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Spenard Hostel International Reviews

2845 W 42nd, Anchorage, USA

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39 Total Reviews
  • 89%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 94%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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Hostels are generally expensive in alaska but spenard is good value for money if you are travelling by public transport or have a private vehicle. Its in a quiet residential area, has large common spades and was quiet both times I stayed there. A great launch pad for an alaskan adventure.

  • 23rd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Staff rude and not very helpful. Value money over hospitality, mean-spirited people. The other backpackers there made the stay enjoyable.

  • 12th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ukraine
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We're so sorry you didn't enjoy your stay! The staff and owner live on site, and we do so because we love the hostel, we're dedicated to introducing guests to our amazing Spenard neighborhood and Alaska at large, and building a community of travelers. I'm very sorry that this wasn't your experience, and thank you for your feedback.


stayed on two different occasions...an older place that is truly international. However, great effort if made to keep it very clean. Re-doing the floors. Looks great. About 36 bunks with only 4 bathrooms. has two house cats. Pay in cash to save - $3 credit card charge. Also, recommend you contact them direct.Note their 48 hour not 24 hour cancellation policy. Only a block away from a great bus line, couple of eating places. Just two blocks to Lake Hood w 100 planes coming n going.


clean and friendly!!! the staff was knowledgeable and helpful to an older somewhat jet lagged guest.. Great place to find your next best friend....

  • 15th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


The Spenard is well located to the airport but is a ways out of downtown. This didn't cause many issues because of the close proximity to the bus stop. It has a very traditional "hostel" feel with lots of common rooms and places to hang out. Highly recommended for people with time to stay around Anchorage but if only one day being closer downtown may be better. I would definitely stay again.


Great staff and good hostel with a good friendly vibe. Its right next to the airport (15 minute walk) , but its way out of town with no supermarkets or attractions near by, they do have pushbikes for hire though.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed our vibe! We're sorry if we didn't properly orient you to the area when you checked in. There is a very large supermarket only a 20 minute walk away, and only 7 minutes by bus. As far as attractions are concerned, we're located just a mile from the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and while we are not downtown, we're just a few blocks away from the heart of the Spenard entertainment district, with live music, and plenty of bars and great restaurants!

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