Chena Hot Springs was a great winter get-away and a perfect location for Aurora viewing. I was fortunate enough to have clear nights all four nights of my stay at Chena, and the Aurora showed up every single night. I took the Snow Coach up to Charley Dome every night, so I can’t comment on viewing from the resort grounds, but the location up on the hill was perfect for Aurora viewing. It was unobstructed, away from any light pollution of the lodge, and a very pretty location. The Snow Coach ride itself is pretty uncomfortable. They pack you in tighter than coach seats on a plane. But it was worth it to get to the top of the hill.
I had never been in hot springs before, and I fell in love with the hot springs at Chena. The combination of the hot water and the cold outside air was wonderful. Plus the view of the surrounding hills from the springs was lovely.
I found the staff (with very limited exceptions) to be extremely friendly & enthusiastic.
The restaurant has quite a large selection of items, and overall the food was very good. I never felt stuck by having only one restaurant option.
I stayed in the Moose Lodge, which I understand is the “newer/better” part of the lodge. The rooms were fine, but they could definitely use a bit of an update. If they would make the investment to update the rooms, I’d say this could be an absolutely perfect winter resort. Because of the rooms, I don’t think I’d ever be drawn back here in the summer. There are much more spectacular areas of Alaska to visit for wilderness activities in the summer, and without the draw of the Aurora, or the hot springs on cold days, I don’t think Chena would measure up. But... because of the location for the Aurora, and the hot springs, it is wonderful in the winter.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia and Hotels.com so you can book your Chena Hot Springs Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Chena Hot Springs Hotel Pleasant Valley