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Matanuska Lodge
Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

I will never forget my stay there. Of course the place is magic, the rooms are amazingly decorated, the food is delicious. But what really makes this lodge so special is the feeling of being at home, with the exception that you live in a dream 52-acres property with a private lake, a big outside hot tub, and one of the most amazing house I have seen in my life. A true lifetime experience. Plus, the value for money is just fantastic.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Our stay here was delightful - magestic location overlooking the glacier, beautiful log home that is filled with interesting eclectic items, very comfortable accommodations, delightful and friendly owner, and delicious breakfasts. It is on the Glenn Highway, about 2 hours from the Anchorage Airport.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank csaDallas
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

My 3 friends and I stayed at the Matanuska Lodge based on a recommendation from MICA (see my review of MICA Guides) so that we could be five minutes away from MICA for our morning ice climb the following day. If you are looking for a clean, homey, and authentic Alaskan experience, Matanuska Lodge is a fantastic option. The lodge is also the home of the owners who live upstairs and rent out both the main floor guest rooms and the lower level guest rooms. You can't help but feel that you're visiting your Aunt Brenda who is doing everything to make sure you have a good stay. The house is beautifully decorated with cute signs and knick-knacks. (Beware if you have a toddler!) In our room we had a great shower, a jet tub (not usable because of run off from the glacier that time of year), and l'occtaine bathroom supplies. We were also given Matanuska Lodge water bottles and hologram luggage tags as free gifts. My favorites were the hand soap in the shape of rose petals, and bowls full of Godiva and Ghirardelli chocolates everywhere you look. At night we used their outdoor hot tub and were visited by a moose who came to the salt lick on the lodge's property! It was quite a memorable experience. We didn't use their kayaks but we did take a walk down to their scenic lake for some photos. We had told the owner not to worry about breakfast because we were all on special diets (kosher). Despite this, she brought home grocery bags of gorgeous organic produce from a neighborhood farm and told us to take whatever we wanted. The produce was delicious and provided us with healthy snacks for our ice climbing activity. When we packed up our bags late the next day (after ice climbing) we saw that the owners were hosting a party for the neighborhood. We ran into all the guides from MICA and felt like part of the Matanuska family, if just for a brief moment in time. All in all, even though Matanuska was out of the way, both MICA and Matanuska Lodge make this a worthwhile stop on any trip.

Room Tip: The Matanuska Room had an electric fireplace. I think the upstairs rooms are fancier. The downstairs...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Chanybean
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We stayed in several b&b's over the course of our 8-day vacation and this was by far the best! Brenda and her friends (who helped out while we were there) were warm and inviting, the food was excellent, the rooms very clean and elegant. It felt like we could be staying at a friend's home. The wrap-around deck at the back of the house looks out over a very well-kept yard, a beautiful lake and mountains beyond. In the other direction (and the view out of the room we stayed in) you see the glacier and mountains. A truly lovely stay.... we live in California, but talked about going back sometime in the future to stay there with friends and celebrate a major birthday.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Matanuska Room.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank aarost
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

The lodge itself is an exquisite piece of log craftmanship. Brenda, the owner, has furnished it with every possible luxury touch available and stamped it with her own brand of character and class. She'll look after you with the same attention to fun, detail and comfort.

Evenings can be spent sitting on the deck enjoying the stunning view, in the hot tub, enjoying a fire in the fire-ring or since it's still light, on a paddleboat in the lake.

My husband and I have stayed at the Matanuska Lodge twice and both times the stay was a highlight of our summer!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tina G
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

We were so delighted to stay here. The Lodge and room were beautiful and very scenic. The view, the very comfortable bed, the Jacuzzi tub, the separate shower==everything was perfect! Brenda and her 2 friends who also helped out were all delightful. Breakfast was made to order and delicious. The grounds were carefully manicured and were so appealing. They gave us great travel advice which we took and loved the Lulu Belle boat in Valdez. This was the nicest place we stayed in on our 6 week trip to Alaska from Texas. We are only sorry we stayed only one night. It requires 2 nights to appreciate this lovely spot.

Room Tip: We stayed in the room on the main floor with a door out to the huge deck. It was superb.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank bluebuggy
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

This was the perfect place to take a break and just enjoy being in Alaska. The lodge is a great place to relax, is right across the street from the glacier, and has a lake in the backyard. We were welcomed with a moose grazing in the yard.

This is a beautiful lodge and the owner, Brenda has made it her "Queendom" She has many art pieces, treasures, painted furniture and fun quotation boards decorating the lodge. Our bedroom and large bathroom were fabulous. The breakfasts were delicious and generous. We stayed in the room by the kitchen and never heard a sound from Patty and Elliott, who were preparing breakfast.

Our room opened up to the spacious, wrap around deck, our favorite part of the house. It was the perfect place to sit, read, enjoy the view. There is also a great hot tub. If you stay at the lodge, don't miss the most beautiful garage in Alaska, complete with a pool table on the second level.

We enjoyed taking the canoe out for a paddle on the lake. There are also kayaks and a paddleboat.

Brenda goes out of her way to make sure her guests enjoy their stay. We so enjoyed talking with her, Patty and Elliott. They were the perfect hosts.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank LindainOhio
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Additional Information about Matanuska Lodge

Address: 34301 W Glenn Hwy, Sutton, AK
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Region: United States > Alaska > Sutton
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Sutton
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Matanuksa Lodge is a boutique luxury lodge perfect year round for your group, couple, or individual get-a-way. We provide all the comforts of home in the stunning Alaskan wild! Our beautiful interior design and luxury accommodations are competitively priced with day trip planning, king-sized beds, private baths, jacuzzis, and an outdoor hot tub. ... more   less 

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