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“The place to be for northern lights!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Chandalar Ranch
5804 Chena Hotsprings Road, Fairbanks, AK   |  
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“The place to be for northern lights!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

We spent 3 nights at the Chandalar Ranch, I chosed the place because I'm passionated about the northern lights and it seemed perfect for observation...and it is!!
We saw 2 northern lights and the second night was unbelievable (different shapes and two colors). The guest rooms are downstairs, separated from the family house, so you have some independance. The installations are simple but there is a large lounge with big tables and kitchen, and it's perfect for groups! You can watch the lights from inside if it's too cold, but we were there in August so stayed outside the whole time in front of the house, perfect viewpoint! The hosts are very friendly as well. It's a bit of an unusual accomodation but if you're looking for a different experience, go for it!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

OK, we were looking for a place with a good location for the Aurora Borealis but that wasn't hundreds of dollars. This was it but that was all. It was as advertised on their website. Don't plan on taking a shower while there unless you are uninhibited (2 shower faucets with a sheet draped in front).
It was well worth the inconvenience to see the Northern Lights. Knowing you don't have a 100% chance of seeing the lights any given night we didn't want to spend much on a place but we did want it outside of town. For about $100/nt, we got what we paid for. The Lights were incredible, incredible, incredible the first night we were there, just a little bit the second night. Moving on the next day, glad to be able to take showers.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5804 Chena Hotsprings Road, Fairbanks, AK
Location: United States > Alaska > Fairbanks
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Ranked #11 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Fairbanks
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Number of rooms: 5
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