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Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Valdez
Pasadena, California
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5 reviews
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“Conveniently located near the boat harbor”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Stayed here for one night. Nice place with great little restaurant. Convienient to other near by restaurants and the Alaska Ferry. It was nice since I was not very familiar with Valdes and I arrived late in the ferry. I did not have a reservation and simpl;y walked in. Affordable and clean place. Nice frinedly staff.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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BWValdezHarborInn, General Manager at Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
My staff and I would like to Thank you we are glad you that we were able to make
Your stay an enjoyable experience. Hope to see you again.
Scott Malone
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Allen, Texas
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Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

We are in the 66-74 age grp. No where did online info say you had to climb a steep stairway with heavy bags! We got help when arrived; however, no one was available when we had to leave early for ferry.

Since this is the city's "best hotel",mary to get a ground floor. Rooms are very small. We had to mive and compact furniture to get the rollaway bed in. At least they give you a fan to stir the air as it was warm and sunny when we were there. Breakfast was good and varied.

Lots of money for what you get.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Franschhoek
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

This is a very nice hotel in an excellent position.
Rooms were comfortable although they had messed up with my reservation and I ended up in a handicap room with a hand shower. This is not my best.
Ate in the restaurant with a group of friends. My food was good but some of what appeared was inedible. This led to a heated interaction with the manageress and chef who insisted that they pay for something which never should have left the kitchen.
Eat elsewhere, this attitude never good.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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BWValdezHarborInn, General Manager at Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
My staff and I would like to Thank you we are glad you that we were able to make
Your stay an enjoyable experience. Hope to see you again.
Scott Malone
General Manager
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North Houston, Texas
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

I just read PzTravelers review and it was spot on. The location was ideal and it was nice to have breakfast in the morning included in the hotel price. We did have dinner on site one evening and had a nice meal. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Stayed at the Valdez Harbor Inn for one night later in June 2012. Overall the hotel was acceptable although not modern and as nice by the standards of hotels in larger cities. Based on the other hotels in the immediate area it was and still would be the best choice in the area.

Pros: Location: Right on the small boat harbor in Valdez. Perfectly located if you are going to take a glacier cruise from Stan Stephens or participate in other activities from the harbor. Location is obviously the reason this hotel can demand a bit higher price (all hotels in AK can be expensive) than you might think after you see the rooms.

Breakfast: We don't always stay for the included breakfast at hotels, but we did here and found it to be comparable to other mid-range hotels with cold and hot foods included.

View: Depending on the room you choose the view can be pleasant, although be careful when choosing a Harbor View, Ocean or Mountain View rooms as they do overlook different things. We chose the Ocean, Mountain View and had a reasonable view of the small boat harbor entrance, the nearby mountains and the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island (the Coast Guard mooring was right outside our window). Not bad, but have had better views.

Cons: Parking: The parking was a bit crowded, obviously when the parking at the harbor gets full people overflow into the hotel lot. Don't know if they monitor this closely or not. Parking could be difficult if you arrive late at night.

At least during our stay it seemed the employees would go smoke under the stairwell along the side of our building. This was not that big of a deal (did not smell smoke in the room), but people just seemed to be always hanging around in the area.

Overall, seemed like the best place to stay in the local area with a great location, but expect to pay extra for the location. If we went back to Valdez we would stay here again.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Room was clean, with king size bed, enough space in the room. Slight electrical problem but very pleasant maintainance staff got on it right now. Front desk staff ok, nothing extra. Our experience in the resturant was excellent; good size serving of fresh salmon; twice. Bar busy, noisy, and friendly, as it should be. Fitness room just adaquate, but no free weights. The on-site barber is the most helpful guy in the place, and on this and previous stay, gave me a great haircut at $15; get your hair cut here. Free breakfast same as every place else; go to the fabulous Totum Inn for that.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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BWValdezHarborInn, General Manager at Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
My staff and I would like to “THANK YOU” we are glad you that we were able to make
Your stay an enjoyable and memorable experience. Hope to see you again.

Scott Malone
General Manager
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Jersey, Channel Islands
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

There is nothing wrong with the Harbor Inn in many ways - in a not very attractive town it is most definitely the best of a bad bunch. The breakfast area is small, as others have noted, but the room was fine, albeit with a view over a nearby shipping container - not exactly the scenery that Alaska is renowned for.

My main complaint is that the Harbor Inn is incredibly overpriced for what it is - a typical American motel style hotel. In other places the rooms would not pass for more than $80 but sadly the proprietors are taking advantage of the location and lack of choice elsewhere in Valdez.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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BWValdezHarborInn, General Manager at Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn, responded to this review, August 7, 2012
I am sorry you feel like we were taking advantage of you with our price ,our price's reflects all mid class hotels in Alaska. Things are expensive here the same reason you picked Alaska as your destination is the same reason for the expense, We are the last frontier we are out in the middle of no where with all of it's beautiful scenery comes a price everything has to be shipped or trucked to
us from the lower states.
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Property: Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn
Address: 100 Harbor Drive, P.O.Box 468, Valdez, AK 99686 (Formerly BEST WESTERN Valdez Harbor Inn)
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Location: United States > Alaska > Valdez
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Valdez
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Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 88
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