The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has a complete listing of local lodging places, along with their brochures. In the middle of Kenai town, Uptown Motel (on the Spur Rd., 907/283-3660 or 800/777-3650, www.uptownmotel.com, $169 d) has fridges, microwaves, and Wi-Fi in all the guest rooms, plus a restaurant and lounge. Check out the 100-year-old gold-plated cash register behind the front desk.
Kings Inn (907/283-6060 or 877/883-6060, www.alaskakingsinn.com, $160–170 d) is on the Soldotna side of the Spur Road near the airport. The hotel recently underwent a major renovation, with new guest rooms, microwaves, fridges, an indoor pool, a hot tub, and an exercise facility, plus Wi-Fi and breakfast.
Daniels Lake Lodge B&B (907/776-5578 or 800/774-5578, www.danielslakelodge.com) includes three rooms in the main house ($98–128 d) and three log cabins ($155–260) that are perfect for families. This is a fine get-away-from-it-all place set on 10 acres of lakeshore. Amenities include a waterside hot tub, Wi-Fi, and self-serve breakfasts.
Located in “old town” Kenai, Harborside Cottages (907/283-6162 or 888/283-6162, www.harborsidecottages.com, 150–195 d) are cute kitchenette units overlooking the Kenai River beach, with private baths and Wi-Fi.
The nearest public camping places are in Soldotna. Twenty-five miles north of Kenai is quiet Captain Cook State Recreation Area (907/262-5581, www.alaskastateparks.org), which contains Bishop Creek Campground, a popular tent-only area where you can see spawning salmon in late summer, and Discovery Campground, with fireside programs on summer weekends. Both campgrounds cost $10.
Beluga Lookout RV Park (929 Mission Ave., 907/283-5999 or 800/745-5999, www.belugalookout.com, RVs $35–60) has full hookups along Cook Inlet. Diamond M Ranch (907/283-9424, www.diamondmranch.com, $44) has RV sites five miles south of Kenai on Kalifornsky Beach Road.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition