I've traveled all over the world (this includes what people consider third world countries). I'm stating this to give you some perspective on my review, as I've encountered the full spectrum of lodging options in my travels.
Yes, I've stayed in more than my share of hostels so I know what to expect. This being said, this is THE WORST lodging experience I've had in my life. Yes, the locations is spectacular (the views from the hostel are beautiful). The staff was friendly. These are the pluses.
The problem with this place is that both my husband, and I were attacked by BEDBUGS! I'm covered in red bumpy, angry welts. My face, neck, and arms are COVERED in these nasty bites. I've heard all the reports of this problem, but we got to experience the misery first-hand. It has been over a week since I got bitten up, and I look like I have some weird disease, and am itching up a storm.
Avoid this hostel. It's cheap for a reason! Oh BTW, we were in the Pinewood private room in the main house.
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In the 35 years we have shared our little farm and home with travelers, this is the only complaint of this nature. Because of the current epidemic of these pests now threatening Alaska, we are going to great lengths to ensure that our family home is pest free for both our own peace of mind and of course, our guests!. We are currently using high tech monitoring equipment to ensure that the place is BEDBUG FREE.
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Thankfully, most people (both young and old) are delighted with the magical experience of staying on a real Alaska pioneer farm, with animals, wildlife, singing birds, flower gardens, eagles soaring overhead, and beach walks in the evenings. They do not expect the usual amenities to be found at the chain hotels. Open up any one of the guest books to read pages filled with happy and romantic memories. That always makes our efforts feel worthwhile and my heart especially glad to share Seaside Farm with others.
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