For all my coming and going I stayed here almost 3 weeks in a span of 5 months.
The majority of the staff are very friendly and accommodating save for one sour apple.
There is ample illuminated parking, card keys are required after hours (as will all hostels).
The rooms are reasonably clean, the kitchen has more than enough space for 6 people to cook simultaneously, and storage options are sufficient.
They even have a varied collection of books and couches to sit and read on the first level.
Downstairs is where you will find the kitchen, laundry, tables, chairs, couches, storage and one antiquated projection television; not to mention my favorite.
The best box in the whole Hostel... The "Take what you need, leave what you dont" box.
In other words, all the useful stuff that you have no more use for; you can leave it in the box for others to forage... For Example, do you really want to drag the fire-extinguisher sized can of Bear Mace back home with you... No? Well your problem is now someone elses tresure.
If you are going to be using the kitchen facilities and you are new to the whole Hostel life; make sure that you label your food with your name and the date when you bought it… and expect starving students to pilfer your eggs and cheese on occasion.
I do have a small complaint concerning insufficient ventilation in the rest rooms/showers. Another complaint would be that there is only 1 pay phone upstairs, and the queue to use it can become quite long.
In the summertime this facility attracts amazing people from all around the world.
On any given day it is normal to hear 10 plus foreign languages in the reception and kitchen areas.
Another fascinating feature would be that the guests are encouraged to leave their personal mark on the walls/floor/ceiling which makes for some intriguing artwork and stories left scrawled upon otherwise forbidden tapestries.
If you feel the urge to graffiti, the reception desk with happily supply you with colored pens.
Great place, great people… I left a heap of friends behind when it was time for me to leave. :-)
- Also Known As:
- Alaska Backpackers Hotel
- Alaska Backpackers Hotel Anchorage
- Alaska Backpackers Inn Anchorage
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anchorage's largest, most affordable, and newest Hostel. We are a Hostel (not a full service hotel) that offers discounted accommodations for all tastes and budgets. We offer the best value for your money in a clean, safe, fun and sociable environment. Save money to go on tours, backpacking, hiking, or whatever works for you! This is the perfect place to start your Alaskan Adventure. We are located in Downtown Anchorage. We are walking distance from the train and bus station. We offer dormitories starting at $25 during the summer with 2 to 4 beds. We also offer standard private rooms (shared bathrooms) and deluxe private rooms (shared bathrooms, only this time there is one bathroom per two rooms). We also provide full one bedroom private suites with full kitchens and bathrooms. Best prices in town!!! Our hostel also has a club house where travelers get to socialize and exchange adventures. We have a barbecue area with picnic tables and a fire pit for enjoying the great Alaskan summer.Televisions come with cable channels. Guestrooms also feature complimentary wireless Internet access, and blackout drapes/curtains. ... more less
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