Spent one night in this fantastic old hotel while doing a circle route from Whitehorse through Skagway, Haines, Haines Junction, and back to Whitehorse. Marvelous road trip by the way.
You have to love these old places to appreciate the storied history. We checked in with a young fellow at the front desk who had started working there when he was fourteen and knew the entire history of the various owners and incarnations of the place. Of course, we made a point of asking.
If you just stop in at a place like this and don't show any interest, you're not going to get the same experience.
True, the hallways and rooms are looking a little worse for wear, the fixtures and accessories are dated, but that's what makes it charming and quaint, and lovable. There are lots of comparable "vintage" hotels in the old section of Vancouver that that are just plain beat up and couldn't hold a candle to the Halsingland, especially given its location and the surrounding scenery.
We had a terrific stay even if it was only one night, and even though you can practicaly use the toilet, brush your teeth, and have a shower all at the same time. We had some great local Alaskan beers in the attached pub and ended up, of all things, doing a jigsaw puzzle in the lobby at night with the help of the desk clerk, and many of the other guests who happened by.
Would we have rather stayed in a schmancy hotel with all the modern conveniences?
Not on your life!
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