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Reviewed 6 September 2013 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights in Rm 29 which is one of the rooms in Bluff View Lodge.

First impression: shocked by the glorious views from our room and the down stair common area, and how spotlessly clean the entire lodge is! And how warm and friendly the staff was. There even a welcome message on the board at the Lodge entrance, signed by Alex who I assume was the very nice guy who showed us to our "home".

Exciting moments: the very first morning we were awoken by the sound of happy feet dancing on the roof - just ravens, we figured. Then I spied a rainbow and went out onto the deck to take a photo. What made me speechless was this: a bald eagle standing high at the corner of the roof like a drill seargant with 5 ravens in dress parade. They were merely 15 ft from where I stood. See the shots in the photo album. Later during the day we had more eagle sightings around the house. At one time I spotted one eagle picking on a prey (squirrel?) on a drift log on the beach. Apparently the lodge is a favarite hang out place for bald eagle(s).

Common area: a full kitchen accomodates your essential needs - coffee (there is a Kuric machine and single pods in our room if you want), tea, some simple food. You may use microwave, a full sized fridge, a toaster, and a stove to boil water. And oh, 3 sets of stainlee steel sinks! You are provided with the full cooking/dinning utensils if you rent the entire lodge. But plenty paper/plastic wares for room renters to use. There is a full sized gas BBQ on the patio outside of the kitchen.
The living room has large bay windows which offers sweeping view of the beach, the bay and the mountains. There have been too many travelers offering the descriptions of breathtaking scenes so I will not repeat it here.
People in another room did not use the common area much so we had this state-of-art, super spacious and immaculate area to ourselves during our stay.

Hospitality: warm, nice, helpful and acomodating are the words for the staff. On our checkout day, they even accommodated us for a return in the afternoon to use the common area after we had done the last activities around the town, a deed you don't get from every place!

Know what you are getting: note that there are multiple buildings on site with each possesses its own name. I have read some less positive reviews but then realized they had stayed in the historic inn which is...what's called, historical! If you want experience what we (and other positive reviewers which comprises the vast majority reviews) had, pick your choice at booking. There is a difference in pricing but for what you get, we feel strongly it's worth it!
Overal: we had 3+ weeks tour of Alaska, the first but certainly not the last! Aside from camping in the wilderness in the Glacier Bay Area (a National Geographic expedition), we stayed in hotels (Hilton, Marriott, Best Western), lodges (Glacier Bay National Park, McKinley Princess Lodge) B&Bs (Denali Lakeview Inn) and cabins (Salmon Creek cabins in Seward), the Driftwood Inn was by far the most enjoyable accomodation and yet not the most costly by a long shot considering the amenities and the setting! We will definetely stay here again, and stay longer.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank Crystal808
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

I cannot write about all of the shortcomings of this place. Yes, it has a great view, but overlook the shabby and junkie neighborhood when you arrive. Wasn't sure our car was safe. The guest house with many rooms was just as the painter left it...painted and no decor, no art. Furnishings were not as good as Sam's. Just two inadequate small lamps by the bed with bright overhead lights (no dimmer) with the switch across the room (after we searched for it). There were two burned out bulbs that should have been spotted. Unfortunately, the mattress had not been replaced in years.. We haven't seen a bathroom with linoleum in years...no tile work anywhere. Fixtures like they came from Lowe's. The inn doesn't furnish bar soap or any individual bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and no lotion. Liquid soap at the basin (That's OK), but the tub shampoo/soap dispenser was high on the wall. You had to stand up in the tub; get a handful, sit back down; repeat. Oh yes, the tub facet gizmo to turn on the shower would not work.

The common area was spacious and had a fridge, but no ice maker for a house with 5 or more guest rooms. It did have three tiny plastic ice cub trays that were empty.

We didn't expect luxury, but for over $200 per night, we did expect the comforts of a nice motel. They don't offer any kind of breakfast, but they will sell you cereal and muffins for $1.00 each.

Room Tip: Stay at the Best Western and drive / walk to see a good view
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank RexallWillie
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Place was old and the RV park was not well maintained. The overnight fee of $50.00 was very pricey for the condition of the property. Staff was friendly. If we had arrived in Homer while it was still light out we would not have stayed here. The Inn and RV Park are located right on the water and had a nice view but was very disappointed with the overall condition of the RV Park.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank JLGocke
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Very nice location. Large, comfortable and clean room. We stayed in the seaside building which was like a B&B with access to a large living and kitchen area with great views. We really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank MadisonMaizie
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

My wife and I just returned from spending 2 weeks touring Alaska by motorcycle for our 30th anniversary. We spent 1 night at the Driftwood Inn Guest Houses in Unit #28. The guest houses are on the beach and are comprised of several large rooms for sleeping accommodations and a common kitchen living room area. The room was basic, very spacious, comfortable, and was equipped with a Keurig coffee machine and microwave. Our bed was a Murphy bed, but very comfortable. The common areas were well equipped and the views from the living areas and deck were fabulous. While it looked like the house was full, the other guests were never an issue in terms of use of the space. The staff were very helpful getting us checked in and for recommendations for places to see and eat.

Room Tip: We stayed in room #28 which was the only downstairs sleeping area in this lodge. It was right off the entrance and I was initially a bit concerned about noise since the bed was backed up to the wall with the hallway and exterior door on the other side. I never heard any noise due to in/out traffic. The plus side to the room was we had a separate outdoor access which was great for bringing all the gear in from the motorcycles.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank as3dgfad6
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