Cheap Downtown Tourist Hotel Near Visitor Center
Posted Jun 26, 2016
Has a nice cozy boutique-like lobby. Non existent business center (one computer at a desk, open to the lobby). Wi-Fi Internet is not suitable for business travelers like myself who need consistent access for VOIP calls. This is a decent, cheap hotel for tourists. Being from Fairbanks I had always wanted to try it. Now that I have I can say I wouldn't go back unless it was the only decent hotel in town and I absolutely couldn't stay with family because of a need for a quiet working area.
With the only window facing a wall that's so close you can't see anything else, it felt like a dungeon other than the fresh air when it didn't smell like BBQ or someone's cigarette smoke wafting down the small space between buildings. It was probably from someone smoking out of their window that has a sign in front of it saying not to do this very thing. I did notice when I was eating at the Thai place across 2nd Ave from the hotel that the Big Daddy's BBQ employees smoke near the entrance to that "alley" (by the propane tank no less) so it could very possibly be them or both.
If the Marriott Springhill Suites isn't trying to rake you over the coals with their summer rates, stay there. I've stayed there multiple times a year over ten years so I know what to expect and if you're a business traveler (esp with status and a compulsion for hoarding points), it's just a no-brainer.