Fairbanks, Alaska



We have Policies that we ask our customer-guests to be aware of as they are considering booking with us – and to be aware of after they arrive. If you have any questions about any of our policies, please feel free to email or call us.


Alaska Department of Health and Social Services continues to provide updates to Alaska guidelines for addressing the pandemic. Those guidelines – including a guide for travelers to and in Alaska – may be found at the AK DHSS web site (click on name spelled out, above).


Presently, OUR hostel COVID-19 policy is as follows:


  • Provide proof of COVID vaccination OR proof of a recent negative COVID test
  • Leave your telephone contact information with Billie when you arrive
  • Wear a cloth mask in all common areas (except when sleeping)
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet between you and others
  • Do not invite outside guests
  • Use provided soap and hand sanitizers regularly
  • Use disinfecting wipes on surfaces recently touched
  • Keep all areas tidy and clean


People of ALL ages from all over the world stay in hostels. While the atmosphere at a hostel tends to be "youthful", it really doesn't matter what age you are. Hostelers have an adventurous spirit, are usually like-minded, outgoing, friendly and eager to share their experiences with their fellow travelers. If you are traveling alone, then hostels are an excellent place to stay since it allows a way to meet others and share travel experiences.

We gladly accept guests visiting relatives and friends in our community that are attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks (located within walking distance of us) or serving at one of our two military installations (Ft. Wainwright or Eielson AFB).

Sometimes (usually during Winter months), we do have "locals" (Fairbanksans -- or people looking to establish themselves as Fairbanksans) stay with us. They have usually made arrangements with Billie directly for their accommodations.

Generally, we ask that you be travelling to stay here.


We are open 24 hours a day and we accept CHECK-IN at any time; however, if you are planning to check-in between the hours 12:00AM and 7:00AM (0000HRS – 0700HRS, please ensure that you have booked the previous day as your arrival date. -- and that you adjust your check-out date accordingly. We want to make sure that your bed(s) is(are) ready for you.

We do not have a set time for CHECK-OUT. If you have a late-night departure, you are free to remain at the hostel until you need to leave (for the airport, for example). If we need your bed for another guest coming in, we will ask you to vacate it in time to prepare it for its new occupant. You may use the time to do some last-minute sight-seeing, shopping, etc. You may store your luggage with us for FREE.


Generally, our guests must be 18 years of age to stay with us. Exceptions must be arranged with Billie by emailing or calling her directly.



Billie will attempt to separate genders, but sometimes that is not practical – especially during the busy summer months.


As a courtesy to all of our guests, we are unable to accept pets.

Please note: Billie does have a pet Scchauzer named "Sugar" that visits guests in the common areas from time-to-time. Sugar is not allowed in any of the sleeping areas. 

If you are allergic to dogs or you do not like dogs, this may not be the place for you.

Please be reminded that this is a hostel setting. All areas (except private rooms) are shared with other travelers. Please observe quiet time in the sleeping areas; please clean up after yourselves (wash and put away your dishes; do not leave food out; throw away your trash, etc.) -- and respect others’ space and property.\

  - Talking, noise, or use of noise-making electronics is not allowed in the dorm area

  - Use of our WiFi to download/upload copyrighted material is not allowed

  - Wearing of shoes is not allowed in the carpeted areas of the hostel

  - Drinking of alcohol is not allowed at the hostel

  - Smoking is allowed outside, only

Work/Stays &

We are a small, family-run business unable to accommodate non-paying customers.

We do not accept guests wishing to provide work for their accommodations while staying here (Work/Stays). We are not looking for help with our operations. If you are seeking to come to Alaska to experience one of our wonderful Summers (or Winters, for that matter) while working in exchange for room and board, you might want to look at (click on the picture, below).


If you are homeless — or you are seeking to help to accommodate someone that is homeless — our hostel is not your best option. We suggest that you try The Fairbanks Rescue Mission (click on the picture, below).

We have no experience with either of the programs we noted and we cannot endorse them one way or another. We provide them as references for you, only.

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(5 or more)

We are happy to host groups! You may be able to book 5 or more by using one of the online booking engines; however, we ask that you contact us directly if you have more than 5 in your group. You may call or email us -- or use the form at the bottom of the Reservations & Inquiries page.

Any outstanding balances for your booking are due to be paid when you arrive (or the next morning, for our late-night arrivals). We accept Visa, MasterCard and cash for payment.


Any outstanding balances for your booking are due to be paid when you arrive (or the next morning, for our late-night arrivals). We accept Visa, MasterCard and cash for payment.


Any outstanding balances for your booking are due to be paid when you arrive (or the next morning, for our late-night arrivals). We accept Visa, MasterCard and cash for payment.


We are open 24/7 all year
(including Winter!).

We have NO CURFEW for our guests.. When you arrive, you will be provided with our door security codes and you may then come and go as you please.

Contact Us:

Billies Backpackers Hostel

2895 Mack Blvd.

Fairbanks, AK 99709