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Chandalar Ranch

5804 Chena Hotsprings Road, Fairbanks, AK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014
Kathy B Garden Grove, California
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Garden Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I didn't stay at Chandalar Ranch but I paid for their "aurora tour". I was picked up at my hotel in Fairbanks at 10:30 p.m. on March 20, 2014 (spring equinox) and returned to my hotel some time around 2:30 or 3:00 a.m. The driver, George, was friendly and informative. The people at the ranch were all very nice. I... More

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Shanghai, China
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Maggie is a very nice host. I booked 3 night of a bed in the dorm via email with no drama, she replied my request very fast. The place is about 20 mins drive from Fairbanks, great location with only a little light pollution from Fairbanks makes it perfect for aurora observation. The hostel style male dorm was ok, two... More

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Houston
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79 hotel reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is a prime aurora viewing location as opposed to a real hotel. Aurora viewing is impacted severely by a number of things that management could fix if they were paying attention and actually wanted to do so: 1.people use headlamps and white flashlights which interfere with serious photographers. 2.none of the foreign guests appear to understand proper protocol for... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Never been ice fishing before, my friends and I signed up for the ice fishing + aurora viewing tour at Chandalar Ranch. For $175, it's definitely one of the worst tour I've attended. The tour started early morning. We were first transported in a Ford E-series van. When the last three guys joining the tour arrived, despite the van is... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I did not stay at Chandalar Ranch, but came there as part of a tour led by Ben Boyd to see the aurora. I was there from around 11pm-2:30am. There is a very nice living space upstairs filled with couches and a large TV- it was a perfect place to warm up in between taking pictures of the aurora! There... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We did not stay at the ranch as overnight guests, but paid a $30 per person fee for the opportunity to hang out from 9:30 pm until 2:30 a.m. in the morning, waiting for the aurora to appear (we drove from Fairbanks in our rental car). It is a great location, with a large field and wide open view of... More

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I stayed here a week in December so that I could view the Aurora Borealis. You really need to plan on staying here for atleast a few days to maximize your chances of seeing a great night time display. While here there was one amazing display and a two or so good ones. The ranch is about 30 minutes drive... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We just came back from Chandalar Ranch this Thanks Giving and saw the beautiful northern lights there!! It is inexpensive to stay here, Keith and Velama are very nice and friendly. They have good locations too!

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Coolangatta, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Nested in the spuce trees the Chandalar Ranch is about 30 or so miles out of the town of Fairbanks in Alaska. Make sure to book in advance as the owner tends to charge what ever he feels like at the time. The prices ranged from $70- $100 per night depending on his mood. We booked in advance and paid... More

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Chandalar, Owner at Chandalar Ranch, responded to this review

Hello Amanda,I was sorry to see your comments about Chandalar Ranch! I will try to address your comments. First of all the room rates were not based on my mood! We raised our room rates on August15, 2012. If a guest had booked by the old rates prior to this date we gave them that rate. Also the rate varies... More

Fishkill, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

I am a traveler who is willing to rough it out. In fact, I despise luxury when I am traveling/backpacking as it spoils the experience for me. I say this because if you expect 5 star accommodation, Chandalar Ranch is NOt for you. It provides basic accommodation. Rooms are on a share basis and the bathroom is very basic. But... More

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Address: 5804 Chena Hotsprings Road, Fairbanks, AK
Location: United States > Alaska > Fairbanks
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