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Totem Hotel & Suites
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   144 E. Egan Dr., Box 648, Valdez, AK 99686   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Valdez
Valdez, Alaska
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Must Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

The Totem Inn is a wonderful place to stay while vacationing in Valdez. We have stayed in both the regular hotel rooms and the suites. Both are clean and comfortable. If you are staying for several nights I would recommend the suites. They are very spacious and have the feeling of "home away from home." The location of the Totem is wonderful for exploring Valdez by foot. It is close to stores, resturants and docks. Have stayed there in the past and plan on staying there again in the future.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

The Totem is a great hotel in the heart of Valdez, I've stayed in the regular hotel rooms, the cabins, and the suites, and all were nice, clean, and comfortable. Yes, it can be noisy in the summer, but Valdez is a summer tourist town, it's noisy all over the place in the summer, and I've experienced this from other hotels in the area. The Totem is a locally owned business and will make your stay much more memorable than a chain hotel. Plus, the restaurant has never served me a bad meal in the 20+ times I've eaten there.

Room Tip: The Cabins are great, and the suites are an excellent choice.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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W0RLDTRAVELJUNKIE, Owner at Totem Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, June 6, 2012
Thanks for the review and we look forward to seeing you again.
Mike
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Fairbanks, Alaska
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

This is a lovely, family owned, hotel with an excellent restaurant. Though some of the reviews here seem negative, my room was very clean and well put together. Being a native of Alaska I didn't find the prices to be any more expensive then other hotels during the tourist season. I would highly recommend Totem to any visitors to Valdez.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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W0RLDTRAVELJUNKIE, Owner at Totem Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, June 5, 2012
Thanks for the review. We are looking forward to your return!
Mike
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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

We recently stayed in one of the suites while in town for a wedding, and couldn't have been more pleased with everything. The room was huge and well stocked with all the amenities would could ask for. They have a nice balance of a modern feel while keeping the rugged Alaskan theme.

Though in a town of Valdez's size, almost any place is going to be conveniently located, but The Totem Inn seemed to have lucked into the sweet spot, being right on the end of the main street, two blocks from the harbor, as well as the grocery store.

Though you likely won't need many trips for groceries as the food here is literally some of the best I've had. In fact, I'm just going to come right out and say that I don't know if I've had a better cheeseburger. A wide variety of items on the menu and everything at a decent price.

The staff, for the most part, are very friendly. You can tell many of them have worked here for years and are probably part of the family. They're full of good humor and interesting stories.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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W0RLDTRAVELJUNKIE, Owner at Totem Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, June 5, 2012
Well wishes to the newly weds and thanks for the review.

Mike
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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012 via mobile

This time we stayed in the suites which were way nicer than the cabins. Service was good and it was quiet. So if you stay there, I'd recommend the suites.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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W0RLDTRAVELJUNKIE, Owner at Totem Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, May 25, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to write a review and give us another chance. I am glad you enjoyed the suites. As far as the noise goes we are now limiting the hours of the outdoor deck and installing shielding to help with the noise. If you have any issues in the future please contact me directly 907-831-0699.
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Miami, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

This is a typical roadside motel, not at all what we were expecting. We stayed in the "business suites" because they offered a washer/dryer, but if they were a cut above the other rooms, I would not have wanted to stay in the other rooms. The washer/dryer were too small for much laundry (at this point we had been on the road for a week with a family of four) so we ended us using their main laundry facilities. In the end the place did what we needed - provided a clean, comfortable stay plus laundry.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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W0RLDTRAVELJUNKIE, Owner at Totem Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, June 5, 2012
Sorry you were disappointed with the size of the washer dryer that is in the room. I am glad you were able to make use of the onsite laundry facility that does have 10 full size washers and dryers. I am sure it made short work of a large amount of laundry. And thanks for the 5 star review of our restaurant.
Safe Travels
Mike
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Jubail
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

The hotel is nothing to crow about per se, but there is a dearth of accommodation in Valdez and nothing to be had during the high season. That said, the hotel was relatively clean, the A/C worked, and it had an excellent shower. The location is also quite nice. The best part of the stay was the restaurant however. It provides excellent meals and relatively reasonably. Probably most important is the local "color" of the restaurant. Oft-times, tourists see nothing but other tourists. I see much poorer reviews by others, but having spent a great deal of time in AK, I have not come to expect much from its hotels.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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W0RLDTRAVELJUNKIE, Owner at Totem Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, June 5, 2012
Thanks for the review. As a seasoned traveler I would really like to here what we could be doing better for next time for you. Feel free to e-mail me at mike@toteminn.com.

Best

Mike
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Address: 144 E. Egan Dr., Box 648, Valdez, AK 99686
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Location: United States > Alaska > Valdez
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Valdez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Totem Hotel & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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