Gilpatrick’s Hotel Chitina, inc on COVID-19
April 20, 2020
A note from susan gilpatrick, owner/operator Gilpatrick’s Hotel Chitina, inc:
I have been standing at a crossroads for weeks now trying to figure out which direction to go. I had given myself a May 1 deadline for a decision but find that, in my heart, I know the right choice. I am closing the hotel and restaurant to all patrons for the 2020 season. At first I felt that I could financially navigate the season, and indeed, I still feel I could. But that would not change the fact that I would be facilitating the potential to expose the community of Chitina to this viral infection.
Chitina is a small, remote community with a majority of its population being Alaska Native in a close-knit village. Even if the nearest hospital were closer than over 100 miles away: I cannot, with clear conscience, put that population or any other at risk.
We will use the time to do maintenance and upgrades in preparation for a highly anticipated hugely succsessful 2021 season. We look forward to welcoming all those who have had to suspend and delay travel, and those who now have the craving for vast, wild, open spaces.
Please accept my sincere apology with deepest regrets for not having accommodations for the 2020 season, but know that this difficult decision is based more on safety than money.
Stay safe to ensure a brighter future where we can again move about, without fear, and enjoy the beauty and adventure of Alaska.
With much love for Alaska and its people.
All rooms have queen beds & private bathrooms.
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Can be reserved for weddings, reunions, meetings, events, or other special occasions - call for off season options.
There is a full service restaurant, saloon, and beer garden.
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The Hotel Chitina is located in downtown historic Chitina at Mile 33 of the Edgerton Highway. The hotel is renovated and restored to an early 1900’s Arts and Crafts era décor. All rooms have queen beds & private bathrooms. There is a full service restaurant, saloon, and beer garden. Locally owned and staffed. Alaskans sharing Alaska!
- Hotel open May 1 to October 15 from 7am to 11pm daily.
- Restaurant open 7:30am to 9:30pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Where the pavements ends…and the gateway to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park begins.