I don't really understand where the basis lies for the complaints about the Gilmore. Sure, its a dated hotel, with no elevator, old heating, and smaller rooms (some with great views, mind you). You're in Alaska- so if you want 5 star, head to a 5 star resort/hotel.
The Gilmore is a genuine hotel, authentic and definitely an Alaskan atmosphere. The attached restaurant is considered by many locals as one of the best places in town for seafood (try the Captains platter or the dungeness/king crabs! amazing). A retired local fishermen let me in on that...
Having stayed there several times, I'll definitely be back- nice folks, free shuttle from/to the airport ferry, and conveniently located across the street from the only shop you'll need to visit while in ketchikan.
One last thing- its right on the harbor. So the cruise ships are constantly in and out, and you'll hear the float planes most mornings.
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- Also Known As:
- Gilmore Hotel Ketchikan