More about Silverbow Inn
Eccentric & Relaxing
We stayed at the Silverbow as part of a month long, self booked trip to Alaska. In downtown Juneau, the state capital, its centrally placed for visiting the sights there, however, Juneau straggles and if you want to go further you need a car/taxi/bus.
The Siverbow is part of a small complex of bakery (they boast the best bagles in Alaska and who are we to argue this?), restaurant and bed and breakfast. Its centrall based in downtown Juneau and although rooms are not large, they are fully furnished and equiped, and very much home for home. If you've forgotten something its sure to be there if not in the room outside amongst the many bits an pieces for use/to borrow. Offload the books you've read and borrow some more for your visit.
Breakfast (included) is either in the main reception/breakfast room or in the restaurant - and of course it includes bagels! We ate at the Wild Spice (literally 30 yards away) and the Twisted Fish (7-10 minutes walk). As walkers we climbed Mt Roberts (not for the faint hearted) but cheated and caught the cable car down on the way back. Juneau has a couple of excellent museums, and is shows a history linked to the Russian ownership of Alaska, the gold rush etc. We fell in love with the work of Rie Munoz and other local artists - galleries are all within easy walking distance of the Silverbow.
Shopping (2 minutes) away is excellent, largely because of the cruise ships which call - as many as three a day - and discharge up to 2000 credit card carrying passengers hungry for yet another bargain. In amongst the tourist tat these are still to be found.
If you go to Juneau, avoid the chain monstrosities and stay at the Silverbow - at around £60 per night for 2 it was a snip and a real find!
Andrew & Christine McManus
Not for the faint of heart travelers
We spend 4 nights at the Silver bow Inn. It is a combination of bakery, catering, cinema and small hotel. Build in 1914, Only 6 rooms and none very large. Our room # 3 had two windows looking over the parking lot of the bakery and a sliver of the hill. Too much furniture, the armoire was useless, the queen sized bed was firm and the bath-room was bright and well accessoried, although because Silver Bow is more like a BB, if you forget anything, in the hall-way is a big basket containing what you might need, plus videos and books. (although staff must disconnect TV and hook up(evertime)the VCR). The breakfast voucher is a great deal, you simply order what ever you want to eat at the bakery and it is an excellent bakery. (bagels, assorted breads, scones and loose leaf teas)The cinema room was not open during our stay, room has been rented to private parties. The hotel staff is young, some more helpful and knowledgeable than others. All of them seemed to be multi-tasking everywhere. Teas and coffee are available 24h in the "dining area" of the hotel. The location is right downtown Juneau. Across the street from a nicer restaurant, and 2 blocks from much better dining at the Baranof ( circa 1919, impeccable service ). Because we were in Juneau , off season, we were able to ride the city busses ( 3 lines ) and just walk around, up and down the capital of 31000 residents. The location is perfect is you decide to be carless and because of the shortage of roads, walking/bussing is just right. We understand that the owner's family was moving out and there would be 5 more rooms available. We liked our stay, we had misunderstood the ad, stating "with view of the hills" was going to be more that what we could barely discern, yet, over all a pleasant stay. If you want more upscale rooms in Juneau, not many choices, Baranof and Goldbelt hotel (circa 1960 ?) and various outside BB.
So if you are a frugal traveler and you want to be "downtown" Juneau, Silver Bow inn will be a great stay.
Micheline and Jordan
The Silverbow is hands-down the place to stay in downtown Juneau, Alaska. Trust me, I've stayed at several other hotels downtown, the Silverbow beats them all for service, food, etc., but most of all it just feels like home. If you're looking to get away from home and like the big corporate hotel feel, this is not for you. If you want to rest your soul, welcome.
Great hotel and breakfast
I am a professional international business traveler who stays in many hotels during my 15 weeks a year on the road.
I rate this place in the top three of my B&B experiences around the world. One in Galway and one in San Francisco are equal but different.
They have a great breakfast at the attached café which is over the top good. The hotel is being refurbished and soon will have a roof top jacuzzi and sauna. The rooms are very well done and have lots of cool little touches. There is even a rubber duck in the tub-lol.
The staff are very helpful and acted as my local tour guides. Juneau is a great little town and this place is centrally located within walking distance of everything.
This place has it all and there were no down sides. I have placed it in my PDA as the only place to stay in Juneau.
Great ameniities, great service
This hotel is strategically located in downtown Juneau. In addition to a great location, it offers a host of amenities. They have maps and brochures, they offer raincoats and umbrellas, if you forgot those (don't), in the rooms there is microwave popcorn, hot chocolate, coffee, tea. The breakfasts are from the bakery and are fantastic...and since you can order anything from the menu, you are sure to find something everyone likes.
The rooms are nice, the beds very comfortable and the staff is very friendly and helpful. They give you more than just the minimum, standard service. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and will stay there again, whenever we return. Juneau is small, but there is a lot to do. I highly recommend the Silverbow Inn.
Great place to stay
We stayed here for one night on our Alaska trip. If I were to design a B&B, this is very close to what it would look like. The breakfast was excellent and served all morning long (bagels, different kinds of cream cheeses, cakes, fritatta, waffles). The room was modern with a flat screen tv, iPod docking station, etc. The location was in the heart of Juneau. The owners were not around mingling with all of the guests (which my wife and I liked, but if you want to talk with someone who knows the city inside out and spend the afternoon lounging around, this isn't the place for you). There were extra toilteltries, books and games all around if you needed them.
The only thing that kept me from giving this an "Excellent" rating was that there was a strange smell in the hallways, we couldn't adjust the temperature in the room which got pretty hot and the room was pretty small. However, even with that said, I'd stay here again in a heartbeat.
Just Like Home
My wife and I spent three wonderful nights at the Silverbow Hotel, Bakery & Cinema in Juneau this past June, 2007. The best things about our experience was: (1) The staff was terrific. Most were young, and incredibly friendly and helpful. In the middle of our trip, we needed to receive and send a fax, and the staff helped us out for no charge. (2) The location couldn't be beat. Juneau is a very small city, so probably anyplace would have been fine, but the Silverbow was perfect for everything. (3) Since I always wanted to live next to a bakery, my dream came true. The Silverbow is not a good place for those on a diet, but where else can you find unlimited amounts of goodies from the bakery, except possibly for cruise ships (don't get me started on that...)? Also (although not free) the Silverbow can make glororious sandwiches for day boat trips, hikes, etc.
The Silverbow is not a luxury hotel, and the rooms are a bit small, definitely not fancy. But the atmosphere will make you feel very comfortable. Also, the Jewish heritage was very interesting to us!!
Cinema? You'll have to go and discover that for yourself.
So, thank you very much, Silverbow.
Best of our trip!
Our stay was perfect. The only thing better would have been to stay longer!
What a refreshing alternative to the hum-drum chain accomodations. We were impressed with the details. Every need was accounted for...from the toiletries, books & videos available to borrow to the rubber duck & bath salts for the extra deep bathtub; from the continually available excellent coffee & goodies to the dining guides with menus & comments. The front desk staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We left early (6am) the following morning and were grateful for the bagels (made in their own bakery next door!) & coffee cake in thoughtfully prepared complimentary bagged breakfasts to go.
We look forward to staying there again if we find ourselves in Juneau!
Good location in Juneau, but nothing special
I selected the Silverbow Inn in Juneau based upon TripAdvisor reviews. It has a good location, a good price and a friendly staff, and for backpackers or those just looking for a bed, would be quite satisfactory. It is not, however, by any means the nicest bed & breakfast in the Juneau area. The rooms, even the newer ones, are quite small and the common area where breakfast is served can at best be described as rustic (the morning that we were there the person who normally makes breakfast was ill, so we were invited to go next door to the bagel place). I would give the Silverbow Inn an "average" rating except for the fact that there is still (in summer, 2007) a lot of construction going on -- we had to close our shades because the workmen could literally have looked right down into our room. On the same trip, we also stayed at Pearson's Pond. Although Pearson's Pond (1) is considerably more expensive, and (2) is in the Mendenhall area rather than downtown (and, therefore, for most, would require a car rental), there is absolutely no comparison between the bare bones necessities approach of the Silverbow Inn and the luxury and amenities at Pearson's Pond.
Silverbow gets gold star for funky
Very friendly, right in the heart of Juneau but not by the tour boats. Staff was extremely accommodating and friendly. Rooms were a bit musty-they need to work on that. But in the bedroom toward the front of the hotel-the bed was perfect! The common area is sweet with great breakfast offerings and having refreshments available 24/7 was outstanding even if the bakery goods vanished too fast! The decor was as funky and wonderful as any we have seen. I would recomend it to anyone who likes a place without any chain-like atmosphere.