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Spenard Hostel International

2845 W 42nd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99517
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I travel to Alaska quite a lot and hate imposing on my friends. I love hostels, and Spenard is one of my favorite parts of Anchorage, so I decided to give this place a whirl. It's great - friendly staff, nice kitchens, lots of hot water, great location, great information about the city and state. It was a very nice,... More

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Monterrey, Mexico
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This hostel is very good, The location is excelent , near of the airport and easy ways to get downtown. The Hostel is clean, comfortable , safe. The prices is very good and the staff is very kind. I had a great experience in Anchorage and in this Hostel.

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Clarens, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Great service and help with transport and accommodation elsewhere! The guy on the photo walk more than the extra mile for his guests. When you check in late you find welcome notes with exact directions to your room. Great atmosphere. Showers need maintenance!

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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Good place up stay on a budget. Did not like there the office hours were only from 7-11 pm , which did create a problem when trying to confirm or ask questions like how to rent a bike at the moment. The young lady in charge was really great at getting back to be during the office hrs, but had... More

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jen_from_spenard, Owner at Spenard Hostel International, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear that your stay was just ok, and i thank you for your feedback. First, i'm sorry that you found our office hours inconvenient. During our peak season from May to September we have longer hours, but as things wind down in October, there generally just aren't enough people here to necessitate someone sitting at the front... More

Hamburg, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I did not like the hostel. But let me explain. First the good things. The staff (just one guy?!) was really nice but totally confused. He tried to do his very best to help but I think his manager just left him alone and he couldnt handle it well. The hostel itself is built not to bad. There is a... More

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jen_from_spenard, Owner at Spenard Hostel International, responded to this review

I'm so sorry that you had a bad experience, and what you describe is completely unacceptable. We do strive to keep the hostel sparkling clean and it is cleaned thoroughly every morning, and we tidy up as much as we can throughout the day but also hope that people will clean up after themselves in a general way as well.... More

London
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106 reviews 106 reviews
91 hotel reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I stayed at this hostel in July. Front desk isn't manned all day (morning and evening), but after another guest had pointed me in the right direction I found the check in information left for me pinned to the stairs by the front door. I was in a comfortable, clean female dorm. There are two friendly cats who are free... More

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Maine
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The staff here is incredibly friendly and welcoming. They go out of their way to orient you to Anchorage and have ample resources regarding the city, public transit, etc. They even coordinate a bear spray exchange. The hostel is very well run. The only downside to Spenard Hostel is that it is aging. The room that I stayed in had... More

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jen_from_spenard, Owner at Spenard Hostel International, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback, and i am looking around my hostel with a new eye to the fact that what some see as "comofortable and lived in" will definitely appear worn to others. I'm so glad you found the people at Spenard to be friendly, as we work very hard to create a welcoming environment. Our busy... More

Tacoma, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

All the cute emails from Hostelworld & Spenard didn't help make the stay any better. Arrived at 1am to no notes about which bed, no layout map & no staff onsite. Slept on the grubby sofa with the cat & my shirt for a cover. Left at sunrise & headed out for Fairbanks asap. Still got charged with no contact... More

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jen_from_spenard, Owner at Spenard Hostel International, responded to this review

I apologize that our late check-in procedure didn't work out for you. We try to make everything as failproof as possible, but in your case it clearly didn't work out. I cannot say what might have happened to your check-in notice, but all hostel staff including myself (the owner) live on site. We have signs posted on the doors both... More

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I really enjoyed my stay there. Don't get fooled by the distance to downtown. You can get there by public transportation (cheap, only $1.75) in around 10 to 15 minutes The staff is very friendly and nice and the owner was very helpful and kind. Rooms are big enough, common areas are clean but I guess that depends on the... More

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Troitsk, Russia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Useful and caring staff, good location (using public transport you can easily get to both the downtown and the airport( 10 minutes) , clean rooms, cosy kitchens and the sitting room make you feel very comfortable there.

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Additional Information about Spenard Hostel International

Also Known As:
Spenard Hostel International Hotel Anchorage
Spenard Hostel International Hotel
Address: 2845 W 42nd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99517
Location: United States > Alaska > Anchorage
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 22 Specialty lodging in Anchorage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spenard Hostel is a comfortable, clean and fun spot to stay while visiting Alaska! We offer free coffee, tea, cocoa, wifi, fresh linens, friendly staff, no curfew, no lock-out, located 1.5 miles from the airport, bike rentals, kitchens, laundry facility. Bus stops just around the corner, REI, grocery, movies, shopping and restaurants all just minutes away. ... more   less 
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