I have never written a review before however I feel strongly enough about my experience at the Tower Rock Lodge that I felt I should, particularly given that I had largely chosen the TRL based on the positive reviews on this site.
The lodge is located in a lovely spot and the cabins are kind of cute however they are not very comfortable to stay in. The accomodations were very basic with really uncomfortable bunkbeds and terribly stinky running water (not drinkable and barely suitable to shower in). We had trouble with heating the cabin and we heard several other guests with the same complaint. Adequate bedding was not provided.
The food, which we had believed would be "gourmet", was totally inadequate particulary as we would be fishing all day. One breakfast consisted of a single 6" pancake cut into quarters so it looked nice...that's it. Nothing else. Another was french toast made with a single thin slice of white bread and nothing else. One poor lady came to breakfast a little late and was told they were out of breakfast so she had to eat a yoghurt cup. For lunch, we were given a cooler with two sandwiches for four people (though this may have been a mixup as other days we had a sandwich each). Dinner did improve for one night when a group showed up which appeared to know the owners (appetizers and a fairly decent meal) but then went back to inadequate after they left. It got so bad, some guests were going into town to eat.
On the positive side, the guides were awesome. They were very friendly and always polite. We didn't catch a lot of fish as there weren't many to be caught but we tried hard that's for sure.
I am very dissappointed that our experience was not more positive.....perhaps it was just a bad week at TRL. In summary, I would not recommend this lodge as it was not up to standard especially given the premium price we paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tower Rock is an ORVIS Endorsed Lodge that posses the best value and variety for the ultimate Alaskan fishing adventure. Kick back and enjoy fly-fishing for big rainbows and dolly's or join forces with the bears for ocean-fresh salmon in a float-plane. Fish for the infamous Kenai King Salmon or perhaps coax a 350lb. halibut to your barbecue! We are a full service lodge with the finest dining and accommodations on the Kenai River! We look forward to seeing you soon up here in the great state of Alaska! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tower Rock Lodge Kenai, Alaska