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“Nice location in a great little town”

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Totem Square Hotel & Marina
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Sitka
Boise, Idaho
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
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“Nice location in a great little town”
Reviewed 4 August 2011

Recently spent a couple of weeks in Alaska and my wife and I's favorite town was Sitka. Amazing hiking trails, great restaurants by Alaska standards and just a great little town in a beautiful setting. Not as much cruise ship traffic as some of the other alaskan towns, but still enough in the way of restaurants and things to do to make it worthwhile. We both wished we had spent more time here. I've also heard the fishing is amazing, but we didn't do any until later in the trip.

The Totem Square Inn was a great place to stay in Sitka. A nice modern motel with the standard conveniences (no air conditioning anywhere in AK that we saw), great location (right on the water, downtown), clean comfortable rooms at a fairly afordable rate and friendly knowledgable staff. They also had inexpensive coin-operated laundry downstairs which was very nice after a week of living out of our suitcases. Free Wireless in the rooms and computers with printers down in the lobby were another bonus.

The hotel is also right around the corner from the Pioneer bar and liquor store and just a little further to Ludvig's which was the best restaurant we visited in Alaska. You really couldn't ask for more in this cool little town.

The only knocks I had were a loud exhaust fan from the kitchen right outside our window, and the restaurant itself isn't great. However you're only a few blocks from pretty much every restaurant in town so not much of a problem.

I would definately recommend this place to others and I'd stay here again if I was in Sitka.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2011

Fortunately, I read the Tripadvisor reviews before I booked here, so I asked for a room away from the noisy bar. We were on the 4th floor at the opposite end of the hotel from said bar, so we didn't hear any noise from it. Room 404 was quiet and had a view of the water. Someone said in a previous review that the rooms are like budget motel rooms, and that is exactly right, and the price for the room is quite high (almost $200 a night). It isn't a bad place to stay, close to everything downtown and shuttle service to and from the airport, but we had spent two days in a B&B that was terrific, so it certainly didn't compare to that. Basic, budget accommodations at a premium price. The people at the front desk were helpful and polite, and the choices are limited in Sitka, so if you decide to stay in a hotel, this is probably as good as anything.

Room Tip: Ask for the top floor away from the noisy bar.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Beaverton, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2011

views on harbor side only good on 3rd and 4th floors. All views are of parking lots/roof/vents.. Loud bar open late on harbor side. Lots of screaming/laughing in parking area after bar closes. Usually lasts until 2:00am. People there to fish are up at 4:30am to get ready and walls/floors are very thin. Lots of showering/dressing noises, Sitka likes their town clean so street cleaners make rounds every other day between 4:00am and 6:30am. They are incredibly noisy as they circle parking lots over and over. All of Sitka's larger hotels are subject to this noise. When you drag yourself down to breakfast needing coffee after a haggard nght, don't expect much. They frequently run out of coffee, juice, pastry. Most days they had only cheerios and rice chex. I averaged three hours of sleep at night during my stay. Hotel charges were excessive -over $200.00 per night for a single room. Had the feel of a Super8 hotel. I could not recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: harbor side on 3rd/ 4th floor -AND BRING EARPLUGS
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2011

I recently stayed here for business. The goods: Decent customer service, room was clean, location is great, free airport shuttle. However, the room was small and cramped. It was stuffy. If you are on the backside of the hotel the bar noise can be a bit much - especially on a weekend night. You could hear noise from other rooms. The bedding was not so nice - icky old-style bedspreads that slid off the velour blanket. They did have free internet and breakfast. Overall, a typical budget hotel at way over the price.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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Berkeley, California
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2010

I had booked at a fishing Lodge for a 3 day package and they booked me in this hotel for a two night stay before the fishing days as they said they had no room. It cost $150/night. here. the location was great and off the main street so i think it probably was quieter (but very close to it)

If this hotel was in the middle of Peoria, Illinois or some farm land it would have cost about $59/night. Since it was in the middle of Sitka and right by the water and downtown it was $150/night. Apparently, you could book and get a cheaper rate on some on-line website link. (expedia? not sure which one)

Since Alaska's tourist season is short, they have to make the money while they can. Can't fault them for that.

The room was decent. and clean. Behind the bed by the wall wasn't (i dropped something and had to look there)

Shampoo and Conditioner were not good quality.

The bed was very comfortable; like a memory foam I think. It had a nice velour blanket under the bedspread.

Bedspread: I hate that hotels still use the old fashioned quilted bed spreads as I don't want to think of all the possible germs on a bedspread i'm sure doesn't get changed between guests. I prefer they have blankets that are washed in between guests; not some dry cleaned bed spread that you know doesn't get dry cleaned in between guests (I asked the maid and she said they don't dry clean these for each new arrival of a new guest)

They have free lobby internet service.

They have free breakfast. It didn't work for me as it is all flour and sugar products and yogurt with sugar. Instant oatmeal doesn't work for me either.

The staff is nice and friendly. (only one unfriendly older heavy set woman on staff i encountered. Everyone else was very nice) coffee and tea in lobby. 4 out of the 5 times I went to use it, it was cold or stale. No big deal; nice coffee in the room. I told them and they did say they would brew more which was nice of them.

Refrigerator in the room; good for leftovers and cream for coffee as they have that junk powder stuff to put in coffee.

No exercise facilites. i went to the Sheldon Jackson pool to swim as after I was told about Blatchely school having a pool I could use and I walked there and that pool was closed.

If there were more choices at better prices i wouldn't stay here again; but right now they and the Westmark have a hotel/motel monopoly!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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New York City
Level 6 Contributor
72 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2010

Spent a night in Sitka, after our day ferry from Juneau. Beautiful corner room, with a view of the harbor and bridge, with eagles and seals all around. Clean room, big beds, all amenities, great friendly service, nice continental breakfast, and two lobby computers for guests. Easy to walk around Sitka and to the National Historic Park, easy driving to the ferry terminal, good parking lot, and highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2010

This was where we ended our 9 night trip through four Inside Passage towns. And of our other three sleeping quarters this was the most relaxing, had the best service and friendliest staff, the best breakfast experience of all the rest ... although once again FRUIT in Alaska seems fairly sparse. Other than a variety of fruit juices, they could only muster apples and pears the first of three mornings, and only apples on the second and third mornings. But if you're happy with starchy and sugary foods, you'll be right. The room was spacious compared to our others, solid floors and plenty of surfaces. And we had an amazing view of the waterfront. The free WiFi had three signals to choose from and it was strong and steady over the three-night stay. We were blogging so needed a reliable signal. The television was actually functional and we didn't need a 30 minute lesson to navigate. And they have a shuttle cargo van to get you to and from the airport.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Totem Square Hotel & Marina

Property: Totem Square Hotel & Marina
Address: 201 Katlian St, Sitka, AK 99835-7511 (Formerly Shee Atika Totem Square Inn)
Region: United States > Alaska > Sitka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Sitka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Totem Square Hotel & Marina 2.5*
Number of rooms: 67
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