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“An hour wait for breakfast!!!” 2 of 5 stars
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Silverbow Inn
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   120 2nd Street, Juneau, AK 99801   |  
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Ranked #4 of 28 Juneau B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“An hour wait for breakfast!!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2007

We were supposed to spend two nights at The Silver Bow and canceled after the first night. Why?

1. The room was exceptionally small
2. The tub had lots of rust around the spout
3. We waited 15 minutes for a plate of bagels while the hotel-owned bagel restaurant (20 feet down a hallway) was bustling and full of bagels/pastries/breads, etc.
4. We were told it would be an HOUR wait for the hot breakfast dish!!! We didn't have the time to wait for this even though it was included in the $165.00 night room rate!!!!
These issues aside, there were some positives about the hotel including a nice homey/funky, European pension feel. The pastries next door were exceptional and the staff (in general) were very helpful and nice.
All this would have made sense if the room was $80/night. But we moved to the Best Western, saved $30, and had a (cold )breakfast that we served ourselves.

Stayed June 2007
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  • Location
    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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2007

Frankly, the Silverbow's advertising promises a totally different experience than it delivered. I booked the Silverbow (based upon its website) as as surprise for my wife...she certainly was surprised!:

1. In general, the premises appear not only very old (as expected of a 'historic' building), but it also unexpectedly lacked cleanliness in its 'public' areas (though our room and bath meet basic standards).

Almost every wall in the public areas is generally smudged and dingy, over-furnished...and appear unpainted in last 30 years. The carpet is old (historic?) and excessively worn.
2. In addition, there are piles of miscellaneous items both upstairs (fully exposed cleaning items + junk?) and especially downstairs (in office, breakfast room, and dining room/so-called "theater").
3. We showed up for the advertised 'wine tasting' and though bottles of both red and white were on the tray, it was clear only the one of our preference would be opened.
4. The upstairs floor makes loudest and the most awful noises imaginable; announcing every single person's passage over a distance of 20-25 feet (and as you would expect, some guests do arrive very late). We've been in many historic buildings, squeaky floors are repairable!
5. Our room was VERY hot, and required an open window (no air conditioning). The noise from the obviously defective air conditioner condenser next door (and just outside our window) prevented a good night's sleep.
6. To say the Silverbow is overpriced is a kindness, as no price is worthy of our experience.
7. The only positive part of our Silverbow experience was our bakery breakfast bags on our 4:30am departure to the airport.

Obviously, based upon our unsatisfactory Silverbow experience, we would not incourage anyone to stay there.

  • Liked — flat screen TV
  • Disliked — public areas are messy, dingy, and dirty
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2007

on our first trip to alaska, we decided not to stay at one of the bigger hotels, but to be at an inn where there was more of a personal touch. the silverbow was just such a place. it had old photos of early juneau, beautiful antiques and fresh bakery items 24 hours per day from the bakery right next door.

when we left, we had to get up and be at the airport by 5 a.m. The silverbow had a yummy breakfast -to- go waiting for us of fresh bagels and cream cheese, brownies and a drink. the staff was helpful and there was lots of tourist resourses available in their quaint seating area around a big wood dining room table.

the inn was centrally located in downtown juneau, close to restaurants and the wharf. we would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Liked — wifi, comfortable beds, great food treats
  • Disliked — need a chair in the rooms to be more comfortable
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 120 2nd Street, Juneau, AK 99801
Location: United States > Alaska > Juneau
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Juneau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Silverbow Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We look forward to seeing you at the Silverbow Inn Hotel during your next visit to Juneau, Alaska's capital city. The Silverbow Inn is located in the center of historic downtown Juneau in a newly remodeled 1914 building. The Silverbow is a boutique hotel which blends the comforts and convenience of a bed and breakfast with the character and charm of a European-style urban pension. Your hosts, who live in the building, are available to share their extensive knowledge of Juneau and Alaska. They want your stay to be as special as possible. Guests at The Silverbow enjoy a free full breakfast, free highspeed wireless internet, cable TV, private bathrooms, free local phone calls, daily housekeeping, a 24 hour wet bar with complimentary coffee and tea service, private rooftop garden with jacuzzi/sauna, and much more. Summertime guests also enjoy a bottomless cookie jar and an evening wine tasting social hour. ... more   less 
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