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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
TravelPod Member ReviewsPike's Waterfront Lodge Fairbanks
Pikes is a wonderful place. Everything you need is there. We stayed in the cabins on the lawn and all met outside at one am to watch the northern lights. The only suggestion I'd have is to put in a real steam room
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pike's Waterfront Lodge Fairbanks
I am so surprised at some of the negative ratings of this hotel, I feel compelled to share my own experience last November. I have stayed several times at Pike's Waterfront Lodge and this past visit was as always excellent.
Every part of my experience at Pike's was remarkable. The greeting at the front desk was pleasant, considering it was almost 2:00 in the morning. My room was fresh, the rate was attractive and it smelled good. I thought the bed wasfirm, which is always a pleasure, since it's hard to sleep away from home. Although the rooms are practical, and not overdone with amenities, I did appreciate the Aveda line of soaps and shampoo. I've seen it advertised on tv. Breakfast was complimentary and quite decent. I had a waffle and enjoyed the artwork, which is all original oil paintings and way beyond what I expected for a Fairbanks hotel. I had a chance to eat at the restaurant next door at Pike's Landing and it gave me a feel for a local place--it's been around for decades and added some authenticity to the trip. I like being around locals and the food was good and fairly priced. Everything about the place was great, but I liked the people the best--very friendly staff. This will be my hotel of preference for Fairbanks from now on.
Having stayed at this hotel twice previously, I was so happy to see they had a special deal on their website - $69 for their celebrity suite for a Friday/Saturday night stay. I couldn't resist that deal so reserved it, even remembering to bring a copy of my reservation with me. Imagine my surprise when I arrived and they said I could not have the suite. Not only that they sent me to a small, dark room with two double beds! I went to the desk to ask them to please check since I had hard evidence of reserving this room. The clueless young woman on duty told me she would do me a favor and upgrade me to a king bedded room. Quite the disappointment that treatment. I should have stayed at the lovely Westmark in town which was running an even better special (and they actually deliver what they promise.)
I liked Pikes! I have a hard time believing that this place is rated 16 out of 20 hotels in Fairbanks, who decides these things??
First day of our beautilful trip to Alaska. Landed in Fairbanks, picked up our rental cars and drove a short distance to the Lodge.
Hotel was cozy -
We stayed two days at the end of our Alaskan trip- thought room was very nice. Liked the fridge and micro wave(even though we didn't use it)
Breakfast was pricy in Binkly room however, we had 1/2 lb burgers and fries for dinner which were great. Others from our tour at there too and enjoyed it. Loved the lobby with all the animals and paintings. Fireplace was a nice touch too
Would have liked a general store to buy snacks etc.
Mattress and pillows were comfortable and we liked the small balcony overlooking the lake.
If you don't mind a completely amateur front desk, then Pike's might be an OK place to stay (as long as you're not paying more than $75 for the room).
We arrived with a tour group in August at about 5:30 pm. We went to our room and turned on the air conditioner. At 8:30 pm we called the front desk to let them know it was not working. They ignored us until we called again at 9:15 pm. Then they sent someone to try and tell us the room was fine. The room was on the first floor facing the parking lot. We could not have slept with the window open. When we asked for another room they gave us the standard line "We are all sold out." Then they said the were calling maintenance. The front desk personnel would not let us talk with a manager nor would they give us their names. Finally after continous complaining to the rude front desk clerk he found us two rooms! By then it was about 11 pm and we had to get up at 5 am the next morning. We had also heard about the rude service from other guests. Also, when you walk in the first thing you smell is cigarette smoke.
We arrived in Fairbanks on June 21, the longest day of the year. Which in Alaska calls for a celebration because it will be daylight.....all day! There are all kinds of things going on on this day. Unfortunately we did not realize this until we arrived. After 15 hours of travel and still being on eastern time, we were not up to much celebrating. Pike's Lodge is just O.K. The room was clean, but nothing special.