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Reviewed September 16, 2015

We had trouble finding reasonable accommodations in the Cooper Landing area. We wanted to do a river trip and this place suited us just fine. There was one glitch in our reservation, but it was taken care of. The cabin had a very nice kitchen. Bedroom was fine, but pretty close space. It was a bit rainy in the evening and we were very cozy in the cabin. Just had salads at the reatuarant and they were adequate, with a nice staff

Room tip: no views here, but ask for a cabin far from road
Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge and Roadhouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2015

Thank you for visiting and drop in again. See you then :)

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Reviewed September 13, 2015

This was not what we expected, the cabin was tired, dated, very basic and way overpriced. Did not eat at the restaurant but girl behind bar was very helpful and pleasant. We went to Russian River falls and Anglers trail which was great. As season was ending it appears a lot of places were winding down.

Date of stay: September 2015
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge and Roadhouse, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2015

"girl behind bar was very helpful and pleasant. We went to Russian River falls and Anglers trail which was great"

Thanks for your review. We are improving our facilities each year and made a major investment in Serta Presidential beds in most cabins plus new linens and towels. We determined that was most important and other items done as funding is available. They are fishing cabins after all. Our property insurance is $250/DAY(!!) during our main season so that eats up a lot of the funds. Many hotel rooms in Anchorage run just as much and they have much lower operating costs in a city environment and they have easy access to labor. Other smaller operations don't carry proper commercial insurance thus pricing them up to $25/nt. lower. We thank the public's support of this original 1952 Roadhouse and the 35 staff that work and live here during the peak of the season.

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Reviewed September 6, 2015

Out of Anchorage, toured Seward, headed to Homer the next morning. Stopped in Cooper Landing for the night. Rob was great and called to say if we were late he would leave the key for us. We did not eat at the restaurant, but was busy and looked good.

We stayed in cabin 5, it was clean, comfortable and the shower was a stall, but clean with great HOT water. The bed was great, clean, lots of warm blankets, Do not hesitate to book here. Only gave 4 stars because it is a cabin after all.

Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge and Roadhouse, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2015

Thanks for visiting & see you again sometime!

Our server just got this note: "She is way cool!!! Thanks for staying open late for us - we were really hungry" Sept 2015

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Reviewed September 5, 2015

Cabin was dirty. Used towels under the bed. Dust and dirt everywhere. Staff was rude and "ready for the season to be over." Food was ok, not great. Ordered salmon sliders...so many bones we just ate the bread. Oh. And no electricity, running water or heat for an entire day and night. Not once did anyone from the staff make an effort to even offer an explanation or see if we needed anything. Stay somewhere else and spare yourself the headache.

Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank heavykrn
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge and Roadhouse, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2015

Thanks for your review. We are replacing the housekeeper; the fourth this year. We may need to re-start importing foreign Summer help since domestic source has not worked out. This was an area wide power outage over several miles long. They had estimated it would be back up but the time kept being pushed back and ended up taking 24 hours. We have not experienced an outage that long before and we were busy moving food from refrigeration into ice chests for hours that night till 11PM and were more than a little stressed and upset with the delay in getting the power fixed. Did you look for us as I am up past 2AM most nights. We went to the cabins and knocked but most people were out hiking and fishing. The GCI cell tower on-site (and land line) was out too so we could not make or take calls plus no internet or access to guest reservations since it is cloud based. Regarding 1 star for sleep quality, A week ago I switched to a spare Serta Presidential pillow top bed that is the same as in the cabin you stayed in and they are excellent so I am not understanding the issue so let me know if there is some other item. I hope you were out enjoying the wonders of this area. Regards, Keith.

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Reviewed August 29, 2015

Definately a fish camp and OK to stay if you want the bare basics...have grills to cook the fish you catch...we had silver salmon that our next door neighbor had caught and it was delicious.....Gwins Restaurant does have good Salmon Chowder but a bit on the fishy side Halbit was over breaded and fries soggy (I like mine nice and crispy) but a definate Alaskan experience.

Room tip: go on to Soldotna if you have a choice
Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge and Roadhouse, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2015

"Good Salmon Chowder"

Thanks for the feedback. Please request crisper as we hand make them. We may not be able to do that if we are swamped however. If we run through all the prepped fries and make on demand they can be limper because that is a different process but they taste like real potato that people love & miss.

We rented cabins in Canada growing up and ours are nicer I must say yet I loved the cabins growing up none the less. This is not a Hilton of say 5 stars but that is not a linear correlation making this 2 stars. Yes this is a fishing based camp and we enjoy the historic nature of the property from former gold mine to wilderness outpost feeding fishermen once a road came through in 1952. 1952 in Alaska was more like 1852 then. Everything was hand done. So with it being 2015 we have progressed perhaps to 1955. If you like having a place to go in the wilderness here please consider giving 4 or 5 stars because 2 stars is a serious issue to us that does affect business. It is seriously expensive to operate only 3 main months (June, July, & August) yet have to pay insurance, fuel and all the other bills all year long on a large place like this.

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