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“Quite Relaxing - Wonderful Setting” 5 of 5 stars
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Renfro's Lakeside Retreat
27177 Seward Highway, Seward, AK 99664   |  
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Ranked #2 of 39 Specialty lodging in Seward
Edgewood, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Quite Relaxing - Wonderful Setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was by far the nicest and most relaxing place we stayed in Alaska, and we stayed some nice places. Gary was helpful and a great host, yet also totally unobtrusive. It was as if we were alone in our private cabin by the lake. Perfect location! I will recommend the Retreat to friends that fish in Seward every couple of years.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Thank you for recommending us to others! The Retreat is in a perfect location, close to the things you want to partake in, yet remote and away from the crowds. I agree with you that it is the nicest and most relaxing. No radios and t.v. - designed that way so you do not get distracted from the beautiful view set in front of you! Thanks again!
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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Orlando, Florida
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

we rented cabin #1 for four nights. checking in with Gary was friendly and fast. he made us feel right at home. he accepted an overnight delivery for us and then delivered it to our cabin so it was there when we returned from our daily activities. he stored our fresh caught salmon in his deep freezer for a night. he even followed up our stay with a kind thank you email. out of four different cabins we stayed at, Renfro's was the only place that followed up with us after.

the cabin had pretty much everything we needed. mini fridge, stove. the table was set upon our arrival, but we never used them. we never saw or heard the people in the cabin next to us, it felt rather private.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Thank you for the feedback! It lets us know what our guests truly appreciate. We do our best to ensure your stay feels like a home away from home. Little services such as delivery of items, storing fish and thank you e-mails is what we are about. If it adds just a little bit to your experience, then it was worth it.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

The location was perfect - remote and quiet and beautiful. Gary did everything to make us feel at home. Easy drive to Seward. My husband caught a lake trout and we ate it that evening. Highly recommend!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 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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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
I am glad that you would highly recommend us to your family and friends along with others that read the reviews. You are one of the lucky ones that caught a fish and had it for dinner! Our setting is the perfect location with a beautiful lake, remote, yet close to everything and quite atmosphere. Thank you again for taking the time to write a review!
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Dresden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The cabin was wonderful. They thought of everything. We took a paddle boat ride on the lake early in the morning. It was so beautiful and peaceful. Plus, it is close to so many wonderful things to do in Alaska.

  • Stayed August 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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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
I am glad you had a wonderful experience! We take pride in the details and try to think of everything that will make your stay more enjoyable. It is a beautiful and peaceful Retreat and we think we are in the heart of it all being close to the things you want to enjoy. Thank you for the review!
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Noblesville, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Highly recommend this place! Stayed for 2 nights in August and really enjoyed the peaceful lake and location. Gary was very nice and made sure we didn't have any questions that he could help out with. Thought it was a nice touch to have menus of local restaurants in the cabin. It was our first time in Seward and will go back again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
Thank you for the review! I am glad you enjoyed the peaceful lake and the amenities such as the binder full of menus and local hiking trails. Please come again!
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Godley
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Gary is amazing host. We will be coming back, the lake view is beautiful from the table and the upstairs loft, what a view to wake up to each morning. Cabins are clean, well stocked, just bring your own food. Thank you Gary for an amazing week.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
I am glad to hear that you will return and you enjoyed the week! I have to agree with you that the view both upstairs and downstairs is the best! Thank you for noticing how clean the cabin was. We do our very best to keep them as clean as possible. Your welcome!
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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

A great getaway that is comfortable and convenient yet peaceful and serene. The cabins are clean, well-kept, and spacious. The beds are very comfortable. And the lake view is amazing! Gary was a great host. We appreciated him calling us to make sure we had arrangements before closing the office. The binder of local hiking trails was also a very helpful. Perfect place to stay for the Lost Lake run. We hope to stay there again next year!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
What a fantastic description of the Retreat - comfortable, convenient, peaceful, serene, clean, well-kept and spacious. It sounds like you were able to put the hiking binder to use and find some additional trails to explore. It is the perfect location for the Lost Lake Run and I look forward to hosting you again next year!
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Address: 27177 Seward Highway, Seward, AK 99664
Location: United States > Alaska > Seward
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #2 of 39 Specialty lodging in Seward
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