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“Sven's is One of the Best” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sven's Basecamp Hostel

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Sven's Basecamp Hostel
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31 reviews
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“Sven's is One of the Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Sven's Basecamp Hostel in Fairbanks, Alaska is one of the best; and I should know because I have more than fifty years of hostel experience. His place is comfortable and clean; the kitchen and dining rooms are spacious and well equipped, there was always hot and cold running water and everything was well organized. He and his staff were cheerful and respectful and ever willing to assist: I was even loaned a pad lock for my locker and two blankets for my bed. It is, however, not well served by public transportation; and, in fact, Fairbanks, with its small population, has limited public transportation. I spent about $40 a day for taxis.
Thank you, Sven!
Joseph London

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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  • Location
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights while visiting Fairbanks. The place is very nicely made and very well maintained. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. We pitched a tent in the little forest at the back of the hostel, which gave us some privacy and kept the costs low - prices are more then reasonable! From what compared it is probably the best value in Fairbanks! Thanks Sven for everything!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

this place is great! it's a super homey place with nice rooms and even a tipi you can stay in! the people who work here are more than friendly!! sven, is really friendly and super involved in the hostel! it really is a great place and makes you feel as if you aren't in city! not to mention svens dog, blaze, is the best hostess!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Milwaukee, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

I couldn't be happier with my decision to stay at Sven's. He is a true gentleman, with customer service his first priority. I had a private log cabin,which was only a basic room with bunk beds and a dresser. A larger building nearby housed a huge kitchen, bathrooms and showers. There's also a Media Cabin, with TV, computer, books, videos, etc. Other housing options included tent cabins and teepees, which are shared. Picnic tables are strategically placed, and the commeraderie after a long day was delightful, great people. Sven was especially helpful in many ways, and has sleeping bags and towels available. He even loaned me a bicycle to make a run to the Fred Meyer down the street.

The ground water is questionable; Sven brings in his own fresh water regularly. It's a solo enterprise, run with care and precision. I am so pleased that I discovered Sven's Basecamp Hostel.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

Although I have limited experience with hostels in the past, I stopped here for a place to regroup during a 2500+ mile bicycle journey through the north; and regret it I did not. Sven's is a well laid out, thoughtful place with shared tent cabins, private wood cabins, tent camping, full kitchen hut, showers, bathrooms, pool, fire pit, and internet hang out area, all at super reasonable pricing. It is within walking distance of whatever a person might need shopping wise, and is surrounded by woods, giving the place a much more remote feel than one might think. Sven is a super nice guy that makes everyone feel right at home in a pleasant atmosphere where adventure is sought out by all who stay here. A good hang for sure...

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Sven was really nice, showing you the nice basecamp, the rooms were clean, the people friendly, the kitchen quite big, the bed was nice. I had a bike and tips for bike tour from Sven, and the room was quite cheap too. Clearly a good experience!

  • Stayed July 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Gold Digger cabin. We really enjoyed the place. Great service, nice cabin and friendly people. The location was good too. The basecamp has a wilderness feel to it, but is still very close to convenience stores and restaurants. Only downside is that you have to take some quarters with you in order to use the showers. I highly recommend!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sven's Basecamp Hostel
Address: 3505 Davis Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709-4955
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Location: United States > Alaska > Fairbanks
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Fairbanks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sven's Basecamp Hostel is your oasis and home away from home. We are conveniently located close to everything you need while in Fairbanks. Walking distance to shopping, restaurants, the University, bus stop right at the driveway but with the feeling of being out in the woods. We have lots of green areas with flowers and a relaxing ambient to chill and recharge your batteries. You will arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend. Come and check out our hotspot in Fairbanks ! You won't be disappointed. See you here....Sven ... more   less 
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