The largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is the springboard into the Alaskan wilderness. Many people find themselves here when they first arrive in this northwest US state. But it’s more than just a transport hub.
Anchorage is filled with opportunities to understand more about indigenous groups and crafts, plus it boasts a whole load of places to get your dining and drinking on. It’s all about craft beer, delis and coffee shops.
But the problem is this place isn’t exactly famous for its accommodation. To many, probably to you too, Anchorage seems like more of an outpost town than a place to stay. So are there even any hotels here, let alone hostels?!
Of course there are! And we’ve selected the best hostels in Anchorage – as well as a few budget hotels, too – so you can find the one that suits you the most.
Let’s see what’s on offer in this chilly city!
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Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Anchorage
- Best Overall Hostel in Anchorage – Base Camp Anchorage
- Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Anchorage – Arctic Adventure Hostel
- Best Cheap Hostel in Anchorage – Spenard Hostel International
- Best Hostel for Couples in Anchorage – Brent Prop Inn
7 Best Hostels in Anchorage
Best Overall Hostel in Anchorage – Base Camp Anchorage
– Free Breakfast
– Bicycle Hire
– Book Exchange
For people who just love the outdoors, this Anchorage backpackers hostel is a great place to stay. The owners have a focus on community and showing travellers the wonderful hikes and stunning scenery of Alaska. And we’re down with that.
Located close to cafes, restaurants and late-night venues, this is a great place to stock up on supplies – or simply have a fun time – before you head out into the wilderness. All this, plus relaxing common areas and an outdoor space with a sauna, easily make it the best overall hostel in Anchorage.
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Anchorage – Arctic Adventure Hostel
– Jobs Board
– Laundry Facilities
– Book Exchange
If you’re travelling by yourself, the owners of this place are gonna welcome you into their friendly hostel and really make you feel at home. This combined with the sociable atmosphere are what makes this our top pick for the best hostel for solo travellers in Anchorage.
But that’s not all! The communal kitchen is the hub of this top hostel in Anchorage, plus you can get your washing done here, and recover from the tiring (but rewarding) hikes you can get yourselves to in the nearby area. It’s also family-run (and it’s basically their house) so it just has, y’know, a nice vibe.
Best Hostel Cheap Hostel in Anchorage – Spenard Hostel International
– Free Parking
– Luggage Storage
The clean and quiet rooms at this recommended hostel in Anchorage is something we really like. It might not be the coolest place to stay in town, but if you’re looking for a budget place that’s got good connections both to the airport and the city centre, here’s the one for you.
There’s plenty of room in the kitchens for everyone to make food and stick to their backpacker budgets. They even give you ‘bear spray’ for your hikes, we guess that’s to ward off bears. Like mosquito repellent. It’s the best cheap hostel in Anchorage. Plus there’s an opportunity to do a work exchange (meaning FREE accommodation, if you feel like it).
Best Hostel for Couples in Anchorage – Brent Prop Inn
– Laundry Facilities
– Tours/Travel Desk
– Towels Included
In midtown Anchorage, you’ll find this place. You’ll easily be able to walk to nearby restaurants and shops. It’s set in an old apartment building, so if you’re not concerned about the lack of social spaces and just wanna hang out with your partner that’s just fine.
So you have your own little apartment here – complete with kitchen and bathroom, sorta like a more basic Airbnb stay, so it’s definitely our pick for the best hostel for couples in Anchorage. The staff are also super helpful and friendly and will help you get out into the famous Alaska national parks.
Best Budget Hotels in Anchorage
Sometimes staying in a hostel just doesn’t cut it. You might want to stay somewhere a little quieter, or perhaps you want a more private place to relax during your stay in a city. Who knows. But we’ve included a couple of the best cheap hotels in Anchorage so you have the choice of the best budget accommodation in the city.
– Airport Shuttle
– Free Breakfast
This hotel is pretty basic, but then again it’s one of the best budget hotels in Anchorage, so what are you gonna do? It’s decent for the money, we’d say. Every room comes complete with a flat-screen cable TV, plus a microwave, fridge and coffee maker. Pretty good.
There’s also a small fitness centre, so you can keep up with your workouts (if that’s something that’s important to you). At this cheap hotel in Anchorage, they also run a super affordable shuttle service to the airport, making it a great option for a budget stay. Free breakfast ALWAYS appreciated.
– Free Breakfast
– Travel/Tours Desk
The funny thing about this place is it says it’s European, but there are flags from like… everywhere outside. Eh, who are we to quibble. Anyway, this budget hotel in Anchorage is colourful and cosy with spacious rooms that feel nice and homely – great for a couple.
Best of all is the BIG free breakfast of Dutch pancakes (maybe that’s the European thing?). However, you can also use the kitchen at this cheap Anchorage hotel for your own food, so that’s good for keeping costs down. The decent location in midtown also helps if you wanna explore the town, too.
– Very Good Coffee
– Disabled Access
– Shared Lounge
Now THIS place is real nice. Loadsa wooden furniture, cute cushions and general decor and vibe that make you feel super cosy and comfy when it’s cold outside. A great budget Anchorage hotel to get your Alaska trip off to a flying start, we’d say.
We have to say something about the FREE FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST. Yep, it gets rave reviews. And yeah, we’d suggest that it’s a good budget hotel for couples in Anchorage because, well, it’s just… super homely and cosy and the hosts are very, very nice and welcoming.
What to Pack for your Anchorage Hostel
Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.
1. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Keep your bath-and-beauty items organized and in the right place with this water-resistant bag. With large compartments, mesh and enclosed clear sections, you can fit everything you might need inside. Hang it up or let it stand on its own – this bag is a must-have for dorm-lifers.
2. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Quick-drying, lightweight, super soft and compact – the Active Roots Microfiber Towel is essential for every backpacker. No need to use the scabby towels your hostel may or may not provide! Use it for drying off, as a yoga towel or even as a picnic blanket – the options don’t stop here. Made of antibacterial material, you don’t have to worry about your towel starting to smell unpleasant either after lots of use.
3. Headphone Splitter: You’re the one with the Netflix account and your friend wants to watch too? But you don’t want to share headphones? And you’re good people who wouldn’t disturb your dorm mates? That’s not going to be a problem with this Headphone Splitter! Plug in two pairs of headphones at the same time, so both of you are able to listen to music or watch shows simultaneously. It comes in handy and won’t weigh you down.
4. Playing Cards: Name your ideal night: I’m for a few cheap beers and some card games. Oh, and you don’t even have to be drinking to enjoy a game – having cards with you traveling definitely helps out on those long airplane or beach days! Make sure to snag a waterproof deck to protect from the pool, ocean or Chang.
5. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: You’ll have some pretty sorry roommates – it happens from time to time. These noise-canceling earbuds help mitigate the damage. The comfortable and ergonomic design won’t hurt your ears while sleeping no matter how long you keep them in. Increase the quality of your sleep by listening to some relaxing music at night or just enjoy the silence.
6. Power Bank: Everyone knows the mini heart attack when your phone is about to run out of power. Surviving long bus rides without charging stations can be agonizing, which is why every backpacker should have this Anker Power Bank. You can charge your phone up to 5 times, or plug in two devices simultaneously. With high-speed charging and enough power to keep you going for days, you can conquer even the biggest adventures without a problem.
Why you should travel to Anchorage
Those were the best hostels in Anchorage – the perfect place to begin your travels around Alaska!
There may not be a whole load of options when it comes to Anchorage backpacker hostels, but there are quite a few decent budget hotels in Anchorage to keep costs low.
And if you’re having trouble selecting the hostel that’s right for you from our handy list, don’t you worry. There’s always Base Camp Anchorage – our pick for the best overall hostel in Anchorage.
So get your snow boots on and prepare for an Arctic adventure!
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Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Anchorage.
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Over to you
By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Anchorage has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!
If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!
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