Juneau, Alaska does not have a whole lot of options when it comes to national chain hotels. One of the options that sticks out is the Four Points by Sheraton Juneau.
But this hotel can be pretty pricey at times so is it actually worth it or will you be overpaying?
In this article, I’ll break down everything you need to know about the Four Points by Sheraton Juneau.
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We paid cash for four nights at the Four Points by Sheraton Juneau and let me tell you that if you are coming during peak season (which is basically just the summer) the prices are going to be up there.
The prices can fluctuate a lot throughout the week so you can always try to time it for the cheaper rates but that’s not always practical.
It’s one of those properties where the prices shoot up but don’t align with the quality of the hotel. This is not what you think of when you think of a $600 a night hotel.
Maybe $300 a night.
However, if you want to stay in a nice, national chain hotel this is one of the only options in Juneau.
I did hit Platinum status on this stay and earned 31,350 Points, so that’s something I guess?
One more thing, if you’re coming during peak season you might want to book a little early because the hotel was sold out on several days when we initially tried to book this trip.
It’s a pretty popular hotel.
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Location: Downtown Juneau
The Four Points by Sheraton Juneau has a great location in Downtown Juneau. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fantastic location, I don’t think we would have chosen this property.
Walking around Downtown Juneau is extremely easy because the entire downtown area is not very big at all and this hotel sets you up for easy exploration.
The location is also nice because it is just far enough away from the cruise terminal that you don’t really feel all the heavy foot traffic from there.
From the hotel, we easily made it to various restaurants and shops, and it only takes about five minutes to get to the heart of the tourist/shopping area on Franklin St.
Attractions like the Alaska State Museum are also nearby.
The large blue building across the street from the hotel has some pretty nice dining spots in it which are ultra convenient.
Inside, there is a large hallway that takes you through the different restaurants so you can escape the elements if needed.
Make sure you try out the Russian dumplings! Yum.
The hotel has a small and somewhat cozy little lobby where you can also find a compact lounge area, coffee/tea station, and the market.
There’s also a little work area.
They also have a concierge station although I was never able to actually see anybody at that desk.
All of the front desk agents made a good impression during our stay and check-in went smoothly although I was a little bummed I did not get any kind of upgrade as a Titanium member.
We did get put on one of the higher floors with a decent view so I guess that counts but Marriott Titanium status has been one of the most disappointing elite statuses I’ve had.
One thing about this stay is that one of the elevators was broken almost the entire time.
This really slowed things down and just got a bit annoying especially considering that they got fixed the day we were checking out….
Our king room with a Mountain View was a basic room but spacious enough.
It was nice. Not $600 nice, but pretty nice.
I thought the king bed was comfortable. Not $600 comfortable but pretty comfortable.
Maintaining temperature in the room was never a problem although they do have some specific controls for the heater.
On one side of the bed, you’ll find a phone and lamp (with outlets) on the nightstand, along with some branded stationary.
On the other side you’ll have an alarm clock with power outlets and USB ports.
There’s a chair you can relax on in the corner near the window. I like that you could open the windows and get a nice cool draft coming in.
We left our windows open the entire time and I think it helped keep the room comfortable.
But just in case you did get a little warm, the hotel does supply a fan.
There’s a large flatscreen TV in the middle of the room for your entertainment needs.
I appreciated the water bottle and the clear signage that this was an actual free item. No confusion here.
Below the TV was a mini fridge. No microwave.
And in the corner there was a nice workstation that had a lamp with power outlets.
It also had the coffee machine with Café Valet rainforest blend packages. (You can find some teas downstairs in the lobby.)
As always, I brought my portable kettle with me since I don’t use hotel coffee makers.
We had plenty of closet space and even a secondary fan inside the closet.
I did enjoy the view although it is a little weird because there are some houses situated up on the hill and they are right in your backyard.
Whenever the clouds moved out, it was really beautiful looking out to the mountains and all of the waterfalls and mountain streams running down.
Overall, the bathroom was nice, clean, and spacious enough. No complaints.
Really loved this $600 a night shower.
There’s a restaurant connected to the lobby called McGivney’s Sports Bar & Grill Downtown.
What’s interesting and kind of annoying is that the hotel does not offer you any kind of food credit for that restaurant and that’s not even where breakfast is.
Instead, you have to go to the Baranof Downtown hotel where you can use your breakfast credit at the restaurant called 127.
It’s about an eight minute walk to get over there, which was a first for me.
This meant we would have to walk in the rain to get to breakfast which sounds bad but you’re mostly dealing with drizzle and so if you have a good rain jacket it’s not a big deal walking around downtown Juneau in the rain.
That might be a different story when it’s freezing cold outside.
You’ll be able to enjoy a basic breakfast buffet which to be honest wasn’t bad at all. Eggs, bacon, potatoes, and pancakes were all part of the buffet. Continental breakfast options like cereal also were available.
You can always order options off the menu but you will have to pay for those.
I’d much rather have breakfast somewhere like Sandpiper but if you want to take advantage of your free breakfast perk this hotel is not a bad place to do it.
If you’re wanting to get a workout the gym is pretty compact but decently equipped. Not $600 a night equipped but equipped enough.
Overall, I love the location of the hotel and the service was good throughout our stay.
The breakfast situation is a little weird but doable if you’re okay with doing some walking.
The biggest issue is the price point.
The rooms get very expensive during the peak summer season and it’s just difficult to pay that much money and not receive that much in value from your room.
Perhaps if my Titanium status had gotten me an upgrade to a junior suite or something I would feel different?
I’m not sure but at properties like this you really have to adjust your expectations to avoid feeling unsatisfied over your booking.
In the end, I would recommend the hotel (mostly for the location) but try to time your stay so that you can catch it when the prices are on the reasonable side (closer to $300).
Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned travel expert covering destinations along with TSA, airline, and hotel policies. Since 2014, his content has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, and CNBC. Read my bio.