Hotels and Motels
The Alaskan Hotel (167 S. Franklin St., 907/586-1000 or 800/327-9347, www.thealaskanhotel.com) has reasonably priced downtown Juneau lodging in a historic setting. Built in 1913, this is Juneau’s oldest lodging place, with 45 small but surprisingly charming guest rooms. Bare-bones units with a shared bath and no TV cost $60 s or d, and nicer ones with private baths and TVs are $90 s or d; some of these include fridges and microwaves. Larger kitchenette units ($120) sleep four.
Try to get a room away from the bar and not on the second floor since these can get noisy when bands are playing. During the Folk Festival each April the Alaskan is the heart of the music scene, with impromptu jams in the halls and downstairs at all hours. The Alaskan is a classic—and rustic—place, so it may not please people expecting the latest in accouterments. Wi-Fi is available in the lobby and bar.
The newest local lodging place, Juneau Hotel (1200 W. 9th St., 907/586-5666, www.juneauhotels.net), is an all-suites hotel with separate bedrooms (1 queen $149 d, 2 queens $179 d) and full kitchens. It’s next to the Juneau-Douglas bridge.
Driftwood Lodge (435 W. Willoughby Ave., 907/586-2280 or 800/544-2239, www.driftwoodalaska.com) is convenient to town, with dated guest rooms (some with kitchenettes) for $94 d; one-bedroom units with kitchens cost $100 d, and two-bedroom units that sleep four are $110. The Driftwood provides a courtesy van to the airport or ferry terminal, and a guest computer.
Baranof Hotel (127 N. Franklin St., 907/586-2660 or 800/544-0970, www.westmarkhotels.com) is a nine-story downtown classic with a dark lobby and a romantic restaurant. It’s a favorite haunt of state legislators and lobbyists in the winter, and 20 of the guest rooms have kitchenettes ($229 d). Other guest rooms are $189 d, but units range widely; ask for a remodeled one. There’s a guest computer in the lobby and Wi-Fi. The higher levels offer the best views and the least street noise.
The seven-story Goldbelt Hotel Juneau (51 W. Egan Dr., 907/586-6900 or 888/478-6909, www.goldbelttours.com, $179–189 d) has a convenient downtown location, modern guest rooms with two doubles or one king bed, Wi-Fi, a good restaurant (The Zen), and free airport shuttle. Ask for a room facing the water.
A Beachside Luxury Inn (907/463-5531 or 888/879-0858, www.beachsidevilla.com) is across the bridge in Douglas, with a fine waterside location facing Juneau. This isn’t a B&B but has similar amenities, with lavishly appointed, immaculate guest rooms and a secluded location. Four guest rooms ($169–199 d) have kitchenettes (one features a unique waterfall tub), and the suite ($239 d) is really an apartment with a full kitchen and a Jacuzzi tub. All units include private entrances and Wi-Fi.
Mendenhall Valley and the Airport
Several of Juneau’s newer hotels are clustered around the airport in Mendenhall Valley. These lack the charm of the historic downtown places, and you will probably want a rental car to get around. Of course, they are also close to Mendenhall Glacier and offer the predictability of corporate lodging.
A recommended family place is Frontier Suites Airport Hotel (9400 Glacier Hwy., 907/790-6600 or 800/544-2250, www.frontiersuites.com, $159–189 d). It has a wide variety of rooms, all with full kitchens (including dishes), and some with jetted tubs. Three family units contain bunks. A free shuttle to the ferry and nearby airport is provided.
Super 8 Motel (2295 Trout St., 907/789-4858 or 800/800-8000, www.super8.com, $123 d) has reasonable rates, plus a continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, and courtesy shuttle. Some guest rooms include fridges and microwaves.
Also near the airport is Grandma’s Feather Bed (2358 Mendenhall Loop Rd., 907/789-5566 or 888/781-5005, www.grandmasfeatherbed.com, $199 d), a 14-unit motel with spacious rooms, whirlpool tubs, and a hot breakfast. Nearby (and with same owners) is Best Western Country Lane Inn (9300 Glacier Hwy., 907/789-5005 or 888/781-5005, www.countrylaneinn.com, $169–199 d), with standard motel rooms and a continental breakfast. Both places have guest computers, Wi-Fi, and a courtesy shuttle to downtown, the ferry, or the airport.
Newly renovated, Extended Stay Deluxe (1800 Shell Simmons Dr., 907/790-6435 or 888/559-9846, www.extendedstay.com, $150–160 d)—just a block from the airport and nine miles from downtown—has an indoor swimming pool, a hot tub, an exercise room, in-room kitchenettes, continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, and a free shuttle to town and the ferry.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition