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“Excellent views, great COMFORTABLE base for wildlife watching” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Haines Bear Lodge
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Excellent views, great COMFORTABLE base for wildlife watching”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2012

For the low prices compared to other accommodation on our Alaska trip, we were not expecting much, but how wrong we were!

Barbara picked us up from the ferry terminal and took us to towns to buy some supplies as we didn't have a car, before taking us back to the lodge. It is situated just above the road, overlooking the inlet with views of the snow capped mountains and hillsides as well as the water itself. Bald eagles can be seen circling above from the lounge chairs out of the massive windows in the evenings.

The lodge accommodation is very very comfortable, with a great kitchen that you can use (microwave, fridge/freezer, cooker, mixer, etc). The hosts (Barbara's husband Jim helps out as well) use the kitchen cook the breakfast in the morning at a time of your choosing. The lounge has several sofas with armchairs, a satellite TV which we rarely used as we just enjoyed the views.

There are four carpeted bedrooms each with a bathroom en-suite, hairdryers and even two toilet roll holders for the left and right handed! Each bedroom had a patio leading onto the wooden balcony where the hot tub is located in front of the lounge windows.

The lodge is just a mile and a half to the bridge, where bears can be seen, we managed to see a grizzly, a first after five weeks in Alaska!

We found the hosts very friendly, and spent many hours chatting, and even took us up to Chilkoot River to see if we can get another sighting of a bear before returning to the ferry terminal. We certainly did not feel like we were spied upon, or relate to the other review at all and will be returning to this place in future.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Whitehorse, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

We booked the whole Lodge (paid $525.00) per night to stay at this gorgeous lodge. We were however not impressed with the way were treated. There were 4 couples all over the age of 25, very respectful and kind to all the rules that were given. We were basically watched while we were in the hot tub, told that the weight and water on the deck was not able to hold us all at the same time. We had one visitor that night, who we were trying to set up our halibut charter with. The owner came down at 9pm and with arms crossed asked us who the extra person is and why they were here and that we can talk about costs in the morning. Around 11pm that night the other owner came down and told the couple that was smoking outside that he can hear them laughing and it was unacceptable because they were being loud and the owners could hear them while they were on their deck. We felt like children, like we were being watched all night, it was creepy and unacceptable.
The next morning the owners were supposed to come down at 730am and start prep for breakfast, we were all up at 8am wondering when breakfast was going to start. The owners walked in and asked us to find different accommodations for the second night and to make our own breakfast because they are not going to do it for us.
It was the long weekend in Sept and all the other hotels were booked it took us hours to find a place that could fit us all in and by luck and chance of a gentlemen nice enough to lend us his phone and the name of the place he was staying, we didn't have to sleep in our cars.
The way we were treated was completely disrespectful and rude. They called us partyers and said they dont usually have "our type" staying with them.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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HBLManager, Manager at Haines Bear Lodge, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
It has taken me nearly 2 seasons to consider a response to this posting. This drunken group of "guests?," who paid for only one night and tried to stay for two, disrespected this property and its neighbors in every way possible. In seven years of operation, we have never had to refuse service to anyone and to remove so much trash except for these "over 25" adults(?).
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Property: Haines Bear Lodge
Address: Lutak Rd, Haines, AK 99827
Region: United States > Alaska > Haines
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Haines
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Haines Bear Lodge Alaska

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