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Cape Fox Lodge
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Ketchikan
Certificate of Excellence
Anchorage, Alaska
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Great Views”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

This is considered the best Hotel in Ketchikan, this is word of mouth by locals so I cna't compare. It sits up on a hill the overlooks the historic district and channel. Out the back window are beutiful snow-evergreen covered mountains, so no bad rooms.
The rooms are average, nothing special, they could use some updating, our tv was tube style if that says anything. They are large thought and have lots of windows and open all the way for ventilation.
The lobby is like a museum of Tlingit culture, the Tlinglits are the indigenous people of South East Alaska. Their artifacts and art are the most beautiful in my opinion.
The resteraunt is pretty good, and there is a coffee shop in the lobby serving locally roasted coffee.
Interestingly there is a tram that takes you down the hill to town or you can walk a nice trail if you like. Yes you can drive if you want but it is not as fun.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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capefoxlodge, General Manager at Cape Fox Lodge, responded to this review, 9 April 2013
Thank you for your comments, we recently had some of our hilltop trees thinned out and limbed up to improve our view. We're glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Wrangell, Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2013

I was recently in Ketchikan on business. I'm in the tourism Industry and frankly find Ketchikan full of not so friendly industry workers and staff. Is this because they don't have to try harder because of the huge volume of passenger that visit via cruise ship every season?

That said I was a pleasure to stay at the Cape Fox Lodge in part because of the friendly staff.

My visit was in the off season-in March-but I was lucky to enjoy sunny weather and a more relaxed atmosphere in the "Gateway City".

I found the Cape Fox Lodge to be a well run hotel perched on top of a ridge over looking the city. Even the "mountain view" rooms were spectacular! The hotel maintains a Funicular that connects the lobby of the hotel with street level. This provides a wonderful setting for the hotel high above the noise and busy "creek street". The Funicular made getting downtown a breeze.

The mostly Alaskan native art collection in the lobby was a wonderfully classy surprise. The hotel also boasts an onsite restaurant and casual yet very comfortable public seating area near a fireplace with great view of the water and not so distant mountains.

The Cape Fox is not a "Grand Luxury Hotel" but it was very comfortable, affordable and friendly.

Great off season rates. Complimentary WiFi and continental breakfast made this hotel a great value in a city full of well worn chain hotels.

The only reason I did not give the Lodge a 5 star rating was the lack of onsite work out facility.

Room Tip: All rooms had great views but the rooms on the city side provide fantastic view of the city, water a...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Mexico City
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2013

Perched atop a beautiful hill overlooking the town, this impeccably clean, totally modern hotel has great views to the mountain and the ocean. Friendly people, very good restaurant and free continental breakfast in the winter are a plus.
Excellent access by car with ample parking and easy access to town via a free scenic tram/elevator.
A great place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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Kearney, Nebraska
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609 reviews
117 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2013

A week end in Ketchican in the winter can be bleak, but this hotel makes up for it. Good rooms, good meals, accomadating staff with recommendations to local sights. The mountain view rooms are cheaper than the ocean view and that's important if it's not raining. The fanicular takes you down to Creek Street with all it's shops, etc. Nice park at the end of the street with fish hatchery, totum center, and fountain.
Caution about the resturant! Portion sizes are huge (and delicious)!

Room Tip: Moutain view rooms are a better value
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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13 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 26 January 2013 via mobile

This was the third time I have stayed at the Cape Fox, all times on business. Before the last time I stayed there I had a bad opinion. This time, I was pleasantly surprised. The front desk staff were very friendly and helpful. They gave me a toothbrush and toothpaste for free, followed through on a wake-up call and were generally helpful. I also found the restaurant staff to be friendly and helpful when they uncorked a bottle of wine and offered me wine glasses in addition to just taking the cork out. The housekeeping staff cleaned my room well and in a timely fashion but they left the dirty restaurant dishes outside my door which didn't get picked up for two days and was rather unsightly. Not a biggie. The Cape Fox also now has a continental breakfast and free coffee which is a major improvement for the hotel. Overall, it was an enjoyable stay. I would mention to everyone to keep an eye on some restaurant staff who bring room service to your room. Last spring I stayed here and ordered room service and when the kid brought it to my room I paid in cash and asked for change so I could tip him. He had to go back to the restaurant to get change and when he came back I tipped him 20%. Later, I looked more closely at the bill and they had already charged me 18% gratuity. Not cool. Moral of the story-they add gratuity to the room service bill! All in all, this stay was very nice and I will stay at the Cape Fox again. They also have toiletries that smell awesome!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Thank Youwinsome
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capefoxlodge, General Manager at Cape Fox Lodge, responded to this review, 5 February 2013
Thank you for your comments. We listen and improve. We're happy your recent experience at Cape Fox Lodge was a good one. The contenintal breakfast is new and just for the winter season, through your feedback we know it's sucessful.
Sincerely,
The Staff and Managment at Cape Fox Lodge.
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Metlakatla, Alaska
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2013

Excellent stay and very helpful staff. We stayed in one of the brand new remodeled rooms. The beds were very comfortable and the rooms were clean and comfortable. The only critique of the remodeled room is the bathroom floors probably should have been done when the remodel was done. They are still in good shape but very dated.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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capefoxlodge, General Manager at Cape Fox Lodge, responded to this review, 5 February 2013
Thank you for your comments. We're glad you enjoyed our new look we are always striving to make our rooms comfortable and modern. I hope you will stay with us again and see all the new changes to Cape Fox Lodge.
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2012

I was brought to Ketchikan to lecture and curate about art from Nunavut. Great reception in the town of Ketchikan..lodge staff, museum staff and schools.
Loved the king crab at the lodge, the restaurant manager was very helpful making suggestions.
Fun location --- an elevator down a few floors to the town level.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Property: Cape Fox Lodge
Address: 800 Venetia Way, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6561
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Region: United States > Alaska > Ketchikan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Ketchikan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Cape Fox Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located downtown Ketchikan, within the heart of the Tongass National Forest, Cape Fox is set amidst this country's last frontier and offers the warmth of a north woods mountain cabin, reminiscent of a ski lodge. We have spacious guest rooms and suites with spectacular views of the forest, Deer Mountain or the waterfront community of Ketchikan. ... more   less 
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