Juneau Hotels and Lodging
Juneau boasts the widest range of accommodations in Southeast Alaska, from big hotels to boutique inns, wilderness lodges to B&Bs, and some of the best camping in the state. With so much great lodging to choose from, in Juneau you’re sure find the perfect place to call it a night.
Juneau HotelsIt may be remote, but Juneau’s not that remote; the city offers a variety of large and small hotels, as well as more budget-friendly motels. Full-service hotels are located either downtown or in the Mendenhall Valley commercial district. Downtown hotels allow for easy walking to museums, shops, restaurants, historic attractions, and the waterfront; Mendenhall Valley hotels put you closer to the airport, the glacier, and the ferry, as well as “out-the-road.”
Now more than 60 years old, the Westmark Baranof Hotel is Juneau’s grandest and largest hotel, right in the heart of downtown on Franklin Street. Juneau’s oldest hotel, the Alaskan Hotel and Bar, dates back to 1913 and features antique furniture and décor. (Tip: Avoid rooms above the bar if you like to turn in early.) Downtown also features the boutique Silverbow Inn, where you can soak up spectacular scenery from the rooftop hot tub, along with several other independent mid-range hotels and motels, some with kitchenettes and extended stay options. You’ll find a handful of national chains near the airport. Hotels book quickly during the summer, so be sure to make advance reservations if you’re picky about your room.
See JCVB hotel listings for a full list including descriptions and contact info.
Juneau Bed & BreakfastsJuneau hosts a variety of B&Bs catering to an array of traveler tastes and budgets. You’ll find these peaceful retreats all over Juneau — from distinctive downtown Victorians to quiet mountain enclaves to retreats down by the sea. B&Bs on Douglas Island offer incredible views of Gastineau Channel and the mountains behind Juneau (during winter, you might even catch sight of the Northern Lights). Those in the Mendenhall Valley tend to be tucked away in the trees — perfect for visitors in search of a real forest getaway. Some of Juneau’s B&Bs have been featured on such TV shows as Top Chef and such magazines as National Geographic.
See JCVB B&B listings for a full list including descriptions and contact info.
Juneau Wilderness LodgesIf you came to Alaska to get away from it all — and really mean it — try a wilderness lodge. Lodges dot the secluded beaches, rivers, and lakes of the Inside Passage, some focusing on fishing, others family and romantic getaways. Some wilderness lodges entail a short flight or boat ride — more wildlife and glacier spotting for you!
See JCVB lodge and resort listings for a full list including descriptions and contact info.
Juneau CampingSimply put, there’s nothing like camping in Southeast Alaska, and Juneau offers numerous options. Pick from developed campgrounds, rustic tent sites, RV spots, or public-use cabins.
Juneau features two U.S. Forest Service campgrounds: Mendenhall Lake, with large wooded sites, some providing glacier views, and Auke Village Recreation Area, with beach access. The State of Alaska operates another developed campground at Eagle Beach State Recreation Area, especially popular with families.
But this is Alaska. You can camp anywhere on undeveloped forest lands — as long as you pitch your tent at least a quarter-mile from the road. The maximum stay for “roadside camping” is three days.
The U.S. Forest Service and the State of Alaska both maintain public use cabins in the Juneau area. Some are drive-up, some are hike in, and others entail a boat ride. Rustic but cozy, all cabins are outfitted with bunks, outhouses, and propane heaters/woodstoves — pack your own sleeping bags and a camp stove (toilet paper wouldn’t hurt, either).
As for RVs, you’ve also got your choice: privately owned Spruce Meadow RV Park; full- and partial-service sites at Mendenhall Lake Campground and Eagle Beach State Recreation Area, and four spaces (no hookups or electricity) at Savikko Park on Douglas Island (maximum three night stay). Remember, if you plan to drive your RV to Juneau, you will need to put it on the ferry at some point. Advance reservations are highly recommended.