Ratings based on 13 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.9 Room cleanliness
3.6 Service & staff
3.5 Room comfort
3.2 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby WYinOR from Oregon
Decent stay in BarrowPosted Jul 20, 2013
Pros: Comfortable bed. Good location.
Cons: Free wifi.
Location: It's right across the street from the ocean, and most everything in town is within walking distance.
Based on other reviews I'd read, I wasn't expecting much, so I was pleasantly surprised overall. The room was small but clean and had useful amenities (e.g., refrigerator, coffee maker). The bed was very comfortable. The hotel staff was accommodating and helpful. It isn't fancy but this is Barrow and people should adjust their expectations accordingly. The two complaints I have are these: even for Barrow, it seemed expensive; the hotel doesn't have free wifi.
for Everyoneby Rob from Seattle, WA
Ocean view frontier experiencePosted Jun 17, 2013
Pros: Hotel has the best location in town. Should the sun be visible, the waterfront view is amazing.
Cons: Make sure that the plumbing completely works (shower).
Location: Arctic ocean.
Like everything in town, the hotel is build on pilings driven into the permafrost. If you are expecting anything swanky, don't go to Barrow. Staff was friendly and polite. Bed was comfortable. Room was clean. Shower worked (sort of). Mini fridge in the room. Flat screen satellite tv.
for Everyoneby mino from Maryland, USA
convenient for mealsPosted Jun 2, 2013
Cons: Slow Wi-Fi
Location: Can see the Arctic Ocean from your room (frozen...)
There were only 3 active hotels in Barrow. Top of the world is the most expensive and most far from the airport but its next door is the Mexican restauran, and so close to the Japanese restaurant(Korean owner).
for Everyoneby Zuxak from Colorado, USA
Don't let the outside scare youPosted Oct 8, 2012
Pros: Oceanview rooms! Make sure to book one of the ocean view rooms! Worth the extra charge.
Cons: Beverage center not in operation and looked like it hasn't been in a LONG time.
Location: Hotel is walking distance to a lot of places in town. This is NOT a city.
The Top of the World hotel in Barrow is perfect for a 2 night stay. The towels were the cleaninest towels I've seen in any hotel in over two years of travel! The bathmats are actual terrycloth bathmats and the rooms have all that you need for a good night's rest. The bed sheets were very soft and the pillows were perfect. The clocks have an ipod station. My room had a refridgerator and mircrowave. Easy to make snacks and hold water or cool drinks. (Ask about these items by calling first) I was there for only 2 nights and did not see much action around the hotel. The hotel was quiet - which was perfect for me. I would choose to stay here again for my business travel. There are several restuarants in the area and they are descent places. My favorite was breakfast at Pepe's. Try the basic egg, hashbrowns, bacon, toast breakfast - you can't go wrong (Not a fan of reindeer sausage). Pepe's literally next door to the hotel.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Somewhere to stay at the end of the earth!Posted Sep 24, 2012
Expensive for what it offers but considering the location hardly suprising. Basic but clean and warm with en suite bathroom. Don't have their own restaurant so you have to go to the Mexican next door which is OK but nothing special. There is NO alcohol in Barrow, it's illegal even to bring in your own! There is parking in the front of the hotel but sometimes it was tricky to find a space.
for Business Travelersby Alan, author from Ohio
Expensive oasis in the tundraPosted Aug 21, 2012
Pros: Arctic Ocean view
Location: Like the old TV show "Northern Exposure."
considering that the location is at the edge of nowhere, they do a great job of providing adequate accommodations. The prices are exhorbitant-- rates rival the Sheraton in Anchorage. appreciated the airport shuttle as all roads are unpaved and muddy.
for Couplesby Remi from San Francisco, CA
I enjoyed my stay therePosted May 16, 2012
Pros: Staff was very friendly
Cons: Room was very hot, although it seems to be very common for indoor places to be over-heated (Pepe's restaurant, Brower's, Osaka, etc)
Location: It is unique, but it is North of the Arctic circle so do not go there if you expect vibrant nightlife, alcohol, etc.
The staff was courteous and helped me find a guide while off-season, the room clean and spacious. Altogether an hotel well adapted to the local conditions
by A verified traveler from Santa Fe NM
not many choices but still would try somewhere elsePosted Nov 11, 2011
at least it's close to the airport
Recommendedby A verified traveler from Shanghai
AcceptablePosted Nov 4, 2011
I have just spent 2 days there. The hotel is general ok in such a remote place especially considering the clean rooms. The only issue there is that no one can help you with the baggage.
Recommendedby A verified traveler from Duluth, MN
You only have three choices...Posted Oct 22, 2011
Location: You can see all there is to see in one day - two if you travel into the tundra. Try Sam and Lee's for breakfast and Pepe's North of the Boarder for dinner.
...and this is the only one I was in. Let's face it, Barrow is not for the timid or casual traveler. This hotel serves the purpose very well. Room was clean and warm, lobby was clean and user friendly. I'll book this place again if I get up that way.