by Phil Corless
The King Eider Inn is one of just a few hotels in Alaska’s northernmost city. Located directly across from the airport, its rooms are extremely clean. It helps that guests are asked to remove their shoes upon entering the lobby. Most rooms have a log cabin style of decor, and include one queen or two full beds that can sleep a small family. Deluxe rooms feature a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, stovetop, kitchen sink and a full range of dishes and utensils. Other amenities include a DVD player, blackout drapes, free Wi-Fi and free coffee. The hotel also offers a beautiful sauna to warm you up after a day out in the cold. There is no free breakfast or nearby restaurant, so the kitchenette will come in handy.
The King Eider Inn is in the heart of town, about a half-mile from the beach. Barrow is small, so most attractions and restaurants are within walking distance. The Inn also offers packages that include a rental car if you want to get around more easily. The Arctic Ocean is a few minutes from your hotel. Kids will love watching for marine wildlife along the beach. They can even dip a toe in the frigid ice-filled waters. Also nearby is the Inupiat Heritage Center, an informative museum that tells the story of the people who have lived in the area for more than a thousand years. For its comfort, quality and airport location, The King Eider Inn is a fine choice for your family adventure in Barrow.
Our Editor Loves
- Log-style furniture
- Free Wi-Fi
Stayed at the King Eider Inn while in Barrow for business in August 2018. The inn is almost directly across the street from the airport, making it very convenient. The hotel is simple and rustic and you will be required to take your boots/shoes off after entering. Limited front desk hours. Staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are not luxurious but adequate for a short stay. Walls are a bit thin but the hotel is generally quiet. The TV remote was not working well and the space heater would have to be periodically restarted. There was a small kitchenette in the room which was convenient. There is no restaurant available in or immediately around the hotel, Subway is within walking distance however. There are several restaurants that will deliver to the hotel, food is very expensive in Barrow. I walked to Osaka the first night I was there, but recommend you take a cab for anything further than Subway, there are no paved streets or sidewalks
Located the other side of the road from the airport entrance, we found this place to be extremely comfortable and welcoming. Rooms are surprisingly spacious, with a small kitchenette and dining table. The place is immaculate, great shower and daily room cleaning. There are no meals at all, but free coffee and tea as well as drinking water. It is 15 minute walk to the so-called center of town, and most convenient when you arrive and leave town. the management is accommodating and courteous. Highly recommended.