I sit here and laugh at some of the reviews. I tried in May to book a room here over the internet (for June 18-21)as we were independent travelers and Fairbanks was the end of our vacation. There was a problem with one or two of the days I needed the room so I booked our last three days at the Hampton Inn. However, since I never really know where we will be except our first few days or last few days of a vacation I need to wing it. When we were at the Copper River Princess I figuered we would be in Fairbanks a total of 5 days so I went on the internet and found rooms were available here for just $109 a night. I grabbed them. People on the Princess cruises have no idea how expensive hotels are in Alaska. Outside of this hotel for $109 I paid anywhere from $143 to $235 a night.. Denali we paid $215 a night (they wanted to charge us $250) but my husband talked them down and we stayed at the McKinley Chalet lodges next to the Princess. The Princess resort in Denali had 600 rooms with not one available for us. We are not going to stay in a dump so we opt to stay in a chain motel and when we found out about the Princess resorts we were thrilled. The only things I found wrong with this place is that the lounge is tiny in the foyer for this size hotel. We used the business center where the laundry was done, and we got lost going back to our room on the other side of the hotel as some of the wings were not connected except on the main floor. I am sure your cruise-land package was quite inexpensive because Princess does own their own lodgings which reduces your cost. I choose to go independently because our interest varies from the sightseeing activities Princess offers.
The room was fine, but the TV was smaller than Copper River's TV. The grill was nice and also the opportunity to buy just coffee and a muffin in the morning in the gift shop. There is a" two computer" business center near the laundry as a lot of people use the one computer up near the lobby. I liked our furniture a little bit better at Copper River Princess because it was rustic looking. Rooms in Fairbanks was not easy to book as we tried Pikes Lodge next to the Princess and even the Marriot and they were filled a month before we needed to stay. I hate to see the scramble for rooms come July and August!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you’re searching for authentic hotels in Fairbanks, Alaska, look no further. A subsidiary of Princess Cruises, the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge is the answer! Fairbanks was founded by miners consumed with the gold fever that swept Alaska at the turn of the century. As gateway to Alaska’s rugged interior, Fairbanks is where the real Alaska begins — the Alaska of the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. Here, at the edge of Alaska’s vast wilderness frontier, is a haven of warm service and exceptional comfort — the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. The most refined hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska is also its best situated. Ideally located just minutes from the Fairbanks International Airport and Alaska Railroad depot. The property is also convenient to the downtown area and the University of Alaska Fairbanks as well as popular attractions such as the El Dorado Gold Mine, the Riverboat Discovery, and Pioneer Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairbanks Princess Riverside Hotel Fairbanks
- Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge Alaska