Advance Reservations in Alaska

Q: I am planning on visiting in May. Do I need to make advance reservations?

A: Even though May is considered the shoulder season, there are still many visitors coming to Alaska during this time. I absolutely would recommend advance reservations for hotels, transportation and tours. Some hotels aren’t open in May, particularly in Denali so although there are fewer visitors there are also fewer lodging options available. Tours may operate on a slightly different schedule early in the season so booking in advance ensures that you have accurate information before you arrive.

Hotel Occupancy Terms

Q: I am looking at several of the all suites hotels and they offer single, double, triple and quad rates? What is the difference between the triple and quad when a suite has 2 queen beds and a pull out?

A: The terms, single, double, triple, and quad denotes the number of adults in the room, not the bed types. A triple room will have 3 adults and a quad will have 4 adults. Most hotels in Alaska set the room rate based on the number of adults in the room.

Southeast Alaska Accommodations

Q: Do you have recommendations for accommodations in Southeast Alaska?

A: We do not work with any particular hotels in Southeast Alaska but we do offer a travel guide which includes listings of accommodations throughout that region. You can select a city, then accommodations to see a list for the area you are visiting.

Anchorage Luggage Storage

Q: Will any hotels in Anchorage store luggage for a week? We fly into Anchorage, have a week of independent travel on the Kenai Peninsula, then return to Anchorage to join a cruise out of Whittier.

A: Generally speaking, any of our Anchorage hotels will store your luggage while you are touring Alaska provided you stay with them the night you fly into Anchorage.

Alaska Hotel Tax

Q: What are the hotel taxes and other fees that are in addition to the package rate?

A: Taxes and fees vary by city and hotel. Hotel bed taxes range from 2% to 13% depending on location. We would be happy to prepare a quote for you that includes all of the fees and taxes.

Hotel Seasonal Closures

Q: I plan to visit Alaska at the end of September 2012. What hotels will be open then?

A: Hotels in Alaska’s major cities (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau) are open year round. Most of the hotels in Denali and Talkeetna will be closed for the winter. As a general rule, Denali is closed up for the winter around September 20th. Also transportation and tours will be very limited then as well.

Backcountry Lodge in Denali

Q: Do you sell a hotel that is inside Denali National Park?

A: We do offer a lodge within the national park. The Kantishna Roadhouse sits at the end of the Park Road, 95 miles from the entrance to Denali National Park. This backcountry lodge offers a unique wilderness experience.

Alaska Campgrounds

Q: Are campgrounds open in May in Alaska?

A: Depending on what part of May, some campgrounds may be open. Typically in Alaska, campgrounds do not open until Memorial Day Weekend. I would identify what campgrounds you want to go to so that you can contact the appropriate agency or private campground owner to verify availability.

Seward Suite Rooms

Q: In Seward, is there a hotel that offers a 2 bedroom apartment to comfortably accommodate 4 people?

A: Although there are not two bedrooms, the Seward Windsong lodge offers a suite room that would sleep 4 people very comfortably. It offers two queen beds with a twin trundle bed in a separate living area.

Anchorage Rail Transfers

Q: Is there transportation from the Ramada Inn to the rail station for morning departures?

A: The Ramada Anchorage Downtown does offer a courtsey shuttle to the train depot in the morning for all departures. All Anchorage hotels offered by Alaska Tour & Travel offer courtesy transfers to and from the Anchorage rail depot.

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