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Navigating Juneau: Tips for Choosing the Perfect Hotel Location


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When you plan on navigating Juneau, it’s challenging to know where to stay. You have to weigh many factors when selecting a hotel, including:

  • Safety
  • Parking
  • Accessibility
  • Proximity to main attractions
  • Transportation options
  • Hotel shuttles
  • Ease of reaching the airport
  • Hotel amenities
  • And more

So, if you’ve never been to Juneau, we’ll help you decipher the various areas where hotels are located to narrow down the best location based on your travel needs.

Where Juneau’s Hotels are Located

There are two main areas where Juneau has hotels: the airport and downtown. Each location has its pros and cons. Review the reasons to choose each location so you can narrow your list down.

Juneau Airport Hotel Pros

There’s a lot to love about staying near the Juneau airport. Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of Juneau airport hotels.

  • Easy arrival and departure
  • Walking distance from the airport for some hotels
  • Less hustle and bustle
  • Nearby restaurants might have better availability
  • Rates might be more affordable since the location isn’t as desirable
  • You might find better availability, especially when booking late
  • Closer to hiking trails
  • More of a nature setting
  • Avoid cruise ship traffic, especially during peak hours

Juneau Airport Hotel Cons

While there are plenty of reasons to stay at an airport hotel, there are also some setbacks to staying in that location.

  • Can be noisy due to airline traffic
  • Doesn’t put you within walking distance to major attractions
  • Might not be as easy to get transportation since providers focus on downtown
  • Excursion companies might not pick up from airport hotels
  • Fewer nearby restaurant options

Hotels Available Near the Airport

Here’s a look at the hotels available near Juneau Airport. You have several outstanding options that will ensure your comfort with great accommodations.

  • Frontier Suites Hotel in Juneau
  • Aspen Suites Hotel Juneau
  • Super 8 by Wyndham Juneau
  • Extended Stay America – Juneau
  • Travelodge by Wyndham Juneau
  • Best Western Country Lane Inn
  • Best Western Grandma’s Feather Bed

Juneau Downtown Hotel Pros

Navigating Juneau

Downtown Juneau has so much to offer, including walking tours, museums, unique cuisine, and more. Here’s a look at some reasons to consider staying in the city.

  • Puts you within walking distance of many tourist attractions
  • Ensures excursion companies with transportation will pick you up from your hotel
  • Might be easier to hail a cab without calling the company
  • Gives you an authentic Juneau experience
  • Won’t have airplane noises all night
  • Offers plenty to see and do
  • More restaurant options
  • Good location for meeting locals and asking about the best places to visit during your stay


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Juneau Downtown Hotel Cons

While there’s a great deal to like about a downtown hotel, there are also some setbacks to consider. Here are the cons of these hotels.

  • Can be a very busy setting
  • You’ll have more to consider when arriving from the airport/ferry since it will take longer to travel to and from these important travel hubs
  • You’ll be contending with cruise ship traffic, which is especially busy during the tourist season of May to October
  • City noises could be just as noisy as airport traffic

Hotels Available in Downtown Juneau

If you’ve determined that a downtown hotel is what’s best for you, here’s a look at the options you have for staying amidst the historic landmarks and tourist attractions.

  • Juneau Hotel
  • Ramada by Wyndham Juneau
  • Four Points by Sheraton Juneau
  • The Alaskan Hotel & Bar
  • Baranof Downtown, BW Signature Collection
  • Silverbow Inn Hotel & Suites

Should I Book Accommodations on a House-sharing Platform?

Another option for travel is to book accommodations through a house-sharing platform. The challenge is that as these platforms grew and homeowners could list their homes on multiple sites, knowing whether your accommodations are confirmed or not got harder. Some vacationers show up at their house-sharing location only to find it is already booked out through another platform or that it is undergoing renovations and the owner forgot to remove the home from all platforms.

While mishaps in scheduling often result in refunds for customers it also means you’re left to find accommodations at last-minute rates and availability. That can mean getting a budget hotel instead of those with better amenities.

House-sharing Pros

As you evaluate whether to book a hotel or house-sharing, here’s a look at some reasons you might enjoy having a house.

  • Various rooms for multiple guests
  • More than one bathroom for multiple guests in some locations
  • More of a home-like feel
  • Lower cost based on space
  • Might make you feel more like a local
  • More memorable experience
  • Comfortable setting with separate living and sleeping space
  • Favorable conditions for long-term stays

House-sharing Cons 

Where renting a home can have its benefits, you might also find that it is inconvenient in other ways. Consider these factors that could mean it isn’t right for you.

  • Lack of standardized requirements for accommodations
  • Possible issues with booking and scheduling conflicts
  • Safety risks
  • Unpredictable neighbors
  • Falsified or doctored photos make the home look better than it is
  • Communicating with the host might be more time-consuming than just showing up at a hotel

Why Extended Stay Hotels Are the Best of Both Worlds

If you’re debating between a traditional hotel and a house-sharing platform, the best compromise is an extended-stay hotel room. You’ll have all the conveniences that booking a hotel provides including security, a helpful front desk team, dependable check-in and check-out times, ease of communication, and more. But you’ll also have separate living and sleeping spaces as well as a full kitchen.

When you stay at Juneau Hotel, you’ll feel like you’re at home with a washer and dryer in every suite. You can walk everywhere, even with kids, when staying at the hotel. And the best news is, you don’t have to plan to stay for weeks to enjoy the benefits an extended stay provides. Book however many nights you need while enjoying the comforts of home.

Juneau Hotel is in downtown, giving you quick access to many tourist attractions and some of the best restaurants in the area. For the best availability and rates, book your stay now.

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