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“A good hotel with very helpful staff”

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Totem Square Hotel & Marina
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Sitka
Reviewed September 26, 2009

The Shee Atika is a good hotel, conveniently located in Sitka, allowing easy walking access to all local amenities and attractions. I stayed in a twin room on the fourth floor of the hotel. The rooms were clean and well appointed. The staff were very pleasant and helpful, able to offer local advice for sightseeing and hiking ideas. Coin-operated washing machines and dryers were available, which came in very handy after three weeks on the road.

The one downside was that my room was on the street side, on the fourth floor in direct line of sight of a bar that didn't close until 2:00am, which meant that I did get some noise as inebriated folk fell out on to the street. Luckily, I always travel with earplugs, just in case, so it wasn't a problem.

Finally, one thing I did enjoy was reading the book in the room describing the history of the financial settlement between the US government and the Native Alaskan tribes, which led to the formation of the Shee Atika Corp. It's not often you get a history lesson provided in your hotel room!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

The hotel it self isnt spectacular; the rooms are small and basic. But the views are fine, and the staff is really nice and knowledgable (except they couldnt explain Mrs. Palin, and her resignation antics) and it is so nice to not be overcharged for every little thing. They even allow 20 minutes free local calls a day.
We wedged our family of 4 in a room, and it was tight, but we were fine. The folks are so nice that our 11 year old was quite comfortable going somewhere else to read while we dealt with the 3 year old's bedtime meltdown, an inevitable part of alaska in the summer, where the sun definately does not help by putting itself to bed at a reasonable hour.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2009

The service at this hotel was average. The young girl at the counter when we arrived seemed a bit confused and almost frightened when we arrived. She gave us good directions to the hotel room, but she did not offer to help us with our luggage and there wasn't anyone to help. Having flown 6 hours from Chicago I was expecting some assistance with the amount of luggage we had for a 5 night stay. There was not room service, which was disappointing because the Westmark Hotel offerred room service. The rest of the staff was courteous, and when we asked them questions about the island they were very knowledgable.

The room was nice, clean, and comfortable. There was good room for storage and great views of the water, harbor, downtown, and historic nursing home. The room was probably the smallest hotel room we have ever seen, but we did have a corner room. The room was dated, but not worn. The heating was very good and the windows were operational allowing fresh Alaskan air into the room. The bathroom was small but fully functional.

The location of the hotel was very convenient to everything. It was an easy walk to the waterfront, downtown, shops, restaurants, and historic sites. It was also good to have a rental car so that you could drive around the rest of the island. The amenities at the hotel were minimal, but we enjoyed the vending machines, microwave, and adjacent asian restaurant with harbour views.

We liked the views, cleanliness, location, value, and dining the most. We disliked some of the staff and the size of the room would be very unexceptible for more than 2 adults and a child.

I would recommend this hotel and the Westmark Sitka for someone who is coming to Sitka. I would request a corner room for the views.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled on business
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2  Thank destoria
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Reviewed May 6, 2009

I travel frequently around the state and I love this hotel. From the bottled water welcome at check in to the ride to the airport at departure, the place is a class act every step of the way. The rooms are comfortable, clean and thoughtfully appointed. I really like the charming fish sconce night lights and the flat screen tv's that allow you to plug in a portable DVD player and really enjoy a movie. If you don't have the cables with you, walk a few blocks to Radio Shack in Sitka and they will set you up. I like the separate coffee/makeup counter outside the bathroom that allows two people to get ready in the morning. The breakfast room is spacious and cheery with lots of good food to choose from, the public computers are speedy and free, the laundry room is a bargain and spotless...a great place to freshen up your wardrobe if you are on the road. Best of all are the views from the rooms, there really isn't a bad one, and the wonderful, professional and friendly staff. For my money, this is the best hotel in Sitka and one of the very best in the state. It's my favorite for comfort, affordability and ammenities.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank rainbirdreader
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Reviewed April 7, 2009

Staff knew everything about the town, place was clean, price was low, they provide everything extra for free - shuttle, breakfast, computers, wireless, execise equipment, microwave. The water is right there, we had eagles roosting in the boats and whales in the water RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 8, 2008

Sitka turned out to be one of our favorite ports. This tribal own property is well-maintained, friendly front desk, computers(2) available for guests and a simple, but generous breakfast just right to kickstart your sightseeing day - juice, coffee, bagels, toast, cold cereal, fruit. Victoria's is right across the square for a more hearty meal. The room was pleasant and ours overlooked the town. Easy walking to town and the Tlingkit dancers are just across the way.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 24, 2007

We were going to be in Sitka for an additional two nights from our original plan, and this was all that was available. Seemed pricey, but found out that that's just Alaska summer rates! Shuttle pickup from the airport was great - friendly and informative. Hotel was good but nothing outstanding, but their morning breakfast service was outstanding - definitely made the price of the hotel reasonable. Moved over to Super8 Motel, as originally booked, and wished that we could have stayed at Shee Atika. Hotel was right on the harbour, but rooms all overlook parking lots and town square.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank kimber55ley
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Additional Information about Totem Square Hotel & Marina

Address: 201 Katlian St, Sitka, AK 99835-7511 (Formerly Shee Atika Totem Square Inn)
Location: United States > Alaska > Sitka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Sitka
Price Range: $158 - $264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Totem Square Hotel & Marina 2.5*
Number of rooms: 67
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Totem Square Hotel & Marina Sitka, Alaska

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