Hotels in Alaska have their own definition of luxury, and it's based on one simple thing: location. The best hotels in Alaska are the most remote, with the fewest other people around and the best views of this wild state; don't expect high thread counts and fancy soaps. Hotels such as Zachar Bay Lodge, on Kodiak Island, and Favorite Bay Lodge, on Admiralty Island, make the extreme outdoors comfortable, but that comes at a price (upward of $900 per night, all-inclusive, in high season). If you're willing to forgo electricity, skip the private fishing guide, and pack your own bedding, you can spend just $40 at a Forest Service cabin and get the same outdoors experience. Between these two extremes, you'll find hotels in Alaska under $200 per night, such as the Copper River Princess and the Denali River Cabins & Cedar Lodge Hotel, which include creature comforts and put the wilderness at your doorstep. Even in or near Alaska's cities, it's all about what's outside the window: Alyeska Resort backs up on a ski slope; the Hotel Captain Cook has panoramic views of Anchorage and Cook Inlet. Alaska hotels book up in the summer; in winter, most shut down. Those that stay open year-round bring something special to the table: Chena Hot Springs Resort, for example, comes with unlimited soaks in the natural pools and dazzling nighttime displays of the aurora borealis.