Alyeska Hostel, Girdwood

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Very uncomfortable crazy man Bob!

My queen and I set up a two night stay and it lasted for one. the owner is in no shape to run a hostel. she lets her friends stay and try to control the house, who are rude, obnoxious drunks like Bob. bottom line is that the one horror story of our trip was this place. so many other nice spots -- I recommend camping or heading more towards the peninsula.


Host out of town. Locked out of room.

I made a reservation with Tom, the hostel host, via telephone for a private room on the night of June 22, 2013. The evening of the 22nd, I called to let Tom know the approximate time of our arrival and found that he was out of town,in Anchorage with family. When we arrived, we found the front door lock removed and thrown on the porch, the door propped open with a screwdriver. Another guest had just arrived and he was concerned and felt that it was a very strange situation with no host and no way to secure the front door. Our room had two beds on the floor which were not made and the ceiling height did not allow standing in much of the room. We were not told about this when we made the reservation. We didn't like the situation, closed the upstairs bedroom, went outside and met a man who was staying in the cottage which seemed secure and comfortable. He said that Tom had not been around. After talking, we found it more agreeable to both parties to switch rooms. We subsequently closed the door to his cottage. Then we found that all 3 of us were locked out of our rooms. No keys were to be found anywhere. We called Tom and he was unwilling /unable to help. In fact, he said that in essence, it wasn't his problem and "he had his life to live". He wasn't coming to help. We were able to jimmy the door open on the cottage but not the upstairs bedroom. So, we had no place to sleep; it was a Saturday night in June and Girdwood was completely full. We drove to Hope as it was the next closest place on our way towards the Kenai, and found a motel room at 11:30 pm. Needless to say, we were shocked and angry about our experience, the only bad one of the whole trip to Alaska.

Age 63 | USA

I stayed here several times back in 2004-2005 in the winter.

It was a bit rough and rundown. Owners weren't around and it appeared that the place wasn't kept up that well -- cleaning, painting, vacuuming. It wasn't a complete disaster though, did the job and offered a bed with a little warmth. For $20 what do you expect?


I've stayed at this hostel a few times since 1991 and just stopped in for a shower last month. This little hostel has fine character, just the place to hang out after a long day of hiking or skiing (or driving, but not much parking space). The building (an A-frame-like structure) is small, but the kitchen and living area are large enough for a group to prepare lunch and dinner. Nice atmosphere. It appears that the host and the visitors take care of the place and keep it quite clean. If you want to socialize, there are places nearby in town for that, but this place is more suited to update your journal or read a good book.


I agree it isn't a party place but a very comfortable house where you can happily sit in the lounge with the others and RELAX. If you want to party, go down to Hi 5 or Maxine's, 2 bars a few minutes walk away where everyone hangs out. The area is amazingly beautiful and as long as you're an adept of hiking and outdoors this is THE place for you!!!

Estelle Sandvik

My stay was very excellent. The hostel was well run, and kept up. The sheets were clean, and they provided some blankets. It has a fine kitchen, and a cozy living area with a fireplace. It also provides informational brochures on Alaska and has several good tourist books. Its location is great. I was skiing for a week on spring break, and the mountain is right at your doorstep. Although it is a mile or so walk to the day lodge, and that's a 10-20 minute walk. The local store is nearby, about a 10-minute walk. The resort offers a shuttle from the day lodge to the hotel, and can drop you off at the market if you request. It can even drop you off at Timberline Drive. That makes for about a 5-minute walk. Overall, this has opened the door to hosteling for me, and it was very good experience.


I have stayed at the Alyeska Hostel many times. It is one of my favorite locations in Girdwood. There is a four-star ski resort out the front window and a wilderness sanctuary out the back. There are often moose in the yard in the winter and in the summer I love hiking behind the hostel and exploring the moss-covered forest floor. Very few know, it seems, that Girdwood is the northernmost tip of a 2500-mile stretch of old-growth rainforest beginning in Washington State. It ends right behind the hostel!

There is a beautiful, tranquil, and paradoxically wild glacier-fed river flowing by about 100 meters behind the hostel. Be careful. It can sweep you away. Giant cottonwood trees abound there, as do black spruce and the occasional giant white spruce. There are also porcupines, beaver, eagles, ravens, and many other creatures that live there.

Explore and discover this treasure of Alaska and please, "leave this place better than you found it."


David Lakota

David Swendiman "Raven"

It was clean and comfortable, but not a party place. I never saw the host, but it seemed well run. I would stay again.



The Alyeska Hostel is a rustic home located at 227 Alta Drive in Girdwood, Alaska. The Hostel has a shared kitchen, bathrooms with hot showers, and a comfortable living room with information and books. The Hostel is cozy and has 3 sleeping rooms: 8 beds in the coed dormitory, a private room with 1 queen bed, and a private room with 2 queen beds. A private cabin is available nightly from May - October. The cabin has a private kitchen and bathroom, 1 queen bed and 2 single bunks. Heat, hot water, linens and WiFi are included in all nightly stays.

2014 Prices:
Dorm Bunks
ages 13 and up - $25
7-12 - $10 with adult
under 7 - Free with adult

Private Room (add 12% bed tax)
for 1 - $50
for 2 - $60
for 3 - $70
for 4 - $80

Summer Cabin (May - Oct)(add 12% bed tax)
for 2 - $80
for 4 - $100

Cancellation must be given 7 days in advance for a full refund of private rooms or cabin, and 48hrs notice required for bunk cancellations.

Check in time after 6-10pm
Check out Noon
Quiet hours 9pm-8am


Steps to reserve.

1. Contact us to check on availability. or (907)-783-2222

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Alyeska Hostel
PO Box 953
Girdwood, Alaska 99587

Location and Contact




Address: 227 Alta Drive, Girdwood, Alaska, USA

Alyeska Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Alyeska Hostel Girdwood
Phone Number: +1 (907) 783-2222
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Facilities and Amenities



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Towels (1)

Book Collection/Exchange

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Airport Pickup


Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 16

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 6-10pm

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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