Black Bear Inn

5528 North Tongass HIghway , Ketchikan, AK 99901 USA (Show map)
Book now or get help at


The Black Bear Inn is Ketchikan's most Elegant Waterfront Inn. It's unique furnishings, decor, original Alaskan Art, numerous amenities, grounds & view, can only be matched by the finest of hotels. You can rent a B&B bedroom suite with private bath, the whole Inn, a one bedroom luxury Vacation Rental Apartment or a two bedroom Vacation Rental Cabin. It is the perfect place for a Romantic Get-A-Way or for a family gatherings, business retreat or fishing group. There is a covered SPA & summer kitchen on the water's edge and multilevel decking around the Inn for viewing wild life and the fabulous Alaska sunsets. All guest units have private entrances, baths, porches that overlook the ocean, fireplaces, fine bed linens, Cable TV, radios, DVD and CD players, refrigerators, Coffee makers, and phones. The Inn has Sirius Satellite surround sound and free Wireless High Speed Internet & off street parking. The Inn is ideal for, short-term stays by guests who are departing on, or returning from other adventures or longer stays by travelers who choose Ketchikan for their Alaska Adventure. Free booking service for tours and activities is provided in advance of your stay. It is best to plan your activities early. The spaces fill up quickly. Free Arrival and departure transportation is provided by the Inn between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. There are always lots of cabs around if you arrive at other times. Visit our website for additional information and to book a reservation.



Write A Review
  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.3

The BEST - Black Bear Inn

5 on August 01, 2017

We wanted something a bit special, with a unique character. Black Bear in is all of that and more! Nicole and Jim are the proprietors and we feel we've made new friends in them. The bedding was so good that we actually got down with a note pad and recorded exactly what the components were. The type of padding and fitted sheets, mattress, everything,with our plan being to someday duplicate the most comfortable bed we ever slept on. Really. Anywhere we were, bathroom, screened porch, or bedroom, anything we might possibly want was pretty much within reach. Binoculars at the back door to view the waterway or animals that were exploring the property, candy dish on the chest of drawers, and bathroom with cotton balls, varied lotions and soaps, are just some examples. Nicole pointed out where things are in the kitchen and pantries, with pastry under glass, fresh juices, fruits, coffee and tea, and we found it all to be wonderful. Jim and Nicole shared stories of Alaska that were truly interesting, and with their backgrounds and history, obviously authentic and personal. If we find ourselves anywhere NEAR Ketchikan again one day, there is no doubt where you'll find us - Black Bear Inn. (...also... they were going our way when we needed to go to the airport and graciously drove us and our luggage to the ferry launch)

This is the place to stay in Ketchikan, Alaska!

5 on January 11, 2017

Excellent accommodations and amenities and right on the ocean! Can't be that!!


4.6 on August 24, 2015

We had a wonderful time at the Black Bear Inn. Nicole and Jim are the best hosts. The Inn is well appointed. We stayed in two different rooms and both of them were very comfortable. I'd recommend it to anyone going to Ketchikan.


4.0 on January 26, 2012

Stayed at the Black Bear Inn in 2008.Was born in Ketchikan and always wanted to return. 52 years later I did. Best time I've ever had by myself. The Inn was excellent!Everything was perfect! Will be returning this summer with my daughter.After listening to me rave about the place and my stay there she bought a gift certificate at the inn for us. Am looking forward to my return and talking with Jim and Nicole again.

Best kept secret

5 on July 04, 2011

What fabulous hosts, what an amazing stay. Not only is Ketchikan an amazing oasis but this inn is truly a haven in the wilderness. There are so many things to do in Ketchikan and this is the most wonderful place to stay. The Church's provide exceptional service. The rooms exceptional with every single detail down to the water decanters in the rooms. I will definately visit again but next time for a week. Thank-you so much for making our Alaskan holiday PERFECT.

A Black Bear Stay

4.6 on October 14, 2010

We visited the Black Bear a second time in lAugust 2010. We came back because the rooms were really comfortable and very well appointed. The location is lovely and the sunsets and sunrises while sitting in the outdoor covered hot tub are really beautiful. Even more than that, Nicole and Jim are extremely hospitable. There kitchen is open to guest us (even though they don't do meals) and Nicole even washed our laundry for us and put it back by our room! We often sat around with our friends and our hosts and discussed all sorts of topics - a very relaxed atmosphere. If you visit Ketichikan, stay at the Black Bear! Lowell & Leslie


5 on July 06, 2010

Dear Reader, Unitil you've stayed at the Black Bear Inn in Ketchikan, AK you've not experienced SERVICE, value, cleaniliness and dining anywhere, and when I say anywhere, I mean anywhere in the world. My husband and I just stayed here for 4 nights - we've travelled and stayed all over the world, but Black Bear Inn in Ketchikan exceeds anywhere we've ever stayed - it also exceeded any expectations we had prior to arriving. Their web site pictures and write ups does not do the Inn or the owners justice. Thank you Nicole and Jim for everything - we'll be back. The Marshalls.

Great Place

4.0 on June 16, 2010

We booked a room at the last minute and didn't know what to expect. The Inn was fabulous. Great room, view, hospitality - wished we could have stayed longer.

A Must Stay in Ketchikan

4.8 on May 27, 2010

My wife and I had a 4-night stay at the Black Bear Inn in May 2010. It was perfect! Jim and Nicole's service was outstanding from picking us up at the ferry terminal through scheduling excursions. The make-your-own breakfast exceeded our expectations. It allowed us to be on our own schedule. The inn, situated on the Tongass Narrows, offers great views of marine traffic - tugs, fishing boats, ferries, and cruise ships slipping in and out of Ketchikan. The accommodations are spotless clean, but most of all, Jim and Nicole made our stay very comfortable.

A visit to Ketchikan

4.6 on March 31, 2010

We recently had 2 nights at the Black Bear Inn. It was an excellent stay, with very hospitable hosts and accommodation of a very high standard. The room was comfortable, cozy and very clean. The water views were lovely. It is situated away from the town but it was fun catching the local bus. Jim was also happy to drop us off on a couple of occasions as he was driving into town. I would recommend a stay with Nicole and Jim.

View More Reviews

Rooms & Rates

Eagles Nest Apartment

The 1 Bedroom Eagles Nest Vacation Rental Apartment is on the top floor of the Inn and has its own private entrance and covered porch. It overlooks the Ocean and mountains, has 2 full beds, a fully equipped kitchen, a small living room, table and chairs for 4, a large bath and a laundry room with a new washer and dryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Bunkhouse Cabin

The 2 bedroom Vacation Rental Cabin is beside the main Inn & overlooks the Ocean. The main room has a queen bed, fireplace, ceiling fan, eating area and large picture windows. There is a kitchenette and bathroom with a large shower. The second room has a single bed, closet area, and a view of the woods.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin


The Homestead 2 room suite is on the first floor and has easy access. It has a queen-size & full-size bed with room for a air-bed. There's a fireplace and a 6' sliding glass door that leads to a second room that overlooks the Ocean. It has a table and chairs for 4, a full frig. a work space, & a mirowave. The large private bath has an oversized tub, and 2 sinks. The suite has a inside and outside entrance.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Ravens Haven

The Ravens Haven 2 room suite is on the 2nd floor. The main room has a CA King bed and a sitting area. The second room has a day bed, table and chairs, frig and microwave.There is a large private bath with a cathedral ceiling, skylight & glass walk-in shower. The suite has an inside and outside enterance.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Bears Den

The Bears Den 2 room suite is on the 1st floor with easy access for those with limited mobility. The main room has a queen bed, sitting area and a 5' sliding glass door leading to a second room that overlooks the Ocean. It has a day bed, table and chairs for 3, full refrigerator, and microwave. The suite's large private bath has 2 sinks, a large sunken tub and a makeup area. The suite has an inside and out side entrance.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Check Dates Visit Website


Location Type

Countryside, Island, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town


Ketchikan, AK (KTN) 2 miles

Directions to property:

From the center of town, go north past the airport and Alaska Marine Highway ferry terminals. You will pass The Narrows Inn Restaurant & Marina on the left, and the stop light at Don King Road, (this turn off goes to Wal-Mart). The Inn is a one mile past this stop light. The Inn's buildings are gray with red roofs and red trim. They are set back in the trees on the water side (Left) of the road. If you come to the North Tongass Car Wash you have gone a little too far. Turn around at the car wash and head back toward town. You will see a mail box and small parking signs that say Black Bear Inn. You can park in front of the Inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Tongass National Forest, Misty Fjords, Saxman Native Village, Great Alaska Lumberjack Show, Deadliest Catch-Aleutian Ballard Trip, Metlaktla Native Community, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Tours

Visit Website

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Apartment, Cabin, Villa

On-site amenities

Board games, Ceiling fans, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Spa, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wet bar , Fish Freezer, Fish Smoker, Fish Cleaning Area

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Snorkeling, Bear Watching, Motercycle Rentals, Gold Panning, Deep Sea Diving, Flightseeing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

Check Dates Visit Website


  • Check In:: 3-9pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Covered paorches may be used for smoking.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Prior approval from innkeeper required for younger children.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Small pets may be allowed in the Cabin with prier approval.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We charge for 1 to 4 night stays at the time of booking, or 50% of the entire stay when more than 6 nights are booked.
  • Cancellations: Full payment is required, at the time of booking, for the first 1 to 4 nights of a guests stay. A 50% reservation deposit is required at the time of booking, if the stay is for more than 6 nights. The balance is due upon arrival. Personal Checks, Cashier Checks, Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express payments are accepted. May through September Cancellations must be made 60 days ahead a time for the deposit to be returned. Off Season Cancellations must be made 14 days ahead of time for the deposit to be returned. In all cases a $50 cancellation processing fee will be retained from the deposit along with a credit card processing fee. When the cancellation involves more than for one room, the cancellation fee may be more. When a cancellation is made after the cut off date a credit is given. The credit is good for 2 years and can be used by the original guest or anyone they choose to give or sell it to.
Visit Website



Nicole and James Church

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

James is a fourth generation Alaskan whose great grandparents came to Alaska in 1898. He has extensive knowledge about Alaska and the typography of South East Alaska. Nicole is a former University and Hospital Administrator. They enjoy cooking, landscaping, fishing and hiking. They designed and built the Black Bear Inn themselves.

Check Dates Visit Website




  • Time Served: Kitchen open 6 AM to 11 AM.
  • Serving Location: viewing deck and spa building, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Signature Dish

Spicy Cheese and Egg Bake
Our guest's love this item

Visit Website