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“Wonderful family owned establishment with great food and fantastic service”
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Annie Mae Lodge
Ranked #1 of 8 Gustavus B&B and Inns
Reviewed 14 August 2012

I stayed at the Annie Mae during a camping and kayaking trip on 3 non consecutive nights between August 5th - 14th. Each evening the staff puts out appetizers with tea, lemonade and water. There is wine and beer available upon request. The meals were incredible. We had the option of freshly caught crab almost every evening as well as a local fish. There was also chicken and beef options. Breakfast was a warm your belly option of biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, french toast, blueberry pancakes. I HIGHLY recommend the bacon. It was increadible. The syrup served is called Spruce Tip, reddish in color and apparantly quite delicious. It is local to the area. I should mention that I have Celiac disease (gluten allergy) and they were able to accomodate it quite well. Even provided rice crackers at the evening snack hour.
On each evening we returned, the staff had already placed our bags in our rooms. After kayaking for several days the last thing we wanted to do was carry our additional luggage up the stairs to our rooms, so this was a wonderful suprise. Also, we did not settle up our bill until the end of our stay. This was also a great suprise. Instead of paying for our drinks after each stay, they allowed us to pay at the end of the week. Most folks were placed in the same room on each night, so you knew what you were getting and where your room was when the person meeting your van informed you that you would be staying in "fireweed" again.
The lodge has a phone that you can use to make phone calls to the lower 48 at no additional charge. I am not positive, but think they probably use internet calling. Cell phone reception is limited, so this is a good perk they provide. I could receive texts, but I am not sure how any phone calls would have gone. You can also have wireless access for $5 per day. I cannot comment on the performance, but a couple of folks used it with success.
Another big bonus was that the staff did laundry for us. For a charge of $15 we were given a trash bag that we filled with our dirty laundry. They washed it and it was returned to us that same evening, freshly washed and folded. There are several bikes and helments that you can take out for a spin. The local coffee shop / art gallery is about a 20 minute leisurly ride from the lodge.
Our group had Billy as our main staff person for most of our trip. He was so friendly and helpful. One of our group members got her jeans soaked and he was kind enough to dry her jeans and put it in her luggage that she left at the lodge so she could wear them when she returned. But in addition to Billy, every staff member we encountered was wonderful and helpful.
Please note that there is a "staff gratuity jar" at the front counter, and be generous. We tipped a little extra to the folks that gave us extra special attention.
This is a family owned establishment. If I got the story right, Annie Mae is Billy's great grandmother. Three sisters bought the lodge and named it after her. I enjoyed being able to support a locally owned establishment.

Room Tip: I loved the night I stayed in the interior room which is one of the original rooms of the lodge. Bu...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

Our stay was during the latter part of July 2012. My family and I stayed here for two nights, not consecutive, but sandwiched in between kayaking/camping. We had two rooms, both of which had in suite bathrooms. The rooms were very clean. Bedrooms were small, but the furniture was well thought out with the beds having under bed storage drawers. You can open the windows, and have the cool Alaskan air come in to your room. :) We had dinner and breakfast while staying there. The food was good. Our first dinner there, we had a very nice server named Billy who provided lots of info, and he was anxious to make sure that we had everything that we needed. They also put out appetizers in the afternoon - smoked salmon, cream cheese, fruit, and other goodies. No charge to the guests, which I found quite refreshing. Also, tall iced pitchers of tea, water, and lemonade were put out so that the guests could help themselves to it during the day. I'm not able to speak about the costs, because this was part of a kayaking/camping trip that we purchased through Mt. Sobek/Alaska Discovery.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

We stayed here for two nights, one either side of a kayaking trip we did. We loved it and really looked forward to getting back there for the second night. Staff are fab, incredibly friendly and efficient. When we landed at Gustavus, they were there waiting for us! Food was amazing on both nights. During our trip to Alaska, this was without a doubt one of our favourite places.......location is just beautiful.......

Room Tip: We stayed on the upper level. To be honest it didn't look like there could have been a bad room...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

We stayed here as part of a third party travel package. The lodge itself is great, and you can't beat the location. The service is ok. The place is a family run enterprise, so it appears that there is no one specific leader. At times it may be hard to get an individual request completed. Very clean, great location, service is hit/miss.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

Great from the start, they pick you up at the airport, take you where you want to go, rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious. Atmosphere is wonderful, food was delicioius. Not alot of places to eat in Gustavus so glad they give you option to have a meal fixed for you. Best meal I have had in Alaska. Bikes are there to ride around, short walk to the beach. Would highly recc. this. Family run.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

The Annie Mae was an excellent place to stay. I am unable to comment on the value/price aspects of it as we stayed there as part of a package tour, however, like most things in Alaska, prices seemed a bit steep, but it seems only fair considering the difficulties with getting supplies, etc... to such a remote location. The location is very nice. They are tucked away near forests and meadows and have access to a beautiful sand flat/tidal flat area that leads down to the ocean. There are beautiful wild flowers and in late july there are TONS of wild strawberries to pick in nearby fields. We saw bear prints in the nearby sand flats, but no bears and supposedly a moose has been known to show up from time to time. The rooms are average sized with nice bathrooms. They suffer a little bit from water pressure and hot water supply issues during times of high demand (when our group of 10 all tried to shower at once we all ran out of water). There is a very nice lobby/sitting area with many books about local attractions and books to borrow for general reading. They do have wifi, but the signal is very weak in the rooms and is $5 a day. The food was very good to outstanding. They make their own spruce tip syrup that makes breakfast wonderful. Dinners were generally very good (not outstanding), using a lot of local seafood and well cooked steaks. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful with great knowledge of local activities. They offer free use bicycles to get around "town." My only complaint is that the location is a bit removed from the center of town and they only real way of getting around is by bicycle, which is a bit problematic if the weather is bad or you don't feel like biking. Overall, though, this is a great place to stay, its clean, well run, and has a very homey, comfortable feel.

Room Tip: There was a great room on the second floor corner whose name I can't recall that I would highly...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

The service provided by all family members makes it a great place. the surrounding is peaceful and the dinner was sumptuous.

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Additional Information about Annie Mae Lodge

Address: PO Box 55 Grandpa's Farm Rd # 2, Gustavus, AK 99826-0055
Region: United States > Alaska > Gustavus
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Gustavus
Price Range: £107 - £126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Annie Mae Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the stunning beauty of Southeast Alaska at the Annie Mae Lodge in Gustavus at Glacier Bay. We have been serving guests for over 25 years and are one of Alaska's Premier Country Inns. We are set in a field of wildflowers on the banks of the Good River at the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park! The Annie Mae Lodge features down home comfort and hospitality, cozy country style lodging, and expertly prepared meals in the small homestead community of Gustavus. Our staff is knowledgeable and friendly and here to help you have a memorable stay away from home. ... more   less 
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