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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Spenard Hostel International Hotel Anchorage