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“Great View but Not a Restful Place to Sleep”

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Captain's Choice Motel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Haines
Vancouver, WA
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199 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Great View but Not a Restful Place to Sleep”
Reviewed August 6, 2008

My husband and I stayed 2 nights at the Captain's Choice while touring through SE Alaska. Next time I would check into one of the B & Bs in town. Our room was "rustic" with old fashioned wood paneling, an uncomfortable bed (unless you like very firm mattresses and flat pillows), tv, toiletries, hair dryer, microwave and fridge, and basic furnishings. The pipes were noisy when people in other rooms were showering etc, and you could hear folks moving around because of the squeaky floors and thin walls. The place could use some soundproofing.
The "continental breakfast" was the skimpiest I'd ever seen with a few muffins, some cinnamon bread, bagels, coffee and juice.
On the good side, ask for a waterside room because the view of Lynn Canal is awesome, especially from the upper floor. You can watch the cruise ships go by, eagles flying over, and the sun over the mountains. The staff were helpful and pleasant, and provided a shuttle to the airport when we left. We also rented a car for a day through the hotel, and there are laundry facilities on site which we used.

  • Liked — Location, view, laundry facilities, rental car
  • Disliked — Bed, noisy room
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2008

The Captains Choice is located centrally in Haines, AK walking distance to most things. The room we stayed in had a Queen bed and Twin bed. If your comming to heli ski this is perfect, if your on vacation you might want to look into the Bed and Breakfest or some of the newer hotels in the area. The price was right and the entire hotel was all skiers, riders and filmers during the Heli season.

We didnt have a fan in the bathroom that sucks when traveling with 2 guys.

  • Liked — Location, Location Did I say Location
  • Disliked — Old Smoker Rooms
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
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Brookings, Oregon
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2008

We spent 4 days in Haines at this hotel and thouroughly enjoyed it. The rooms are nothing fancy but they are very clean and comfortable. Our room had one double bed and a twin bed which is odd to me but worked out real well. The view was great and our stay there was wonderful. Haines is a great little town. I look forward to going back.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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oregon
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2007

Nice place, nice location. The view is wonderful. Making the reservation was pleasant and they offered us a nice room with a great view and deck. It is great that they serve a continental breakfast. We rented a car from the hotel which was about $75/day for a decent but worn vehicle. But the process of renting the car was smooth and we were glad to be able to do it. Also, we arrived at the Haines airport and called for the "courtesy shuttle" only to find that there wasn't one that day so we had to wait for a cab....the only cab in town that charged us $20 a person for about a five mile drive. The driver was gruff and said he had just picked up beer and the liquor store (that's comforting)....when we got to the Captain's Choice we realized there was an ongoing issue with the cab service because he is the only cab in town and rips everyone off. The clerk paid me for 1/2 the cab fare, but I had asked for the second 1/2 since they had promised me the shuttle. But don't let this stop you from staying at the Captain's Choice though....it is a nice place.

Stayed September 2007
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Nashville, TN
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2007

Captain's Choice has a great view of the bay and mountains, a nice deck complete with ravens who'd like a treat, and rooms that are clean and neat. Room decor is dated but that's part of the 'charm' of Alaska -- no big chain motels. Decent breakfast included with plenty of muffins, some yummy locally made raisin bread, juices and coffee. They have rental vehicles on site and across the street is the Bamboo Room, known for good food. WIthin walking distance of the small downtown area and welcome center.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 20, 2006

For the area this motel is worth every penny, compared to the others. Believe us, we saw two other motels and they were extremely sad compared to this one. It has wireless access and its a pet friendly place. We will stay here again, when we come back through Haines.

  • Stayed March 2006, traveled on business
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Mill Valley, CA
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2005

I had carefully made my reservation and reconfirmed it, but when I arrived, they had lost it and although it was 9 PM, they said the rooms weren't cleaned yet! There were three seperate guests arriving at the same time and we all were told the rooms weren't ready. When I finally was given a room, it was not ready, i.e. no sheets, no towels. The desk was totatly confused. The motel specifically advertised that it had a wonderful new laundry facility, but when I asked for the key to it, I was told they would have to get the permission of the guest in an adjacent room for me to use it at 10PM. It's OK and the breakfast was quite good, but be ready for anything when you get there.

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Additional Information about Captain's Choice Motel

Property: Captain's Choice Motel
Address: 108 Second Ave. N, Box 392, Haines, AK 99827
Location: United States > Alaska > Haines
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Haines
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Captain's Choice Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Captain's Choice Motel is one of Alaska's finest motels. Located in magnificent Haines, Alaska, our motel enjoys fantastic panoramic views of the ocean water of the Lynn Fjord, North America's longest fjord. Our beautiful rooms are luxurious, quiet and very comfortable. The panoramic views of the Lynn Fjord, Portage Cove with its small boat harbor, Fort Seward and the dramatic backdrop of the Cathedral Peaks will make a lasting impression. Our motel is AAA recommended. It is centrally located in Haines, within walking distance from all shopping and dining facilities. The Captain's Choice is pet friendly! Complimentary Continental Breakfast. CAPTAIN'S LOUNGE open daily at 5pm. Standard rooms: single, double, twin, triple, quad. Ocean view rooms with balcony: double and triple. Suites: ocean view or two rooms. Wi-Fi Access for a small fee Message center, photocopy and fax available. Up to 25 Person Facility for Meetings. Tour Arrangments Rental car fleet-UNLIMITED MILES Restaurants within walking distance ... more   less 
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