I was so excited to discover this place on a list of "quirkiest hotels" by TripAdvisor a few months ago. My husband and I love to take advantage of unique experiences when traveling, and now that we live in Alaska, we don't have as many options as we used to.
We are now planning a trip in a few weeks to Fairbanks, and I was very excited to finally have a chance to stay here. We are in the process of moving, so this is our last trip in Alaska. Because we'll already be moved out of our house, we'll be traveling with more belongings than usual, including our two cats. Many hotels do not accept pets, and we have a generously sized carrier in our car that the cats can comfortably stay in overnight with no problem. Not ever imagining that it would be a problem, I mentioned this to the owner when I called to make a reservation. Imagine my surprise when I was told that we would not be able to stay there with cats in our car. She stated that they have a dog that might smell the cats and might bark, and that would be a problem. This is Alaska, where animals of all types are wandering around at any given time. Is her dog so poorly behaved that he just barks all the time at everything? Regardless, the owner did not try to come up with any kind of solution, such as having us park down the road or further away from the house, simply told me that we would not be allowed to stay.
It is disappointing to discover strange policies anywhere, but especially unfortunate in this case since the place was recommended on a TripAdvisor list. They don't deserve the publicity if this is indicative of the type of service they offer. And they clearly don't need the extra business if they are willing to turn us away for such a silly reason without even attempting any problem solving.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aurora Express is a bed and breakfast nestled amongst towering spruce in the western hills of Fairbanks, Alaska. Overlooking the mighty Tanana River and the Alaska Range, this unique property has a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Sleep in authenic Alaska Railroad trains that have been renovated to reflect the gold rush era of the north. Join hosts Susan and Michael Wilson for Copper River smoked salmon, wild alaskan blueberry jam, fresh fruit, hot coffee and eggs every morning while you hear their stories about life in territorial Alaska and working the pipeline. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Forget-Me-Not Lodge And The Aurora Express Hotel Fairbanks
- The Aurora Express Fairbanks, Alaska