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“Ann makes the difference”

Ann's Gavan Hill Bed & Breakfast
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Ann's Gavan Hill Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 19 Sitka B&B and Inns
Reviewed 7 July 2009

OK, the place is a bit crowded with knickknacks, curios, objects, mops and what have you. But we were in someone else's home, and that's so Alaska. Shared bathroom? True, but not a big problem though one we prefer to avoid. Bedroom quite comfortable. Butt he key is Ann. She's someone special. A true Alaskan, though her origins are Texan. Hunter, fisherperson (?) photographer, cook, guide, and hostess, she combines all these qualities. The breakfasts (three nights) were copious and hot, the facilities (laundry) were appreciated, and Ann's spontaneous willingness to drive us out to the dam and the Bear Fortress helped make our stay in Sitka one of the most pleasant stops in our five week trip through BC and Alaska..

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2009

I made an email reservation which Ann Bills confirmed and then I sent in my check. She returned the check, saying someone else mailed their check in faster.

This is a very odd reservation system. Could be an indicator of other problems.

Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
3  Thank massiek
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Reviewed 27 May 2009

There are more elaborate B&B's, but there are few with as kind and outgoing a hostess as Ann's Gavan. This was our second time after staying here five years ago. Ann is so helpful in locating reasonable places to eat and good places to visit.

Shared bath was never a problem for us. Easy walking distance to most everything in Sitka. Breakfast is very good considering the reasonable price.

Ironically, Ann did not realize she has wi-fi, but she did as her husband tried to explain to her..

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Angeles
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Reviewed 14 July 2008

We had two rooms here in June 2008 and had a decent experience. The rooms were comfortable and clean. You have to share a bathroom with other guests, but it didn't turn out to be too much of a problem, as there are actually many bathrooms in the house. The house itself is on three floors and somewhat jumbled. Looks like it has been remodeled several times. There was a bit too much clutter around for my taste -- ie: mops on the front porch, knick knacks everywhere -- but I guess it adds personality to the place. Ann's breakfasts were huge and delicious -- breakfast burrito, eggs benedict, that sort of thing. There's a refrigerator and stove on the bottom floor that you can use if you want to cook something yourself. We really enjoyed the other guests -- everyone has breakfast together -- and I learned a lot from them (one couple had lived in Sika before). It's a quick walk to downtown -- about 10 minutes. After looking at the prices of hotels in Sitka, which are pretty bland and corporate and twice the price of Ann's, I was glad we chose to stay there.

Regarding restaurants...it's a pretty limited selection. We were pleased, however, to find Ludwig's selling whole, steamed Dungeness crab in the parking lot behind Brennan's for $15. It was fun sitting on plastic chairs, dipping crab in butter in the fresh Sitka air. They also offered a spicy clam chowder that was excellent. We also liked the restaurant in back of the bookstore.

Sitka is packed when the cruise ships are in -- but once they leave about 6:00 p.m., the place is deserted and feels like it's all yours.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank oneyearoff
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Reviewed 28 March 2008

My husband and I stayed at Ann's for 2 nights in 2007 while traveling via marine ferry, and we just loved it. Ann made us feel as if we were visiting family members in Alaska. Her breakfasts were excellent, the rooms were homey and comfortable (although not lavish), but her personal service was above and beyond. She demonstrated great attention to detail, and is a very interesting person. We felt she really added to our Alaska experience and we would definitely return if we are ever fortunate enough to visit Sitka again.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank mswaxcruz
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Reviewed 29 June 2007

We stayed here for about 6 days and felt like we were leaving family when we left. Ann and her family are so warm and sharing, it was hard to leave. The warm comfortable bed, hearty breakfast and whirlpool tub soothed our jetlag. it was awesome to stay within walking distance of - pretty much everything. It was relaxing to sit out on the porch swing, listening to the gentle tinkle of the windchimes, with tree covered Gavan Hill right in your face. beautiful!

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2006

We just returned from an Inside Passage journey on the Alaska State Ferry, a trip that included three nights in Sitka at Ann's Gavan Hill B&B. Ann's is located just uphill from the center of town - about a 10-15 minute walk from most everything. Located about 5 mniutes from the Gavan Hill trailhead.

The rooms are most everything you would want in a B&B. Hot tub on the deck. Fabulous breakfasts. Ann is a long time Sitka resident and she has done most everything - commercial fishing, etc - so she is a storehouse of local information and stories.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with family
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3  Thank GeneDenver
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Address: 415 Arrowhead St, Sitka, AK 99835-7214
Region: United States > Alaska > Sitka
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Ranked #4 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Sitka
Price Range: £59 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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