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Glacier Bay's Bear Track Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Gustavus
Certificate of Excellence
Knoxville, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Blown Away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

Absolutely gorgeous lodge in total isolation in beautiful Alaska. Wonderful food, dependable, friendly staff. There is a nice hiking trail behind the lodge, and the owner let us take her Alaskan Malamute with us to ward off bears and moose. They have a shuttle service to take you where you need to go. Glacier Bay is beautiful, and staying at the Bear Track Inn only improves an already great planned vacation. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Westchester, NY
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

My family spent 2 lovely days at the Bear Track Inn and wish we could have stayed longer. The setting of the lodge is beautiful with spectacular views, and the rooms are large and very comfortable. Janie, the owner, and the entire staff were exceptionally helpful and offered excellent advice on activities. It was so relaxing to have all meals and transportation taken care of. Their command of the details of every guest's agenda was remarkable. We very much enjoyed all of our meals, sitting with drinks in the comfortable lobby, and the beautiful grounds. I would love to return.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 2nd floor with views of the meadow and Icy Straits beyond, and preferred that to th...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mouseflower
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Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

Our time at Bear Track was just too short. Janie is the most gracious hostess & made all our arrangements for a wonderful stay. The staff was so accomodating and the lodge itself a real work of art: tastefully Alaskan with no kitsch. We had some extraordinary wildlife viewing and are still wondering if they are able to "whisper" to moose & whales?!?

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank PeteandSusieO
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

We have just spent 4 days in the Lodge, great service, good meals, great choice of beer and wines. Set on a wonderful bay with views of the national park and the sea.
Great walks from the lodge but the team can also organise a raft of trips to the whales, the glaciers and fishing.
Mobile access is intermittent but who cares when on are on holiday.
Excellent rooms, comfortable beds, a good bathroom but watch you head on the roof beam at the corner of the room

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newton, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Bear Track, and every aspect of our stay was exquisite. The innkeeper, Janie, is a gem; friendly, hard working, knowledgeable, kind, organized. The inn itself is a beautiful log cabin, with a beautiful open fireplace in the lobby. Our room was perfect, with terrific bedding. And the food--the gourmet chef, James, and his sous chef, Paul, made wonderful meals. And don't forget Bandit--the Alaskan malamute who will gladly accompany you on hikes! BearTrack Inn is a treasure on the edge of the wilderness.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alan S
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Perth
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33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay at Bear Track Inn. The lodge is really comfortable and atmospheric and the staff do a great job making you feel welcome. All the excursions were organised for us and were excellent and we were ferried back and forth to the Inn by Todd and Jason as it is some distance from the activities.
We were sad to leave this comfortable spot perched on the edge of breathtaking wilderness - the people and the place are really special.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

The Bear Track Inn is, as far as I can tell, the premier lodging in Gustavus, at the base of Glacier Bay. Glacier Bay is not to be missed as it seems to be the pinnacle of the entire Inside Passage area and it can all be reasonably enjoyed in just a few days. Bear Track Inn is perfectly comfortable and offers warm and efficient service along with a turnkey vacation experience as they will arrange all of your expeditions and transfer you to and from each event. We spent one day on a cruise of Glacier Bay and one day kayaking with the whales off of Pt. Adolphus. Both events were perfect with unreal wildlife sightings though it helped that we were there during a heat wave so it was lovely weather with no rain or wind.

The rooms are basic but offer everything you could reasonably expect in this remote corner of Alaska. Internet is, indeed, slow but at least they have it! Food was very good, not spectacular, but very hearty and satisfying and there was always something on the menu for everyone in our somewhat choosy family. Afternoon freshly baked cookies and evening appetizers were a highly anticipated event. We'd absolutely stay here again and recommend it without reservations.

Room Tip: We had a room at both the front and back of the lodge. Both seemed fine and equivalent.
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Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Glacier Bay's Bear Track Inn
Address: 255 Rink Creek Rd., Gustavus, AK 99826
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Region: United States > Alaska > Gustavus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Gustavus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Glacier Bay's Bear Track Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bear Track Inn is a beautifully handcrafted log lodge situated on 97 acres in Gustavus, Alaska. Walk into a lobby with 30’ windows, suede couches and a huge fireplace. Dine on caribou, buffalo, crab, salmon, halibut and more. All breads, dressing and scrumptious desserts are made from scratch. Guest rooms are spacious and comfortable with down comforters and pillows, and private baths. We are known for our hospitality, and for making your dreams a reality. ... more   less 
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