My wife kept repeating "Best. Vacation. Ever!" for weeks after this trip. We've stayed in fancier resorts and have had incredible experiences elsewhere but this trip was unique. How often have you seen your pilot de-ice the plane with a credit card!
We wanted a remote getaway to, hopefully, see the Northern Lights. We considered a different, more upscale resort but the TripAdvisor reviews were not favorable to the staff and experience. We then discovered the Bettles Lodge through this site.
Like others, we walked into the more modern lodge at Bettles and were initially disappointed. It's nothing fancy but it was clean, comfortable, and WARM! (It was in the negative 20's on arrival.) But, later, we toured the older lodge and agreed that we were much happier staying in the new lodge. We liked our room with private bath and didn't need the "charm" of the old lodge to enjoy our stay.
The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was incredible! There was only one entree prepared each night for dinner -- everyone has the same thing -- but that was never a problem for us. (And I consider myself a picky eater.) In such a remote location it would not be practical to have a diverse menu for the 7-8 of us staying there.
We felt lucky to see the Northern Lights our first night. We took amazing photos in the bitter cold. (Thanks for the bonfire!)
This is certainly not a trip if you are looking to be pampered in luxury. It was expensive because it's expensive to bring people and supplies to a location such as this. But it was worth it to us and we hope to go again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer food, aircraft fuel, and lodging 365 days a year. We still harbor wayward pilots just like when we opened in 1951 as a Wien Alaska Airlines Lodge. We offer world class Aurora viewing (235 nights a year possible here/weather dependent) during the Fall and Winter season, National Park Collecting & Flight seeing, fishing charters, and camping / hiking drop off and pick up in the Gates of the Arctic & Kobuk Valley National Park flights with our full service Air Taxi operation based in Bettles. We have officially the best weather in Alaska, here at Bettles Field. Come see the REAL, Arctic, Bush, Alaska! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bettles Hotel Bettles