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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Prudhoe Bay Hotel

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Prudhoe Bay Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Deadhorse
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“Unique experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

if you are looking for a nice and relaxing place - the Prudhoe Bay is not the hotel to go to. If you are looking for a unique experience it is just great. This is no tourist place but mostly build for the oilworkers and you have to adopt somehow to enjoy the stay. The hotel itself consists of large containers while the rooms are rather old but very clean. They do not have an own bathroom which implies that you have to go to restrooms or the showers in dorm-style and you have to walk a bit. The food & soft drinks (no alcohol at all) are all included in the price and the quality is very remarkable for being so far in the wilderness - almost at the end of the world. We truly enjoyed the stay and can just recommend it to fellow travellers that want to travel on one of the most facinating roads of the world - the Dalton highway

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

I agree with the other reviewers that this is the best place to stay in Deadhorse. We originally booked at the Deadhorse Camp, but when we arrived and checked it out we were disappointed. It was all dorm style with bathrooms far away--very plain and not quite as clean as we would have liked. The food was expensive and seemed to be created in a very small kitchen. The dining hall was in a different building so you had to walk through the mud to get from your room to the facility. The manager was very friendly and when we said we would like something better, she suggested we try the Prudhoe Bay Hotel.

When we arrived we found that all the private bath rooms were taken, but they put us near the women's bath which made my wife happy. The place was clean and the halls and rooms were nice, but not luxurious. There was no TV in the room, but they did have in-room wifi and there was cell service throughout Deadhorse. The dining area was large with lots and lots of choices and the food was fine--they even served eggs benedict for breakfast. Turns out the price was even cheaper than the Deadhorse Camp. It cost us $235 for a double room with full meals. It was of interest that black plastic was taped to the window so it would be good for sleeping--it was constantly daylight so far north in July.

As others have mentioned it is really a work hotel or dorm for people who work at all the various support activities in the area. It was interesting to see them in action and to talk with some of the people. All of them seemed to like it and many had been there on many tours. There was a bear prowling the area near the hotel and there were warning signs posted. It isn't the kind of place to take a jog in the mud with a bear possibly chasing you.

If you want to fly to Deadhorse, it is right across from the terminal, a short walk away.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newport Beach, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

I had a big adventure i May of 2014 and rode my motorcycle from LA to Deadhorse, AK. I checked accommodations for Deadhorse, AK...in the arctic and knew I would be limited where to stay. I read reviews about several accommodations and settled on Purdhoe Hotel.

This is NOT an area of the world that has visitors in mind. Is a oil rigging town for the Alaskan pipeline. I knew that and so my 4 star I gave Purdhoe would not be same if I rating a resort in a warm area.

I felt the hotel was very nice, I met a lot of workers and spent 2 days eating mess hall style food...which was excellent, IMO. The rooms are not fancy, but warm. The sun never set when I was visiting so plan on bring something to cover your eyes to sleep as the rooms are very bright 24 hours a day.

all the water and waste must be trucked in and out of Deadhorse, so they have septic style systems which do cause a smell in the rooms, but nothing unbearable.

It was very cold, in the teens when I visited Deadhorse so I didnt spend much time outside. Arctic Ocean road was not open yet, to take the tour bus out to view it...still frozen over.

Staff was friendly, no issues with getting anything I requested, even a tanning booth if you need one.

It was a fair room price at $160 USD per night, , I was quite happy in Purdhoe Bay Motel.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

Traveling into Deadhorse to either bid jobs or perform them on a sporadic basis for years as a subcontractor, I have always found P.B.H to be consistent. Rooms are comfortable, environment is quiet and subdued, you can always find company or conversation in the chow hall or t.v. area. The food is quite good, plentiful and a varied. To be in Prudhoe and have fresh fruit, vegetables and clean accommodations is a huge help and PBH does a good job.Value is relative considering where you are.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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California Desert, California
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48 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013 via mobile

The price per person for a room with bath en suite was $125 and included all meals which were varied and delicious. Deadhorse is like the oil field supply part of Bakersfield with snow! Not much of a town but such an amazing drive up there this was a great place to stay and we enjoyed the atmosphere. No liquor though. BYOB

  • Stayed September 2013
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7 Thank Jltho
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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57 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2013 via mobile

We actually stayed here on our unusual honeymoon:-) We planned to stay only one night but stuck for four instead. The airstrip at Kaktovik was flooded so we needed to wait (the polar bears of Kaktovik are worth the wait...).

The hotel is expensive as everything in Deadhorse but it is a real oases with amazing food, fridges filled with everything from sandwiches to fruits. The Mexican dinner or the prime rib was awesome!

If you want to come this far and you are looking for a nice cozy (at this part of the world this is luxury...) place to stay Prudhoe Bay Hotel is the place for you!

Anyone arriving from the Dalton Highway should look for this place. After the two days driving it is what you deserve:-)

  • Stayed September 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2012

There aren't many choices in Deadhorse. Actually it has only four hotels. We didn't stay in all four hotels, but after we talked to people who did have stayed in the four hotels in the past and personally checked two of them, we settled in this recommended one finally. I have to admit this is a smart decision.

At first look, $110 per person seems not cheap. But it is in Deadhorse, such a remote area that everything needs to be transported here from hundreds or thousands miles away through the bumpy highway. And the true goodness is: the rate includes three meals that you can go and eat at the hotel's cafeteria any time (it's open 24 hours). This's an unbeatable deal and very convenient for us. We arrived quite late and passed the dinner time. There is no hot food available at the cafeteria (let alone the other places in Deadhorse), but we still have lots of alternatives such as cakes, snacks, fruits and so on. We picked some frozen dishes and used the microwave to make us a satisfied dinner.

The room is better than another one we checked. It's very clean, warm and quiet at night. We use the free laundry too. The staffs are friendly and willing to help. It's a impressively pleasant stay after a long trip into the far-north end of the continent. If there is any inconvenience about the stay: we have to take off/put on plastic cover when we go out of/enter the hotel because the road outside is very muddy. But it's a reasonable way to help the hotel clean, isn't it. Overall the hotel goes way beyond my expectation of a hotel in the little town of far north end. I can't be more satisfied with it.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Prudhoe Bay Hotel
Address: Deadhorse, AK
Region: United States > Alaska > Deadhorse
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Deadhorse
Number of rooms: 150
Also Known As:
Prudhoe Bay Hotel Alaska/Deadhorse

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