Sitka Alaska hotel review: Totem Square Hotel and Marina

Wondering where to stay in Sitka Alaska?  Read on for our Sitka Alaska hotel review.

The Totem Square Hotel and Marina is ideally located right on the harbor, with beautiful views of Sitka Sound and within walking distance of everything in town. The amenities at the Totem Square are average at best–expect the most standard of motel rooms, but the location and the on-site restaurant more than make up for this. After all, in lovely Sitka, you’re probably not spending much time in your room.

Sitka harbor

The motel has an airport shuttle, eliminating any need for a car if you’re touring Sitka only, or boarding a cruise ship. We found the desk staff to be friendly and efficient, and while the rooms are basic, the beds are exceptionally comfortable. There is an on-site laundry room (useful if you’re disembarking from a cruise) and a small convenience store area selling basics you may have forgotten (there’s also a pharmacy across the street). From the motel, you can view fishing boats coming and going, and catching your day excursion boat is easy as well. Located in Totem Square, you’re across the street from historic Castle Hill and within walking distance of other Sitka attractions, stores, and restaurants.

Totem Square Inn Sitka

The on-site restaurant was perfect on a nice summer day (sit out on the patio overlooking the harbor!) and the food was excellent, ranging from fish tacos to fish and chips and burgers or quesadillas. At the time of our visit (and apparently for some time before) this restaurant was closed for breakfast, limiting options. Guests can either pay for a limited continental breakfast in the lobby (does not come included with the room) or go across the street to the Sitka Hotel. We recommend the latter; the breakfast was quick and hearty, and the ambiance in this historic hotel was lovely.

dining at totem square inn sitka

Date last visited:

July 2013

Room rates:

At the time of our visit, rates for a standard room started at $184. Room rate included wifi access (down at the time of our visit) and an exercise room is on-site.


The motel is located at 201 Katlion Street in Totem Square. It’s a five minute drive from the airport, and even closer to the docks.

Our stay at Totem Square Inn was complimentary, included in our Alaskan Dream Cruise.

About the author

Amy Whitley AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly as a family travel expert at Go Green Travel Green and Practical Travel Gear, and contributes to Outdoors NW as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.



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