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“No antiques, shadier side of town, not Downtown,very small nondescript room that was dim and dingy.”

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Fairbanks Downtown Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #22 of 40 Fairbanks B&B and Inns
Panama City Beach, Florida
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“No antiques, shadier side of town, not Downtown,very small nondescript room that was dim and dingy.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2010

My Mom and I arrived in Fairbanks, expecting a B and B that was closer to the downtown area (The name is Fairbanks Downtown Bed and Breakfast). I agree with the other person who posted that the area looked "seedy". We had arrived after flying 3000+ miles for our Alaska Vacation. We weren't sure where the front door was but we soon found it because there was piece of white paper on a door with our name on it (the door was unlocked and we walked in) there was no one there to greet us but we found our way up a dimly lit flight of stairs to a common living area, looked around to get our bearings ( I am 45 years old and my Mom is 65 yrs old and I have to admit it was a bit overwhelming to be in a strange house 3,000 miles from home with no one to greet us, looking for our room) We found our room because once again there was another piece of paper that had our name on it attached to a door to the right of the living area. We went into a dimly lit room with a sloping ceiling that had some kind of framed window there that lifted and that was called the skylight. As we went into to room the curtain fell off the "skylight" window. Th room had been described as a deluxe room with antiques and a skylight without any mention of the fact that it was not in the Downtown Area.The so-called Antiques were what appeared to be furniture that was just worn out and needed updated. We went back outside the establishment and proceeded to contact the owner by phone (she was not located on the premises) and asked her if she had any different area for us to stay. She said no that this was her only bed and breakfast. She stated that it shouldn't matter too much that we weren't pleased with the room because we were only going to be sleeping there anyway. I asked for a refund so that we could go somewhere else and she refused to give a refund. She said we should just go up there and go to sleep and things will be better in the morning. We made other arrangements, we did not stay there. That was on 7/17/10. In the end, we had a good vacation after all (determined not to let this ruin our trip to Alaska) As of this date 7/27/10 she still refuses to refund our money that we paid to her in advance even though we were very unsatisfied and did not stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Parry Sound, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2008

It says downtown but it is a fair walk downtown across a busy highway. However, we had a beautiful room and the neighbourhood was quiet. The breakfast was rather ordinary and the hostess pleasant. It would be best to have a car as it isn't really close to much. We had an ensuite. There was a kitchen and internet for us to use.

  • Liked — Antiques, comfortable bed
  • Disliked — location. lack of knowledge about what was around wher we could eat.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
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Madison Heights, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2008

It's a little off the main drag of hotels and restaurants, but if you're looking for a quiet place to get off your feet, and not be disturbed but close enough to walk to major dining and shopping, this is a good spot. It's clean, rooms furnished with mostly antiques, nice area rugs, and clean bathroom with plenty of towels. The rooms are upstairs with a dining room for a continental breakfast on the ground floor. The upstairs has a sitting area and kitchen with microwave, fridge and coffee pot for guests. Nice area to sit and read or visit. The continental breakfast of cereal, fruit, muffins, coffee and juice starts the day off well. Carolyn is a wonderful hostess and conversationalist. I didn't see any sign of Internet availability and the TV in your room is small, but it has cable. I'd recommend it for older people passing through looking for a peaceful place without a lot of frills.

  • Liked — Lots of towels and throw pillows. Windows facing west for evening sun.
  • Disliked — The regular bed pillows are much too hard!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
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central Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2008

The Downtown B&B is a pleasant, economical place to stay in Fairbanks. Carolyn, the host, is courteous, friendly, and professional, and made our stay very enjoyable.

The B&B is a few blocks from downtown, just a block south of Airport Way, a major street in Fairbanks. Guest rooms are upstairs, and guests also have access to a full kitchen (sink, stove, full-size refrigerator/freezer) and sitting room. Guests enter through a separate door on the side of the house. Our room had two twin beds, a closet, and a private bathroom. It was small and had a low sloped ceiling, but was still comfortable. Wireless internet is available (unsecured network).

The schedule of our vacation forced us to leave before breakfast was served, so we only ate breakfast once. Carolyn offered homemade muffins, fresh fruit, and coffee, juice, and milk along with about a dozen cold cereal choices.

We stayed here on three non-consecutive nights, which were interrupted by a night in another town. On the night we were away, Carolyn allowed us to keep the rest of our luggage in our room, which she locked, at no extra charge.

We'll definitely plan to stay at the Downtown B&B if we're ever in Fairbanks again.

  • Liked — Host was friendly but not annoyingly friendly
  • Disliked — A hot made to order breakfast would have been nice, but what we got was ok
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
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altoona pa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2008

Was greeted by the owner and made to feel welcome. The rooms are on the second floor. both couples had a nice room w/ bath. rooms were freshened while we were out. breakfast was cereal, melon, muffins and beverages. enough to start the day. Had a great stay here, not new but clean and comfy

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — steps
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
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Oakville, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2007

The neighbourhood surrounding this B & B is a bit seedy, and so I was a bit worried as we approached it. The previous reviewer is correct, the bedrooms are located in a separate part of the house. I did not find this to be a huge turn off as we are generally looking for clean, safe accomodation, and that is what we got. There was no one to meet us, just signs pointing with directions to our rooms. Hence there was no one to ask advice about what to do etc. We did not require help, so we were OK with this. I can see how some might feel unwelcome, but we just really wanted a place to sleep. We met our hostess in the morning, she provided us with a decent breakfast in her part of the house, kind of old-fashioned and quaint. She seemed friendly and kind.

  • Liked — price, cleanliness
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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long beach
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2007

Bed and Breakfast for me means being invited into someone's house, being made to feel like a guest. This wasn't the case here.

First the guest bedrooms are literally locked off from the rest of the house. The garden was off-limits. The room was clean and tidy but without charm or frills.

Breakfast was a joke - cold cereal, a small, stale, store-bought muffin and a slice of unripe melon. I was the only one at the table, I suspect the other guests (if there were any) had more sense and ate breakfast at a restaurant.

Very mediocre overall, and I definitely wouldn't go back

  • Liked — Clean
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
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Property: Fairbanks Downtown Bed & Breakfast
Address: 1461 Gillam Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701-6043
Location: United States > Alaska > Fairbanks
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Ranked #22 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Fairbanks
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Hotel Class:2 star — Fairbanks Downtown Bed & Breakfast 2*
Number of rooms: 5
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