Here is the short and sweet of it:
Bettles lodge caters to high-paying, tour-package buying tourists. If you are here for business OR pleasure, stay across the street (about a third of the price and WAY nicer staff). We had to change reservations suddenly and stay at the Bettles lodge and we were treated as an inconvenience and the management was incredibly rude. We were not buying ridiculously over-priced dog mushing or flight seeing trips, so I imagine we weren't the most fertile ground to harvest money from. Regardless, we paid $195 to be sneered at, ignored, and told (literally) that we were in the way. If I had not been there on business I would have been more upfront with them about how unacceptable their behavior was. Lastly, these are not Alaskans...don't know the area well...and remind me of being on the east coast where at least I can expect to be treated like dirt. Tip for you folks at Bettles Lodge - hire Alaskans, treat all guests like family (in the Alaskan tradition), and worry just slightly less about extracting money from your guests. I won't be back...and for anyone reading this, from one Alaskan to fellow travelers...check out accommodations across the street (do a search for cabins to rent in Bettles).
- Also Known As:
- Bettles Hotel Bettles