The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

New hotel with pool and buffet will replace the old Totem Inn

Owners have fire sale before demolition begins at end of July


Valdez Star photo

Mike Williams, co-owner of Totem Inn, putting up a photo of the conceptual design for the new hotel that will replace the older building that caught fire last winter.

It's out with the old and in with the new at the Totem Inn.

Co-owners Connie Ballow and Mike Williams are having a big fire sale at the site where the Totem restaurant served Valdez breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1972. All of the fixtures, furniture and all gift shop items from souvenir stuffies to high-end jewelry and ivory are up for sale.

When the sale sign is out front, drop in and scoop up the bargains, Williams said.

For Ballow, the new coming of the new hotel bitter sweet. While the new facility is exciting, losing the original building to fire last September was tough.

The sale comes just days ahead of the wrecking ball.

"Well, they are going to start the demolition process on the old Totem Inn building Monday," she said, in anticipation of the contractor's arrival. "They'll be taking a look at it and it will be coming down that week."

In it's place will be a full-fledge hotel, three stories high, complete with 65 rooms, an indoor pool, exercise room and a buffet.

"At first, It won't have a full fledged restaurant anymore," she said Friday while taking a quick break from the sale. "It makes me sad I can't hardly even talk about it."

But moving on is part of doing business in Valdez, and that is what Ballow and Williams are doing.

"It will have the Totem Inn biscuits and gravy on the buffet," she said, along with other favorite menu items.

The new rooms will be modern in style, complete with proximity non-swipe key cards with holders in the room that control the lights.

Conceptual drawing

An artist rendering of the new modular building that will replace the old, original portion of the Totem Inn.

"They are modern rooms," Ballow said. "I get excited about this part of it."

A covered drop off area in front of the building will bring more ease to visitors, whether coming in by car or bus.

"They won't be let out in the rain and the snow," she said. "A real hotel."

The modular building is under construction and will arrive with many of the fixtures in place, including beds, carpeting and wallpaper.

The new portion of the business is expected to open to the public between Feb 1 and March 1, 2018.


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