I have spent quite a bit of time traveling around the state of Alaska and I have to say that this place has to be the foremost example of how not to run a business! Just be prepared to spend a lot of money during your visit and to be treated poorly to say the least! OK where do I start? The management which consist of two women, Jamie and Hazel, seem to have a constant case of the angries they are awful!! During my stay I never had a goodnights sleep as I spent all of the hours of the night battling a constant barrage of mosquitos! I informed the management that the screen to my window appeared to be ripped and they seemed to disregard my complaint with a total lack of concern. Now mind you I was being charged $195.00 dollars per night to put up with this nuisance. The bathrooms have to be shared and there is, a men's and a women's bathroom. These bathrooms seem to be cleaned every few days or so if the staff has time. During my stay the toilet seat was often covered in human excrement and the shower littered with a vast amount of bodily fluids! My concerns for the lack of sanitary conditions caused me to always use paper towels to open the doors, faucets,etc. Now let me address the meals, typically one main course is served during dinner time and this may be anything the chef dreams up! The chef seems to have quite a knack for preparing food under such primitive conditions and constant harassment by the manager, so my compliments to him but, the problem lies in the extremely small portions that leave you wondering when the actual plate is going to be served! During my stay, I actually lost weight due to the insufficient quantity of food, mind you also, that I was being charged anywhere from $25 to $30 dollars per plate. I would like to mention a young lady named Sam who works at the lodge, she was absolutely wonderful and she seemed to be always trying to help and accommodate the guests, when she could. Be forewarned as nothing at the lodge is ever given out of courtesy, as you will always be charged for refills on your coffee and tea that cost $2.00 each, you will pay premium prices for everything including $10 dollars per day for internet usage, keep it in mind they do not allow you to use Skype, do any downloads or anything that resembles using their internet bites, $5.00 per sports bottle water, $6.50 for a little piece of carrot cake, $7.50 for a beer, you really don't want to drink there, take some bottles of drinks with you, a six pack of beer costs $24 dollars, now a Kassiks beer costs per bottle $11.00 dollars, can you believe that?? They are thieves!! A peach cobbler cost $7.25, a brownie sundae $ 7.25, cheeseburger w/fries $20.00, paper bag lunch is $17.50 there is hardly any food in it, a coke costs $2.50, now tell me do you really want to go to this place?? Well after all I said take my advice, if you really need to stay at The Bettles Lodge, take your own food, your own drinks, your water, get ready to be mistreated and don't forget the de-et the insect repellent, for the summer time. Oh may, I almost forgot the prices for gas at this lodge, they charge $1.00 more per gallon, so if you have to buy gas go to BROOKS RANGE AVIATION, go see Jay and his family, they are the best people for all of your needs while in Bettles. Now, enjoy the The Bettles Lodge!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer food, aircraft fuel, and lodging 365 days a year. We still harbor wayward pilots just like when we opened in 1951 as a Wien Alaska Airlines Lodge. We offer world class Aurora viewing (235 nights a year possible here/weather dependent) during the Fall and Winter season, National Park Collecting & Flight seeing, fishing charters, and camping / hiking drop off and pick up in the Gates of the Arctic & Kobuk Valley National Park flights with our full service Air Taxi operation based in Bettles. We have officially the best weather in Alaska, here at Bettles Field. Come see the REAL, Arctic, Bush, Alaska! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bettles Hotel Bettles
- Bettles Lodge Alaska