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Sophie Station Suites
1717 University Avenue South, Fairbanks, AK 99709   |  
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Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in Fairbanks
Englewood, Florida
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“What a lovely place to spend a day or a week...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

We had the pleasure of staying at Sophie Station on the first night of our land tour with Princess Cruises. It had everything that you would need to stay a week and prepare your own meals in the fully equipped kitchen. It was clean and neat and beautifully manicured. The gardens outside were actually STUNNINGLY gorgeous. It was a very short walk to buy groceries or fast food. Did not try the on-sight dining room. Would highly recommend this as a stopping point in Fairbanks.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

Very nice hotel, felt like a small apartment, with full kitchen. The hotel is located near the airport, out of the actual city area. There were a few stores in walking distance. The restaurant was overpriced. We only ate one breakfast there. We walked to a grocery store, Fred Meyer, and bought food for other meals. This store had ready-to-eat hot entrees, salads, desserts, etc.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

nice rooms, good location. not many good places to eat nearby

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

We stayed in this hotel as many people do at the start of a cruise. The cruise team met at the airport and transported us by bus to the hotel. Our room was ready when we checked in and it was all in order. A very standard and basic room as we experienced throughout Alaska but it was clean and comfortable. The flowers in the beds and hanging baskets around the hotel were beautiful and very unexpected in Alaska which I had always imagined to be colder. The hotel is nearby to a Safeway and Fred Meyers supermarket so we went there to get some basic provisions for dinner and breakfast. There was a kitchen in the room but there were only plates and cutlery so a bit pointless having an oven when there was nothing one could use to cook (not that we wanted to). As a base to see Fairbanks it was okay but I have to rate the hotel relative to other hotels on the world not relative to others in Fairbanks and by this measure it was really average.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Venice, CA
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

Well our main complaint was that when we called from the train as we approached town, we were told that someone would pick us up from the train station and take us to the airport to pick up our car. The shuttle driver, though, wouldn't do that, saying that he "couldn't". He took us to the hotel, and from there, wouldn't take us to the airport saying that they do that only for people who are catching flights. We said that we won't need a ride to the airport to catch our flight in a couple of days, because we would be dropping off the rental car. But anyway, the room was fine.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bellmore, Long Island
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Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

We stayed in this hotel as part of a Holland America Cruise/Tour package.

Since Holland America took care of all the registration, payment and baggage, I can't comment on that. However, this was the best hotel we stayed at while in Alaska. The room was a suite with a full kitchen, living room, balcony and separate bedroom. Everything was spotless. The bathroom was spacious, with a dressing area separate from the shower and toiket. Lots of counter space. The room was so large it was hard to check that we took all our belongings.

The front desk staff was very helpful. We requested that they wake us up if the Northern Lights were visible. They put our name on a list and assured us they would.

We did not eat at the hotel, but did look at the menu. Prices were reasonable for Alaska where food is very costly.

We got into Fairbanks at 5pm and had an excursion that night, so unfortunately we couldn't spend more time in this wonderful place.

I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
269 helpful votes 269 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

Stayed here at the end of our land/cruise tour.

The gardens around the hotel are amazing. If you don't know it, the flowers in Alaska are breathtakingly beautiful and their gardens are fantastic....get your camera.

Rooms are clean, large and have a seperate kitchen and living area. This was nice as we could walk to Fred Meyers or Grocery store and pick up a roasted chicken, salad and a bottle of wine and just sit back and relax. They have a couple of washers and dryers on site. $2 a wash and $2 a dry, you need to get the coins from front desk.

One of our group forgot their camera charger at another hotel and asked the front desk for their box of forgotten chargers.....and luckily they had one there that worked for her. That is a great tip by the way, every hotel now has a large box of chargers for phones, ipods, shavers, computers, cameras etc. that have been left behind. Most hotels save for 3 months and if not claimed then they go in a big box - yours to choose from if yours is forgotten or lost. I know over the years I have contributed to that collection somewhere in the world so it works when you can find a charger for someone else or yourself. It's like lost socks....but better!

I would not hesitate to stay at this Inn again. They also have a great little fact book free in every room with anecdoes and facts and lies about life in Alaska.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sophie Station Suites

Address: 1717 University Avenue South, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Location: United States > Alaska > Fairbanks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Fairbanks
#4 Business Hotel in Fairbanks
#5 Romantic Hotel in Fairbanks
#5 Family Hotel in Fairbanks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sophie Station Suites will impress you with its spacious suites and exceptionally clean accommodations. Wonderful dining options offered for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Zach's Restaurant offers signature entrees and fresh crisp salads. The Express Room Lounge is a great place to watch sports on the 80" HDTV. Complimentary airport & rail station shuttle service provided. Minutes from the University district. Great value for a large suite with separate bedroom. ... more   less 
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