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Old 01-30-2015, 10:38 PM   #1
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Where to stay in Fairbanks?

My wife and I are considering coming up for the ice festival this February/March. Where's a good place to stay?
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Old 01-30-2015, 10:58 PM   #2
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When I had to travel up there wor work all the time the company put us in the Extended Stay. That was acceptable accomodations. They have recently updated and it is better. There is a best western on Airport road, by the airport, and it is very dice. Always clean and they give you free breakfast in the AM.

On my bike trip to AK form California in 2008 I stayed at the Captain Bartlet inn.... that is an experience... not good or bad... just different.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:38 PM   #3
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The Captain Bartlett is long gone.

There is a Best Western Plus at 1908 Chena Landing Loop; called the Pioneer Park Inn. It is the closest motel to the Ice Park; you could walk to the ice art. Never stayed there so no opinion.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:06 AM   #4
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My wife and I are considering coming up for the ice festival this February/March. Where's a good place to stay?
If you plan on renting wheels, and prefer to cook your own grub, I generally stay at Sophie Station(or it's sister business the Wedgwood). A stay there will also get you reduced tickets to see the antique car museum on the Wedgwood campus. A very unique collection of extremely rare auto's, if such things interest you. Sophie Station also has a bar/restaurant for when you don't feel like cooking. For a regular hotel, I usually stay at Spring Hill Suites, The Westmark, or the Best Western on Airport Way. Have not tried the one on Chena Landing Loop. DO NOT stay at the Golden Nugget......you'll thank me later.

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Old 02-01-2015, 11:56 AM   #5
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Don't stay at the best western. It's a dive. Pikes is a decent place or Wedgwood.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:02 PM   #6
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Don't stay at the best western. It's a dive. Pikes is a decent place or Wedgwood.
There are two. Are you talking about the one near Airport, across from Trail's End, or are you talking about the one near the ice park?
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:10 PM   #7
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There are two. Are you talking about the one near Airport, across from Trail's End, or are you talking about the one near the ice park?
I was going to ask the same question. Gotta be talking about the one by the ice park(or the old one that was on Cushman, that's now a halfway house of some sort). The one across from Trails End, is only 3-4 years old or so. It's been quite nice any time I've stayed there.

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Old 02-02-2015, 10:14 AM   #8
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Bear Lodge, Margaret street, off College Road, near creamers field.
really nice rates, VERY clean, comfortable, friendly staff. They told me they were going to try year-round operation, don't know if that worked out.
It is actually part of Wedgewood Resort, and so the rooms are really plush, but the regular overnight guest rates are cheap.
.... contact: Fountainhead Hotels 800-528-4916 Local 907-456-3642


Another possibility is Chena Hotsprings, but that is 65 miles out of the way.
Definitely AVOID the Super 8 on Airport road, at all costs.
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:58 AM   #9
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Interesting to hear the recommendations and as a resident of Fairbanks I agree based on what I've observed and heard from friends who have stayed in most of those places. I usually recommend Sophie Station. Do take time to see the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, it is well worth the time and $10 but they are only open on Sundays noon-6pm in the winter. How long are you planning to be in Fairbanks?
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:36 PM   #10
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Cub Driver stays in Fairbanks hotels several weeks each year. His opinion would be great, but he's too damn busy riding in tropical NM. . I think he likes Sophie's Station.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:21 PM   #11
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Sorry, I was out washing the mud off the KLX from today's ride. I got the R1200R a little dirty yesterday too but it'll wait. Did somebody say something? Oh, Fairbanks hotels, yea. I like Sophies because it is clean and close to the grocery and BMW dealer. It's cheap in the winter. They have a pretty decent restaurant/bar upstairs and for the most part is pretty quiet. They sorta don't let youth hockey teams stay there, I am told and my experience bears that out. I always felt better about drinking in the room there than I did when I stayed at UAF dorms. OOPS.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:24 PM   #12
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My wife and I stayed at the Marriot Springhill Suites. Nicest in town. It is a fair walk but doable to the Festival. Have fun at the Festival. Here is the winner the year we went:

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Old 02-02-2015, 04:02 PM   #13
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Sorry, I was out washing the mud off the KLX from today's ride. I got the R1200R a little dirty yesterday too but it'll wait. Did somebody say something? Oh, Fairbanks hotels, yea. I like Sophies because it is clean and close to the grocery and BMW dealer. It's cheap in the winter. They have a pretty decent restaurant/bar upstairs and for the most part is pretty quiet. They sorta don't let youth hockey teams stay there, I am told and my experience bears that out. I always felt better about drinking in the room there than I did when I stayed at UAF dorms. OOPS.
Hey, we're even riding up here in MT. You should have done your UAF drinking in the Admin offices like I did.
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:38 PM   #14
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Ha. The real question is :when are you and Annie coming down to go riding. You're welcome anytime. Last half of Feb we'll be here I know.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:07 PM   #15
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The Captain Bartlett is long gone.
It's gone? It's GONE? I wonder what happened to the bra I stapled to the ceiling in the bar in the mid to late 90's.
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