The first rule of travel is "smile and be flexible." Yes, this is an old, beat up place. Yes, there are sometimes colorful characters staying in the room next to you. But it's warm, it's dry, and it's about 20 feet from the race finish line. And the staff is great and really do want to please. The onsite bar and restaurant are convenient, and the grocery is also just out the door and a block down. Airport Pizza is two blocks away. The church is one block away. Everything is really close. After the first year, I learned to take my own towel, take a sleeping bag, take shower sandals, take my own soap. Also, if you can, pack a case of bottled water, as the water in Nome is not tasty. I've noticed that each year, it gets a little bit cleaner, a smidge more dolled up. Yes, the bar is open until five, and it is the center of Iditarod week activities such as the Web Buns Contest (guys); the Wet T Shirt Contest (girls) and Karaoke Night. Take earplugs, you'll need 'em. All in all, I've become kind of fond of the place. Like another reviewer said... "it's all part of the experience."
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Polaris Nome, Alaska