There are many unique things about Alaska. For example, it is the state that is simultaneously the farthest North, East, and West and at the closest point, Alaska and Russia are just 2 miles apart! However, Alaska is also known for being a bit of a hive of paranormal activity, especially when it comes to accommodation in the state!
Join us as we check-in to the most haunted hotels in Alaska.
1. Westmark Fairbanks Hotel - Fairbanks
The Westmark Fairbanks Hotel is said to be haunted by the spirit of a large man who appears to guests who spend the night in Room 227. He usually only appears at night and makes himself known by pushing the beds, poking people in the shoulder, and even ruffling the pile on the carpets!
2. Hotel Captain Cook, AnchorageBook a Room
When it comes to haunted accommodation in Alaska, one of the most well known is Hotel Captain Cook. Guests and staff have seen the apparition of a lady in a white dress hanging around in the hotel’s restroom. She is also responsible for opening and closing doors and turning the lights on and off. It has been suggested that the lady is bound to the hotel because she committed suicide in the restroom many years ago.
3. Motherlode Lodge - Palmer
The Motherlode Lodge was apparently home to several spirits. Many guests say that they saw figures dressed in period clothing standing behind them when looking in one of the many mirrors around the lodge. Guests have also reported seeing a dark, mist-like figure roaming the grounds. Other ghostly phenomena include unexplained banging, knocking, disembodied female voices, doors opening by themselves, and curtains opening and closing at night. (Please Note: As of 2015 the lodge was destroyed in a fire).
4. The White House Bed & Breakfast - Skagway
This pretty bed & breakfast in Skagway was originally built in 1902 and over the years it served a variety of purposes including a hospital, a day-care, and then a hotel. However, it suffered extensive fire damage in the 1980s and has since been restored to its former glory. Guests of the inn have reported seeing a kindly young woman standing at the end of their beds and they have also seen her chatting to children. The popular belief is that the lady was the owner of the day-care that once occupied the building.
5. Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites - AnchorageBook a Room
The Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites is said to be haunted by the spirit of a little girl who is often seen in the hallways and is sometimes heard laughing. There are also frequent reports of a male entity who appears in the elevator and walks through the main entrance before promptly vanishing into thin air!
6. Van Gilder Hotel - SewardSpend the Night
The Van Gilder Hotel dates back to 1916 and is located in the heart of Seward’s historic district. It is also one of the most haunted hotels in Alaska. According to locals, the spirit that is haunting the building is a lady named Fannie who died in the hotel in the fifties. She is most often seen in Room 209.
7. Golden North Hotel - Skagway
The Golden North Hotel in Skagway is said to be haunted by two different entities. The first is a female spirit called Mary who spends most of her time in room 23 up on the hotel’s third floor. According to local legend, Mary was staying at the hotel while awaiting the return of her fiance who was on a gold prospecting expedition. Sadly, Mary caught pneumonia and died in her room. Guests sleeping in the room have not only seen Mary’s apparition, but they have also experienced choking, breathless sensations. The second spirit can be found in room 14 and usually manifests as an unexplained orb of light.
8. Silverbow Inn Bed & Breakfast - JuneauBook a Room
The Silverbow Inn Bed & Breakfast is actually best known for the bakery that was founded there by Gus Messerschmidt in 1898. This is the oldest operating bakery in Alaska and although Gus dies in 1938 he certainly hasn’t given up his passion! Guests who are early risers often see Gus in the bakery in the morning, or at the very least feel his presence there.
9. Tonsina River Lodge - Copper Center
Room number 18 is the focal point for paranormal activity at the Tonsina River Lodge in Copper Center. It is said to be the home of a playful spirit called Charlie although his origin is not known. The most popular story is that he either hung himself in the room after being spurned by the object of his affections or that he was shot by police for some unknown reason.
10. Gakona Lodge & Trading Post - Gakona
Many of the guests who have stayed at the Gakona Lodge and Trading Post often report hearing phantom footsteps and also smelling tobacco smoke when no-one is smoking nearby. It is no surprise that the lodge is haunted because it is one of the oldest roadhouses in operation in the whole state.
11. The Historic Anchorage Hotel - AnchorageCheck Availability
One of the most haunted hotels in Alaska is the Historic Anchorage Hotel. Guests have apparently seen various children and a woman in a white dress. There are also claims that the very first Chief of Police of Anchorage is haunting the hotel. The hall on the second floor is where many guests have seen the ghost of a young girl. Rooms 215 and 217 are also particular hotspots and guests often report the televisions turning on by themselves and the bathroom faucets running.
12. The Alaskan Hotel & Bar, JuneauBook Here
Recently featured on Travel Channel’s Portals To Hell, The Alaskan already had quite the haunted reputation before. However, after the show aired, that reputation has grown. It’s now widely regarded as one of the most haunted places in the Last Frontier.
Opening in 1913, Juneau’s Alaskan Hotel now sits on the National Registry of Historic Places and it’s the oldest continuously operating hotel in Juneau. Originally a hotel and bordello. the hotel was established for miners hoping to get in on the gold rush.
It’s believed that the Alaskan Hotel is home to several ghosts. One of whom is a woman called Alice, who was driven to prostitution after her husband disappeared on a mining expedition and was believed to have either struck it rich and left her or died. He would return months later, becoming enraged when he saw what had become of his wife. In a furious attack, he killed her in the hotel.