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Alaskan Hotel & Bar - with balcony - Juneau

Alaskan Hotel & Bar - with balcony

The Alaskan Hotel & Bar: JUNEAU'S OLDEST HOTEL!

The Alaskan Hotel has the distinction of being the oldest operating hotel in Juneau having begun its life in September, 1913. It is unique in a town which subsequently became the capital of the state and where, therefore, not a great deal of early architectural facade remains. Although the early mining establishment of Juneau naturally required boarding and rooming houses, hotels as such were rarer. According to the history of the hotel, it was built by an entrepreneur and the two McCloskey brother who had become rich when gold. The three acquired The Alaskan Hotel's prime location on Franklin Street because of its proximity to the steamship docks and being in the heart of the "business" district. Opening night was a gala event with music and free ferries running between Douglas and Juneau and other special events.

The Alaskan Hotel can also be noted for being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some say the hotel comes with its own ghosts and the stories & legends are fascinating, but too long to tell here.

Rates ~ 1 to 2 people $60 with shared bath; $90 with private bath (some with kitchenette);
Suites (like small efficiencies with kitchen, etc.) ~ 2 - 3 people $120; Check for senior citizens discount. Rooms look pretty basic.

Unique Qualities: The Alaskan Hotel can be an inexpensive place to stay for travelers on a budget and for those who appreciate early Alaskan architectural surroundings. The hotel has 18 rooms to let with private baths and 22 rooms with shared baths. Their brochure indicates that all rooms have a sink and some contain kitchenettes which would be particularly helpful to families. All rooms have antique furniture and hall baths have antique fixtures as well. Rooms come with cable & satellite TV, phone and the hotel has been updated with smoke alarms & a sprinkler system. The hotel also has a coin-operated, guest laundry and gift shop.-

Of particular interest are the hotel's 50 pieces of stained glass including one special Wisteria design by Tiffany which adorns the hotel's front window!!

For more Alaskan early-frontier ambiance, step into the hotel's bar--somewhat dimly lit, but nevertheless very interesting. The staff is courteous and helpful.

We did not stay at this hotel as we arrived by cruise ship, but when I slipped in to have a look at the hotel lobby and its bar, I found it very interesting. The personnel there were kind enough to give me matches with the hotel name on it (I try to collect matches from all places I travel) and hotel information which makes them very helpful in my book.

For more information about the "Bar", please see my tip under "restaurants".

Address: 167 Franklin Street, Juneau

Price Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: Central business district within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, attractions, and SOME cruiseship piers.

Other Contact: FAX: 1-907-463-3775

Phone: 1-800-327-9347

Price: US$80-120

Theme: Hotel

Website: http://www.alaskanhotel.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 9, 2008
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A Sample of Juneau's Bed & Breakfasts: An Unbiased Listing of B & B's

Serenity Inn - Bed & Breakfast & Gardens

10495 Ann Coleman Road, Juneau
Mailing address: P. O. Box 210902, Auke Bay, AK 99821 Telephone: 907-789-2330
E-mail: ptialaska.net/~serenity

Located in the Auke Bay area and close to the University of Alaska Southeast and Mendenhall Glacier. Transportation from cruiseship docks, ferry terminals and airport.

TV, VCR, queen bed and available rollaways, FAX, laundry (pay), robes, slippers, and hair dryers are provided. A full, hot breakfast is provided as well as beverages & snacks in late afternoon/early evening.

AK Fireweed House Bed & Breakfast

8530 North Douglas Highway, Juneau
Tel: 1-800-586-3885; FAX: 907-586-3885
Web: www.fireweedhouse.com

Close to downtown Juneau; views of Thomas Glacier! Open year round; King & Queen beds, jacuzzis, breakfast included. Private apartment or individual rooms.

Sally's Bed & Breakfast

P. O. Box 22093, Juneau
Tel: 907-780-4708
Web: www.alaska.net/~sbb

B&B rooms in Sally's home come with full breakfast; Efficiency apartment available with kitchenette but a continental breakfast is provided each morning.

Gold Street Inn

303 Gold Street, Juneau
Website: www.goldstreetinn.com
E-mail: reservations@goldstreetinn.com

Only 2 blocks from downtown, this Inn is located on a quiet side street but within walking distance of historical sites, and other attractions. All rooms come with private bath, satellite TV and phone. Complimentary continental breakfast for all guests. $95 - $155 USD

Price Comparison: about average

Price: US$80-120

Theme: Bed and Breakfast

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 14, 2005
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Goldbelt brochure - Juneau

Goldbelt brochure

Goldbelt Juneau Hotel: On the Gastineau Channel Waterfront!! Goldbelt Hotel Juneau Review
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An excellent choice for those travelers wanting accommodations close to downtown Juneau but still enjoying waterfront or mountain views, the Goldbelt Hotel Juneau may be the right choice for you. This 105-room hotel offers ALMOSTall creature comforts for the business or casual traveler. The Goldbelt offers room service, cable TV, in-room coffee makers, hair dryers, irons/ironing boards, voice mail & dataports, and a seasonal tour desk. To help you stretch your budget a little, it also offers complimentary parking and airport transportation which is a real plus.

The Goldbelt's lobby and its Chinook restaurant feature some fine Alaska Native artwork in its decor which I find are exceptionally appealing.

Unique Qualities: You can't beat this hotel for its combination of comfort and exceptional views of the waterfront and mountains, and its easy walking distance to shopping, attractions, restaurants and SOME cruiseship piers.

Address: 51 Egan Drive, Juneau, Alaska 99801

Price Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Downtown Juneau waterfront and adjacent to the Convention Center.

Other Contact: FAX: 907-463-3567

Phone: 888-478-6909

Price: US$120-180

Theme: Hotel

Website: http://www.goldbelttours.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 1, 2005
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