I was lucky to get a room at all but when I rolled into the parking lot I wasn't so sure I wanted to stay here at all. At first impression I sure didn't want to leave my rent-a-rocket SUV in the parking lot over night but the town was booked solid due to two conventions in town. Upon entering the circa 1920's lobby, it was at best chaotic. It appeared a group of travellers requiring a dozen rooms or so was trying to check in . The regular front attendant wasn't there and a rather frazzled looking woman was doing her best to help everyone get settled. Fortunately I was ahead of that group of loud young people and their chaperones. They all looked like they had just come back from a shopping trip at Eddy Bauer's. I have never seen so many back packs in one room.
Originally I'm sure I got the last room available in town. It was a pet friendly, smoking room but that's all that I could find after calling a dozen other places. When it was my turn to check in the lady at the desk mustered up her best smile and said, "You don't want a smoking room do you?" I said not if I could help it and with that she gave me a room on the second floor overlooking the parking lot, a museum and the mighty Yukon River.
The room was spartan but spotless, which makes up for a lot in my books. I think my room had been renovated recently because other than looking dated it was in decent shape. It even had a recliner that looked like it came from IKEA. I've been in newer hotel rooms that didn't look as good at this one. The bed must have been comfortable because after nine hours of flying, a long walk around town and a really good dinner at the Klondike Ribs and Salmon BBQ. I slept like a hibernating bear even with the window ajar. An added bonus was, mine and every other SUV in the parking lot was still there in the morning and still in one piece. I haven't been able to come up with a good description of the area but it was sort of like the seedier part of a national mountain park town. It's interesting to look at the points of interest around the town and the mishmash of architecture. Whatever it is, the area may be old but the streets are as clean as a whistle.
Whitehorse is an interesting town and this hotels is in an interesting and older part of town. I was a little skeptical at first but in light of the clientele they serve, the staff and the cleanliness of the room. I would stay there again. It ain't fancy by any stretch of the imagination but it is a bit of an oasis in an area that in any other city you may well want to avoid.
It has a Japanese/Korean fusion restaurant that I did not get to try but I enjoy both of those cuisines and would do so if my stay was longer.
Even the bar patrons of the bar next door seemed friendly enough although no one offer me a hit of whatever it was that they were smoking. Fair enough, I look like a retired cop.
Would I like to visit Whitehorse again and would I stay there again. You bet.
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