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Caribou Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Glennallen
Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“From a local Alaskan...”
Reviewed December 5, 2011

Hmm... where to start? OK, well, it looks charming from the outside. And to be fair, if you were a hunter you wouldn't care about the basics you were missing out on. First and foremost, there is no microwave or coffee maker in the room. A small thing, butt very important in my book. Second, there is "wifi"... but you have to pay for it with a credit card! The adjacent restaurant is outrageously expenisve. It's pretty dirty, a bit more pride in your establishment could be taken for sure. Coffee is served in the lobby ever morning, so plan to wake yourself up with a hard-water shower in the mineral stained shower. If you're on you're way to Valdez and have thought about staying over here: don't. Do yourself a favor and drive straight to Valdez, it's only another 3 hours past here and has MUCH better acommodations.

Room Tip: Travel another 120 miles south to Valdez
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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6 Thank Glenn T
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2011

This is the most awfull place to stay yes it is dry and it is warm but it is also 149.00 a night.And no wifi internet no clear water no clean sheets towles smell bad.the tub well you can scratch you name in the soap scum.The floors look as though never been vacumed .Oh yea and there are no handicap ramps elevators or handicap tubs .The only room for handicap is a Hot tub room and hot tub rooms are even more pricey.When I was there the noise was so bad all the windows and doors are left open all day and night. They burn some kind of bug thing right at the front door so you have to smell it as you come in.I heard a guest complain that their room smelled like an ashtray it is said to be a non smoking hotel.And the service was the worst young kids that have no clue how to treat human beings.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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6 Thank deliciousinpa
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Tel Aviv
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2011

The hotel is one of two in town, so you don't have much choices... 139$ per night not including breakfast. Very basic. More like a motel, but very very old.
The receptionist was very friendly and tried to help as much as she could, but it was the worth hotel in Alaska in all our trip.
The hotel is in the middle of no-where.
Try to plan your vacation in Alaske though you don't have to stay in that region.
The hotel is old and need immidiate renovation, but I don't think the owners care cause it's one of two only hotels in town (and the other city located appx. 45-60 miles.)
We had to carry and make up the extra bed we asked for the room.

Room Tip: The suite upstairs (no elevator...) is a better one.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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6 Thank DoritTelAviv
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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2011

Sadly, in the off season this can be the only hotel open in the area. Still, I would recommend you keep driving. Its over priced, dirty, the walls were paper thin and the water was orange. The food in the restaurant seemed to be simply reheated microwave meals and were over $20 per plate - not worth it. The staff were nice, but the Caribou is expensive and not good value for the money.

Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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8 Thank Lilly C
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Borgomanero
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2011

We knew from Trip Advisor that this place was terrible but we need a stop before Valdez.
We are a family of 4 and we need first of all a clean palce to stay : there was a used toothpick the sofa, the kitchen was stinky and the bathroom has never seeen bleach.
But the final straw was when , at 11 pm at night, somebody tried to open the front door.
My children were terrified and I think it wouldn't have been a mistake because there were only 2 rooms on that floor.
The receptionist apologized but for me it was enough...
Believe me, never book there!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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7 Thank ornitom
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Fredericton
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2011

On my trip to one of the glaciers of Mt Sanford, Wrangell-St Elias National Park & Preserve, we got weathered out and were not able to fly VFR so we had to spend the night in Glenallen. The New Caribou Hotel is the only game in town, so it's here or the back seat of your car!! The Hotel is an old lodge circa the construction of the Glen Highway & was booming during the construction of the Alaskan Pipeline. When you enter the hotel, you pass a fibre-glass moose decked out in a cool paint job of Alaskan flag, fire-weed & other native art. The walls above the reception are covered with the sad faces of animals killed long long ago; moose, mountain sheep, caribou and the the counter has a 'gator head from one found in these parts. The staff are friendly, the rooms comfortable, but basic. Tub/shower is separate from the wash basin so concurrent activity for ablutions can occur. Rooms have TV and telephone but we didn't use either one. Rooms are quiet & you don't hear any corridor noise so it is conducive to sleep. Air conditioners are provided and windows open for the fresh air fiend in your party. Travellers come from all over the world, so different languages can be heard in the corridors & the lobby. Complimentary coffee & hot water are available in the mornings. Gas station, restaurant, gift shop, & laundromat are handy to the Hotel. Ample parking if you are hauling a trailer! I had gotten everything wet including my boots, & I was able to "borrow" a pair from the lobby. The laundromat is open 24 hours, but the coin dispenser was not working, so the hotel keeps coins on hand for the coin operated machines. Free internet is available to check your messages. Basic accommodation, but clean & warm.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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3 Thank ranger170
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Cleveland, Ohio
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2011

Pro's
AAA Discount
Staff very friendly
Suite was spacious and nice to have full kitchen
Bedrooms spacious & both had walk in closets

Con's
Suite not clean, you could write your name in the soap scum in the tub
Some of the chairs in the dining room were broken
Nothing to do in area. Ok town if you just need a place to crash for the night, but nothing for site seeing

Now it did look they were doing some renovating/updating in the room so if depending on when you go from when I wrote this review they may be done and things will be in better shape.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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1 Thank Erika N
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Property: Caribou Hotel
Address: Box 329, Glennallen, AK 99588-0329
Location: United States > Alaska > Glennallen
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Glennallen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Caribou Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 149
Also Known As:
Caribou Hotel Glennallen

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