The Cordova Chamber’s website (www.cordovachamber.com) has links to most local lodging places. Add a 12 percent lodging tax to the rates below.
In the heart of town on 1st Street, the Alaskan Hotel (907/424-3299) is an old-time place with eight clean and well-maintained guest rooms over the Alaska Bar. Noise and smoke carry up from below on weekends, but it’s inexpensive and authentic. Six simple rooms with no phones or TVs and a bath down the hall are only $50 d; larger rooms with private baths cost $74 d.
Operated by the Salvation Army, Red Shield Inn (514 1st St., 907/424-3134, $90 d) is certainly Cordova’s most unique lodging choice. Two furnished studio apartments are available with full kitchens (including dishes and pans) and two double beds; book a month or more ahead for the peak of summer.
The Reluctant Fisherman (407 Railroad Ave., 907/424-3272, www.reluctantfisherman.com, $150–170 d) provides pleasant accommodations, plus a popular restaurant and lounge. Rooms are large, but request a remodeled unit facing the harbor. A continental breakfast is included, along with Wi-Fi and guest computers.
Built in 1910, Northern Nights Inn (500 3rd St., 907/424-5356, www.northernnightsinn.com, $75–115 d) has four newly renovated rooms with private baths and entrances, kitchenettes, and Wi-Fi in a lovely downtown home above the harbor.
The Prince William Motel (501 2nd St., 907/424-3201 or 888/796-6835, www.pwmotel.com, $120 d) has 16 attractive rooms. All include fridges, microwaves, and Wi-Fi; kitchenettes are $20 extra.
An old cannery just north of Cordova has been transformed into Orca Adventure Lodge (907/424-7249 or 866/424-6722, www.orcaadventurelodge.com, Mar.–Sept., $155 d). The rambling buildings sit right on the water. The old bunkhouse rooms are very plain but include private baths and ocean vistas. Meals are available (good breakfasts) along with kayak rentals. You can also book a wide range of activities, from white-water rafting and flightseeing in summer to wintertime heli-skiing.
Bayside B&B (907/424-3675, www.cordovabayside.com, $85 d) is a comfortable home two miles out of town along Orca Inlet. The unit includes two beds, a private bath, and a stocked kitchenette to create your own breakfast.
Bear’s Den Cabins (a.k.a. Eyak River Lodge, 907/424-7168, www.alaskaeyakriverlodge.com, May–mid-Oct., $150–200 d) consists of five delightful cabins (with kitchens, private baths, and a canoe) situated along the Eyak River six miles from town. The largest cabin sleeps eight. During the silver salmon season in August–September the rate is $200 per day per person, including a skiff and motor.
For something unique, Cordova Rose Lodge (1315 Whitshed Rd., 907/424-7673, www.cordovarose.com, Apr.–mid-Oct., $135 d) has rooms in a converted landlocked barge filled with nautical antiques and photos. The private lighthouse actually acts as a navigation aid for ships. Rates include a full sourdough pancake breakfast and a sauna.
Cordova Lighthouse Inn (907/424-7673, www.cordovalighthouseinn.com) has the same owners and a great location right next to the small boat harbor. Six guest rooms ($135 d) and two suites ($199 d) all include private baths, fridges, Wi-Fi, and access to a big kitchen. Request a harbor-side room.
Two comfy places provide private apartments or homes three miles out of town near Eyak Lake: Bear Country Lodge (907/424-5901, www.bearcountrylodge.net, $100–125 d) and Eyak River Hideaway (907/424-3922, www.eyakriverhideaway.com, $125 d, $225 for up to 4 people).
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition