After our check for $128 for just one-night's stay went through before we even arrived, I expected and was looking forward to superb kid-friendly service for my four kids. Upon arriving, we learned that Cindy had forgotten we were even coming (and this was after speaking with her on the phone three nights previously). Fortunately, management had not given away our RV spot. Cindy and her husband seemed very nice; they smiled and shook our hands. After I decided to put their forgetfulness behind us, I asked and Cindy promised that she would look into the possibility of a late check-out the next day so that we could take advantage of fishing at her resort. After settling in and getting hooked up, my wife and kids accompanied me down to the beach for some dipnetting where I had some good success. We came back to Cindy's RV park and I began to clean the seven fish I had caught (on the cleaning table which I was told, 'you are free to use anytime'). Well, poor communication I guess but Cindy did not seem happy that I was cleaning fish: she did not say it, but I think she had meant she only wanted fish cleaned that we caught at her resort. Silly me for supposing that $128 for one night's stay might cover the cost of using her cleaning table! That night around 9:00 after a long day, my one year old understandably cried loudly for about 15 minutes before he fell asleep. Well here comes Cindy's husband running out to see if everything was OK (and he did not look happy). I suppose he was worried we might disturb the wealthy retired couples that were staying in the main house. To be honest, I think maybe he had forgotten what 'kid friendly' means. While fishing the next day before it was time to check out and leave, I had some more success and caught a rainbow on a fly at the RV resort. My boys were playing behind me, away from the bank (being the safe Dad I think I usually am, I was making sure my boys were on the lawn, well away from the swift current). Cindy rages out onto the bank, telling me, 'Your kids MUST have life jackets on!' I calmly explained to her that, yes, my daughter who is fishing on the bank with me does indeed have a life jacket on; my boys who are not even near the bank are not wearing life jackets because they are not in any danger. She was not happy with my explanation, telling me that they had some scares with other kids previously. I said that I understood, and that if my boys went anywhere near the bank, I would put life jackets on them. At this point, I just wanted to leave Cindy's place. I did not care about a late check-out. Cindy had forgotten to let us know if we could leave late anyway; I hooked up our RV and we left. On the way home, my wife and I agreed that Cindy and her husband seemed more concerned about pleasing the wealthy clientele at the resort - and with CYA legal stuff such as waivers and life jackets - than with treating us with respect. I won't ever drop $128 for one night's stay at her resort in the future. I recommend you don't waste your money at Cindy's place either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in the best location on the Kenai River for great salmon fishing in Soldotna Alaska. Vacation Rental Lodging, RV Park Campground, Salmon and Trout Fishing Charters & Tours. Hosts speak German/Japanese. Best family friendly fishing resort on the Kenai River! Fish Sockeye (Red Salmon) directly from our shore or take a guided Chinook (King Salmon) charter trip by boat. Day trips, tours, and Complete Alaska vacation packages available. International guests welcome! Open year round. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kenai Riverfront Resort, Inc. Alaska/Soldotna