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Spenard Hostel International
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Reviewed November 26, 2010

I had a lot of fun at this hostel, and in the fall/winter time it feels more like staying with a cool family. Jen the owner is really nice, and Kelly the houseparent was super-great. All the guests were really, really nice too; there was quite a good normal-to-weirdo ratio. The rooms were good, although if you're into security then you're out of luck - no locks on doors. But I never felt like my stuff would get nicked, and I was just a bit more careful, so I didn't worry too much. The only issue I have is with the location (although it's on the bus route and there are tons of fast food joints within walking distance) - the area is a bit of a prostitute/drug den, so if you're female you do tend to get lots of slow drive-bys, stares and offers of a good time. But it is generally safe. I stayed here twice in October, and had positive, fun experiences both times.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 15, 2010

This is a Great Hostel at a Great price! Sweet people, Nice Bunks, Hot Showers. I had an enjoyable stay!! THEY HAD COFFEE READY IN THE MORNING AND THE BUNK ROOMS are very nice. Talked to some really cool folks. Kitchen and living room available. Coupons available for events near the front door. If I ever come to Anchorage again I will be back!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 10, 2010

SPent our first night in Anchorage at the Spenard Hostel. House was pleasant enough, but room was a bit small 2 bunk beds for four people - and not much room for our suitcases. But it's a hostel, and a clean and friendly one at that. Wouldn't want to spend a long stay here, but the price is right, location is good (if you have a car), and the place was well staffed and clean.

Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

this hostel is super clean, super comfortable, it has tv's piano's movies, internet, bike rentals, it has a program where you can stay free if you do 3 hours of chores, has a community food pantry, (or private ones) but above all, the staff was the best part of my whole trip. i made really good friends with the staff and everybody else staying there. DON'T BE A FOOL! stay at spenard hostel!!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 19, 2010

Stayed there several times during my 2007 and my 2010 AK-trips and had always a great time! It's a hostel in the right "hostel-sense" - shared kitchens(3) and a big table where everybody meets and exchanges their experiences. Big garden with chairs and tables, tent spaces, 2 living rooms with computers and TV, free wifi and 4 bathrooms - so there is always a shower available..
Close to the airport, busstop around the corner and rental bikes which brings you in 20min downtown and in 10min to the TK coastal trail and also in 10min to REI (bad for your creditcard!) and Safeways..
Jen (the owner) and Chris (the breakfast-king) are amazingly nice and helpful - alway with good advice for trips, things to do and see and of course how to make a ful-meal-breakfast out of nothing!
One of the absolut best places to stay in AK - I would always go there directly again!!!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 26, 2009

Everyone there was incredibly friendly -- always good conversation around the table and interesting stories. I was just looking for a place to stay the night and found a really awesome group of people that makes me want to come back! Plus, clean and good accommodations -- piano, tv, oven, couches, backyard -- and close to the airport. Walking distance of REI, always a plus.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 1, 2009

I stayed here when i arrived in anchorage and before i left Alaska. The hostel is located near the airport and also the coastal trail which is nice to walk or bike on (rented bike at hostel). the kitchens and lounges are nice and the staff provides a friendly, comfortable atmosphere.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Spenard Hostel International

Address: 2845 W 42nd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99517-2830
Location: United States > Alaska > Anchorage
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Anchorage
Price Range: $33 - $66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spenard Hostel International is conveniently located one mile from the Ted Stevens International Airport and on the bus line to historic downtown and the universities in Anchorge, Alaska. We offer dorm style lodging in a clean, friendly, and helpful environment with plenty of amenties. Guests have access to 3 kitchens, 4 bathrooms, short and long term secure storage, free wifi, coin operated laundry, vending machines, book exchange library, and free coffee, tea, and hot cocoa, oatmeal, & pancakes. During the summer season, we have tent space available, bike rentals, bbq grill in our spacious yard, and plenty of lawn games. We are happy to help you plan the details of your trip to Anchorage or throughout the state, and we're the perfect place to launch your Alaskan adventure. We are open year round, have no lock out, and late check in is available with advance notice. ... more   less 
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