Eagle View Hostel, Ketchikan

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Best way to get the real Ketchikan experience

Single female traveler in late 20s. I spent my 3 nights in Ketchikan at EagleView Hostel, and could not have found a better place. Dale is a charming host who goes out of his way to welcome guests to his home that he built himself. The first night I arrived Dale and another few guests (some from the Race to Alaska) and I stayed up to midnight chatting. Dale invited me to share his delicious salmon dinner the next evening (fish caught by his neighbor), then drove 4 of us to a free Native American dance and joined us out for a drink at the Fish Hut. The third night he drove some other guests to a local play. He advised me on trail running routes, lent me some bear spray, and made me promise to call when I got off the mountain to let him know I was down safe. Im capable of taking care of myself, but its nice to have someone looking out for you in a grandfatherly way.

The place is clean (some posts say otherwise, but I think they date back to years ago when Dale was working full time) and full of curios Dale has picked up on his travels over the years. Staying here is to immerse yourself properly in Ketchikan lifestyle and, in some ways, in a bygone time; its a place where people can still have long conversations rather than staring at their phones. It feels very safe, and there were no lockout hours -- which was very convenient when it was so rainy! The downstairs is divided between a separate apartment that is rented out to folks working in Ketchikan for the summer, and the guys dorm. The girls dorm and the room for couples are upstairs. You can store food in the fridge and cupboards, and use Dales kitchen. The views from the living room are spectacular. If you are an aviation geek you can listen in on Dales radio to the comms of the seaplane pilots as you watch them takeoff and land. Some other posts mention rules -- they are all obvious things that take no effort and that any good house guest/roommate would do anyway (leave your outdoor shoes at the door, dont take long showers that use up all the hot water, wash your dishes right away, use the bedsheets properly to avoid making the comforters and mattresses dirty). As for the hill part, its only 5 blocks up the hill from Safeway (on the flat), and you can always take the Green Loop bus that stops just above the hill from the hostel if you dont want to walk. Also, its still only $28/night, a rate which apparently hasnt changed in 14 years. For comparison, the airport ferry fare has gone up 50% in that time.

Jennifer d.
Age 29 | Zimbabwe

Great View

Dale is a great man. grew up in Ketchikan and love every inch of it. the go to man to know everything there and the sites.

Age 47 | USA


We stayed in Ketchikan for four nights. Our ferry was a day late and Dale was nice enough to accommodate us the extra night. The price for staying in this beautiful private residence is excellent. Dale is a character, very knowledgeable about Alaska and Ketchikan and willing to share this knowledge. It is his home so read the rules and abide by them. The linens are clean, the kitchen is clean, and the bathroom is clean. The house is a bit dusty but if you can look beyond this you will have a great experience, get to know a native Alaskan, meet fellow travelers, and all at a reasonable price. We highly recommend a stay a the Eagleview Hostel to begin any Alaskan adventure.

Age 57 | USA

Finally a fit.

I work for the Alaska Marine Highway System and need to be in the dreaded Ketchikan for my departures to and from each assignment ... luckily only for this. The entire city is full of people and places I find writing home about would only turn others away from ever visiting Alaska at all. Finding this hostel was purely by chance for me. Staying without anyone around I knew for a full week during the training I had to attend for my job turned out to be one of the biggest highlights in dreads-ville for me. Not only was the price right but the owner Dale, who has lived here his whole life, carries an attitude/demeanor perfectly fitting to the true Ketchikan experience ... yet this time with a twist. He listens to NPR, supports the local arts, library, hiking and fishing. He french presses his coffee, has a clean and colorful home, has explored the world, works hard as a hobby AND doesn't put up with bullsh*t. Some (most) may not agree with his choice attitude but lives his life the way he chooses, professing- 'so what' & if people dont care, they can "get the f@*k out." He's sort of lucky I might say. As he slowly becomes aged (as we all will) he is beginning to live out a dream. The "I'm getting so old I can say and do what I want because I've earned it" dream/award for making it in our human existance so long. A personality like his can only mean he's been practicing his whole life for this moment so, why not let it roll! As for anyone wanting to stay here, do it. Pay way less than a lonely hotel room and meet some really interesting people. Have coffee in the morning and relax to a conversation with a view you may never have had without the variety a hostle like this brings. Just keep in mind that Dale is an old school hard ass with soft edges and you're set.


Verbal Tirades

Dale our host was a grouchy old miserable man who made our entire stay at this establishment regrettable at best. He went on verbal attacks of people on the phone and toward his neighbors while in our person. Made us horribly uncomfortable the entire time we were in his house. But on the up side he was so mean it made a great excuse to get out of that hostle and see the sights. But overall not worth the 28 bucks, just get a hotel, where they respect you.


Beauty & The Beast

Let's start with the the beast ... Dale. He is so rude and doesn't care that he is. If he was running this business in an area where there was competition he'd be out of business. He has no competition other than the church hostel downtown with a lockout so he's making good money with this place. He can switch gears on a dime and be nice and willing to offer suggestions about where to go and what to do. He's a native of Ketchikan so he knows his stuff about Alaska. He has also been a world traveler so he's got stories to tell. He has been seriously injured from a fall off his roof so maybe that explains why he's like he is. Who knows? Just be prepared to have your ass chewed without notice. REMOVE YOUR SHOES AT THE DOOR. DO NOT TOUCH THE TELEVISION. DO NOT SMOKE NEAR HIS HOUSE. DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT USING THE HOT TUB. NO FOOD ANYWHERE EXCEPT THE DINING TABLE. If dust and spider webs bother you, don't stay here. However, the linens are washed and clean. You will be putting them on your bed and removing them when you leave. I would suggest you wash all dishes before use and bring your own eating utensils. Children did stay while I was there but due to Dale's personality I would not subject children to this environment. The beauty ... the view from the living room is incredible. Perfect place to watch floatplanes, boats and ships come and go. Located up the hill ... a very very steep hill from Safeway, Starbucks, and McDonalds and near the bus stop. It's rough climb with a back pack or groceries. Hitch a ride or call Yellow Cab. Once there, two more flights of open stairs. It's a cardio workout! If you can tolerate the beast you will enjoy the beauty. It's great not having a lockout, too. Also, you can pay to use the washer and dryer when Dale isn't using it AND if he's in a good mood. I met some really nice people from all over the world here. Overall, I'd say forget Ketchikan altogether and go to Sitka ... they have a great hostel and it's a beautiful place.


Eagle View Hostel is perched on a hill overlooking beautiful Ketchikan, Alaska. While the hostel is a bit out of the way (about twenty minutes' walk to downtown) it is undoubtedly one of the best views in Ketchikan.

The Location

The walk up to the hostel can be a bit grueling while carrying a rucksack, so if you come in from the airport or ferry, splurge on a cab. The hostel is also located just uphill from several cute cafes and breakfast places as well as The Plaza Mall. There is also a very nice forty-five-minute-long hiking path that begins a few blocks away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The bedrooms are in decent condition -- they house two or three people and are equipped with both bunks and some twin beds. Try to get there early to claim the twin bed -- it is much less cramped. The only improvements needed to the rooms would be to keep them a bit warmer, as they get cold at night, and to replace the old pillows and comforters. While the sheets and pillowcases are always freshly cleaned, the pillows and comforters seem to have had better days -- they are a bit stained and tattered.

Bathrooms are also in decent condition -- clean and private with a toilet, sink, and shower. Free hot water is provided, although the hostel owner asks that you try to limit shower time to five minutes.

Common Spaces

The common spaces are very well kept, however, they are shared with the owner who lives in the house year-round. The kitchen and living room are cosy, but you are likely to be there alone with the owner and might feel as though you are infringing on someone's private space. A common room just for guests would be a great addition.


Eagle View Hostel is a great choice for a stay in Ketchikan. The prices are well worth what you get and the place does make you feel more like you're staying at home than in a hostel. During off season, the hostel is practically empty, so it might be nice for long-time travelers to take a break from the constant flow of people and have a more private space.

Paige Herlihy
United States


This is a great place, its like having your home away home. Full kitchen, great views, comfortable couch. Dale is a top bloke. Yes he is grumpy and abrupt but you need to take him with a pinch of salt. Dale is an old school Alaskan a real character. Remember this is his home and you're only paying $28 bucks per night, don't expect Dale to be at your beck and call -- otherwise go into town and find a hotel for $150 per night. After our three-day Kayaking trip in the Misty Fjords (highly recommended), Dale kindly offered us the use his showers and home until we caught the late night ferry, free of charge.


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Beautiful all cedar home hostel with 3 guest rooms. #1 has a double bed, usually couples. #2 a bunk bed & a twin bed, usually females. #1 and #2 share a full bath room, #3 has 2 bunk beds and a trundel bed couch and has its own shower room, usually for males. Room assignments can be changed, depending on needs. Guests are required to make their own beds with linens provided and strip the beds when leaving, and clean their bathroom. Remove shoes at the door when entering, no smoking in the house. Use the kitchen or outside BBQ, but please respect others,clean up after yourself. Great view with outside decks. Host, Dale Rogers is a lifelong resident with great local knowledge and a licensed USCG Captain with boat charters avalible for sightseeing, fishing, hiking or transportation with kayaks that can be rented at www.kayakketchikan.com to Misty Fjords National Monument or other remote areas.

Location and Contact


• About 3/4 of a mile from the Alaska Marine Highway ferry terminal. About 1 mile from the airport ferry terminal. About 1 1/2 miles from the central part of downtown Ketchikan.
• A home style hostel located on the end of a quiet dead end street in a residential area.



Address: 2303 5th Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

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Website Eagle View Hostel Ketchikan www.eagleviewhostel.com
Phone Number: +1 (907) 225-5461
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest


Luggage Storage


BBQ Grill

Clothes Dryer

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Airport Pickup


Credit Card Payments

Lockers in Rooms


Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

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: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Other

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: Open April - October (contact for off-season openings)

Reception Hours: Check in time is arranged by a phone call before or on arrival

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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