffee, hot tea or juice and it was a breakfast good enough to get the day started.They also have an indoor swimming pool with a hot tub, although the hot tub was out of service during our two visits. The lobby was spacious and provided a nice place for folks to lounge by the fireplace if they wanted to get out of their room for whatever reason.They provide "on the hour" airport shuttle, which is convenient for the 15 minute ride to FAI Airport. One drawback to this location is that it is a bit remote, with nothing within walking distance, especially if you want or need a restaurant nearby. My recommendation would be to try to get a rental car and enjoy getting around the city. While they do have taxis, I have found that booking far enough out, you can get decent rental car rates. (We paid an average of $25/day for the three total days we had a rental car in town . . . also booked last fall via AARP.)I found the young lady who checked us in for both stays as very nice and accommodating. She was friendly, offering to provide assistance to guests to find local attractions around town. The manager, however, who checked us out on our final morning in Fairbanks was a bit of a snit . . . giving me the third degree about "who I knew" to get such a great rate. When I told him it was booked through AARP, he challenged it saying that they only get 10% discounts and the weekend rate on our room was $189/night.Oh well . . . I was prepared to show him my e-mail confirmation of the reservation made last fall but he finally backed off and closed out our receipt when I told him we had a flight to catch. I may consider staying here again in the future, especially since they are right next to the Ice Park where the International Ice Art Championships are held each March. I’ll need to get another great rate, however, to do it.p.s. For those traveling with pets, they do allow dogs for an additional per night fee.
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