Alaska lodging options in McCarthy-Kennecott and beyond
1. Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge – Located in Copper Center with fabulous views of the Wrangell Mountains. They only have cruise ship guests a couple nights a week and the other nights tend to be quiet and peaceful!
2. Golden Spruce Cabins – Cute little cabins located at Mile 9.9 on the Edgerton Cutoff in Kenny Lake.
3. Copper Moose B&B – Just off the highway in Kenny Lake. Cozy log cabin with great views and friendly hosts.
4. Gilpatrick’s Hotel Chitina – “Downtown” Chitina at the start of the McCarthy Road. Good restaurant downstairs.
5. Chitina House B&B – Also right in Chitina. Located in the original site of the Copper River and Northwestern (Can’t Run and Never Will) Railway Bunkhouse and Mess house.
Valdez has a dearth of good lodging options. There are usually several decent B&Bs in town, but they seem to come and go so much that we can’t keep track of what is available. We generally send our guests to one of a few decent standard hotel-type places, listed here.
1. Mountain Sky Hotel – The nicest hotel in Valdez. They have a pool and spa and a decent restaurant/bar downstairs, as well as an included continental breakfast. They even have some rooms with their own whirlpool tubs! Central to everything.
2. Valdez Harbor Inn – Generally your standard Best Western, but with the best location in town, right on the small boat harbor. Also the best restaurant in town, the attached Off the Hook, with fabulous views of the harbor. Mel, the owner of Off the Hook, will take great care of you.
3. Downtown B&B Inn – Probably the cheapest lodging in Valdez, in a convenient location right next to the Prospector (nice outdoor gear store!). They include a pretty dang good breakfast too.
2. Alaska Leopard B&B – The Alaska Leopard Bed & Breakfast is a quiet and casual chalet with comfortable rooms. Located in Anchorage’s Hillside District, 10-15 minutes from the airport. Spectacular views of the Anchorage bowl, the Cook Inlet, and the volcanoes of the Alaska Range from the “leopard’s perch”.
3. Copper Whale Inn – Great central location downtown, with spectacular views of the inlet and mountains, a lovely garden and friendly staff. Might be slightly noisy due to location.
4. Anchorage Guest House – The Anchorage Guest House is conveniently located near mid-town, downtown and the lovely coastal trail. It is a hostel-like environment, with communal tea, condiments, etc in the pleasant kitchen, and a great place to meet other travelers.
5. Spenard Hostel International – Our hostel of choice because they always take such great care of our staff when they come through Anchorage in the spring and fall. 5 minutes from the airport. 2 blocks from the float-plane lake. Walk to restaurants, etc. Not the greatest neighborhood, so women especially be careful at night (fortunately it almost never gets dark in the summer!).
6. Alaska Backpacker’s Inn – Great downtown location, this hostel is a good place to stay if you’re on a budget but don’t want to miss out on the fun. Laundry, bicycles, internet and free coffee are just a few of the perks!