the largest inventories of smaller rooms. The
downtown hotel conference space occupies
an entire wing of the hotel and can be accessed through the lobby or directly from the
hotel’s back parking lot.
The Gold Room is a 5,400-square-foot
ballroom that can be rented in its entirety or
broken down into thirds. Around it are eight
smaller rooms ranging in size from 2,080 to
263 square feet.
Unlike Holland America Cruise Line’s other Fairbanks hotel—the Princess Riverside
Lodge—the Westmark is open year-round.
In the winter the Westmark’s meeting space
inventory grows to include the 3,300-square-
foot Northern Latitudes restaurant and the
1,884-square-foot Tanana Trade Center.
Meeting space: 13,028 square feet in meeting
rooms in addition to a
34,018-square-foot arena floor
Guest rooms: None; however, Best Western
Plus Pioneer Park is across the
Chena River over a foot bridge
Food: Onsite catering
Past events: Alaska Miners Association Biennial
Conference, Alaska Federation of
Natives Convention, weekly Rotary
and Greater Fairbanks Chamber of
It’s not just a hockey arena. The big green
building on the Chena River near downtown
Fairbanks offers facilities for events from
medium-sized meetings to some of Alaska’s
During the Explore Fairbanks tour, the
Carlson Center was set up both for a trade
show and a lunch banquet for the Alaska
Miners Association. In addition to the arena,
the event used other spaces including the
Pioneer and North Star rooms, which total
6,200 square feet when combined.
The Carlson Center routinely hosts stand-
alone events in smaller facilities, says opera-
tions manager Adam Powell.
In all there are ten rooms available for rent
in the arena, including four small multipurpose
rooms and the 480-square-foot Alaska Board-
room, which has audio visual equipment built
into a mural of Denali and an overhead light
fixture designed to look like a glacier.
The University of Fairbanks hockey team
locker room can be rented when it’s not in
use during the hockey season. The room,
The Binkley Room at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, set up for a Salvation Army banquet.
Sam Friedman | Alaska Business