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Allowed myself the luxury of a "later" wake-up time: 5:45am. Another sunny day! Yeah! I had hoped that the tent would get completely dry by the time I wanted to leave the campground, but there was still significant moisture from condensation overnight. So I had to spread the (somewhat dirty) tent out inside the van to finish drying. But that had to …
... St Elias mountains, we picked up the Talkeetna Mountains on the right side, and the spectacular Chugach mountains on the left side of the road, with views of the Nelchina and Matanuska glaciers and snow covered mountains beyond the screen of pine trees. Ahead we pick up major mountains and the gorge of the Matanuska River, and have our first sight (mile 114)of the distinctive shape of the Sphinx rock, with the Sheep Mountains on the right. We’ve seen some ...
The introduction of the snow mobile in the 1950s and the consequent decline of dog sledding created an epochal change in life in the Arctic. Almost overnight, the practice of dog sledding that had underpinned life in the Arctic for over 5000 years was relegated to a comparative handful of die-hard sourdoughs, and Alaskan Native communities were welded into the cash economy. Nowadays, Alaskans own more snow mobiles per head than any other US state (7 per 100 people), while ...
... clearly. The weather gods were still smiling.
The Alaska Railroad is a single-track railroad with sidings for trains to pass, much like at home. When we reached the point where the train travelling from Fairbanks to Anchorage passed, we pulled into the siding and stopped to let it pass. It passed and we remained stopped for quite some time. Then we proceeded very S-L-O-W-L-Y. We couldn't work out why we had stopped for such a long time or why we ...
... are 2 classes on the train, Gold Star & Adventure class, the difference being that the former has carriages with an upper level with glass on the top in addition to the large picture windows, whereas the Adventure class passengers have to take turns of 20 minutes long in a smaller domed area. Gold Star also has an outside vestibule where one can remain for the entire journey if you don’t freeze in the process, the dining class for Gold Star is better & there is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Puffin Inn Anchorage
Booked twin deluxe with microwave, frig & a/c at a good peak season rate compared with downtown. It was better than hoped for, very quiet, even adjacent to the carpark and was immaculately cleaned every day. A short taxi ride to downtown and attractions etc pick up from this hotel, plus right next to a Subway and gas station for incidentals. Friendly, helpful, LOCAL staff, efficient check-in/out and airport pickup (except we were in the wrong place so had to wait for them to come back). We left the Puffin to join a tour from the Marriott Anchorage where the room, service, amenities were equal, but not the price! Umpteen hotels after five weeks touring Alaska, Vancouver, the Rockies and San Francisco, The Puffin was second only to the Marriott Residence Inn, Vancouver, but a lot cheaper, but value for dollar the Puffin would rate as the best! Can't praise the staff and the Puffin enough.
We found a last minute "deal" at the Puffin Inn in Anchorage the weekend before school started so we decided to go do some shopping. We were offered an economy room for $99.99. When we got to the hotel the lobby was nice, updated and clean so we thought we might have found a nice place to stay for an affordable price. Then we went to our room, which was in the old part of the hotel. Our room was terrible. Two double beds (we had been told upon reserving we would have two queens) were crammed into a tiny room, there was no room for any sort of bedside table. There were two wall lamps that looked about ready to fall off the wall above the beds. We had to climb across one of the beds to shut the windows, which we had to pull the screens out of first to be able to shut the windows at all. There was a rundown desk under a small TV mounted on the wall a few feet from the foot of the beds, and there was a mirror someone had done a terrible job of painting purple hanging next to the bathroom door. The bathroom was in amazingly good shape, considering it looked to have been installed in possibly the 1960's, but the faucet in the tub dripped constantly, and the toilet ran as well. When we went back to the lobby and asked for another room we were told all that was available was a suite which would cost an additional $170 for the night. Needless to say I would never recommend the Puffin Inn to anyone.
I had a reservation at the Puffin Inn as it's high season in Alaska and all the hotels are booked at premium prices. The Puffin Inn is near the airport but it took them 45 minutes to come get me. I really think somebody forgot to tell the driver I was waiting. The lobby looks nice, but after plowing through an unnecessarily long check in process I was told my room was in another building called the Chandler Inn two doors down. My key wouldn't open the front door, so I went around to the back where another guest was also entering. I lugged my suitcase, briefcase and backpack up 3 flights of narrow stairs (no elevator). My room was worn but looked clean. Unfortunately is was also about 95*F. I opened all 3 small windows which let in little more than all the traffic noise from busy Spenard Road below. I ended up saying "no thanks" to the room and returned to the airport to wait 5 hours for my next flight.
A must stay
The Puffin Inn was a very pleasant stay with some fine Alaskan art.
The rooms were new and clean and Conveniently located near. the airport.
The huge fireplace in the main lobby underscores it's Alaskan decore.
Richard and Dorene Eckman
Not as bad as the reviews indicate
We were originally booked in the economy section of the hotel. It was clean and would have been fine for a quick overnight, but since were were going to be there a couple of days, we went back to the front desk to see what we could do. The front desk staff was very nice and upgraded us to the Deluxe section, which is just like what you see in the photos! It was comfortable and spacious. The best part was the staff, who were pleasant and courteous and willing to chat to us newcomers. We found a place to stay and are now living in Alaska and we love it!
I made my reservations at the Puffin Inn before I came across all these Reviews. However, I knew the Manager who just took over late in 2003 from another Property and told him what I had just read. He assured me it would not be like what I have read.
We choose this hotel when moving up to Alaska based on pictures and how everything sounded. When we arrived the room they had given us was so small the door hit the back wall when I opened it. It was definately not what we had reserved. They said there was a problem with the reservation, and that there were no rooms in the hotel that matched what we had requested. So rather than taking care of that when we checked in, and sending us to right style room, they sent us to a room on the complete opposite side of the hotel, and it wasn't until we returned to front desk that they told us there was a problem with the reservation, and they'd get us a new room.
I can't believe a hotel can be that bad! Room was very small and carpet was filthy. Paid $92.00 for the off-season! Staff was very rude (except for the guy that drove the shuttle from the airport to the hotel). And if that's not bad enough, it was the noisiest hotel room I have ever had. You could hear every thing that went on in the hotel...people talking and doors slamming everywhere. I wouldn't stay there again if they paid me! I complained to the staff onsite and was told I would have to talk to the manager who was conveniently not there. I emailed them when I returned home and only got a token apology along with a lot of excuses about why it was such a bad experience. I think the only reason I got that was because I told them I was going to review them on the web for travel sites. ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLY EXPERIENCE!
This hotel was not all all what it appeared to be from the nice lobby picture. I wish I'd seen the previous review before we reserved this.
Terrible Experience in my Lifetime
It was a extremely terrible experience! The room was so dirty and small. And it was so uncomfortable.
We have booked a room with 2 Queen Beds which would fit 4 people.
However, those 2 beds were so close together we actually felt like all 4 of us sleeping on the same bed. The room condition is very dirty both in bathroom (include bathtub, florrs) and the bed. And the bed had bugs. We felt itchy and found bite marks on our bodies after sleeping on the bed. It was horrible. And only 1 of us can do unpacking 'cause the room is so small. Don't be deceived by the gorgeous lobby! My friend said it was the most terrible hotel she have ever stayed in her life and I completely agreed on her.