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“Did not meet our expectations” 2 of 5 stars
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127 Cortina Rd, Girdwood, AK 99587   |  
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Ranked #8 of 12 Girdwood B&B and Inns
Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Did not meet our expectations”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2008

My husband and I stayed at Dancing Bears B&B on the last night of our recent 9-day trip to Alaska. Having had a wonderful experience at the nearby Hidden Creek B&B (also in Girdwood), we were interested to see how Dancing Bears would compare.

It did not do well. We stayed in the Midway room, which is at the end of a narrow hallway cramped with a washer and dryer. The room was clean and relatively spacious, but the bed, although comfortable, had only ropes for a headboard, which made watching the small TV difficult. The bathroom was nice, but having no shampoo was not.

Breakfast the next morning was not at all what we expected. We were told the night before that we could help ourselves to anything in the kitchen (which was very nice, our host Derek's work), and we were surprised - we generally don't plan to cook the breakfast part of a bed and breakfast ourselves! But that is what we were expected to do here - we had to search the kitchen for a pan and spatula so my husband could make himself eggs, I settled for a bagel, and we decided to just get coffee at a nearby bakery. We were asked (on a note in our room) to "tidy the kitchen" when we were done, and didn't know the extent to which they expected us to do so - were we supposed to do our own dishes at a B&B? Our dining experience was diminished further by the sounds of feet running overhead - our host and hostess's children.

My husband and I are generally not this critical of places at which we stay, but at the Dancing Bear B&B, we really felt like they took our money upon our arrival and left us to fend for ourselves. Attention to detail was really lacking, and having to fend for ourselves for breakfast was a really unwelcome surprise. Add to all that the inability to get internet access (although the website claims it is offered), and I think it is pretty clear that we will not be staying here on our next trip to Alaska.

  • Liked — Location; cleanliness
  • Disliked — Making our own breakfast
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Arden, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2008

We stayed for only one night in the "Midway" room - but wish we had stayed longer. It was a newly remodeled room that had all the comforts of home. The Midway room had a very "woodsy" feel - absolutely beautiful. The bathroom was amazing. It had the prettiest sink - we just had to take a photo of it. Nice shower too! All B&B rooms connect to one common area with a great fully-stocked kitchen. Wireless internet came in handy to keep our friends posted on our Alaskan vacation. We would highly recommend this B&B if you are looking for a bit of home on your vacation!

  • Liked — The brand new, Midway room!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2007

We arrived late in Girdwood in the pouring rain and since B&Bs are only allowed a small sign it is difficult to find one but luckily we found the Dancing Bears. Our room was very nice with a comfy bed and desk and it and other rooms all opened out onto a great room/kitchen area for all the guests to use. We were the only ones but our hosts were very hospitable and had freshly bought cofee with a grinder and an assortment of fruits, cereals, raisin bread and bagels with cream cheese as well as juice for us to snack on or have for breakfast. We didn't want to leave. We would go back and it would be a perfect place for several couples or a family group. A short drive took us to Whittier and the ferry the next morning. [--] (907) 783-3083 E: twins101@earthlink.net
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  • Liked — the openess and the hosts
  • Disliked — hard to find
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Dancing Bears Nightly Rental

Address: 127 Cortina Rd, Girdwood, AK 99587
Location: United States > Alaska > Girdwood
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Girdwood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New in 2010! The "Summit" (upper two floors of the house 100% remodeled) private entryway leads up to a huge open room with hickory hardwood and two story bay windows gazing at Mt. Alyeska. Custom tile kitchen, huge covered deck, incredible tiled bathroom, large master with king bed and balcony, second bedroom for families. First floor has three rooms with queen beds, private baths en-suite, Wi-Fi, cable TV. Rent one room, or whole house. ... more   less 

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