An expansive wooden deck facing the Chena River draws a crowd at this luxury lodge in summer. Gold, russet, green, and burgundy accents warm the rustic decor. You can stop by the tour desk to book additional excursions around Fairbanks. The Edgewater Restaurant welcomes diners in suits and dresses or duct-tape-patched Carhartt's work clothes, and there's a daily breakfast buffet during the high season. The lodge is just off the road to Fairbanks International Airport.
Jan 20, 2010
I stayed at the Fairbanks Princess in August of 2008, so my review may be a little out-of-date. We spent two nights here, using Fairbanks as our base to travel to/from Barrow on a day trip. The hotel is quite close to the airport, probably only a 5-minute drive. It rained on both our nights here, which was a shame because one of the restaurants had an outdoor deck along the banks of the Chena River that we were unable to enjoy. I think there were
three stories to this hotel in two different wings (one newer than the other). The lobby area was pleasant, with comfy couches, a nice fireplace, and game tables (there was another game/TV room on the second floor lobby). The rooms were standard chain hotel rooms. We had a king room that had a small table/chairs, chair/ottoman, sink area outside the actual bathroom, some minor toiletries provided, hair dryer, clock. Rates were low, so I would stay here again, particularly if flying into/out of Fairbanks (I think it was a bit far from the downtown area, though). There were two restaurants, as well as a bar/restaurant (Trackers, where we ate one night; good comfort food next to a roaring fire). The hotel gift shop is one of the nicest that I’ve seen, with a good selection of quality items, and also with a little deli/cafe bar and outdoor seating.