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Black Bear Inn
Ranked #1 of 18 Ketchikan B&B and Inns
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“The best place to stay”
Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

We have just spent two nights at the Black Bear Inn. What a wonderful sojourn! The artist owners, Nicole and Jim, have built a wonderful paradise. The rooms are clean, spacious and beautifully decorated. The apartment we stayed in is, without doubt, the best of any B&B we have enjoyed in all our years of travel. Jim and Nicole are the perfect hosts. We really appreciated their introduction to Ketchikan and everything they did for us during our stay. Everything was seamless! The gardens are beautiful and the hot tub overlooking the water is to die for! If you intend visiting Ketchikan, this is the place to stay!

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

Very comfortable and welcoming, we could not have done everything we had planned without the help of Nicole and James. They coordinate all our tours with the best options and help us to decide what is the best to do and see in Ketchikan.
We had a great time and we strongly recommend this B&B, it was one of the best parts of our trip.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

We were so pleased with what we found! We are a group of scuba divers traveling with Dive Alaska Inc. Our group rented the whole B&B to accommodate the 8 divers we had. We had divers who shared a few of the rooms, and we had a couple of folks who wanted their own private rooms.
As we were diving all day for fun, we were exciting about being able to come "home" and warm up in the hot tub! The hot tub is under a gazebo which also covers a dining area and commercial barbecue / fire pit which we cooked our steaks on. The whole property overlooks the water and is a very scenic and private setting. The kitchen was stocked with condiments and spices which saved us from having to spend more money than necessary on those things. The rooms were very nicely decorated with comfortable beds and plenty of room. This property is close enough to town to be convenient, but far enough away to feel like you're in a very natural setting. The owners were a pleasure to work with, and we feel like we got a great value for the money we paid. I would recommend this property to any large group, whether it's a family, corporate retreat, or like us, organized tour.

Room Tip: The "Bears Den" is a separate building which make a romantic space for a couple. There is...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

I have stayed at the Black Bear Inn in Ketchikan, Alaska each summer for 7 or 8 years now. I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed my stay each time. It is professionally run by a great husband & wife team, they have taken great care of me and my business partners, they have great accomodations and have been great to work with. I expect to be back there next summer and would not stay anywhere else!

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

I was heading up to Craig for a fishing trip and came into ketchikan a few days early to knock around. I booked a room here with Nicole and James - boy did that turn out to be a good move. Beautiful room, great location on the water, good eats in the morning and probably most importantly great advice from Nicole on what to do, where to go, hikes, kayak arrangements, etc.

I rented a car which was a great move - I roamed all over the area.

I would highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Simi Valley, California
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23 reviews
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

We highly recommend the Black Bear Inn for anyone visiting Kethcikan, Alaska. Nicole & Jim (the owners & operators) have a lovely home and took amazing care of us. It's quiet, right on the water, has lovely views, beautifully furnished rooms and luxurious bedding. Nicole booked all of our daily excursions/adventures and this really helped. We had the time of our lives on this incredible Alaska trip. If possible, don't just limit yourself to a cruise ship experience of up to 6 hours in Ketchikan! Stay a whole week like we did. There are so many fun things to do in Ketchikan, you can keep busy or relax, as you wish.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We were a family of three visiting Alaska from Cyprus for a short holiday of three days. Nicole greeted us very warmly and she was extremely helpful throughout our stay. The rooms were very comfortable and the location of the house (on the water) provided amazing views. In the garden one could also relax in the hot tub on by the picnic/BBQ area.
There was a huge selection of different breakfast items that one could combine to create the perfect breakfast according to his/her taste. The breakfast area also provided amazing views of the sea.
Overall Nicole and her husband were amazing hosts and were kind enough to offer us some preserved salmon to take back home with us. This was one of the best holiday experiences that we have ever had!

Room Tip: Ground Floor room so as to have direct access to the garden.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Black Bear Inn

Property: Black Bear Inn
Address: 5528 N Tongass Hwy, Ketchikan, AK 99901-9008
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Location: United States > Alaska > Ketchikan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Ketchikan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Black Bear Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegant waterfront Bed and Breakfast and 2 vacation Rentals built for guests who want privacy and expect the finest furnishings and amenities. Rent one of the 3 B&B suites, the whole house as a Vacation Rental, the one bedroom luxury Vacation Rental Apartment or the 2 bedroom Vacation Rental Cabin. No minimum stay required in the B&B. A 2 night minimum stay is required in the Vacation Rentals. All of the Bedrooms in the Inn have private closed in porches and entrances overlooking the ocean, large baths, fireplaces, refrigerators, cable TV, and free high speed wireless. The Inn Can accommodate up to 16. There are beautiful gardens, viewing decks and a Covered Spa and Summer Kitchen on the waters edge. ... more   less 
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