Best Western Gold Rush Inn,  Whitehorse

3.5/5  - based on 511 guest reviews.
411 Main Street, Y1A 2B6, Whitehorse, Canada - See map
+1 867 668 4500 +1 867 668 7432



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  • Cocktail lounge
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This Whitehorse, YT hotel offers excellent customer service and enjoys a central location close to attractions, shopping and the historic Yukon River waterfront. The Best Western Gold Rush Inn is also newly renovated, 100% non-smoking and features an on-site Aveda Spa and Main Street location. Bundle up to the Best Western Gold Rush Inn for your next Yukon Territory vacation and you'll stay in newly renovated rooms that come complete free high-speed Internet and free airport shuttle service. Need to relax and unwind? Guests can choose between several treatments at the on-site Elements Aveda Spa or the full service Primal Hair Salon. Try a local brew and live music in the famous Gold Pan Saloon rated one of the "Best Bars Across Canada" by the Globe and Mail. Ready to see the city and enjoys its colorful history and nightlife? Just head outside to enjoy beautiful Yukon Territory scenery and indulge in outdoor adventure - like dog mushing, horseback riding, fishing, skiing, hiking the Chilkoot Trail and canoeing through the Canadian wilderness. If you want to see the sights, there's S. S. Klondike, Old Log Church Museum, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Kluane National Park and the Alaskan Highway nearby, along with the Northern Lights at night. Business travelers will enjoy staying at this premier business hotel in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory close to all the major businesses and government offices. We also offer modern and professional meeting and conference services. Make your next Yukon Territory vacation unforgettable. Book a stay at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn today! Enjoy your stay.

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Best Western Gold Rush Inn,Whitehorse
  • 3
    « 9 day stay for business purposes »

    This was my second stay at the Gold Rush; this time stayed here for 9 days (over two weekends). The hotel has a very convenient location downtown, free shuttle from/to airport, free parking for their patrons and free wifi. The room was comfortable, but was showing some first signs of wear and tear. Altogether had a very good, comfortable stay even though with one major complaint: the hotel can be very noisy at times. We stayed in a 3rd floor room facing the main street with the two lively bars; I usually don't care much about noise when travelling, but since I was here for work, it was really quite unbearable at times. The noises from the bars below were awful around the weekends and the late-arrivals to the rooms on the 4th floor above us (rooms with the jacuzzi) meant we had very little sleep during very busy work week (the floors between 3rd and 4th floor are so squeaky and thin that you hear every single step, running water etc). When checking out I was given some very good advice: to request a room on 4th floor and facing the RCMP/ back of the hotel. I will surely have to do that next time if I'm to stay at the property again. I would suggest following that advice, especially if travelling for work or being a light sleeper.

    « gold rush is good »

    i lived here for 6 months back in 2002--it's even better now--not a worry--friendly staff and a good rate. And the restaurant has great food at really good prices! Also great local bands and company in the bar area.

    « Nice stay »

    We arrived in Whitehorse exhausted from our drive in from Tok, Alaska. Late check in was simple and our room was nice. It was very hot during our visit and there is no central air. We were on the first floor, which had a window that opened but was too close to the sidewalk/road to feel comfortable leaving the window open overnight. A fan was provided in the room to help with the heat. We stayed in the handicapped room that was right next to the bar/lounge, but it was closed so noise was not an issue. The room was pet friendly and we had no issues. Would stay there again!

    « Very comfortable - recommend staying here if visiting Whitehorse. »

    We stayed last night and will be returning for another night in a few days as part of an Northern Lights package tour. The room we had was very large with 2 double beds, work desk, table and chairs and an easy chair and ottoman and large flat screen TV. Beds were exceptionally comfortable with soft quilts. Very clean; well cared for. Staff very friendly.

    « Warm, comfortable and friendly accommodation. »

    We stayed for 3 nights and the first night was a little noisy so we were moved to another room. No problem at all. Staff were friendly and very helpful and and we would love to come back to amazing Whitehorse. We dined in the attached dining room each night and again, the staff were friendly and the atmosphere was great. No cost parking for the hire car was a bonus.

    « Central location »

    Big rooms & central location make it an easy pick to stay for downtown Whitehorse. The food downstairs isn't the best, but it's convenient. Noise comes through the ceiling like nobody's business, and I found myself cringing when I was walking over my creaking floors, wondering what my downstairs neighbourhours were suffering through. The airport shuttle & luggage storage service went off without a hitch, and were very convenient.

    « Noce »

    Not our first stay. Interesting that we tried a number of different sites, including Best Western and could not get a reservation. When we prepaid through Otel, there were rooms available. Desk staff not extremely friendly, with one exception. Cleaning staff were great, even though overworked. I understand the influx of Asian folks in the north this time of the year, but the desk staff should have a better command of the English language.

    « Good place to stay in Whitehorse »

    We have been to Whitehorse to see the northern lights. Hotel staff was fast, friendly and helped us with reservations, storing luggage and so on. Pub is open way after midnight, so even if you fly in late, there is time for a pint. Hotel offers transportation from / to the airport.

    « Road trip »

    My husband and I were doing a short 3+ day road trip from Kelowna, BC to Whitehorse YT. We ended up arriving in Whitehorse at 9pm. We asked if they had any rooms available and they did (which is fantastic on short notice without reservations). We stayed the one night and it was great. I love the themed aspect and breakfast was amazing. I would definitely go back.

    « Very nice place »

    I enjoyed my stay at this hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The amenities were great including a spa. I didn't get a chance to use the spa but it looked great. My room was great. The bed was clean and comfortable. I liked the fact that the windows opened which allowed me to enjoy the fresh and clean Yukon air. My room was a very nice size and because I was feeling sick it was great to spend time in there while I recovered. I would definitely recommend this place and I would certainly return with pleasure.

  • 5
    « Get place to rest our heads »

    The first thing when you walk into the best western is that you feel like you've walked into the gold rush saloon in the 1890's! It has wood finishes everywhere. The staff were incredibly friendly and check in was quick and painless. The only downfall was that the elevator going to the third floor was broken, other than that, our suite was beautiful, modern design with new bath fixtures and a jacuzzi tub that was in the bedroom. It is well situated to everything within white horse but far enough that there is very little noise during the evening hours

    « Excellent »

    I have stayed at this particular Best Western in excess of 25 different times for both business and personal. I have always had excellent service from the front desk staff and I have never been disappointed in my room. I have stayed at other hotels in the Whitehorse area out of necessity and am always disappointed in them. The rooms at the Gold Rush Inn are updated and modern. They always have excellent WIFI which I can get Netflix and get caught up on a few shows. The telephones in the room have free long distance across Canada so you can make that call to the office or home. One thing I really like is that it is on Main Street, I can walk down the street to one of the restaurants/pubs and walk back, no need to drive. It's location on Main Street is close to stores, pubs, restaurants and the dog park. They also have free parking at the side of the building as well as offer a free shuttle service to and from the airport, they monitor flight arrival and departures. I have had to stay at the hotel previously with my dog and once again the staff was excellent when checking in. The pet rooms are more than adequate and the dog park is a few minutes away. The restaurant attached to the hotel is good and offers live music on the weekends. The prices have always been reasonable. The only thing to be aware of is the elevator, which is extremely SLOW. I usually take the elevator up with my luggage then walk down the stairs every other time. As I mentioned above I have stayed at various hotels in the Whitehorse area and I would highly recommend this one. Staff is excellent and so is the location. Chantal

    « The location is the only thing going for this hotel »

    So I do have a couple of positive notes to mention. Firstly, this hotel is well located, only walking distance to most amenities, restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. I also came across a few friendly front desk staff. But... for the following reasons, I will not return to this hotel, nor recommend it to anyone: - Upon check-in, I had to carry all of our luggage & shopping from the car to the room, as the hotel had only two bell carts, both of which were loaded with hotel supplies. Basically the guest facilities were being monopolized by lazy hotel staff. Not a problem if it was just myself traveling, but I had the whole family with me (4 total), which is a lot of luggage! - Rather noisy (upstairs and hallway). - Housekeeping cleaned and replenished our room, while we displayed a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door. - Multiple items went missing from our room (Bag of chips, box of cereal), most disappointingly our son's teddy bear, which my wife remembers leaving on the bed, and upon inquiring into lost and found 3 hours after checkout, the hotel "did not find anything". A colleague also staying here, happen to lose some Bose earphones, which also mysteriously disappeared. The rate was also rather high based on the quality of product and service. I am a hotelier myself, so I am always evaluating/measuring "value for money"... and this just did not provide me with confidence.

    « Nice older hotel »

    We like Best Western hotels and decided to stay at the Gold Rush Inn since it sounded historic and charming. Parking is behind the hotel, and we had no problem finding a slot. The lobby is small with some interesting memorabilia. We were on the 4th floor, and there is one (slow) elevator. Our room was large with a king bed, desk and chair, microwave, and small refrigerator. The bathroom was small but well appointed. The room, and hotel, were clean and quiet but seemed older in need of some updating. We had breakfast in the dining room, and there was a limited menu, one server, and a larger noisy group. For the most part, the staff were pleasant and helpful. The hotel is in an excellent location, with walking distance to restaurants and shops and, a little farther, to the river. We would like to visit Whitehorse again and would stay here.

    « Average »

    The hotel is clean and staff friendly however due to the age of the hotel you can listen to the others guests walking on the corridor and the upper floor. It is one of the restaurant opened for lunch (before 4pm) in the city. Food is ok.

    « Disappointing... »

    Other that the location and some good Front Desk staff, nothing to feel good about during this 5 days stay... Wooden frame building, super noisy place. Could hear everything happening outside, upstairs and next door. I had to change the room so left my brand new headphones behind together with a small amenities in the 1st room... I went back the same day but they couldn't find them. My colleague also forgot something after checking out and couldn't get it back... Founders, keepers style :(

    « Great place and dog friendly! »

    The rooms were excellent. All updated, clean, quiet. Great staff. Loved staying here and would definitely stay here again. The hotel is charming, all antiques in the lobby. Tons of character. Located in the heart of downtown just a few blocks from the Yukon River. Near anywhere you would want to be.

    « Better than nothing »

    Hotel ordinary service, restaurant/bar bad service, not helpful and not friendly, no smiles and no thanks. No room service! I visit Whitehorse 2 times a year and for the last 3 years it was my hotel not by choice... there is no many choice for hotel around...

    « Central location, nice staff and well equipped rooms »

    The room was booked as part of an aurora tour package, so I didn't have high expectations, but the hotel is located in a central location on main street with easy walking access to key areas in town. Staff were very professional and helpful, and the room was well kept and comfortable, despite the building being obviously quite old. They also had a free shuttle to the airport, which was very convenient.

    « Nice Hotel »

    I stayed here on a business trip to Alaska. This is an interesting hotel. It has a lot of character related to the Yukon area. The lounge was very nice and the food was great. The only issue I had was that the parking is horrible.

  • 3
    « Nice serviceable hotel »

    We stayed 2 nights, while on vacation. The hotel I in a good location, walking distance to anything you want to do downtown. Plenty of room in the parking lot. Our room was on the 4th floor so no noise from the bar. There was some noise from the airport but it was minor. Mini-fridge and microwave in the room are a nice plus. Comfortable bed. Very much a "no frills" place but we were spending all of our time outside hiking anyways so we had no need for anything fancy. The only negative was the panhandlers hanging out on the bench out front of the hotel.

    « Comfortable but some improvements needed »

    We stayed on two separate occasions for one night each. The bed was comfortable with good pillows, but the lower level lift wasn't working on the second stay and we had to carry our luggage down some stairs from a mezzanine like level. Apparently this happens quite often. On our first stay we stayed on the second floor, to which we could constantly hear people on the third floor moving around the squeeky floor boards. The third floor on our second stay was much quieter. We didn't eat in the restaurant/bar, when we tried they always had loud music and we prefer a quieter dining atmosphere. There are other plenty of good local restaurants in town anyway. The carpark is only small, and it worked on a first in gets a park. Although a couple of spaces were taken up by people not staying in the hotel. It is comfortable but there could be some improvements, I think the lift is a big need for an upgrade.

    « Nice, comfortable »

    Lobby is old and dated but rooms are lovely. Beds are really soft with plush, white linens. Window has a nice, dark curtain to keep out the light. My only small complaint is the water in the shower became hot and then cooled a few times without notice. Not a big deal, I would stay here again.

    « Convenient, Great Door to Door Service From The Airport, Clean, Well Priced! »

    We were so well taken care of. As soon as we were outside the airport doors our shuttle was right there. The driver was very professional and friendly. We were at the hotel in no time. The staff at the front desk was very professional. We met Tyler from Dawson city, born and raised there, he was terrific. The other person behind the desk was kind of intense and serious, but Tyler was so sincerely welcoming, we were at ease and in good hands. (hope that is his name, young fellow, tall, glasses -high marks!) The hotel is at the very top of its star category. Clean and comfortable, safe. Nice size room, we had 2 doubles, it looked newly renovated and decorated. Good tv reception, sufficient channel selection, refrigerator, coffee maker. Maid service was thorough and friendly. We would stay here again for sure. Very pleased and so well situated. Great price. The shuttle back to the airport was on time and friendly. All was just as it should be. No issues, no drama.

    « Has been a year since my last visit »

    Friendly checkin staff Had to wait for my room as I arrived early but was given coffee while I waited Room was quiet Very comfortable bed and good food in the adjoins restaurant Would definitely stay here again

    « A little bit of luxury »

    We enjoyed staying at this hotel, which was interesting and decorated in the era of the gold rush. It unfortunately only had two tiny elevators, and a lot of stairs. The room was very comfortable, but very hot. The service in the bar/restaurant in the hotel was rude to say the least, therefore we went out to eat dinner. Breakfast was very nice, with a good choice, but again service was slow and stressed.

    « Great Service »

    Stayed here last week and I was treated with a lot of kindness during a difficult time. Rooms are clean and comfortable. The clerk at the front desk was so nice, offering any help he could and also providing a compassionate rate. I always stay here in Whitehorse if I can & recommend booking ahead if possible as many nights they are sold out.

    « Better than average, but good rather than very good »

    A well located hotel, with an old west feel about it. We stayed there twice on our tour road trip, the first time, with a relatively small room, the second time in a much larger room and for once on our trip, a very good size bathroom. The beds were comfortable, the rooms clean and we were happy to stay there. Even with street facing rooms, noise was limited. Facilities offered by the hotel included a bar, dining room and a free computer on each floor. Breakfast was pretty average, so if you could find one elsewhere, that would be preferable. Hint: The lift on the ground floor opposite the lobby is slow. Walk up the stairs (maybe 20 steps) near it, to a much quicker lift.

    « Very nice hotel »

    Visiting Yukon can (should) be an adventure. When back in Whitehorse, the Best Western is a comfortable, relaxed place. I have stayed here before several times. On my last visit I had a King bed that was incredibly comfortable, with 4 fluffy pillows. The room was spotlessly clean, with lots of extra towels and the usual amenities. Wifi was strong. The staff was very pleasant and helpful, especially Tyler. The location is great, at the end of Main Street, so that you are just a block from the start of the shopping area, but in a quieter location.

    « Very well located to what Whitehorse has to offer »

    The Best Western Gold Rush Inn is well located - the highlights of Whitehorse are all within easy walking distance. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms comfortable without being remarkable. We were in a room on the top floor of the hotel. The elevator wasn't working which made moving luggage a challenge. Breakfast at the restaurant was acceptable - again nothing amazing, but nothing wrong either. I thought that the hotel was fine - nothing remarkable, but nothing that really warranted criticism. My ultimate test, would I return - quite possibly.

  • 3
    « Good location, comfy beds but bands are a killer. »

    This in is in a great location and walking distance to everything. The staff are lovely and friendly, rooms very clean and beds are very comfortable. The only thing that spoilt the stay for us was the noise level in our room which was right above the salon where a band played each night till 10.30pm, so if you needing an early night, you will need to change rooms. We didn't eat a meal here except for breakfast which was fine.

    « We loved this place! »

    Crossing thru town on a move, they had room in our lot for our pickup and trailer. No hassle. They welcomed our cat for a small fee. The pub downstairs had good supper and outstanding breakfast, both at fair prices. Place was clean, spotless actually, and a professionally yet relaxed feel. Rates were competitive. And we were impressed with the service provided by first Benita who found a way for us to stay two nites when we found ourselves in WH early. And who took it on herself when she left her shift to brief her colleague Summer who greeted us on arrival and made us welcome. All in all, this was our best stay in any hotel in our cross country move.

    « Comfy night's sleep »

    Great value hotel.very comfy beds ,large two double room.modern,clean bathroom. Staff were efficient and checkin and checkout were quick and easy. Breakfast ok,a little overpriced for average food ,therefore would not recommend. Good central location.

    « Whitehorse, a wonderful place to visit »

    Stayed at the hotel for a week for a sons wedding. The rooms are reasonable, the bed was comfortable, the place is nice. My disappointment was that I was staying for 7 days but they gave us one of the smaller rooms. I know this because my son stayed in the hotel on the night before the wedding and he was in a much larger room. If your staying for a longer time why not offer a larger more spacious room. Other than that the hotel was quite nice and the staff were very friendly. My only other recommendation is to not have breakfast at the hotel, the menu is very limited, it's either eggs or nothing

    « Comfortable in Whitehorse! »

    We stayed at the Best Western for 2 nights and it was pretty good. The hotel is an old wooden building, so you can hear your neighbour above you when they walk around. We had a particularly busy neighbour who came back to his room at 3am and continued to shuffle around until 5am, so we had very little sleep on that night. We write him a note and the next night was better. We raised the issue with the front desk (Summer) and they were very helpful and asked if we wanted to move rooms. We said that we didn't and that we would write a note to the guest. The bed was comfy and the amenities were perfect, overall it was a good stay!

    « Remarkable and wonderful »

    Can't say enough good about this hotel, we had such a wonderful experience staying there. We were a group of 6 heading out on a long canoe trip, we stayed there 3 separate times during our visit to the Yukon and had tons of gear. Every staff member was friendly and went out of their way to be helpful, flexible, and accommodate our needs. The rooms were comfortable, well-appointed, the location is deal for exploring Whitehorse. Beds were comfortable, bathrooms were up to date and well-equipped, our group stayed in a combined total of 9 different rooms during our visit to the province, all of them were great. We were given the loan of a conference room to sort and organize our gear before our expedition, and able to store our gear and explore the province once we returned from our canoe trip. I'd return to the Yukon in a heartbeat and would stay again at the Gold Rush Inn with pleasure.

    « A Reasonable Option in Downtown Whitehorse »

    We recently stayed at The Gold Rush Inn on three separate occasions during a two week visit to the Yukon and Alaska - so we became quite familiar with the highlights and problems with this hotel. The front desk staff were always welcoming, attentive and efficient at check-in and check-out. The rooms are comfortable with some helpful amenities such as a fridge and microwave. There is free parking beside the hotel. However, some rooms are rather small and can be quite stuffy on a warm summer evening. On our final two night stay the elevator to the fourth floor was broken - this meant hauling luggage up four floors or an elaborate elevator - stair combination to reach your room. The hotel has a spacious and, what appears to be, well equipped fitness centre. Unfortunately, one treadmill was out of order and the other was stuck on a permanent incline. The water cooler rarely contained water. Be sure to request a room on the third or fourth floor - when the elevator is working - and a room that is NOT facing Main St. if you want a decent night's sleep. This is especially the case on weekends where street / party noise continues until 3 a.m. Finally, remember that you are not in Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa. You are not likely to get the same degree of refinement for the money as you would in an urban centre in the south. Overall, I would recommend The Gold Rush Inn - just be aware of a few of its issues.

    « One night only »

    Stayed one night (6 hours actually) and the room was ok, small, but clean and comfortable. Check in and out was very very slow. The hotel had an airport shuttle which would be very handy and all In all an ok place to stay. Price was way to high for a quick stay but what can you do when everything is sold out.

    « Stuck in fifties »

    Arranged by Discover Holidays to stay 3 nights as a tour was on. Looks like built in fifties and has not been touched since. We had no air conditioning, they had one fan in room and was not enough for two queen beds. Our room was over the dining room which on Friday and Saturday had live band playing so we had no sleep. Tried to leave windows open but the people going in and our of music venue would smoke and laugh below our window. The hall carpet on 2nd floor and blue painters tape to hold it down for a couple of feet. Our room curtains had on short one and one long one. The food was heavy nothing light and overpriced.

    « Quite possibly the friendliest people in the Yukon! »

    From the moment you check in until the moment check out, I never encountered such professional, knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly staff anywhere, and that also includes the cleaning staff! Obviously the owners deserve a shout out because without great leadership nothing could happen. The location is excellent as you can easily walk anywhere in the downtown core so you can leave you vehicle safely parked next door for free.

  • 4
    « Quaint »

    Nice rooms & very spacious , clean & neat. Very friendly staff. Ask for a room on the back side. Nice & quiet there but did hear some folks complaining about street noise in the front side rooms. Crowded parking lot but it's off the street. Wifi worked some of the time but maybe that's just phones from another country.

    « Awesome Stay! Thanks Benita! »

    Great Rooms. What stands out is the Front Desk Clerk Benita! She went out of her way to ensure our stay in Whitehorse was memorable. Her professional and engaging manner made us feel very Welcome. She went out of her way to answer our questions as well as directing us to the local business' and sites. THANKS SO MUCH BENITA!

    « comfort stay »

    We stayed a lot in Best Western in the past and this Gold Rush Inn is just as good as other Best Western hotels. Good and clean room with comfortable bed, fast wifi. There was no road noise and we have a great sleep.

    « Good Base Camp »

    We stayed here for a week while touring Whitehorse. The rooms were well laid out and the staff was most helpful. The restaurant served good breakfasts. This is an older wood frame building so expect to hear some noise at night. Great value and location.

    « Nice but pricey »

    Nice old updated hotel located in downtown area. Paved part of parking lot is small and unpaved overflow could use some grading. Like most places in the Yukon, it is pricey for what you get bit is clean and comfortable. Would have been nice to have breakfast included. Would also have been nice to have A/C as it was a fairly warm day and not that cool a night.

    « Northern Gem »

    Excellent staff , great food, good location and great prices. You will definitely feel home away from home here. Great atmosphere makes you feel as if you've taken a step back in time to experience the true Yukon

    « Spoilt by the restaurant »

    A good hotel. Expensive but not by the standard of the North of Canada. Room was clean, well equipped and of a good standard. It had air con which is unusual in this part of the world where it is not often needed. Hotel was centrally located and close to a number of eating places. I tried to eat in the hotel restaurant on the first night but gave up after being ignored by the waiting staff who were more than happy to chat to their friends. There is a very reasonable Chinese just opposite and a lot of other restaurants so the attitude was hard to understand.

    « check in procedure »

    seems to be a problem with check ins as waited for the airport shuttle. a few other parties were experiencing the same thing. told that the room wasn't ready and to check back later. we had to check back three times before getting in our room just before 5pm. check in is 3pm

    « NOIEY »

    I will never stay at this hotel again. Bar in the hotel and another at the end of the block. Noise continues until 2 or 3 am with drunks on the street and vehicles running. The problem is the room wasn't air conditioned so that meant closing the window. Then there was the laundry cart on the tiLe floor right next to my room. Unfortunate wake up call anytime between 1 am and 8 am. I called the front desk at 2 am about the noise -No answer. Spoke to the front desk the next day..... they weren't interested. Only indicated that they were putting a/c in the remaining rooms as they could afford. Definitely not impressed.

    « Had a blast from the past »

    Only bad thing we found was the lack of close-by parking and being warned not to leave anything in our vehicle, a truck with lots of household goods my son was moving to Alaska so couldnt unpack it all. Fortunately the recent thieves did not strike. Hotel was nice, clean and friendly. Loved the saloon from gold rush days. Open mic nite was fun. Sang to earn my son a free beer and then my son did standup comedy...10 minutes of his recently deceased dads old jokes. Dad would have loved it. Made for a fun evening and food was good too. Would stay again if I had the chance!

  • 3
    « Disappointed »

    I figured a Best Western with good reviews on Trip Advisor was the way to go. So disappointed. Limited parking as others have pointed out - we were lucky and got a spot in the back, so not an issue for us. It's hot. NO AC and the rooms are hot. SMALL (I mean 18" wide small....) window, with no cross breeze. I am from Colorado and live in a house with no AC - I am not needy. But this....too hot. And, we had the privilege of being over the bar with live music until 10:30 PM. I am not a party pooper but when I am traveling, I want to go to bed early and get up early. Not happening here. Carpet squares in the hallways held together in many spots with colored duct tape - really? I am in the property management business, this is how you lose customers. Sorry, Best Western, you missed the mark by a long shot. We will be back to Whitehorse, but we will not stay here.

    « Review »

    With no air conditioning in the room made for 2 of the nights quite uncomfortable, the service in the restaurant was terrible during breakfast each morning lunch one day, and dinner one day as well as drinks 2 of the nights

    « Great service and comfortable rooms »

    We suspect this is the nicest spot to stay in Whitehorse. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and spotless, beds comfy, and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. While having breakfast in the somewhat gloomy bar felt a bit strange, it was good value and had the best "home fried potatoes" I've had in a while. They were cut too perfectly to be anything other than store bought, but they were nice and spicy and had great tooth feel. Now, that seems way too much to say about breakfast potatoes, but don't you think they are usually almost inedible - dry, tasteless and chewy? When one hits on some good ones, they just have to get a special mention. On the same topic, why did Tim Horton's dump those yummy spicy little potato cakes they used to serve and replace them with Macdonald-like blandness? Anyway, stay at the Gold Rush Inn when you go north of 60 in Yukon; you will not regret it.

    « Great hotel and awesome service »

    I went to Whitehorse on business and I had the most awesome time. I was greeted and treated so great by everyone. The rooms were clean and the food was great. I really enjoyed my stay. I will definitely come back to Whitehorse and I will definitely stay at the best western.

    « Not bad by Yukon standards »

    We stayed twice for a total of 5 nights. Our first room was located at the back of the hotel and thus away from the late night pub patrons leaving at closing time. The second time we were in the front and heard a bit too much partying. Our room were fine and our beds comfortable and clean. The Wi-Fi was more consistent in the front room. We didn't have air conditioning which was a misery when the temperature rose up to around 25C. We did have a fan. Service at the front desk was efficient.

    « Honeymoon »

    Great little place. Clean rooms. Had a jacuzzi in my room. Not all rooms have air conditioning. Close to all amenities. Saloon on site. Can be expensive. Paid $149.00 per night with my pool just a exercise room with 2 items. Everthing else was down for repair. Overall was great.

    « stayed twice, different experience each time »

    1st stay were in a lovely room, air-conditioned and quite spacious. 2nd stay were in a smaller room which was not air-conditioned, long walk to the elevator not nearly as nice of a room. The restaurant/ bar is dark and dingy. It also seemed to attract some seedy characters and I was glad that the elevator required a card to operate for safety of its guests.

    « So so stay »

    Wow, what can I saw, triple A gives this a 3 diamond review did they miss the mark. Parking is either on the street with parking meters or a mud lot. The room had no AC with only a small window opening with a torn screen and a little fan. The tempts tire was 78 outside do you go figure the comfort. The room was musky dirty and old. Place needs a lot to improve. The front fest check in has its share of problems as well. The ice machine on the 2nd floor was broken.

    « Helpful staff, smaller rooms »

    As the street-front appearance would suggest, this is an older-style hotel with long, narrow corridors and small rooms that don't offer much open space. Our room overlooked Main Street, which was not an issue except the street cleaner came by at 5 a.m. and disturbed everyone in our room. Not the hotel's fault but still, added an annoyance to our stay. Room was adequate - clean but worn. Bathroom was clean too. Front desk staff were helpful to explain best parking practices. Hotel has certain rooms that are pet-friendly, but best to book those ahead of time. Hotel is near an off-leash dog park, ask for directions at the front desk if you don't know its location.


    I never thought of asking if room had A/C. When you pay $200 you assume. It was a hot miserable night :( Staff was very nice and the room itself was nice. Very clean, etc. Found it to be noisy. Walls very thin. No free continental breakfast. Would I stay here again. The answer is.. NO.

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    « Comfort in the Yukon »

    We had the fortune of staying in a very large air conditioned King room on the top floor for five nights. The room was very clean and quiet. The bed was extremely quiet and we both slept like rocks for over 8 hours each night. The only problem with sleeping in late was the temperature of the shower. Very nice and warm early in the morning...barely lukewarm by 9 am. But hey....the awesome late sleep was worth it. The WiFi wasn't as fast as other hotels we have stayed at but it was free and got the job done (eventually). The front desk staff were very friendly and helpful with all our questions. While the breakfast in the pub was rather pricey and the service was slow, the size of the breakfast was enormous and extremely tasty. However, for the remaining four mornings, we simply walked to other nearby breakfast choices. Extremely handy having a computer and printer near the elevator on the top floor. Instead of having to take the slow elevator down and back up, it was a quick few steps to print off tourist directions and information. Nice touch. Thanks for the very comfortable stay!

    « Lovely setting and service »

    We stayed here several nights on our way up to Alaska and one night on the return leg. The only item here we missed was a buffet breakfast. However on the plus side there are many good eating spots in this city and we certainly made the most of them. We enjoyed our stay here and would certainly stay here again if traveling this way.

    « Great Experience in Whitehorse »

    We arrived in Whitehorse via motorcycles after a cold wet ride up from Watson Lake. Checking in a bit early, our spotless room was ready. The restaurant/bar was perfect as we didn't want to go out for dinner. The food was good and we met some great people there. On the return part of our trip, we'll stay there again.

    « A bit run down »

    Recently stayed with my family at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn. It's a bit run down but it was a comfortable stay. Walls and floors are paper thin though and for some reason our floor was completely uneven. Felt a bit bad as my kids ran around a lot and not sure the people below is appreciated that especially at 7am in the morning! Really nothing terrible but also nothing amazing. They do have a free shuttle to and from the airport which is nice. It's also located in downtown Whitehorse.

    « Conveniently located. »

    I have stayed here several times, but this is my first review. The city is small, so everything is centrally located. The check in was good, and the clerk provided me with some basic suggestions for dinning and shopping. The elevator is small and slow, and the hallways and rooms, while clean, are tired. I think they don't update to give the illusion of the gold rush days. I am ok with that as long as it is clean. Rooms were spacious and we'll lit and the bed was comfortable and rooms are quiet. There is a bar/ restaurant attached to the hotel, that serves basic pub grub which many locals frequent. The hotel is also an easy walk to many good stores, and much better restaurants.

    « HTL doesn't correspond to the usual standard of Best Western Groupe Hotels »

    Just OK for a stayover after a longer journey. Staff could have been more helpful. Room was clean but it seems that last renovation is far back behind! Allocated room was located on backside of HTL with windows towards exhaust chimney. AC facility has not only provided fresh air into room but also all kind of cooking odors. But finally you 'll find just what you need after a longer journey as there are not a lot of other options around the Airport and Downtown aerea.

    « Large Hotel with good sized rooms »

    Hotel looked good when we arrived. BUT staff on reception could have been much more friendly and helpful. Room looked great, Large (delux) room However we soon found we were above the extractor for the kitchen which was noisy and also smelly. Also noise from the entertainment in the restaurant could be heard quite clearly at night. Breakfast was served in the Bar -no buffet - no restaurant - service was a bit slow and have certainly had better. Wouldn't eat here again. Overall hotel rooms etc Ok but service and food let it down.

    « Great central location, helpful & friendly staff, nice place to stay »

    I was in Whitehorse for a wedding last weekend and was staying at the Gold Rush. From the moment I checked in I knew it would be a good stay. The reception staff were professional and friendly, the room was on the smaller side, but had everything I needed and was both clean and quiet. My room had air conditioning, but I heard some others didn't. If you're staying in the warmer months - June-August you might want to get a room with A/C. The location is central -easy walking distance to everything in town in less than 15 mins including shopping, restaurants, attractions etc. Free parking was a plus. I'd happily stay there again.

    « Just what you want after a day of travel (and a great fitness centre) »

    I love my quirky bed and breakfasts and independent inns, but after a week on the road, it was nice to come here and get exactly what I expected. The halls are narrow and the elevator is really slow, but the rooms were wonderfully comfortable. The bed was good, the air conditioning was effective, the shower was good. The laundry in the basement was coin operated, but the front desk would make change and sold laundry powder. Best of all was the fitness centre. Some hotel "gyms" are awful. This one was nice: free weights and two weight benches, several cardio machines, mats, balance balls, two televisions with remote controls, and towels. And it was available 24 hours a day with your room card; since I'm a morning person travelling with a non-morning person, that was ideal.

    « Something Was Off »

    The room was clean & nicely decorated, which was a nice surprise considering the collection of drink vagrants wandering about our front. I got a little worried when I had to use my key card to operate the elevator. We got up to our floor and the hallway was NARROW & it looked run down. So opening that room door was truly a SURPRISE. That is until I laid down and the paper thin walls reminded me that underneath the "lipstick & rouge" it's still a dinky place. I the plus side, it was really close to lots of great stores!

  • 4
    « Best Western Gold Rush Inn »

    Clean and comfortable hotel. Rooms were spacious, even with 2 queen beds. Staff were friendly and efficient. Unfortunately the rooms are not air conditioned and the rooms get uncomfortably warm at times. The hotel has provided a portable fan to at least circulate the air. The Hotel had a licenced restaurant but I only used the restaurant once so cannot really rate it.

    « great! »

    This is a great hotel in a great central location. Probably the best in Whitehorse for a chain hotel. Very clean and comfortable beds. Interesting Frontier town decor in the lobby, but nice modern decor in the rooms. Really friendly staff. The internet is slow but I suspect all of the Yukon has slow internet!

    « great stay in a scenic location »

    The staff are very friendly and welcoming. they truly seem to what to help. the room was clean and the beds very comfortable. over all this was a typical stay at a best western. as this is not a plus location there was no included breakfast but there is a restaurant attached to the hotel. the building looks a bit dated and worn on the outside but clean is the most important factor for me.

    « BW Gold Rush »

    The hotel is older with a comfortable vintage feel in the lobby. Staff was pleasant. Our room 110, on the first floor was clean with newer led lighting that is harsh and sparatic. The room was also very hot but, they do provide a fan. The bar next door had Electronica type music thumping trough the wall from around 10:00 pm until 2:00 am. The metal fittings in the bathroom vibrated and made noise and the bar patrons were directly out my window talk yelling and smoking for most of the night. For the amount paid I will probably find somewhere else next time. If you do stay here, ask to not be on the northeast end near the bar.

    « 3.5 stars, great location, great staff »

    Stayed just one night here en route to Dawson, but no complaints! The bed was super comfortable and the room was clean and spacious. My only complaint was the paper thin walls! I might have had an elephant in the room above me! All in all, i would stay here again.

    « Location »

    We chose this hotel for location. Was nice and close to downtown area for sightseeing. also the free shuttle too and from airport restaurant and lounge attached was very convenient and we enjoyed the entertainment on the weekend.

    « 3-star standard »

    This is a 3-star hotel and they charge 3-star prices, so I have learnt to not expect too much for it. Stayed here as part of the Northern Tales Tour for 2 nights. Pros - Good location in downtown area with some restaurants nearby - Shopping is very convenient - Large and comfortable rooms and bedding Con - The noise! The music from the saloon is very loud in the afternoon/evening, and I could hear it directly on my 2/F room and since this is not a tall building, I think it is not an isolated case - The smell! Parts of the hallway on 2/F just doesn't smell pleasant. Just smells like grease exhaust or something like that, and I don't know where it is coming from - The hotel is generally very old, worn down, vintage feel, and very 1980s. I feel that it is due for a renovation - Broken computer and printers at 2/F lobby - The saloon (only hotel restaurant downstairs) has friendly staff, but the decor and the vibes is a bit weird - Reception desk not always staffed - The hotel provided airport shuttle (even though it was booked before-hand) was quite full upon arrival and it was unable to pick up the additional guests who were also booked on the shuttle. Overall, it is okay property. I wouldn't particularly recommend it, but I understand that sometimes it is part of a tour package and you don't really have a choice. And I don't think Whitehorse has any 4 star or above hotels, so this would be a safe bet.

    « Whitehorse Best Western needs a RENOVATION »

    Overall experience was ok, staff was great, hotel was clean but the decor and overall appearance needs to be upgraded. Inside and out this busy hotel really could benefit from a complete upgrade, its old out of date and run down.... But it has a really great location in downtown Whitehorse and is walkable to everywhere.

    « Excellent »

    Excellent choice. In my experience this is the best hotel from a location comfort perspective - great beds!. Very good value! The restaurant also agreed to a special request which was much appreciated! I would definitely recommend this hotel.

    « Good place to stay in downtown area »

    The room was fine. There is live music in the Gold Pan Saloon from Thurs?Sunday night. Depending on where your room is, you may or may not hear the music. I heard it but wasn't bothered by it. The rooms have a TV, mini fridge, microwave, and wifi access. Nice location as you are not too far from various restaurants and stores.

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    « Pretty awful TBH. »

    Very tired decor, overpriced, unfriendly welcome, no help at all offered with our very heavy bags! Rooms, tiny and uncomfortable. Ours had a crazy double bath taking up half the space. Ran it but it left a green murky line all around the bath on the waterline. Yuck.

    « Nice hotel in Whitehorse »

    Rooms were quiet and beds were comfortable. Each room contains a television, microwave, and refrigerator. The baths are nice - look newly renovated. Very comfortable place to stay. Seems very safe too.

    « Good for a night »

    This place is not fancy nor does it try to be, buts its a great place in the centre of town close to everything. Room was comfortable and had everything we needed before we headed out to the resort for lights viewing

    « Plane cancelled due to Weather and had to stay »

    Our plane was cancelled due to poor weather in Ottawa, so we had to find a place asap. My son had told me that he had stayed here several times - and Best Western has never disappointed. the front desk person was kind, courteous, accommodating and super friendly - he even upgraded us!

    « Good hotel »

    The hotel is located on Main St, which is very convenient to shops and restaurants. The room is a good size, with refrigerator and microwave, hairdryer and free wifi. No room safe though. Hotel offers free shuttle to the airport. Thurs - Sun (I think), the attached restaurant has live music 7:30pm-10:30pm. I am not sure if it is year round. Anyway, you can hear the music in your rooms. It didn't matter as we were going on a Northern Lights tour but be aware if you are a light sleeper. (I did ask an English group if it bothered them as they were wreaked from travel and skipped the first night of the lights, but they said no, they were too tired.) Anyway, I would stay there again. Note, rates go up in the summer tourist season which starts in May.

    « Vintage atmosphere with modern room »

    Very nice clean modern room in a hotel that has a very vintage gold rush atmosphere and layout. Our room was very quite and the bed very comfortable. They also have a larger parking lot right next door which helped with our truck and trailer. Great breakfast in the Saloon downstairs and again, I love the Canadian option of the sliced ham as a side.


    The hotel is ok and the location is very good, but it is a very noisy hotel. I could hear the steps and the water running from the rooms above and next door. People at the reception desk were very nice, but the housekeeping was very poor. They have a restaurant where you can have breakfast until 11, but then it turns into a pub so our kids had to go to eat somewhere else! Not good.

    « Great customer service »

    In addition to being a clean, quaint hotel in a great location, the customer service at the Gold Rush Inn was fantastic. I made the dreaded mistake of forgetting my iPad in my room, and only realized it the next night in a different hotel, in the NWT. When I called the next day I was relieved to learn that the Gold Rush had found my iPad. They arranged to have it sent back to me through priority mail, and happy to say that I'm now using it to write this review a few days later. Thanks again!

    « Fait choice »

    This is not the best hotel of all but better than many others in this town. Good bar (Gold Pan) with good foods and local beers selection. A little gym well equip renovate last year. Early 19' decoration in the lobby and the bar/restaurant, lots of Northen Antique charm. Just 2 minutes walk for down town. Not a lot of parking place. Employees friendly most of the time, but not all! The room Internet is slow and sometimes, no signal.

    « Noise »

    Hotel was in a good location. Located at one end of the main street. Lobby is very poor with little options for information. Breakfast is fine, nothing special, coffee is good. Room was nice but extremely noisy from up above. Just walking all night long. Seemed like staff quarters but told not. Recommendation would be staying top floor. Ask for front of building as the cook vent was just below our room and we could not open our window due to the smell.

  • 3
    « A Very Good Location for Downtown Whitehorse »

    First, you will probably be staying here if you go in the winter to view the Aurora borealis. It's not the only hotel in town but it is the most centrally located. My first recommendation is to not stay here either Friday or Saturday night. It's perfectly fine any other nights, but if you come a day early to rest before your northern lights adventure, the Gold Pan Saloon (attached) will keep you awake. If you are viewing the northern lights on the first night, you'll return around 3:30 am and the bar will be closed and you can be the one to keep everyone awake when you come in. The rooms are clean, not overly spacious, but with the absolute most comfortable bed I've ever slept in a hotel. However, the walls are paper thin and you hear everything through the walls. I had a yappy dog whose owner left it for a night on the town and the front desk couldn't really do anything. If you make your own reservations, ask to be away from any dogs or the end of the hotel with the bar. If you book through a travel group (we did Brewster which subcontracted to Northern Tales) you'll probably be put on the second floor. I'm not sure the third or fourth floor is any better, but a couple of floors would not hurt to dampen the noise from the saloon. The Gold Pan Saloon is a pretty good place for breakfast and lunch. We never ate dinner there but it's probably pretty good for that. Where else do you go in Whitehorse in the winter except to the Gold Pan? They are innovative in getting people to come in and Friday and Saturday will give you a little taste of a gold rush town. After the saloon closed, the people simply funneled out to the street and kept the party going. There is a spa located at the hotel and they do a nice job. I had a "relaxing" massage (they don't seem to do deep tissue) and the hotel has adequate wifi that is free (at least with our package). You are located on Main Street where most of the stores have not left for the "burbs" and you are in easy walking distance of most stores. To be honest, I wouldn't normally have stayed a second night with all the noise and I looked around for a second hotel, but they all had bars attached, so it would have been the same thing. What makes this a good place is the very comfortable bed, free wifi, a restaurant (saloon) on the premises and the center of activity for northern lights viewing.

    « Great Location »

    The facility was typical of Whitehorse in that is was not fancy. It was clean and the location we terrific. We were within 4 blocks of the Yukon River and most of the downtown shops and restaurants. I would ask for a room opposite of the end where the bar and restaurant is located. We were out from 10PM -2AM watching the Northern Lights, but had we been in our room trying to sleep we would have had difficulty due to the loud music.

    « Comfortable and central »

    The lobby of this hotel is fantastic - oak panelling and tiny oak pigeonholes behind the desk that look right out of the gold rush era. Stuffed moose head on the wall. The actual rooms are way more modern and perfectly comfortable - even a cut above - just not as interesting as the lobby! Some nice additions - fridge and microwave, iron and hairdryer in the room, and there's enough plug sockets so you don't have to grope around behind the TV to plug your laptop in. The restaurant/bar is OK, pretty lively/pretty noisy depending on your outlook. Walls and floors are not at all soundproof, though I found it quieter than sharing a house with teenagers! Top floor is quietest but costs more; I asked for (and got) a room as far from the bar as possible. You can hear your neighbour running the shower, but it's not raucously loud.

    « Great hotel and location. »

    Outstanding, funky hotel in downtown Whitehorse. Great bar and restaurant. Great staff. Good laundry room and machines. Walking distance to shops and the river walk. Airport shuttle. I have stayed there the past three years and have enjoyed it each time.

    « Cosy Place »

    This is not not a small hotel but it certainly feels like one. Friendly & helpful staff, great food & pub, & a warm comfortable rooms with good amenities & very clean. They also can store your bags for the day.

    « A Hotel with 'Character' right in the Middle of Whitehorse »

    Although part of the Great Western chain, a very individual hotel. Situated on the Main Street in Whitehorse it is spread over 4 floors with well appointed rooms. The Bar/Restaurant is on a sports theme with TVs showing various sports and games - being Canada this was mainly Ice Hockey and Basketball ! The food was good, generous portions with a wide range of wines and beers. The hotel has lots of character and was an ideal base to explore the area. when we stayed at the start of our holiday and when we returned there for a further single night at then end we were given a free upgrade to a luxury room with Jacuzzi bath.- much appreciated

    « Perfect stay »

    This is a great hotel, well located, clean, quiet and comfortable. It's not new and the elevator is slow but who cares?! We had a great stay. We'll stay again next time we're in Whitehorse. The restaurant was fine for breakfast. There was entertainment in the evening but we were up on the third floor so we didn't hear anything.

    « Had a fine three night stay »

    If you are looking for a five start hotel, this isn't it. But if you want a nice clean hotel, with friendly staff and a good restaurant/bar the Best Western in Whitehorse is a good place to stay. The only negative thing we experienced is it is an older hotel so the floors squeak and the person over us was a little heavy footed. It didn't keep us awake, but you did know when he was moving.

    « Character hotel »

    The room is decent and clean. My room was on the 4 floor and the elevator was not working. Weird washroom, huge sink and no counter space. Appreciated the fridge and microwave. The dining room was very busy, lots of choices .

    « Beautiful old hotel »

    I would recommend this hotel since its location is at the heart of the city...although its old but the front desk staff has been accomodating ....and the wifii was excellent. Overall we can never complain...thank you!

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    « not a family friendly place »

    the hotel does not have a family friendly restaurant ,it was a sunday morning at 10:30 am and was asked to leave the place because the bar was opened very early,every other hotel in Whitehorse has family friendly atmosphere

    « Pleasant stay »

    Even though this hotel is getting old it is very clean and tidy. The restaurant food was a pleasant surprise and well priced. Trips to the Northern Lights and other excursions can be scheduled from this hotel.

    « Loved the look of the hotel »

    Stayed here for three nights which was included in our Northern Lights package. Outside of the hotel really does make you feel like your in a different century. Very spacious rooms, and loved the moose head in the reception. Nice staff. Close to all the cafes, restaurants and shops. The Gold Rush Inn which is stuck to the hotel had lovely food, really enjoyed my first ever bison burger.

    « Nice stay and comfortable »

    Hotel was comfortable and I enjoyed my room. The restaurant was closed during my stay due to renovations. Staff was friendly and helped me call a cab and airport shuttle. No complaints. The cop shop was behind the hotel, so I felt very safe.

    « Good location »

    Had a room on the 2nd floor above the saloon. We didn't have a problem with saloon noise as we left at 10pm for aurora viewing each night and didn't return until 2:30am, after the saloon closing time. If this is in your travel plans, noise is not an issue. Beds were gloriously comfortable. There were some noise issues as the people in the upstairs room liked to run around and clomp around in heavy boots. I guess if this is potentially a very serious problem, request a room on the top floor. For me, it wasn't a problem. The pub/saloon food was better than expected. The calamari was perfectly cooked and the steak sandwich was perfectly medium rare. There was one server when we went for dinner on a Sunday night but food and drinks came out quickly. Location was good as it was less than a 5 minute walk to Starbucks and Tim Hortons and located right along the main street downtown.

    « Comfortable enough »

    Like other guests the elevator was broken for the duration of our 4 day stay, so we could use one elevator to the third floor then had to take the stairs, a little inconvenient, but ok I guess.. Room was clean and comfortable, decent coffee, but had a really small bathroom and noise could be heard from many neighbours, even the ones across the hall... On the upside the saloon attached to the hotel is fantastic, great food, big servings and friendly staff. Be sure to get there early as seats go quick. Also convenient accommodation if you are going on any of the Northern Tales tours as they depart from the hotel and the offices are also located within the hotel. Had great service from Benita on the front desk, one of the people travelling in our group got exceptionally I'll and we had to extend our stay by a day and Benita was very helpful in securing us the same room we had been in to avoid anyone moving. Whilst there is limited accommodation in Whitehorse, this proved very comfortable and convenient. There is also a free shuttle to and from the airport and free wifi.

    « Perfect accommodation in Whitehorse Canada »

    We had a family white Christmas in Whitehorse Canada and stayed at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn. The location of the accommodation is ideal and the accommodation itself was great. It's on the main street, rooms are clean and functional, there was a good gym, a saloon bar a restaurant attached (we had good breakfasts and takeaway dinners), the reception staff were always friendly and accommodating AND the tour organisers we used (Northern Tales) had their office in the hotel as well which made changing and making excursion arrangements easy. Loved our stay and if we were ever to go back would definitely stay there again, but might ask whether they had rooms with a kitchenette facility because you can get sick of eating out all the time.

    « Room was great! »

    The elevator was broken during our stay so we had to drag our suitcases up the stairs. Not a big deal though. The room was clean and comfy. It was also decorated nicely. Do not leave any valuables in your vehicle!!! We had several items stolen from our car in the hitel's parking lot.

    « Creaky floorboards »

    We were rudely awaken by guests staying on the upper floors who kept stomping and running amok in their rooms at all hours. Sounded like a rhinosauras stampede...oh wait, wrong continent, we are in the sub-arctic region, not in Africa! Unless the guests were bisons themselves. Made a noise complaint to the front desk who said they couldn't do anything about it. The rooms were good sized and clean. I was NOT impressed by the staff at the front desk who did not know how to use the computer system to check out guests! Half a dozen of us waited in line for a good 20mins waiting to be served. Lucky we were all due on the same airport shuttle; hence the driver was kind enough to wait for everyone.

    « Comfortable and Convenient »

    Good size room, very comfortable. Good bar, food Ok, but lacked some variety and imagination. Excellent choice of beer Bar used by locals which gave it atmosphere. Entertainment good. Centrally located and very convenient

  • 1
    « Missed the mark »

    All staff we contacted were extremely rude. We were not greeted when we came in at all. The desk clerk was on the phone. There was no "I'll be right with you" or any acknowledgment. When that call ended, he took 2 more calls back to back before acknowledging us 15 minutes later. He was very rude and short with us while checking us in. He expected us to sign the credit card receipt for double the room charge without explaining what the charge was for. He should have explained before we had to ask why the charge was so much. When we asked, he just replied "hold for incidentals" still didn't explain anything at all. He also notified us, that since we reserved a King Room, that the King Rooms were only on the 4th floor and that the the elevator that goes to the 4th floor was broken. He told us that we would have to use the elevator that only goes to the 3rd floor and walk all the way down the hallway to the staircase in order to access the 4th floor. I understand that mechanical things can break. However, it is how the business accommodates its customers during the mechanical failure that matters and the Best Western Gold Rush Inn miserably missed the mark on that step. They did not offer to help us with our luggage, they did not offer a room on a lower floor, nor they did not offer a discount on the room due to the inconvenience accessing it. The parking lot is also a shared parking lot with a pay to park lot and is about a half block away. It was small and does not accommodate large vehicles very well, kinda of an issue since I was in an F-350. This is something that should be noted on the website. The parking lot to the door was icy. A little bit of ice melt would go along way and could save someone from an injury. The room was okay but I feel the room was sub-par compared to the price point. I could hear loud people from the bar down stairs all night and was unable to get a very good nights sleep. Many things they need to address at this Best Western location, I've stayed at Best Westerns all over the US and I am even a rewards club member and have never had an issue with one until now.

    « Horrible! »

    My husband and I stayed at this hotel for one night. The staff was extremely rude and tried to double charge us for one room. The hotel is in bad shape and needs extensive repairs and updates. If we had not made a reservation ahead of time, we probably would have gone somewhere else. Definitely would not recommend this place!

    « A clean affordable place to stay in Whitehorse »

    Located inn the middle of Whitehorse is this historic hotel. Our room was clean and comfortable but nothing spectacular. No free breakfast was offered. For the price and considering where we were I feel the Best Western Gold Rush Inn was a decent value.

    « Great room »

    The room was very nice and clean, and the bed was very comfortable. The front desk staff and the management there are all great. Prime location close to everything. And the pub was really fun, super busy, and great food.

    « Updated since my last visit »

    It been a few years since I Have been to the Best Western Gold Rush inn. The room my group stayed in were all renovated. They were nice, with new bathroom, TV, and furniture. It was a pleasant 2 night stay in the hotel. Lobby was still the same, but I guess this is the charm of the Gold rush Inn. There is also a free airport shuttle from the airport and to the airport. they are coordinated with the flights.

    « Great king bed, solid sleep, good location »

    Not much to say. Lobby/elevator stuff is kind of a drag but you can't beat to location in central downtown Whitehorse. An easy walk to plenty of good dining options (we had a good meal at the Burnt Toast Café just a few blocks down). Also had some live music in the hotel bar, waived the cover by showing our room key. Nice perk. Our room was spacious and the king bed was wonderful. Bathroom kind of small but perfectly serviceable. Recommended.

    « Very clean and comfy! »

    The rooms are lovely with very comfy beds and renovated bathrooms! The elevator is a little quirky but kind of adds charm to this hotel. Good Pub food and ice cold Yukon Gold beer on tap! My second time staying here!

    « Gold Rush Saloon »

    Authentic Yukon feel to this hotel, the saloon is perfect for the establishment. Modest in size but very comforting! Deer antler poutine was quite unique! Live entertainment was great! Hotel staff very courteous and location very convenient in downtown core.

    « A nice clean place »

    It's a typical hotel, nothing to rave about, but nothing bad either. It was clean, warm, and quiet. I was on the fourth floor and didn't hear a thing. The elevator is incredibly slow, so get used to walking up and down the stairs. The hotel was nicely situated downtown, so we walked everywhere. Good hotel to stay at when in Whitehorse

    « Off season »

    Hotel has been completely renovated since I stayed there last. Rooms now have air conditioning, although we didn't need it. Good location. Restaurant wasn't open, but full menu in the lounge. Food was excellent as was the entertainment! Unexpected for a Sunday night. Local couple and good music! Only complaint would be that the cleaning staff took a long time to get to our room. Didn't get it cleaned until 4:00 PM each day.

  • 5
    « Quiet get away »

    I got a spacious, clean room in a quiet corner of the hotel for a very competitive price. This was a great time to visit. There is a restaurant on site that serves a delicious eggs beni. The hotel is in walking distance of many other service and attractions. Three sushi restraunts, a great noodle house and even Tim Hortons, Starbucks and a great local coffee shop are close by. Across the street is a local herb shop that sells teas and lotions made from native plants. Down main street are a variety of shops that sell clothes and house wares. My favorite is a toy shop at the end of the street. Across the street from that is the river walking trail that shows a glimpse of the Yukon beauty. I have stayed in many accommodations in Whitehorse, the Gold Rush is my favorite.

    « Great service, tired decor... »

    This was an enjoyable stay. They hotel could use some attention/updating. My fridge made noise in the middle of the night so I went to unplug it? When I pulled in I saw not just a small amount of dust, but YEARS worth of dust and dirt that hadn't been noticed let alone taken care of. The carpets also appeared to not get that much attention. However, the bed was comfortable and the staff were rock stars. Also, I have mobility considerations and therefore requested the accessible room. I would say that this was executed by someone trying their best, but the accessible aspects were not quite delivered to "code" from my experience. It is still a climb in tub and the handles available are in awkward spots, plus the tub chair barely fits in the tub and didn't feel very secure.

    « Stay Here when in Whitehorse »

    Awesome Service and the rates were great. Lobby brings you back in time to the Gold Rush Era from the front desk to the elaborately painted elevator door. The restaurant turned out delicious meals and the servers were friendly and knowledgeable. Main Street provides lots of opportunities for shopping (maybe too close because it was easy to get gold fever in the jewelry stores)

    « Western stil saloon with clean and quiet rooms »

    The Hotel makes you feel you have stepped back in time. Nice Best Western Hotel with clean and quiet rooms, nothing fancy but ok for a middle class hotel. The location is very central, all shops, restaurants and bars can be reached on foot. Front desk staff was very different - once extremely friendly and helpful, the second time not really interested. Good breakfast in the saloon, no high end cuisine, more burger stil but good - try the eggs benedict.

    « Good location »

    Stayed here while traveling the Golden Circle. Very nice and clean. We were able to walk to the riverfront and also all the shops my wife loves. The elevator operated with the use of the room key. I liked that security. We were able to open the windows and lean out to see the northern lights. Beautiful.

    « Great location and nice staff »

    Whitehorse has beautiful natural scenery but this hotel is like stepping back in time. Free, fast shuttle from the airport was appreciated, especially the friendly driver. Great location on main street with shops and restaurants steps away. Building facade is classic klondike-style. Decor is rustic, woodsy, a bit tacky, but welcoming. Nice view of mountains, sand cliffs, and sunrise/sunset from room. Staff at the desk are nice. Bar has a good selection of beers on tap. Decent space and free weights in the basement gym, but camera monitored by front desk was a bit creepy - must be there for safety reasons. Enjoyable stay if you adjust your expectations - this is the best hotel in Whitehorse, but average compared to other cities. Prices are surprisingly high in the Yukon.

    « Friendly and Comfortable »

    We stayed here twice over a three week period in July and Aug. Front desk staff was friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean,quiet and well appointed. WIFI was fast and free. Hotel is located close to several good restaurants as well as one adjoining.

    « Good location »

    Stayed overnight while driving through Canada. The hotel is located in the downtown and within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and even a very nice dog park. We didn't try the restaurant, but it always had a few patrons. We had a very spacious two bedroom suite that was more like an apartment. Really wish we could have stayed a few days since the hotel and area seemed very nice. This would be a five star review if not for limited parking, we had a full sized truck and small trailer and I wouldn't try anything bigger. We parked beside the hotel in a small gravel lot, but it is not dedicated to the hotel so it fills up quickly. There is the occasional panhandler, but they were not intrusive. We would stay again.

    « Great! »

    Very central location, good room - we had a jumbo sized jacuzzi tub with jets! Hotel was going through some rennos so nice to see they care about upkeep.... only complaint would be that the elevator was SUPER slow and very hot in there. Wish the free breakfast was available... otherwise great time!


Getting to the hotel ...

All directions
From: Alaska Highway. Take the south access to 4th Avenue, turn left and go down to Main Street and turn left again. The Best Western Gold Rush Inn is located on the left-hand side.