My wife and I stayed here on a trip with family to visit North Pole, Alaska, a touristy Fairbanks suburb perhaps six or seven miles away. There were four of us, my wife and I, our son and his fiancée, and our 9-year old granddaughter. It was a frosty, four below zero December day with snow on the ground and some sporadic light snowflakes adding to it. We'd arrived from Seattle; our main intent was an overnight so our granddaughter could visit North Pole to convince Santa Claus that she's been a good girl all year.
We'd picked up a rental car at the Fairbanks airport and after trying to check into what turned out to be the wrong Best Western Plus, were directed to this one, about 10 minutes away. The first one was surrounded by all the usual airport area businesses. This one was on a road that took off from a far less populated street and looped through dark, dense, snow laden woods and eventually to our destination, the Best Western Plus Pioneer Park Inn, the only building on the whole forested loop.
On arriving we plugged the rental's provided engine block heater into one of the convenient power outlets in the parking lot. We were greeted at the entry by a sign on the door that said STOMP YOUR FEET TO REMOVE SNOW PLEASE. We all stomped obligingly.
Just inside the entrance on one side of the lobby was a welcoming fireplace surround by a variety of living room seating. On the other side of the lobby was a breakfast room, not being used at the moment, and a glassed-in swimming pool area boasting a good sized, attractive pool. Through the windows on the far side of the pool you could see the snow-laden evergreens that surround the motel.
After checking in with a friendly clerk we were directed to the elevator and our second floor room which offered a king sized bed for Adriana and me and a pull-out sofa bed for our granddaughter, both quite comfortable. We unpacked and started to shape upour nest for the night. The room itself was initially chilly and we immediately turned on the welcome gas fireplace at the end of the room and jiggered the thermostat which, by the time we'd gone out to dinner and returned, had warmed the room to a more liveable temperature. Dinner was 15 minute drive away. This Best Western Plus has only breakfast facilities.
In the morning we took advantage of the very pleasant breakfast that came with the quite reasonable price of the room. We had plenty of food choices, the food was well prepared, and we all enjoyed more than enough of everything. The seating space in the breakfast room was quite limited, but since the hotel did not seem to be overrun with guests, we didn't have to wait at all for a table. The staff who served us were also hospitable, helpful, and friendly as were the people who manned the desk.
Some aspects of this hotel make it seem a little jerry-built and crackerboxy, such as the entrance door to our room that had a half-inch gap between the bottom of the door and the threshold that let corridor light stream in from under the door, so our room at night never got truly dark. Or furnishings and décor pieces that very mass-market looking. But our room also had decent amenities such as the fireplace, a microwave oven, a small refrigerator, decent sized television, and an easy to use coffee maker with a choice of coffee types. Everything also seemed nice and clean.
When we left there were probably at least ten people enjoying the pool, mostly kids. I had no temptation to try it. Somehow swimming pools and snow don't seem to go together.
Unless you'd rather stay where other amenities, such as restaurants, groceries, bars, shops or movies within walking distance, this particular Best Western Plus would be worth your consideration. It is however located right in the middle of absolutely nothing. But then there's one heck of a lot of space in Alaska. less