Fairbanks , Alaska
Tel: 877 774 2400
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Chena River weaves through the center of Fairbanks, wide and full of salmon and paddle-wheel boats. On its banks is Pike's Waterfront Lodge, a favorite destination for Alaskans celebrating special occasions and travelers looking for a reasonably priced hotel with a touch of personality. Fairbanks has a lackluster hotel scene; the nearby River's Edge Resort is comparable to Pike's, but you'll mostly find budget-friendly chains and hotels with higher price tags that are equally generic. At Pike's Waterfront, the 180 rooms in the lodge (some with gas fireplaces, others with Jacuzzi tubs) and 28 cabins built of local Nenana spruce logs are done up in Alaska modern without veering into trapper cliché. One of the first hotels in Alaska to really start going green, Pike's Waterfront has a hydroponic garden and solar panels on the roof that take advantage of midsummer's 20 hours of daylight. Two dining rooms—one casual, one a little fancier—and the area's best local brunch makes Pike's Waterfront Lodge a great place to linger and watch the world float by.—Edward Readicker-Henderson
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