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Top of the World Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barrow
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 July 2014

This is a new hotel which no doubt was logistically difficult to build near the Arctic. It is a modular construction with a gift shop, lobby, and restaurant. I felt the facility was very nice. However, our room stayed perpetually hot even with the heat off and the window open. I suspect it was because of the two floors below us heating up our room. There was no room service, but a nice restaurant down stairs. The service in the restaurant was a bit slow, sometimes out of things, and the prices high (to be expected in Alaska). I really liked the proximity room keys (RFID) which is the first I have seen anywhere.

Overall, a great hotel

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Monica F, Marketing Manager at Top of the World Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Thank you for your kind words about the hotel. Please accept our apologies for the temperature in your room and the restaurant situations. The proximity room key technology is the first here in Barrow. The time and effort that you put into writing your review is very much appreciated. Respectfully, Monica Felland, Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 18 July 2014

My family and I spent the night on 7/16/14 for our first visit in Barrow. The hotel is beautiful, staff friendly and personable, and the rooms were extremely nice. When my husband and I travel, we stay in 4 - 5 star hotels. We have been in Alaska for two weeks traveling around the state staying a few days in each area, and this is absolutely the best hotel we've stayed in so far. When my kids opened our room door, they exclaimed - "WOW, this room is beautiful!" No issues with any part of the hotel. I highly recommend it if you go to Barrow!!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Monica F, Marketing Manager at Top of the World Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Thank you for your generous praise and we are glad to hear that you were so pleased with the hotel. The time and effort that you put into writing your review is very much appreciated. Respectfully, Monica Felland, Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

This hotel is of the standard of a Hilton Garden Inn but when you consider the logistics of running a hotel above the Arctic Circle it becomes a 4 star! I stayed here one night in June 2014 and also stayed for a week at The King Eider Inn.
The restaurant is very good by Barrow standards although the service is very slow. It could be just growing pains as the new hotel opened just 1 month ago. The old hotel burned down last year.
Staff was very friendly and personable. All staff spoke english fluently.
The nicest hotel in Barrow but also the priciest.
It was nice to have the hotel shuttle waiting for me at the airport.
Internet was fine. No issues.
FYI- Barrow is a dry town and when I checked in I was advised twice that I was not allowed to have liquor in the room.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Monica F, Marketing Manager at Top of the World Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Thank you for your kind words and praise. Please accept our apologies regarding the restaurant. The time and effort that you put into writing your review is very much appreciated. Respectfully, Monica Felland, Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

I really liked this hotel. It is new as of April 2014. The rooms were very nice and clean. The staff was courteous and their English speaking was very good and the computers worked fine. No issues at all. Beds were very comfortable. The restaurant in the hotel had decent food.

A few things to remember. All hotels in Alaska are pricey. Air conditioning is not an option, they don't need it. The rooms are a little smaller than the average US hotel. No points deducted for any of these things. This hotel was much nicer than the Millenium Hotel which I stay at in Anchorage a couple days earlier.

On other note about Barrow. It is a very dusty, muddy town. They built up the roads and have to water them down regularly. You won't see a car wash or clean vehicle. Everything is dirty. The Top of the World Hotel is like an oasis in the dirt. They do a great job of keeping it clean.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Monica F, Marketing Manager at Top of the World Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful review. Your kinds words and keen assessment is sure to assist other travelers. The time and effort that you put into writing your review is very much appreciated. Respectfully, Monica Felland, Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

The hotel staff seem new at their position but I think they are young and able to learn. They were polite but not very accommodating. We met Christina at the airport, we took her tour, LOVED it (and her) but she also helped us at the hotel. It was good to have someone so friendly be with us for the whole time in Barrow. The hotel is nice, clean and new. The bathtub doesn't get real hot like I like but the rooms are so COMFY!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Monica F, Marketing Manager at Top of the World Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Thank you for your kind words and we are glad to hear that you were so pleased with the tour and the guide’s assistance at the hotel. The time and effort that you put into writing your review is very much appreciated. Respectfully, Monica Felland, Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

During the last week of June, 2014, I stayed at this establishment on 2 different occasions (one stay was 2 nights and the other stay was one night). The new hotel is top notch and vastly superior to the old hotel. The on-site restaurant has tasty food and a fairly large variety on the menu. It is now the best hotel in Barrow. The location is a bit removed from downtown. This location makes for a long walk to other dining establishments but it is a short taxi ride to restaurants, the AC store, the Inupiat Heritage Center, and other places of interest.

Room Tip: All rooms have scenic views of the ocean, the downtown area, or other vistas. Rooms looking west ov...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Mark M
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Monica F, Marketing Manager at Top of the World Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Thank you for your generous praise of the new hotel. Your notes are sure to assist other Barrow travelers. The time and effort that you put into writing your review is very much appreciated. Respectfully, Monica Felland, Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Inupiat front desk clerks are nice people but their English is weak. Therefore, any transaction or upgrading of rooms is at least a ten minute process. The hotel's computer system, for their usage anyway, never worked. Fortunately, I had sufficient cash to pay the bills, including the restaurant.
The deluxe rooms look out over the Article Ocean but not RIGHT over. There. Is a lot of mud, debris, shacks and a road between the ocean and you.
Two ways to look at this-- it's remarkable that there. Is any decent hotel here. On the other hand, the rooms are expensive and advertised as "across the street from the Article Ocean" .
My motto---you can have rustic and inexpensive, or not rustic and expensive, but not rustic and really expensive.

Room Tip: Just pony up and get a deluxe room if seeing the ocean matters.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Monica F, Marketing Manager at Top of the World Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Thank you for your sharing your experience, as it will assist us in improving our services. Please accept our apologies for the inconveniences The time and effort that you put into writing your review is very much appreciated. Respectfully, Monica Felland, Marketing Manager

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Additional Information about Top of the World Hotel

Address: Box 189, 3060 Eben Hopson, Barrow, AK 99723-0189
Region: United States > Alaska > Barrow
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barrow
Price Range: £143 - £270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Top of the World Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The new Top of the World Hotel is at 3060 Eben Hopson Street. It is well known for authentic Inupiat Eskimo Hospitality. We invite you to come to the Top of the World Hotel overlooking the Arctic Ocean where, from your guest room window, you can experience the land of the midnight sun, watch a whale migrate, a polar bear wander, or the northern lights dance across the polar night sky. It is an adventure you are not likely to forget. The new Top of the World Hotel has 70 state of the art rooms with free Wi-Fi, cable, flat screen TVs, direct dial phones and features modern services and amenities: 24 hour front desk attendant, hotel restaurant, exercise room, gift shop, guest launderette and full kitchens for guest use. It is conveniently located near the heritage center, tourist attractions and local stores. ... more   less 
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