Chena Hot Springs Resort

Mile 56.5, Chena Hot Springs Rd., Chena Hot Springs, Alaska, USA

Fodor’s Expert Review

Soaking in the resort's hot springs has long been a popular experience for tourists and locals, especially in winter, when a soak is often paired with overhead aurora sightings. Chena's waters are served up in hot tubs, an indoor swimming pool, and an outdoor natural-rock lake. In winter you can go dogsledding, snowmobiling, and take a 4½-mile snow-coach tour to a hilltop yurt with a 360-degree view. Summer activities include therapeutic massages, sled-dog rides, horseback riding, ice-sculpting classes, and guided ATV tours. Don't miss the world's only year-round ice museum (tours $15), complete with an ice bar, ice bedrooms, and ice sculptures by world-class carvers. There are camping sites, and yurts ($65 and up) for rent. The hotel rooms are convenient for area activities but a bit worn, especially considering the price.

PROS

  • 95% powered by geothermal energy
  • an activity for every taste

CONS

  • daily usage fee for Wi-Fi at the Aurora Cafe
  • TV receives very few channels
  • rooms could use some updating

Location

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Green
Quiet
Remote
Local Flavor
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 907-451–8104

HOTEL DETAILS

80 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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