There are 5 very cozy, well-accommodated, rustic cabins on this property. Each cabin has a loft-style bedroom, 3/4 bath, fully equipped kitchenettes, cable TV and phone. But who wants to spend all their time inside?! Available to all guests are a great covered patio with picnic table and BBQ, a Volleyball/Badminton net, fire pits, laundry facilities and a beautiful landscape with lots of flowers. They even have their own pond complete with resident ducks, a coop full of chickens and a couple of rabbits. The owners, Clare and Pete, are down-to-earth, good-hearted people who seemed to enjoy making sure our stay was comfortable. Pete also runs a fishing charter- Magic Waters Charters (.com if you'd like to look it up)
Credit cards are not accepted. Personal & travellers checks and cash are.
The facilities and amenities are basic but comfortable. Rooms are clean, looked almost new. Each room can accommodate up to 5 people (double bed, sleeper loveseat and bunk beds sturdy enough for adults) and there are 2 or 3 rooms available to rent. The guys all went Halibut fishing so it was a convenient place to stay- the boat harbor is directly across the street. It's located right in the middle of all the shops out on the spit so we enjoyed being able to walk around and not have to worry about finding parking. Pets are not allowed in the rooms.
Beautiful ocean views right from your room. Watch the tides roll in or witness a gorgeous sunset. Look across the bay to the snow-capped mountains and glaciers.
These are small rooms finished in natural cedar with a double and single bed. The single folds down from the wall (Pullman style) when needed. This style room is located on the ground floor with outside entrances. The sink is in the corner and the toilet and shower are in a small separate room at the head of the bed. A small TV is located on the wall above the foot of the bed. It is pretty cozy but everything you need is there.
Ohlson's Cabin was right outside my door and Bishop's Beach access was a block down the street.
The Driftwood Inn is in the old part of Homer on the bluff above Bishop's Beach. It is across the street from the Bunnell Street Art Gallery and Duggan's Pub. Fat Olive's Restaurant, and the Mermaid Cafe and Old Inlet Bookshop are each just a couple of blocks away. However, you really do need a car to get to the Spit. The Driftwood Inn is a non-smoking environment. Freebies include local phone calls, coffee and tea. The common areas have a TV, fireplace, library, microwave, and refrigerator. A barbecue grill, shellfish cooker, fish cleaning area, freezer, picnic and laundry facilities are available. They also have an RV park and a fishing charter service.
The rooms come in all shapes and sizes with the prices varying accordingly. You can get a European style room for $80 in season or the Kachemak Cottage for $275. Choices in between include ships quarters style rooms, standard rooms, deluxe rooms and studio apartments.
We stayed five nights in July 2006 in a private room. We were quite satisfied with the location, and the friendly owner and guests. The only thing was, it was quite dirty - room, bathrooms, and kitchen. There was a place where people were asked to sign up to do cleaning and other chores, but most people seemed to be ignoring this. We feel that it was a good bargain anyway, considering the low price. It is an independent hostel, not affiliated with HI, and that's why the standards may have been different.
This hostel definitely fills a need in this town. Accommodations in Alaska are usually very expensive! The other travelers included a number of Europeans. Also there was a family with children. There is a 4-bed "women only" dorm with its own bathroom. Other dorms seemed to be co-ed or family. There is a big picnic table on the lawn in front, best place to eat because there's not much room inside, and you can chat with the other people. There's a coffee place right next door and other restaurants within walking distance. But to visit the attractions (the Spit, etc) you do need a car. There's ample parking around the driveway and yard. This hostel is not open in the winter.
The views were absolutly beautiful!! Not to be missed even if you just drive by. The accomidations range from renting a cabin, room, camp space, or just staying in the hostel. The host was very friendly. Myself I rented a room that had a double bed and a bunk bed in it for $50.00 a night. The kitchen and TV/playroom is very large making for a nice relaxing cup of coffee in the morning. This establishment is older so if you are looking for new beds, and fancy fixings this would not be the place for you. However if you are just looking for a economical, clean place this would please you well. The down fall to sea side farms is that you have to share the bath rooms.
great views, and fresh air
The Driftwood Inn is a very small, very cozy hotel that I highly recommend. The staff is courteous and will be happy to show you their accomodations before you committ to the stay. There were three of us, and we didn't particularly want 2 seperate rooms for the sake of our budget. Luckily there are rooms with as many as 4 beds in them. We chose a room with 3 beds, 2 bunked. We had wonderful views out of our window and a nice cool breeze coming in off of the water. This hotel is just across the street from the best restaurant in town, Fat Olives, and a cool little dive bar called Dugans. If I recall, the room cost us only $60 or so for all three of us, making it quite affordable.
The hotel feels like home. We passed by a best western and I cringed at the thought of having to stay there. The Driftwood Inn was far less expensive and had a much better atmosphere.
This motel is billed as reasonably priced, and it was. It's an older property (although no motels in Alaska are really OLD). The kitchen was dated, and not very well equipped.
The suite had lots of room for our family of four to spread out. There was a separate bedroom with a comfortable bed, bathroom with tub/shower, and the rest of the suite was one large room. There was also a balcony with a nice view of Kachemak Bay (see picture) although it was several blocks from the water.
Coin-op laundry on-site was handy. Walking distance to a couple coffee places and the Pratt Museum, plus some art galleries. We drove to restaurants and grocery stores.
Brigitte and her husband offer a very friendly atmosphere and natural environment. Rooms run around $120 for double, and $25 for extra persons. I stay here every time I visit Homer and recommend it to all my out-of-town visitors as well. Everyone has had equally good experiences staying in this lovely place.
This wonderful place is situated on a hillside that overlooks Homer and Kachemak Bay. Brigitte and her husband have built the place from scratch, including the furniture and most of the room decorations. The breakfasts are fabulous and usually include fruit and vegetables from their own garden.
When I visited Homer in May 2002, there were 2 hostels, Seaside Farms and International Backpackers. I saw both hostels and stayed in the latter. Both hostels were at the same price range (about $20), but of very different settings.
Seaside Farms was on Sterling Highway, a few miles east of Homer. It's a real working farm with a view to Kachemak Bay. Without a car it's a little hard to get to. If you have a car, look for the sign on the ocean side of highway or it's easy to miss.
International Backpackers was conveniently located in town, at 304 W Pioneer. It's across the street from Homer public library and within walking distance to supermarket and Pratt Museum. However when I stayed it had a "for sale" sign out. I chatted with the owner/manager who had lived in Homer for years but originally from elsewhere. He told me he was trying to sell the property and get out of the business. It's sad to hear that. I searched their website recently and couldn't find it anymore. Their number used to be 907-235-1463. Check before you go.
Sorry I didn't take picture of either hostel.
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