Basically a Motel 6 on the river, but lacking some basic maintenance
Benefits to staying at Kenai River Lodge :
-Hotel accepts dogs in a few rooms.
-excellent job on the backyard riverfront remodel, beautiful place to hang-out and possibly fish
-shoulder season price was semi-affordable,
-gave us 10% off room rate for the spotty Internet
-rooms semi-cleaned everyday (vacuuming and bathroom cleaning wasn't always done) with fresh yet well-worn linens on our schedule,
-nice sized mini-fridge/freezer and microwave
-picture window looking out on the river
Drawbacks to staying at Kenai River Lodge:
-lots of traffic noise, literally right next to the Sterling Highway
-TV from 1989, so old the universal cable remote control would not control TV for power or sound, also a useless DVD player also furnished at no charge and no one in hotel knows why it’s there or how it might be hooked up
-inconsistent Internet service
-thin walls, floor-ceilings- We heard all of our neighbor's conversations.
-on one evening vacuuming until 10 pm in room above us
-When remodel was completed, bathroom windows looking out on the parking lot were not replaced with privacy glass so the bathrooms have no privacy. Especially nice in evening when road construction workers return and unload in van just in front of window to light up Swisher Sweets just outside the clear as glass window.
-not well maintained, missing globe on light in bathroom entry area, thermostat trim falling off, furniture beat up, mattress less than firm and the one chair in room was broken and saggy, hence uncomfortable. Just not what one would expect at $95/night.
-The highlight was the nightly burnouts by the house renter or on-site manager in his ’68 Camaro
Verdict: If you’re not there to spend much time in your room resting or recuperating and you don’t mind the lack of privacy and lots of noise, it’s an ok place to stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Kenai River Hotel Soldotna
- Kenai River Lodge Alaska/Soldotna