Found Aimee's Guest House during extensive online searches for just the right small lodging place accessible to other local activities and sights that we wanted to experience. We were looking for a private, comfortable 4-night stay with a private bathroom and fully equipt kitchen (that actually had sufficent cookware and bakeware!) and found it here.
Aimee herself also offered to arrange round-trip air transportation (a small charter plane from Juneau) to Gustavus, a remote small town near the mouth of Glacier Bay, and then ground transportation (the one local taxi, in a jeep) right to the doorstep where she met us and made us feel right at home. In addition, she pre-booked 3 tours that we wanted to take (Glacier Bay boat tour to the glaciers and two private kayak tours) and included all in one charge. The per night fee for two was very reasonable (for more than two per unit would be a steal), for all its amenities.
Aimee lives off-site but a short walk away and was easily accessible if needed, once we settled in. She checked in on us from time to time, to make sure we understood the particulars of the next scheduled tour or find out how was the one we just took. Otherwise, she was non-obtrusive. Aimee truly helped make our Alaska experience one of the most memorable vacations ever taken! If ever we come back to Gustavus, we'll definitely stay at Aimee's Guest House.
Not enough can be said about Aimee and the Guest House! It was once the Salmon River Smokehouse but Aimee tastefully remodeled it into 3 spacious yet cozy guest apartments with rustic and artistic decor in keeping with the building's history. It was a delight to the eye to stay in, inside and out!
The Guest House sits on the edge of a meadow and well off the main road, on 10 acres with fabulous views of surrounding meadows, rainforest, mountains, river, and a short walk away, Icy Strait and the ocean. The main modes of transportation in this tiny remote town is mostly by bicycle and on foot. Aimee furnishes her guests with complimentary bikes and Wellingtons! (And canoes if one is so inclined.)
Even though these are provided, Gustavus is so remote and tucked snug within the rainforest that TV reception was iffy and internet signals were nonexistent at the Guest House (due to its location) but available in town a short bike ride away. Cell phones worked fine in open areas. Shelves are lined with all kinds of books and magazines. The TV had a VCR and a few videos available.
We enjoyed our week at HIE. It is just a short drive from the airport and not on a busy road so easy to get to. The room was large, two queen beds with microwave and fridge and a work desk, plus free wifi. The beds were comfortable and we also got a free newspaper every morning. They have a hot breakfast every morning, eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, plus the usual cereal, yogurt, toast, bagels and pastries. It is a great way to start the day. I guess they have a pool but we were never around enough to use it. They do have a business room with computer and printer so we were able to check in at the airport online and also print our boarding passes the day before we left.
We liked that it was off the beaten path, but still had some restaurants nearby, inlcuding a little strip mall out front with a coffee place, a pizza place, a sub place. They also have a Wendy's and Village Inn next door and a McDonald's just a block down. It is not far from Midtown or Downtown so everything was easily accessible.
My husband and I stayed at the Denali Princess Lodge as part of our honeymoon trip. We booked through Princess as part of their cruisetour package. Everything worked like clockwork with Princess and they got us to the lodge, gave us our room, took our luggage, etc. The next morning we had a Teklanika Bus tour booked at 5.30am (its an early wake up but this is the best time to see all the animals!!). The bus picked us up from in front of the hotel and took us to the park where we saw loads of wildlife and had an amazing experience!
The hotel itself was very good. The rooms are more like cabins. Depending which room you have there's a bit of a walk from your room to the reception area. Although they do have a kind of buggy service available to pick you up and take you to the reception if you need help. In the lobby there is free internet access on 2 computers as well as a souvenir shop.
Across the road there are a few (maybe 15?) shops - souvenir shops, excursion shops and some food shops as well as a small mini market. Other than that....there's absolutely nothing there! If you don't have excursions booked, or your car to go out and explore - then there's nothing else to do.....unless you want to just sit outside and relax in the hot tubs!! ;) Overall its a lovely place....very romantic and relaxing and if you have nice weather its nice to take a walk around the hotel grounds, enjoy the views of the Nenana river....or perhaps go river rafting on it!
Can't comment about food as we didn't have any there! We just bought food from the mini market or Subway across the road.
Fantastic views! Nice hot tubs! Very close to the Park entrance.
My husband and I stayed here as part of our Princess cruise tour for our honeymoon. It was our last stop before heading back home - which for us worked out well as we stayed relaxing. There is not much to do here other than sit down on the deck looking out at Mt McKinley (if you're lucky enough to see it), go for a walk on one of the nature trails, shop in the souvenir shop, eat at one of the restaurants, work out abit on the few exercise machines available or enjoy the views from the outdoor hot tubs. Other than that.... you're isolated. If you don't have a car, they do offer a bus service that takes you into town (I believe it takes about 45 mins). However, again....not much to do in town unless you're booking some excursion such as flightseeing or some boat trip. Other than that its just souvenir shops and restaurants again.
We enjoyed our stay at Talkeetna simply because as previously mentioned, it was our last stop after a 2 week cruise tour around Alaska. So for us, we made the most of it and just stayed in the resort. We were lucky enough to have nice, warm sunshine and excellent views of the Great One when we were there. So we just spent our time sipping cocktails on the terrace, enjoying walks on some of the trails and relaxing in the hot tubs (great for romance!!! ;) ).
Overall, we had no complaints. The rooms are cabins - so there's a bit of a walk to get to your room from reception - and if its raining you'll get wet as there's no shelter. We ate both breakfast and dinner at the 20,320 Alaskan Grill which had very good food and kind service. You might have to wait a bit for a table in the morning, but they have quite a fast service.
I would recommend this place for a romantic getaway. However, I must say I would have probably been a bit disappointed if we stayed here at the start of our holiday due to the lack of things to do. It's a good place to wind down before going back home.
Fantastic views, great hot tubs. Good for anyone who likes hiking and the outdoors.
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon. It was our last hotel stop before getting our flight back home and was booked through Princess. We had no complaints whatsoever. Room was great, service was good and staff was friendly. We didn't have food included however we had dinner at Fletchers' once and they had good food and service.
Overall it was a good hotel and I would recommend it for a nice romantic getaway.
Great views from top floors
Well, we did prefer the hotels in Alaska - but if you really want to rough it, there are public rental cabins at Alaska's state parks.
Fees range from on ly $20 to $75 per night, depending on night and season. They are rustic and do not have much - just bunks with no mattresses, benches, kitchen counter, table chairs and a wood stove for heat. There might be a fireplace and grill, and a possible latrine. It's up to you to look for a cooking stove - and there's also no firewood and no drinking water.
Reservations may be made on-line at www.alaskastateparks.org or visit the DNR Public Information Center. I'll put satisfaction for this at 5 though, because it truly must be a great experience!
If you are going to Denali, the Grizzly Bear Resort is a nice, reasonable, friendly place to stay. The staff was friendly, the room was clean and the location was good. Our room had a shared bathroom, but it was clean and it was only $59 per night.
The view from the room is lovely...trees everywhere.
Millers Landing is a unique place to stay...it is right on the water in Seward and has tons of character. This is not the Ritz Carlton, so be warned, it is a humble campground/cabin type of place, but it is all about location and I would say it is the best. If you don't mind roughin it a little with shared bathrooms and a funky shower, then this is the place to go. I liked it a lot! We got the Seaside cabin for about $59 a night.
Millers Landing can set you up with kayaking and fishing and they have internet access.
The place is not visible from the road, due to the trees not being trimmed. The smell of the cat box is so strong it is irritating. My friend and I stayed one night and it was the worst place I stayed in the past 15 years. With cats running allover and climbing on what little space there is on the kitchen counters, suggested to us to go else where for our breakfast. The common area rooms in this B&B were stuffed full of chairs and what ever the owner could find to fill the room. This is a place where if you spent ever $10 for the night you are paying too much. This place should not be allowed to run as a B&B.
There are none unless you like the smell of a cat box.
Even though they did not really have much of a breakfast I highly enjoyed the Lake Hood Inn! The price was right, room was clean and I enjoyed watching the float planes form the balcony! The host was very friendly too! not far from the airport and the downtown!
Float plane viewing!
Now if you have read through my pages at all, you will have noticed , I'm sure, that in recent years I have, well become slightly obsessed with staying in cabins while on vacation. Alaska is a place well suited to my disorder, there are cabins aplenty! But this cabin, with all of it's delightful burliness, was a real treat!
So we were headed up to Denali and we needed a place to stay. All of our accommodations were booked only ever so slightly in advance (we were flying by the seats of our pants on this trip, happily so I might add) So the day before we left, I called up Carlo Creek and lucky for me, they had a cabin available. Katey and Bobby were planning on camping while on our Denali excursion and fantastically, Carlo Creek has campsites as well. This place just had it all!
At night, we had a few smores and drinks with Katey and Bobby then wandered back to our cabin to sleep. All the perks of camping in Alaska without the frozen nose.
Our cabin had a queen and a twin bed., a burltastic porch and the gorgeous bathroom house was all of 5 feet away. (they do have cabins with private baths, but they were all booked when I called) The Bathhouse has 4 individual full bathrooms, some have 2 showers, some have one. Everything was spanking new, slate floors and even burls to hang your towel on :)
The heat worked incredibly well, we were quite toasty.
The campsites had covered sites picnic tables and firepits, very nice!
The very best thing about Salmon Bake Cabins is their location! Just north of the hopping little port town of Seward AND just down the road from Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National park! Each little cabin has a couple of bunk beds, a coffee pot, microwave, TV and a bathroom. More than adequate for what we needed during our stay here. Our cabin was nestled back in the trees a bit further away from the parking lot than the others. It was semi-attached to another cabin, but we didn't hear a peep from our neighbors until we saw them leaving the next morning. We only stayed in this little place for one night. It wasn't highest on cabin cute factor, and the shower was a bit dodgy, but all in all we were quite happy with our stay.
The cabins are on the same property as the Salmon Bake Restaurant and Pub. (Which is where we happily spent most of our time while here, I'll make a tip on it!)
We needed a spot to stay somewhere near Homer, but not necessarily in Homer for our 1st couple of days down on the peninsula. Katey found this cabin for us and it was perfect! It's located in the fishing mecca of Soldotna ( actually most places are fishing meccas in Alaska) and just an hour north or so from Homer and probably just about 2 hours from our other destination, Seward.
The cabin we stayed in was large enough to accommodate, well about 6 folks I guess. It had 2 sets of bunk beds with the bottom beds being fulls, and the top bunks being twins. There is also a small kitchen area with a fridge, coffee maker, toaster and whatnot, and my favorite spot, the porch. From the porch, you could look down the woodsy hill and see the gorgeous turquoise blue of the Kenai River. Lots of fisherfolk stay at the cabins and fish right there.
Bob, the owner was really great when I spoke to him over the phone:)
And look out for Melba the moose and her baby on the road the cabins are on, just PLEASE don't feed her donuts!!(or anything else for that matter) Moose are not aware that trans fats are no good for them, but we are:)
These cabins are located across from the ocean outside of Homer. Claire, the owner, has decorated beautifully with moose decor. It's a quaint charming place to stay and inexpensive ($160.) a night. Since it doesn't get dark until 10:30 or 11pm we roasted marshmellow by the campfire.
The owners husband also takes charters out for halibut fishing everyday.
The cabins are equipment to sleep 6 or more. There's a coffee maker, cocoa, bottled water, toaster oven, etc.
Thanks to our guests, I've now stayed in a few cabins here in Alaska and got to try out another campground. Because the weather wasn't that great in the beginning, we didn't make reservations for anything until right before we needed to be there. It started to look a little discouraging in the Denali area because this is, of course, the busiest time of year up there. But Amy found Carlo Creek Lodge, about 10 miles from the park entrance and it was perfect--they go their cabin and we got to camp.
The only cabins they had available for them didn't have a bathroom inside but the facilities were like 3 feet away so it didn't matter in the least. They were also the nicest showerhouses and bathrooms I've ever seen at a place that was supposed to be a bit rustic. That goes for over at the campsites too. The outhouses had photos and other decor!
Aside from the pleasant experience with the outdoor facilities, the campsites were unique by themselves. They actually gave you a pavillion so you didn't get too wet and the surrounding shrubs protected you from the wind. Also, they had cleared rocks from a spot for tents (my shoulder blade still managed to find one). The cabins were decorated very well and totally solid. The porches were big with chairs and there were burls everywhere...something that made Amy very happy. Definitely one of the best set ups I've seen for campsites and cabins:) Next time, it'll be even better when Bobby and I remember to bring winter gear to sleep outside in August, it was somewhat cold up there (but still wonderful):)
--PRICE BELOW REFLECTS CABINS, CAMPSITES ARE OBVIOUSLY MUCH CHEAPER. For cabins in this area, this is a terrific deal from US $75 (plus tax)
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