Drive Up Convenience
The rooms were a little too cold, but considering it was about 25 below zero (Fahrenheit) and it is difficult for businesses along the Alaska Highway to keep the rooms hot waiting for people who just might stop by, I shouldn‘t complain. I doubt any other establishment is better this time of year. I looked them all over and chose the Tok Motel. There is a Westmark in Tok which is probably much nicer, but I don‘t remember it being open for business. It was dark by the time I hit Tok, and as you can see the Tok Motel was well lit and waiting for a few passersby. I was one of several guests that night in December 2003 at the Tok Motel. I was very happy that you can drive right up to your door like a motel is supposed to allow and unload. The Tok Motel doesn’t have 3-story buildings, you can park right in front of your room! The water pressure was good, and the water was nice and warm. The bed was comfortable, and they had a variety of channels to watch on television.
Unique Quality: The most important part is that at the Tok Motel, you can plug your vehicle’s headbolt heater in right outside your door. If you plan to drive the Alaska “Al-Can” Highway in the dead of winter, and you don’t have a headbolt heater installed in your vehicle, you may find it difficult if not impossible to restart your vehicle after stopping for the night. Alaskans who have lived in Alaska for any significant period of time have probably heard about some “idiot” who drove up the Al-Can without realizing that it gets very, very cold in much of Alaska and Canada in the middle of winter.
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