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“Fantastic in every way!” 5 of 5 stars
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Mile 48.3 Sterling Highway, PO Box 746, Cooper Landing, AK 99572   |  
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“Fantastic in every way!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

My friends and I booked the King Room for one night and we wished we had planned it for longer! Everything was perfect. The owner Bob is exceptional. We arrived at 10:15PM and caught him on his way out, but he happily checked us in and spent at least 15 minutes showing us our room and the rest of the property including the sauna that had a large window facing the Kenai River, the central campfire location, and the eating and living area in the main cabin. He even went and found a box fan for us upon request before he left for the night. Breakfast was described as continental, but was the nicest continental breakfast I'd had in a while and included bagels, toast, muffins, hard boiled eggs, cereal, juice, coffee, and even brownies. Our King room was beautifully and simply decorated with a rustic and comfortable feeling, the shower of the shared bathroom was wonderful, and overall the view of this property was breathtaking. Cute birdhouses dotted the property, and the other workers there were very friendly. We spoke with Jessica and Alex during our time there. I cannot wait for another chance to spend more days at this lodge, highly highly recommend!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Stayed in the Crow's Nest-the room was nice, but could have used a curtain on the front window/door as the day is long in June. We did a guided fishing trip with Alex and he exceeded expectations. My son had a great time-Alex was the perfect guide and was extremely experienced at knowing where to fish. The property has a fabulous view of the river and the campfire in the evening was a bonus.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We arrived 7/21 and made arrangements with the owner, Bob to raft the next day. The lodge picked us up AND offered to drop us off at our camp ground. The rafting guide Evan was great - he is a true 'people person' and has excellent knowledge of the flora and fauna. We saw salmon, eagles, signs of bear (thankfully - it's high season for fishing) and trout galore being caught. The trip was a great success! The weather was gorgeous and the scenery is world class! I would recommend this to anyone wanting to see the real Alaska.
Thanks again to Bob, Penny & Tim & Angela

Room Tip: Did not stay in lodging but we toured one of the cabins, very comfortably furnished accommodations w...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

You can rent the entire raft (holds 7 + guide) for less than it would cost for 5 individual tickets. Take the 3 hour tour...worth the extra time and slightly higher cost. You'll be glad you did since the time just seems to fly by. Handicap accessible. Our group ranged in age from 5 to 86. All of us were provided proper safety gear and instructions. Our guide, Marissa was the best I've ever had on the Kenai. She was knowledgable and fun to be with. Ask for her...she's terrific!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

The cabin we stayed in was just the right size, clean, and matched the scenery perfect. We visited in May and the only thing I wish we had were better curtains so we could sleep a little better when it was bright practically 20hrs. We had a great fishing trip with Matty provided by the lodge. They also had brand new high dollar fishing gear which we loved! The lodge had a fire at night where everyone staying got to visit with each other. I would recommend this to anyone traveling in the area.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in June. The location is perfect, right on the beautiful Kenai River. Stephanie greeted us on our check-in. She was delightful and very helpful with recommendations on where to dine in Cooper Landing. We took her advice and dined at The Kingfisher, 2 nights in a row. The food and live music there was great. Our cabin was pleasant and well set up for a family. All the staff had a smile on their face and a friendly word each time they passed by. We spent a day drift fishing on the Kenai River with Salmon Chaser Charters Alaska, with Tige as our guide, and could not recommend them more highly. (http://www.alaskasalmonchaser.com/home.asp) When we returned, tired but happy after our day out, the lodge had a fire lit and chairs out by the river, for the guests to sit, relax, maybe have a drink and talk about their day and the "huge" fish they caught!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I can't speak for the other accommodations at Drifters, but our stay at the Russian House for a night was incredible. Chris (the owner of the house) was very nice to speak with and he and his wife keep the property immaculate. Everything you could possibly need was in every drawer and cabinet, including a full grill outside with all tools required. The fire pit next to the river was very, very well done (all wood included) with a spectacular view of the upper river. The wood fired sauna on the property was one of the best I've experienced - and is huge - you could easily have 8 people in there. The only issue I had during our stay is that their son used the sauna one morning - with their dog. I don't feel anyone other than the guests using the house should be using the rented facilities. Seemed odd, but since we weren't planning to use the sauna that morning, it really didn't matter. Just a thought for the owners to take note of.

Two of our party also went on a float on the upper with one of the guides at Drifters and had a really great trip. For those of you that stay here, it really only makes sense to do a float or float/fishing trip during your stay. The Upper Kenai is one of the most beautiful short floats in Alaska!

Overall, a spectacular place to stay and will not hesitate to recommend this to others.

Room Tip: The Russian River House - period!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mile 48.3 Sterling Highway, PO Box 746, Cooper Landing, AK 99572
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Location: United States > Alaska > Cooper Landing
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Ranked #2 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Cooper Landing
Number of rooms: 11
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