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Driftwood Hotel
Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in Juneau
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Excellent bang for your buck!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

We stayed here 3 times in 2 weeks. We used the shuttle service 5 out of 6 times when we needed transport to the Airport or Ferry Dock. The 6th time we paid for a cab which cost us $36.00 because we werent going directly to the lodge. So we saved $70 each stay,on a little more than $100 room! Service including the shuttle was quick, efficient and all the staff were very friendly, helpful and informative. Rooms were clean, beds comfortable, Overall the building is old but looks like they are renovating some areas. It is close to everything. The Sandpiper cafe right next door is excellent for breakfast. To convient not to stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Pearcedale Victoria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2012

We stayed 1 night on our way on the ferry from Skagway to Juneau, and onto Sitka, and then again on our return from Sitka to Juneau. We shared one of the larger rooms as there were 3 of us sharing the room. The first room we had was downstairs - it was clean and the beds reasonable and the bathroom good, however we could hear everyone walking around on the floor above us. The second night we opted for a room on the 3rd floor, thinking that at least we wouldn't hear the people walking above us, and while the room was very similar, the bathroom was pokey and rundown. They were doing some work on the parking lot, and I would say they need to do some work on the whole of the Lodge. It was overall clean and comfortable and the larger rooms had a kitchenette. The staff were friendly and helpful. The wi-fi good. One of the big pluses for this lodge is that they will pick you up from the ferry terminal and return you there when needed - at no charge. It can be an expensive taxi ride in from the ferry at around $33 to $35 - so that's good value. It is well located close to downtown, the museum is right next door, there's a small grocery store near it and a restaurant right next to the lodge, although we didn't get a chance go eat there as it is only open for breakfast and lunch and our ferry trip was a very early start. Value for money, for Juneau, especially when you take into account the free pickup/return to and from the ferry terminal.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Tempe, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

Easy walk to all downtown Juneau attractions, free shuttle service to & from the ferry or airport, clean, friendly staff. The efficiency has a kitchenette and there is a grocery store a block away. Bus stops right in front. You can take the bus anywhere for $2. Wifi plus a computer for guests to use in the lobby. We enjoyed a 4 day stay here. For $115 at the end of August, this is the best deal in town.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fort Nelson, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2012

Nice clean rooms. Its close to downtown , the museum and tons of shopping. There's a restaurant right next to it that had good food. They were painting the outside of the hotel and doing some work in the parking lot so it was a little noisy during the day but that was fine because we were exploring the town. :) This was our second time staying at this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012
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portland, or
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70 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2012

We stayed one night before joining Alaska Dream Cruises. There is not a lot to choose from in Juneau, but we picked the Driftwood Lodge based on other tripadvisor reviews. It is a bit on the tired side, but was clean, the location was great for access to downtown Juneau. The people at the front desk were very friendly and accomodating. I didn't use the wifi much, but don't recall a problem and the beds were quite comfortable. It was quiet at night and we didn't have any complaints. It does have a nice view of the mountains from the balcony and it is near lots of stores and restaurants. If I was to be in Juneau for more than one night, I would look at some of the nice lodges and Band B's that are further from town. Juneau is a great place and I wish we would have had a bit more time there.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, GA
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197 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2012

The driftwood is a good choice for a short stay in Juneau. It is about six blocks from the madness at the docks and only two blocks from the State museum. It shares a parking lot with the Sandpiper Cafe. Overall the rooms are old but serviceable. There was no A/C (wonder why) so one window is constantly open to allow for ventilation. Everything worked and the office staff was friendly. I chose the Driftwood because the shuttle service is reliable and useful at odd hours.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2012

Motel style facility with exterior doors on three levels without elevator. Our family of four stayed in a two bedroom with kitchenette. Nothing great but not bad. Bed is only ok at best. Small bathroom and small kitchen area. Front room is adequate. It was great to be in Juneau for three days and two nights and the Driftwood is very affordable. Nice staff. Great shuttle bus service to and from the airport saved us lots of $. Breakfast cafe in same parking area was good but expensive. Grocery store is half a block away for kitchenette items, sandwiches, breakfast foods, great coffee and more. Keep your expectations realistic and use the Driftwood to explore the interesting elements of Juneau (glacier, whale watching, fishing, strolling downtown).

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Driftwood Hotel
Address: 435 Willougby Ave., Juneau, AK 99801
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Region: United States > Alaska > Juneau
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in Juneau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Driftwood Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 62
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