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Reviewed August 6, 2016

I stayed here a couple days ago. The staff was great. The cabins are affordable compared to the overpriced hotels all over Alaska, though still expensive compared to what you get for the money in the lower 48 states. I believe I paid about $140 for a 100 sqft cabin with a shower, no tv, no phone, no wifi. There was a weak wifi signal in the bar only. If all you need is a bed and a shower then this is a good place for you. The location surrounding the lodge is gorgeous!!! Russian falls is a short hike away and there are plenty of lakes, rivers, mountains, and forests around. Also, Cooper Landing is a central location between Seward, Homer, Whittier/Girdwood, so if you dont mind driving a couple hours a day this would be an ideal headquarters while exploring all over the Kenai Peninsula. If I come back to Alaska again in the future, I will probably do just that. I would stay here again so long as I didnt need wifi, and the wifi in the bar at least works.

Room tip: dont expect wifi and you wont be disappointed
Date of stay: August 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank davidbO4645GV
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge and Roadhouse, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2016

Great thank you! This IS the ideal home base for a Kenai Peninsula vacation. It is across from the Kenai River and the Russian River Confluence and Ferry is just down the road. Gwin's Lodge is in the Kenai Mountains vs. the flats of Soldotna. Gwin's Lodge is on the DRY SIDE of the mountain... Seward gets 3x more rain than here. There are fantastic trails all over up and down the road right here. On Internet: We have the fastest internet available and we upgraded again this year 30% faster. TelAlaska only has DSL here and the population of smart phones expands faster every year. Until the (only) provider has onsite fiber to this part of a remote National Forest, expectations need to be in line with reality. And if we supply a larger WiFi area, then more people get on it and it will not respond in the restaurant. For star ratings, some people base it on an absolute scale; like 5 stars for a Hilton for example, vs. say 3 for Gwin's Lodge. Others give ratings relative to their happiness with the experience and expectations for a fishing cabin and Roadhouse. In that case Gwin's Lodge and the Hilton can both be 5 stars without conflict. Thanks and we look forward to serving you! Smoked Salmon Chowder, Carrot Cake and homemade fries are waiting!

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Reviewed August 5, 2016

We had a clean, comfortable cabin that has a fridge, stove, microwave and coffee maker. Walk to their restaurant which has great local fare. We had both breakfast and dinner at the restaurant. They had awesome cinnamon rolls which we all enjoyed.

Date of stay: July 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2016

LOVED these cabins. They are beautiful and compliment the surrounding areas. Highly recommend for a weekend vacation, or any-day vacation, for that matter.

It has electricity, and a they have a restaurant as well. some have fireplaces, gas run.

Room tip: Smaller cabins are newer and cozier, with a fireplace, but big cabins hold around 9 people and are better for accommodating more.
Date of stay: July 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Matthew D
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge and Roadhouse, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2016

Thanks for your review!!! Gwin's Lodge is at THE prime location in the Kenai Peninsula and it is a historic site that started construction prior to a road being present.

Note: 2 cottage houses have wood fireplaces and 2 chalets have electric "fire place" heaters. Most cabins do not have this. The two dry cabins have electric and heat but do not have water or bathrooms, so it is more like camping with a nice dry bedroom available for sleeping.

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Reviewed July 30, 2016

If you are traveling on The Kenai eventually you eat at Gwins. Large portions, great staff, clean - good basic diner food. Be aware they do charge a bit more if you use a credit card, but no big deal. We were not real hungry so we didn't opt for the burgers about $15, instead got the hot dog for about $9 with fries. The dog was very very unimpressive. Probably should of gotten the burger but all the tables around me were raving about it. Lesson learned. Will be back and check out the burger. I didn't stay at the lodge portion but Tripadvisors forces me to rate them, so my hotel ratings mean nothing.

Room tip: Again don't know since i didn't stay at lodge.
Date of stay: July 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Kathleen907
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge and Roadhouse, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2016

Thank you. We will be removing it from the menu the next time around. We will have the cheaper food outside in our "To-Go" shop that will come online next season. There will be picnic seating outdoors; self-serve so that will be at a lower price point.

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Reviewed July 30, 2016

The cabin had was overgrown with weeds, the floor was dirty, there was leftover food in the refrigerator and food splattered in the microwave. We were provided one towel per person for three nights. There were no extra towels, no extra roll of toilet paper, no daily room service. I do not recommend this place. At $200 per night the place should at least be clean and maintained.

Room tip: My tip is to stay somewhere else.
Date of stay: July 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Keith M, General Manager at Gwin's Lodge and Roadhouse, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2016

Sorry about that. We have had some staff issues, mostly about 21 year olds up from the lower 48. We will be changing that next year to more responsible workers.

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