This is a nice hostel located near the children's science center, totem park and the art school. Their lock out is 10-6pm. Would have preferred it to be 9-5pm like most of the other hostels in SE Alaska with lock-outs...mostly because I start my days really early, so I usually finish well before 6pm.
The beds are normal twin beds with mattress protector - not the standard, thin, hostel-style mattress in a vinyl cover. You strip the bed when you leave but it's already NICELY made for you when you check in. Ample blankets in the closet of my room with four bunks (downstairs, female). Bathrooms in the downstairs could use locks, and additional counter space.
Hosts seem very nice, willing to engage in conversation no matter how awkward. The sun room is small and the reception desk takes up half the space. For me, it wasn't really inviting.
The hostel loses a star for one reason: The first smell I got when checking in was of pee...urine... Mystery solved (inconclusively) when I saw the dog belonging to one of the hosts. Very well mannered, calm, kept on a leash (while guests are around, at least) in the sun room. Beautiful dog...but I'm allergic to dogs (nothing I couldn't handle with allergy medicine). Another host arrived the next evening and opened all the doors; so thankfully, the place aired out. I did, however, cancel a reservation for later that week and stayed at a hotel for my last night in Sitka.
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- Also Known As:
- Sitka International Hostel Alaska