My husband and I came to Alaska for our one year wedding anniversary and Chena Hot Springs was recommended to us. I did my research on tripadvisor and saw the reviews were mixed. I needed to decide for myself.
The drive to Chena was very scenic. I enjoyed the drive although it was 8 hours from Anchorage. We got to Chena. I would not call this a resort. I suppose it's a resort for being in the middle of nowhere. I expected rugged we are in the middle of nowhere literally. So we get there and check in. The building where you check in was very cute and inside there is a restaurant. The restaurant was very nice inside and the food was good. A bit pricey but good.
Ok now we check in to our room 103-6 is where we stayed. My husband said it was worse then a super 8 motel. So we walk and and keep in mind this part of Alaska is frigid. We walk in and our room is freezing. The thermometer says 61 degrees. The maintenance man comes and "fixes" the heat. It went from 61 to 63 degrees. We stayed two nights. The morning we were leaving there was no hot water. The girl we checked out with said others have complained about no hot water.
The grounds are beautiful. We could hear the wolves howling at the auorora which was pretty cool. The hot springs was great! The green house and knowing they grow their own veggies was really great. It was a nice place with a lot of potential.
In no way was I looking for a 5 star resort I was fully aware we were in the middle of no where Alaska. It was a nice place I just would not pay full price to go there. There was a special going on for half price rooms that is the only reason we checked this place out. It is not worth the money to stay here for full price. The rooms are beyond crappy there is no fridge/microwave and 2 channels on the tv. Why even have the tv? The beds were extra crappy with an old mattress with a memory foam pad underneath.
The staff was very friendly so that was a plus. The ice museum was really really cool def check that out. I didn't think the $15 martini was worth buying so I did not.
This place gets a lot of business. There is no reason they can't upgrade this place to give it a feel more like a resort rather then camp bc that is what it felt like- a camp for adults.
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- Also Known As:
- Chena Hot Springs Hotel Pleasant Valley
- Chena Hot Springs Resort Alaska/Pleasant Valley