Arctic Caribou Inn

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PO Box 340111, Deadhorse, AK, USA

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Arctic Caribou Inn Deadhorse Reviews

Kramerdude Kramerdu…
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Nothing Fancy or Nice Here Jul 27, 2008
There is very little available lodging in Deadhorse, and the Arctic Caribou Inn operates in the same manner as the other facilities available for tourists. During the summer season a group of rooms are set aside for travelers, but the rest of the rooms are only available for employees of the oil fields.

There is nothing fancy about the lodging either. Most buildings in Deadhorse are pre-fab units that rest on gravel pads on the arctic tundra and the Arctic Caribou Inn is no exception. So, yep, it looks and feels like a series of extended trailers. It is a functional location for the workers and the tourists are, in essence, afterthoughts. The rooms were comfortable though for the single night there, especially after having been camping for the previous week.

One nice thing about the hotel is the buffet meals. They feed you well at the hotels (keep the workers well fed and there are no other restaurants in town) and its the all you can eat variety. I had a nice prime rib the evening I was there.

Last thing, the location is not cheap. And it is sold on a per person basis, not per room (probably because of the included meals), but then if you're up here there really aren't many other choices.

The Arctic Caribou Inn also includes the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field Tours (the only way to get out onto the oil field - cost extra). Be prepared though that the standard tour can change on the basis of field operations. We found out the morning of our tour and missed getting out to the Arctic Ocean (see blog for more detail).

Summary:

Value - Nothing special, but then if your travelling to Deadhorse you're not here for the luxurious accomodations

Location - It's close to everything. The fact that everything is pretty much nothing, notwithstanding.

Cleanliness - It's pretty clean, for a work camp environment.

Amenities - Not much. TV's, food, beds.

Bed - Comfortable after being in a sleeping bag for a week

Bathroom & Shower - First shower in 4 days meant anything would feel pretty good.
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