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Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge

1255 TVSA Way, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-4678
Phone: +1 907-328-3500   |   Fax: 907/328-3607   |   67 Rooms
Check Out Time: 11:00 AM   |   Check In: 4:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

This Alaska hotel offers friendly service and modern accommodations all within minutes of the airport and bustling downtown Fairbanks.

Feel right at home at this recently opened Fairbanks, Alaska hotel with modern furnishings and generous amenities. The sizeable, tidy and smoke-free rooms at the Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge offer high-speed Internet access, a refrigerator, a desk, cable satellite television and a coffeemaker. Each morning, hotel guests can get a start to their day with a complimentary full continental breakfast.

This Fairbanks hotel's business center allows business travelers to stay productive. This Alaska lodge also offers meeting spaces accommodating up to 15 people. Unwind after a long day of sightseeing or out-of-town work in the fitness center at this Fairbanks hotel.

Vacationers can enjoy convenient freeway access, allowing for quick and easy visits to nearby local attractions - such as the Museum of the North, Alaska at 40 below, the El Dorado Gold Mine and the Ice Museum - most of which are only five minutes away. Families vacationing at this Fairbanks, AK hotel will be delighted to spend the day taking a cruise on the Riverboat Discovery or playing at Pioneer Park, Alaska's largest amusement park.

This Fairbanks, AK hotel is the closest hotel to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, making this the perfect location for visiting parents, students and staff to stay. Guests can rest assured, as a hospital is only five minutes away. The Fairbanks International Airport is also only a couple miles away from this Alaska hotel.

For an affordable stay at an exceptional hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska, reserve a stay online at the Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge! Enjoy your stay.


Hotel Amenities & Services

  • Wireless internet connection in public areas
  • 100% smoke free hotel including public areas
  • Complimentary full breakfast, choice of breads, cereal, fruit, hot eggs, hot breakfast meat, other hot items, yogurt, juice, and coffee.
  • Weight lifting equipment
  • Stationary bike
  • Treadmill
  • Elevator
  • Interior corridor
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundromat
  • Safe deposit box
  • Cable or satellite television
  • Free wireless internet available in public areas; Free in-room wireless internet access; Free wireless internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms; All guest rooms are hardwired and offer free wireless internet access; All guest rooms are hardwired for internet access
  • Business center
  • Fax services
  • Computer available
  • Photocopy, nominal fee
  • Dataports
  • Mail services
  • Meeting facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Physically challenged facilities
  • Elevator, wheelchair accessible
  • Parking for the physically challenged
  • Cold weather hook-ups
  • Ice/vending machines
  • Airport car 24 hours
  • Free parking
  • Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events

Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge

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Conveniently located, the best western plus chena river lodge in Fairbanks, Alaska is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 64.837175  /  Latitude: -147.822515


Driving Directions to Hotel


From: Richardson Highway/AK-2. Head east on AK-2/Richardson Highway toward Old Richardson Highway. Merge onto Mitchell Expressway. Take left onto Airport Way. Right onto Sportsman Way. Left on Boat Street. Right on TVSA Way to the Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge.

From: Parks Highway/AK-3. Head northeast on AK-3/Parks Highway. Exit onto East Airport Way. Left at Sportsman Way. Left at Boat Street. Right on TVSA Way to the Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge.

Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge

We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

A dynamic wilderness and important cultural landmark, the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve can be found northwest of Fairbanks. Orignally, the land bridge once provided a pathway for nomandic animals, peoples, and plants to cross over from Eurasia into the developing North America.

Today, the remains of the bridge are dotted with anicent lava flows, once-volcanic lakes, and numerous hot springs. The tundra landscape offers good opportunity to spot muskox and caribou while visitors can also contend themselves with outside activities like frontier hikes, hunting, trapping, bird watching, and living off the land. 

Cape Krusenstern National Monument

Found north of the Arctic Circle and north of Fairbanks, Cape Krusenstern covers 70 miles of coastline on the Chukchi Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Today, the area serves as a reminder to the cultural history present for the past 5,000 years and the importance of the wetlands to the world's migratory birds. 

Visitors to the park have the opportunity to see rare wildflowers, tundra shrub, and shorebirds who visit from as far away as South America. This wild frontier also offers the experience to engage in kayaking, fishing, backpacking, and wildlife watching. 

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

Comprised of 2,000 acres, Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska is managed by the state’s Game and Fish department to provide refuge to wildlife in the area. The land's woods, fields, and wetlands are home to many different species of wildlife, and visitors are afforded an opportunity to see much of the scenery via well-paved walking paths throughout the property.

Creamer’s Field greets guests initially entering the property with its Visitor’s Center, located in the Farmhouse near the dairy barns and creamery. Inside the Farmhouse visitors have access to volunteers to provide information and exhibits regarding the history of the land and the wildlife as well as maps of the trails available.

Fairbanks Ice Museum

Open May through September, the Fairbanks Ice Museum is a unique art gallery referred to as the “Coolest Show in Town.” Set in downtown Fairbanks of southern Alaska, the museum is housed in the former Lacey Street Theater.

The Fairbanks Ice Museum showcases life-sized ice sculptures carved, sculpted, and touched-up by local artists in the Ice Showcase. This Alaskan museum also features sculpture tours, ice carving demonstrations, and “The Crown of Light: The Aurora Experience” show.

Fairbanks International Airport

An Alaskan-owned, public airport, Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) is set in the city of Fairbanks, and serves communities in central Alaska. Featuring one terminal and four runways, FAI is served by major airlines like Alaska, Delta, Frontier, and United.

FAI supports several major cargo airlines, and is the United State’s smallest city offering non-stop flights to Europe. FAI also is a hub for Arctic Circle Air Service, Frontier Flying Service, Warbelow's Air Ventures, and Wright Air Service.

Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve

Gates of the Arctic

Scenery at Gates of the Arctic

Covering over eight million acres, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is a breathtaking landscape of rugged mountains, forests, lakes, and alpine meadows, located north of Fairbanks.

Featuring large portions of the Brooks Range, the park houses intact ecosystems, survived untouched for thousands of years, the park offers a glimpse into life governed by the forces of nature alone.

Be sure to bring your hiking boots to trek on the park's endless miles of hiking trails twisting through the Alatna and Kobuk River Valleys.

Proficient and experienced backpackers, bicyclists, fishermen, and boaters also love the recreational opportunities in this vast park.

Georgeson Botanical Garden

Georgeson Botanical Garden

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Located in Fairbanks, the Georgeson Botanical Garden is a nationally renowned garden put together for educational purposes.

The garden is maintained by the University of Fairbanks Alaska, helping to promote horticultural knowledge and Alaskan native wildlife.

Guests can explore well over 15 lively garden displays, including the Wooding Memorial Garden, Hillside Picnic Area, Pond and Wetland, and more.

The garden also houses an interactive visitor center and the James V. Drew Amphitheater.

Golden Days

Visit Fairbanks during summer and check out Golden Days. With roots traced back to 1902, when Felix Pedro struck gold and kicked off a gold rush in Fairbanks, the Golden Days celebration is held in the middle of July for five days of "old fashioned fun." With events taking places at Pioneer Park and other nearby locations across Fairbanks, Golden Days is a fun and festive way to enjoy your time in Alaska.

During Golden Days, you'll want to check out events like classic car shows, live stage performances from bands, solo artists, and even comedians. There's the annual Governor's Family Picnic at Pioneer Park, and near the end of the five-day celebration, check out the Golden Days Parade & Bathtub Race.

Growden Memorial Park

Host of Fairbank's annual Midnight Sun Game, Growden Memorial Park is a baseball field seating 3,500 people in Fairbanks. The home field of the Alaska Goldpanners of the Alaska Baseball League, Growden Memorial Park has also hosted championship games for local high schools, and once featured MLB greats like Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi.

Beyond the outfield walls of the Growden Memorial Park, you'll find a covered picnic area, a playground, uncovered picnic areas, a volleyball court, and plenty of open, grassy areas for you and the kids to have fun. Growden Memorial Park is also noted as having the tallest press box in Alaska.

Ice Alaska

Found in the city of Fairbanks, Ice Alaska is the site of the annual ice carving competition known as the World Ice Art Championships. Ice Alaska is over four acres in total, featuring seasonal tourist attractions and family-themed events open from the end of February to the end of March.

Aside from the month-long ice carving competition, Ice Alaska also offer ice-sculpting classes for visitors of all skill level and Ice Puppy Pond – the skating rink. Moreover, kids can have some at Kids Park – uniquely constructed entirely from ice – featuring slides, rides, mazes, and more.

IƱupiat Heritage Center

Preserving the heritage of the Iñupiat people and their relationship with the land above the Arctic Circle, the Iñupiat Heritage Center is located in Barrow, very far north from Fairbanks.

If you come visit this remote place, be sure to experience the sights and exhibitions that detail the Iñupiat way of life in the harsh Alaskan tundra.

See exhibits on whaling, historical images, artifacts, local celebrations and special events, hunting methods, and contemporary life versus historical life.

Kobuk Valley National Park

One of Alaska’s largest national parks, Kobuk Valley National Park stretches across 1.7 million square acres. An extremely remote wilderness frontier, Kobuk Valley is in the high reaches of the Alaskan tundra, north of Fairbanks.

Wildlife viewing can deliver bear, moose, and caribou – plus birdwatching for eagles and other arctic birds. Established in 1980, Kobuk Valley is also notable for including the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes. Activities range from snowshoeing, hiking, and fishing to winter sports and stargazing.

Midnight Sun Game

Held during summer solstice, the W.G. & Eddie Stroecker Midnight Sun Baseball Game is set in Fairbanks at Growden Memorial Park. The game takes place in late June from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. thanks to the well-known, late-night Alaskan sun.

Originally established in 1906, the annual Midnight Sun Game has featured the Alaska Goldpanners of the Alaska Baseball League since 1960. The game is sponsored by the Sons & Daughters of the Midnight Sun, and has been inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

Noatak National Preserve

Established in 1978, Noatak National Preserve is a breathtaking landscape of rugged mountains, forests, lakes, and alpine meadows, located north of Fairbanks. Pack well for an expedition to the Northwest Arctic Borough for a glimpse into life governed by the forces of nature alone.

Proficient and experienced backpackers, bicyclists, fishermen, and boaters also love the recreational opportunities in this vast park. Explore dense vegetation, see wildlife up close you would normally never see before, and mount a once-in-a-lifetime backcountry experience throughout the Brooks Range and Baird Mountains.

Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park

Historic Structure at Pioneer Park

At 44 acres, Pioneer Park in Fairbanks has plenty of room for all sorts of outdoor recreation – picnics, birthday celebrations, and even Easter egg hunts.

Opened in 1967 as the Alaska 67 Centennial Exposition, it was changed in 2001.

Within the park, there are a variety of attractions to entertain all members of the family on your excursion through Alaska.

Check out the SS Nenana, a vintage stern-wheeler which, from 1953 to 1954, carried cargo on the Chena River.

You'll want to visit the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum, home of a restored 1899 Engine No.1. You can also play 36 holes of mini golf at the aptly named Mini Golf Fairbanks.

Santa Claus House in North Pole

Located in North Pole – a suburb of Fairbanks – the Santa Claus House is a winter tourist attraction specializing in holiday family fun. Visitors enjoy a variety of holiday treats, gifts, merchandise, and beverages, while the kids can get their picture taken with Old Saint Nick.

Further must-see attractions at the Santa Claus House in the North Pole include a meet-and-greet with Santa’s Reindeer Team and the World’s Largest Santa – measuring in at roughly 50 feet tall.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Fairbanks

University of Fairbanks

Founded in 1917, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a Land, Sea and Space Grant University, located in Fairbanks.

Known as "America's Artic University", UAF encompasses seven campuses in Alaska and more than 11,000 students from across the country.

Students attending UAF have a choice of 169 degrees, from Bachelor's to Ph.Ds, in more than 125 disciplines.

The Center for Distance Education also offers over 100 correspondence courses that are applicable toward UAF degree programs. 

World Ice Art Championships

Started in 1989, the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks is the largest event of its kind. Held annually at the end of February at George Horner Ice Park, the World Ice Art Championships sees, on average, over 100 ice sculptors from a span of 30 different nations – not to mention the thousands of spectators who flock to witness the impressive ice sculpting.

There are different events at the World Ice Art Championships: the Single Bock Classic is the largest, where teams of two skillfully work on one 5x8x3-foot block over two days. The Multi-Block Classic sees teams of four work on 12 individual blocks over a five day period.

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve

Yukon River

Encompassing over two million acres of eastern Alaskan landscape, the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve preserves habitats found along the Yukon and Charley River basin.

There are two visitor centers associated with the preserve – one in Fairbanks and another in Eagle – and both feature trail maps, historical exhibits, and plenty of travel tips.

Due to the hundreds of miles of river slicing through the preserve, boating and other aquatic recreation activities are popular among adventurists.

Apart from the endless outdoor recreation, visitors can gain some historical and cultural context by visiting sites like the Nation Bluff Cabin, Glenn Creek Cabin, Coal Creek Dredge, and others found within the preserve.

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 0.08 mile(s) from Greatland River Tours
  • 1.60 mile(s) from Museum of the North, 2000 years of Alaskan art.
  • 1.90 mile(s) from Pioneer Park
  • 2.21 mile(s) from Alaska at 40 Below
  • 2.21 mile(s) from Riverboat Discovery
  • 2.60 mile(s) from El Dorado Gold Mine
  • 3.10 mile(s) from Bernice Allridge Park, amenities-covered picnic pavilion, playground and trails.
  • 3.60 mile(s) from Ice Museum, larger than life ice sculptures on display in summer.
  • 4.80 mile(s) from Large Animal Research, guided tours of mushoxen, caribou reindeer
  • 16.60 mile(s) from Santa Claus House, Christmas & Alaskan gifts, toys, souvenirs, and collectibles
  • 55.00 mile(s) from Chena Hot Springs Resort
  • 0.02 mile(s) from Fred Meyers
  • 0.03 mile(s) from Alaska Fur Company
  • 1.60 mile(s) from Interior Alaska Fish Pro.
  • 1.70 mile(s) from The Artworks, fine arts & crafts
  • 1.90 mile(s) from Baver Sports
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Barnes & Noble

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • 3.10 mile(s) from Mary Siah Recreation Center
  • 5.00 mile(s) from The Alaska Club, fitness and recreational center
  • 7.00 mile(s) from Birch Hill Recreation Area, a nordic skiing complex comprised of a state-of-the-art ski center and 32 kilometers of groomed trails.

Nearby Restaurants

  • Adjacent to Brewster's, Full Service, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • Adjacent to Chena's Fine Dining, Full Service, Seafood, Open for: dinner,
  • 1.20 mile(s) from Wolf Run Restaurant, Cafe, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 1.40 mile(s) from Pike's Landing, Full Service, American, Open for: breakfast, dinner,
  • 1.90 mile(s) from Pump House Restaurant, Bar/Lounge, Seafood, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Pad Thai, Full Service, Thai, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Denny's, Full Service, American, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner,
  • 2.10 mile(s) from Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine, Full Service, Thai, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 2.50 mile(s) from The Cookie Jar, Full Service, American, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner,
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Gambardella's Pasta Bella, Full Service, Italian, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 3.80 mile(s) from Lavelles Bistro, Full Service, American, Open for: dinner,
  • 4.20 mile(s) from The Roundup Steak House, Bar/Lounge, Steak House, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner,
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Chilli's Grill & Bar, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 14.10 mile(s) from Turtle Club, Full Service, Steak House, Open for: dinner,
  • 14.80 mile(s) from Silver Gulch Brewing, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 15.10 mile(s) from Pagoda, Full Service, Chinese, Open for: lunch, dinner,

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