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Drifter's Lodge
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in June. The location is perfect, right on the beautiful Kenai River. Stephanie greeted us on our check-in. She was delightful and very helpful with recommendations on where to dine in Cooper Landing. We took her advice and dined at The Kingfisher, 2 nights in a row. The food and live music there was great. Our cabin was pleasant and well set up for a family. All the staff had a smile on their face and a friendly word each time they passed by. We spent a day drift fishing on the Kenai River with Salmon Chaser Charters Alaska, with Tige as our guide, and could not recommend them more highly. (http://www.alaskasalmonchaser.com/home.asp) When we returned, tired but happy after our day out, the lodge had a fire lit and chairs out by the river, for the guests to sit, relax, maybe have a drink and talk about their day and the "huge" fish they caught!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Kerry P
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

I can't speak for the other accommodations at Drifters, but our stay at the Russian House for a night was incredible. Chris (the owner of the house) was very nice to speak with and he and his wife keep the property immaculate. Everything you could possibly need was in every drawer and cabinet, including a full grill outside with all tools required. The fire pit next to the river was very, very well done (all wood included) with a spectacular view of the upper river. The wood fired sauna on the property was one of the best I've experienced - and is huge - you could easily have 8 people in there. The only issue I had during our stay is that their son used the sauna one morning - with their dog. I don't feel anyone other than the guests using the house should be using the rented facilities. Seemed odd, but since we weren't planning to use the sauna that morning, it really didn't matter. Just a thought for the owners to take note of.

Two of our party also went on a float on the upper with one of the guides at Drifters and had a really great trip. For those of you that stay here, it really only makes sense to do a float or float/fishing trip during your stay. The Upper Kenai is one of the most beautiful short floats in Alaska!

Overall, a spectacular place to stay and will not hesitate to recommend this to others.

Room Tip: The Russian River House - period!
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Allen M
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We were booked into Cabin 6 here by our travel agent in Alaska, as it was supposed to be the best accommodation here in Cooper Landing. We hope it is the worst place he has booked us into, otherwise I am filled with trepidation and disillusioned with travel agents. We are paying more here for a cabin than we paid for a suite with full service at the Alyeska Hotal in Girdwood. There are no services at all. Our breakfast was included and we were leaving at 5 am for a day of fishing. The proprietor assured us breakfast would be ready in the dining room well before we left. The staff arrived late so there was no breakfast, other than some stale food she hurriedly put on the table. Inedible! . They do not make beds, replace towels, clear the trash from the rooms, etc, until you complain! One should never have to complain..All in all, a disappointment.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank kjpooley
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

Our guide, grant, was excellent. He spent an incredible amount of time getting us into fish! Would recommend hima and drifters' lodge!

We were one of first boats in the water and one of the last boats out. A great day all around.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
Thank Russell411
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

We stayed here after our 7 night cruise and wished we could have stayed a couple extra nights. The cabins are clean, well maintained and the beds are very comfortable. It is a relaxing, peaceful place on the river. Great view and for what we were looking for a great location. Easy drive to Seward and close to hiking trails in the National Forest. The staff is friendly and made you feel welcome. Keep in mind if you are looking for a 5 star hotel this is not it but if you looking for a place in the woods with a camping atmosphere that offers the comforts of a hot shower, a frig, cooking capabilities, and place to sleep then this is the place for you. I saw a few other options but was so glad we chose this one. I loved how each cabin is positioned so you have a view of the river and I love how you are off the road. Some other cabin style places have the cabins facing the main road...who wants to look at that? So glad I found this one on tripadvisor and would definitely stay here again. Bob, the owner, was so nice. Took the float trip with Evan who was great. It was a truly the best way to end our Alaskan vacation!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank thecherrygang
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