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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairbanks
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 10, 2007

Nice location across the street from the Visitor's Center and the Chena River. There is a beautiful park with several interesting monuments. Close to a couple restaurants worth your time ESPECIALLY the Bahn Thai restaurant about 2 streets just behind the hotel. Don't miss this restaurant.

The hotel rooms are clean and although a bit crowded since the sq footage is small, it's comfortable. The staff is friendly and helpful. Nice pool and hot tub except you can't get into the hot tub before 0600, in a place where the daylight hours are very long, would be nice to be able to access the hot tub and pool for longer hours, especially adult travelers.

Only one real complaint with the room, the coffee pot doesn't fit the coffee maker. It's too small. You must stand and hold the pot up to the base of the coffee-holder so the water/coffee will drain into the pot. For some reason, and have never had this experience at a Marriott establishment before, no coffee is made overnight in the lobby. Since you can stay out and about until all hours of the night and early morning, it would be nice if you could also get a cup of fresh HOT coffee at any time in the lobby instead of standing in your room holding the too-little pot high enough to make the coffee drain into it.

The complimentary breakfast is adequate. There is an attached bistro not owned by Marriott but it's only open at lunch and dinner. Work-out equipment is limited to a couplel treadmills, a stationary bike, and a stairclimber. There is a small universal type gym but it's not tall enough to allow for maximum extension of your arms and the leg portion didn't seem to work at all. You won't get much of a workout with the universal gym.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 4, 2007

The Springhill Suites has an excellent location. It is right across the street from the Fairbanks visitors center. We requested and got the top floor, and had no problems with noise. The suite was clean, and to us , felt luxurious after our long journey. There was a kitchenette, coffee maker, and two nice beds. We were pleased that there was a washer/dryer in the hotel there as we had been on the road many days. Many higher end hotels would not have provided this. Downtown Fairbanks is a bit downtrodden overall, but this hotel, and the restaurant in it, (Lavelle's, I believe) are both highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2007

A business associate and myself stayed at the Springhill Suites in downtown Fairbanks in mid-June. I only have positive things to say. The location was nice...I actually had previously avoided downtown Fairbanks because parking can be a problem but it really wasn't and it was smack in the center of some nice shopping, restaurants, and a nice park right across the street. The room was great! Walking in, there is a little office nook to the right with a full size desk, swivel chair, internet connection, sink, counter and fridge. To the left is a couch and a chair, and a TV in the living area. Walk past that, you are in the bedroom area. The beds were absolute heaven. I just sank into them. Plentiful pillows and very comfortable mattresses. The bath was fantastic, large, the showerhead was nice and high, and the vanity area outside the bathroom was perfect with accessible electrical outlets and great lighting. The room was air conditioned (a must in the summer in Fairbanks, as temps were in the high 70's/low 80's the entire time). Housekeeping did a great job and the front desk was top notch. The hotel features an elevator that requires a key card to access, which I presume keeps the non-guests out but I never saw that as a problem. FYI, there is this unbelievable Thai Restaurant a couple blocks down between 4th and 5th- definitely recommend you try it!

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 7, 2006

Luckily I bumped into the Springhill Suites by Marriott somewhere, because I think it would have been impossible to get a better deal in Fairbanks. The hotel is very centrally located (not that it would matter in a boring city like Fairbanks, but still...). Our room was very big, with two Queen size beds and one pull out coach. Also there was a little kitchenette, a desk, and a nice bathroom with the washingtable just outside. The hotelstaff is friendly and very helpful. Breakfast was included and certainly not bad for American standards (I'm European and am generally very unhappy with American food). All in all the hotel was good, but the rate of only 90 USD per night (including taxes) made it an excellent choice for us to stay!

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 18, 2006

We selected this hotel for its price and location. Fairbanks is a small city, and this hotel is right in its downtown, across from the Visitor center. Free parking is available. Staff at the front desk were not friendly, but not unfriendly either- just ok. The included continental breakfast was also just ok. Hotel provides a wake-up service if the Northern Lights are out- unfortunately we didn't get to see them during our stay... The room was comfortable with satellite TV, which was a nice touch having been without one for most of our 2 weeks in other parts of Alaska. If we were to return to the area again, we would probably go elsewhere, such as to a nearby B&B or lodge.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JessNJ
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Reviewed September 12, 2006

Good stay for two days. A downtown, high-rise hotel is not our style but given the choices, this was fine. The area has few hotels on the edge of town, likely due to winter weather and likely isolation.

Positives: Large rooms, quiet, comfortable beds, microwave and mini-fridge in room, two TVs, separate seating area and desk with cable Internet access, good continental breakfast with waffles available, sausage and egg rounds for making a breakfast sandwich with English muffins is included. Pool, hot tub, exercise room, and laundry are available and maintained. Big Ray's sport store is across the street for outfitters' clothing is very well stocked. The Fairbanks Visitor Center is across the street the other way for local information. The walking tour of downtown is not really a highlight. University of Alaska Museum is spectacular if only for the view from the hilltop. Lavelle's Bistro on the ground floor is good but a bit trendy.

Negatives: Very little parking, heat and air conditioning must be turned on (the door on the heater with a key lock is unlocked), try to avoid the tours for breakfast - they fill the place but are gone quickly, pricy.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2006

Stayed at Springhill Suites Fairbanks on Aug. 28 & 29, 2006. Very convenient location to visitors center and downtown. Front desk staff was very customer-service oriented. Front desk staff member, Cherie, and I met on the elevator. I inquired about hotel transportation to the airport the following morning for our Drive/Fly trip to the Arctic Circle. She asked me what time we needed a wake up call and said she would make arrangements for the transportation as well. Approximately, five minutes later when I returned to our room, she called on the phone to confirm the details. With as busy as the hotel was, I cannot believe that she was able to provide such personalized service. I definitely would stay at this facility again!

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Address: 575 1st Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701
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Location: United States > Alaska > Fairbanks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Fairbanks
Price Range: $112 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairbanks 3*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come stay at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairbanks, an all-suite hotel in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska located next to the Chena River. Our accommodations feature separate areas for sleeping, eating and working, and they provide guests with a microwave, mini-fridge, desk and pull-out sofa bed. Enjoy complimentary continental breakfast buffet and airport shuttle, as well as pool, whirlpool, exercise room and wireless. ... more   less 
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