by Phil Corless
This beautiful waterfront hotel in the tiny port town of Whittier is the perfect base for exploring Prince William Sound. The Townhouse Suites have king and queen beds in separate bedrooms, a spacious living room, stone fireplace and Jacuzzi bathtub, all spread out over two stories. You’ll have great views of the harbor, where giant cruise ships frequently dock. Other amenities include a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The Alaska-themed onsite restaurant, with its cozy atmosphere and reasonably priced menu, is a great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Whittier is a small, compact town. In fact, almost the entire town of 215 people lives in one single building, the Begich Towers. The historic building also contains city hall, a post office and an indoor pool, thus giving Whittier the nickname of “a town under one roof.” From your hotel, you can stroll along the boat harbor. You’ll find plenty of fishing charters, kayak rentals and guided tours to choose from. Also at the harbor is the popular restaurant, Varly’s Swiftwater Seafood Cafe. If you’re taking the ferry to Valdez or Cordova, the ferry terminal is a five-minute walk from your hotel. If you’re driving to or from Anchorage, kids will love the 2-mile-long Anton Anderson Tunnel, the second-longest highway tunnel in North America. With its spacious two-story suites, fine-dining restaurant and easy access to sightseeing services, a stay at the family-run Inn at Whittier will be a memorable one during your vacation to Alaska.
Our Editor Loves
- Sea otters playing in the harbor
- Jacuzzi tub
- Fresh seafood in the onsite restaurant
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
This was a great place to stay. The view overlooking the bay and marina was spectacular. The customer service was top notch. The dinner we had at the Inn was probably the best one on our vacation. The location was great to be able to walk around the entire city of Whittier.
The Inn is spacious with fantastic beams near the ceiling. The large windows overlooking the bay and the glacier were worth the stay. The food was amazing. Everything was prepared to perfection and very large portions. The wait-staff was attentive and always available. The rooms were typical but the view was delightful. My bed was comfortable and the water in the showers was plentiful and hot.