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“Fantastic B&B, the ultimate Seward Alaska Experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bear Lake Lodgings B&B

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33820 Bear Lake Road, Seward, AK 99664   |  
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Ranked #3 of 52 Seward B&B and Inns
Big Lake, Alaska
1 review
“Fantastic B&B, the ultimate Seward Alaska Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2010

This was a great place to stay. Great owners, super clean and neat, and all the amenities of a fine hotel. The lodge feel of the building is only accentuated by the sloping floor - a true Alaskan home! The bed was divine and I slept better here than I do at home. Breakfast was awesome, fresh, tasty and just right for starting a busy day. The area is quiet and peaceful, with a great view of the lake and surroundings. Easy to find, with great owner directions. I can't say enough about how great it was - I wish I had been able to stay longer - next trip definitely!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 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, AK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2010

A home away from home. My husband and I traveled with my parents to Seward from Anchorage for some R&R and chose to stay with the Perrys at their B&B. Their beautiful lakeside home was exactly what we were expecting from their website. The peaceful and serene setting was more than anticipated. Pat welcomed us with a tour of the home and some helpful tips about local restaurants. My husband and I stayed in the Resurrection Peak room and I didn't want to leave. It was beautiful....it was perfect. Tastefully decorated and oh-so comfortable. Special touches like home sewn accents. I found myself taking a picture of the shower curtain that Pat sewed so I can attempt to make one like it for our home. In the evening we were fortunate to meet Dennis and found we shared some common interests. Pat served yummy ice cream while we exchanged stories. Gracious, salt of the earth type of people! Breakfast was amazing with homemade goodies sure to keep you going until after lunch.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2009

When we booked out 3-night stay at Bear Lake, we had wanted to stay in the Bear Lake Deck Suite, but it was already booked on one of the three nights. We contacted the hosts, Dennis and Pat, and they were very flexible, allowing us to stay our first two nights in the Deck Suite and the third night in the Lakeside Suite.

The Deck Suite is a very nice, large room with a very comfortable king bed and a small day bed in an adjoining room. The room is one the second floor, which is the main floor of the house and is where the kitchen and common room are. The bath is private and is accessed without leaving the room.

The Lakeside Suite is on the first floor, which is near the entrance to the B&B and lies directly under the dining and common rooms. It's not as well furished or as bright as the Deck Suite, and accessing the bathroom requires a short walk down the hall past the entrance. No big deal though -- people only go thru that part of the house to enter and exit so it wasn't busy.

For both of the rooms, the biggest issue we faced was noise. In particular, in the Lakeside Suite, since you're under the common/dining areas, you hear all of the foot traffic from above. Certainly this is to be expected to some degree when you're staying in a house, but it did mean you'll be waking up when Pat goes to the kitchen to make breakfast.

Speaking of breakfast, we found them adequate but that was about it. Pat generally made a hot item each morning, but one morning it was muffins which she had accidently burned. There was cereal, oatmeal, etc. out though so you could always find something to eat.

On the other hand, because Pat owns and operates a business selling chocolate-dipped icream bars, every evening she makes complimentary bars for the guests. That was nice and provided a good chance to get to know Pat as well as the other guests.

The best thing about the lodge though is the lake it sits up against. One evening we took one of the canoes provided for guests out onto the lake and it was absolutely spectacular. We got to sit and watch six or more Bald Eagles eyeing (and eating) the salmon that were trying to exit the lake up a small stream. It was quite amazing and a highlight of the trip.

One last thing to mention which has been mentioned in the other reviews. This house has a very noticable slant from back to front -- enough so that you can feel the slant when lying in bed. It's actually not a big deal, but it's an amusing quirk that kept us laughing since the walk from the bathroom back to the bed was "uphill."

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bearlakepilot, Owner at Bear Lake Lodgings B&B, responded to this review, February 14, 2011
No more indoor uphill hikes! Sorry, if you have read our earlier management response - the foundation received a major overhaul in the spring of 2010. The foundation was strong and structurally great, but with future plans for the house we needed to address the foundation. It's allowed us to add a new porch entrance and more deck room for guests in the Lakeside Suite.

Our menu received a BIG facelift too in 2010 - we went from a continental breakfast offering to a FULL breakfast. A hot entree is offered each morning along with a mix of other breakfast items if the entree is not your choice. Fresh fruit has been added to the daily menu too and our Innkeeper is willing to find whatever you might need to make your day have the right start!

We are sorry a noice problem existed for our guests in the Lakeside Suite and have made a change to handle that problem. We are now using soft soled footwear and using extra care in the morning hours before breakfast time. It was good to get this information and hope our efforts have corrected this situation. We do have quiet time for the main common living areas after 10:00 PM so guests throughout the B&B can get the rest they need.

Nightly hand-dipped ice cream bars continue to be a BIG hit for all our guests! How can you go wrong with freshily dipped in pure chocolate (blend of milk and dark chocolate) ice cream that is next rolled in dry roasted almonds or crushed Oreo cookies? Okay, I'm hungry now!
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mankato,mn
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2009

Great locaion, breakfast, and amenties. Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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 September 2, 2009

An eagle fishing in the lake and fish surfacing just off the dock provided a foreground for the spectacular forest and mountain background. Access to kayaks and canoes was just the extra service to make my stay exceptional. I liked being removed a small distance from the busyness of downtown Seward because I prefer a setting more private, near to trails, away from noise. The beds and sheets were comfortable. Everthing very clean. Decor very welcoming.

A variety of guests sharing complimentary, hand-dipped ice cream bars in the evening and the tasty breakfast enhanced my stay. We Alaskans arrived by car, another party flew in and landed on the lake. In addition, there were guests from all over the U.S.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2009

Probably the best B&B in our 9 days trip. Rooms are clean and cozy. Although we only saw the male host (they hired a Innkeeper taking care of everything), they are friendly and willing to share local info with us. Lovely common area and amazing ice cream severed every night. But breakfast is not good enough for us. This is the only negative point we have. And they got a very nice, well trained dog - Trooper. We really loved him.
Will definitely go back again in the future.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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new city ny
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2009

Although the place is gorgeous, and the setting quite romantic, we would not ever go back to this B&B. The owners were not present at all when we were there, and they hired a nice college girl as the "innkeeper". This is certainly NOT the same as being together with the homeowners who are locals. Claire, the college "innkeeper", was very sweet, but she goes to school in Fairbanks, and it's just not the same as talking with an owner/local. Also, when I asked for soap for our bathroom, Claire said she'd look, but that they don't normally give any! I have never ever been to a bed and breakfast that did not have at the very least soap for the bathtub/shower - and many times we have also had shampoo, conditioner, as well as hand and body lotions. There was some small liquid soap near the sink, and no soap in the bathtub/shower area.

It was clean, but it was also quite disorienting that the whole house is quite tilted to one side due to a foundation problem. Our friends who were staying in a downstairs room found their doors did not close easily, and their bathroom was outside and down the hall from their room.

There is a really nice, well behaved dog, Trooper! There is a delicious chocolate dessert.

We also did not find the breakfast so wonderful, merely adequate. It lacked sufficient protein and fresh fruit. On the second day we were served good blueberry muffins, but on the first day just some kind of cheese danish (not at all healthy nor a good protein source). We all would have preferred fresh fruit and eggs, or cheese, along with the cold cereal we were offered.

All of this would have been overlooked if we were greeted by the owners and not an employee. Unfortunately, this was not ever made clear on their website. BEWARE!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AKFlyFishGirl, owner at Bear Lake Lodgings B&B, responded to this review, September 4, 2009
Greetings future guests at Bear Lake Lodgings
An old Alaskan saying is “You can always sleep in October”. Thus, summer is the time Alaskans are running in as many directions as possible, both for earnings and enjoyment. Our B&B season is mainly June through August – same as the travel season is for all Alaska – it’s summertime. We both work independently from our B&B, but we strive to show our guests “the best” Seward has to offer in accommodations and local information. Though we might be away at work or fishing for a few large King salmon on the Kenai River, we know our guests lay in great hands with our more than capable Alaskan innkeepers. If you’d like to join us in the winter – we promise you lots of rooms are available – and the snow with xc ski lake (frozen) course awaits.

Speaking of Alaskan "quirks", if you become a lucky visitor pay attention when you are here, you may find that many buildings, including mine, lean a little. In a land where some building occurs on permafrost, or around and near waterways that freeze and thaw constantly, heaving occurs. This affects the rise and fall of the ground, if you will, and changes foundations, no matter how deep they are. The B&B foundation is considered by many to be among the strongest and most stable of foundation types for our area. It is in excellent shape, according to a recent building inspection. Unfortunately, after the house was built upon the solid foundation, one side settled, but that was fifteen years ago, and it has not moved since.

The guest suite accommodation of reviewer’s friends is described on our Internet site as, "and features a large private, non-adjoining bath" – this bath is not outside of the house – only down a short hallway on the same floor inside the house. We do not understand the problem with the doors – all doors to and from this suite and its bath operate correctly and are kept lubricated to remove the slightest of noise!

Our web site mentions we serve a "Hearty continental breakfast. Continental, by definition, is comprised of the things many people eat every day, such as oatmeal and cereal, which we serve along with a fresh, baked item and either yogurt or boiled eggs. Fresh fruit is not available at any competitive pricing in Seward, and instead we offer dried fruits to compliment the cereal options. The Continental breakfast has proven to work well because most of our guests are engaged in activities that require them to be out of the house early on tours, etc. - having different wake up times.

So, Beware!…. we may not be home, but our home is going to entice you to return again and again…. With a lovely and comfortable stay each time! Read our other comments, thanks.

Good luck with your plans, all, and happy “tripster” travels!
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Address: 33820 Bear Lake Road, Seward, AK 99664
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Location: United States > Alaska > Seward
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #3 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Seward
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in a magnificent setting on the shores of a forested alpine lake, Bear Lake Lodgings offers hiking trails out the back door, glassy waters perfect for a morning kayak, and a deck that enjoys the late Alaskan summer sun. The ideal base for all your adventures, the lodge features four rooms, each with its own unique characteristics, including two suites with access to viewing decks and two upstairs rooms with tranquil views. ... more   less 

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