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The White House
Ranked #2 of 5 Skagway B&B and Inns
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Stayed over at the White House in Skagway. Not only had we a nice, clean and bright room, the host was very kind and had quite some stories to share about fishing and Alaskan life style.
Impressive breakfast room, variety of cereals, bread, cookies, even soja milk present.
The teddy bears on the bed and the little duck in the bathroom were just the right finishing touch.
Unlike most of the smaller towns and villages we drove through, Skagway can be extremely busy when cruise ships arrive, so perhaps better to make reservations if you would like to stay in this historical house!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Linda V
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JohnandJanTronrud, Owner at The White House, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Thank you ... safe travels. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” ― Voltaire

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

couldn't fault Jan's Accommodation. walking around town, we felt we had picked the best place to stay. Surprise on booking in, we had been upgraded to a ground floor room.
the guest notebook was full of praise from worldwide guests

Room Tip: depends if you want upstairs or down. downstairs to right has luxurious bath
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank pkgum
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JohnandJanTronrud, Owner at The White House, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2013

Thank you ... "No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks." ~St. Ambrose of Milan

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The White House is an older home, well maintained while keeping its character. It is a few blocks off the main street, which we felt was a plus, because the streets are clogged with people from the cruise ships during the day. Before 8:00 a.m. and after 6:30 p.m. it is easy to walk anywhere, although many of the stores are closed by then. There is a cold breakfast offered, that was more than adequate. In addition there is a muffin of the day, and fresh cookies everyday, which were all good.

The difficulty we had was getting from and back to the harbor. The innkeepers assured us that the local shuttle system would serve us well. That did not turn out to be the case, There was a shuttle sign at the harbor, and it said it ran until 9:00 pm, but they did not come, and we got an answering machine when we called the number. Luckily we had been chatting with a young woman who was returning for a home visit and she saw our plight. she and her Mom gave us a quick tour of the town and dropped us off at the B&B. The ferry dock is a good mile+ from the White House and dragging luggage back there was unappealing. We expressed our concern to our host. He told us the shuttle could not be reserved, but that they began running at 7:00 a.m so we should have no trouble getting to our 8:00 ferry. We called right at 7:00 a.m., and got the answering machine. We asked for assistance from the person on site, who called the shuttle again, and then called a local taxi, which we had been told by our hosts did not exist. Still only got a machine there too. At 7:30, neither of us felt comfortable waiting any longer, so we schlepped our luggage down the ferry dock. We made it, but were sweaty, tired and aggravated.

The shuttle worked for us for daytime travel, but did not work for transportation to and from the small boat dock. We were sorely disappointed in our hosts who did not step up and help us when we were leaving. This colored our view of our stay at the White House, and left us dissatisfied despite the actual accommodations being spacious, historic and well maintained.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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JohnandJanTronrud, Owner at The White House, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2013

Your are right. While we aren't licensed for it and our insurance doesn't cover it, if we had a vehicle available we should have offered to drive you to the harbor ourselves. I am very sorry. There is no taxi service in Skagway. The alternate number called was for one of the local tour operators. The SMART bus system works most of the time, but all it takes is for a cell phone to be left our of hearing range for it to all fall apart. Please accept our apologies and know that I have copied your post to the owner/operator of the SMART shuttle system to make them aware. We do our best to inform our visitors how and when the system is available, but sadly, with humans at the helm, it sometimes fails. Thank you for your kind comments about your stay At the White House and for bringing this to my attention. I hope your lasting memory of Skagway is of colorful gardens and dramatic backdrops of the train trip.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

We had two nights at The White House in June which coincided with the Great Alaskan heat wave of 2013. The accommodation here is extremely comfortable and the hosts are very hospitable and welcoming. Rooms are clean and furnished with comfort in mind. Amazing mountain views from all bedroom windows. Interesting building history and the photos of the structure before the fire and the result of the rebuilding shows the dedication and research of John, Jan and their family. Skagway is a lovely place to visit, we were sorry to leave. Recommended very highly.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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JohnandJanTronrud, Owner at The White House, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

Thank you for your kind words. Safe travels ...

"We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Reviewed May 15, 2013

This was a wonderful place to stay. The room was very clean, comfortable and spacious. We spent 6 nights here while visiting our daughter and were made to feel very much at home. Jan and John were gracious hosts. The bed was very comfortable. The attached bathroom was very clean and modern. The breakfast was very nice with fruit, eggs, cereal, bread, bagels, juice, yogurt and delicious homemade muffins every morning. It was a little cold and windy while we were in town and we really appreciated the hot coffee and tea that was always available to us. The common rooms are a nice place to take a break and visit with others. We will definitely stay there again whenever we are in Skagway and highly recommend it to anyone traveling there. Steve & Dawn Wilcox

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Dawn W
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JohnandJanTronrud, Owner at The White House, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2013

Gertrude Stein said, "Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone." Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. Safe travels and we look forward to your next family visit. Jan and John

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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Excellent value, extremely clean rooms. Continental breakfast enough to fit most tastes. Hosts, John and Jan made me feel right at home. I would recommend the B&B very highly. Looking forward to my next stay in Skagway.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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JohnandJanTronrud, Owner at The White House, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2013

Thank you for your kind words. In the words of Voltaire, "“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” Hope to see you again and that you will be able to see the fruit of your efforts while working in Skagway.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

I picked At the White House because of the reviews found on here, plus the price, and had a great feeling about the accomodations from the e-mails exchanged in the months before arrival. We had no problem finding the accomodations after our drive from Whitehorse, and then it was nice to be able to park the car on the road and walk downtown. The rooms were great, complete with ensuite bathroom. I had a room on the corner with views towards downtown and on the street. It was very quiet. The young lady who greeted me and got us signed in was very friendly, and let me know that there were breakfasts to go in the fridges in our room. That was wonderful as we had to be down to the port at 5am. I would stay again and recommend At The White House, and thank the hosts for their accomodations.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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JohnandJanTronrud, Owner at The White House, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2012

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. ~William Shakespeare
Hope to see you again.

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Additional Information about The White House

Address: Eighth & Main Sts, PO Box 41, Skagway, AK 99840-0041
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Location: United States > Alaska > Skagway
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Skagway
Price Range: $75 - $179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A comfy little inn, bringing together modern conveniences and Skagway history, for a restful night's sleep. Rooms vary in size, but they all feature cable TV, handcrafted quilts, wireless Internet, mini refrigerators, screened windows and ceiling fans. The Continental breakfast has lots of choices. Warm, welcoming, and open year round. Afternoon tea and the cookie jar are always a treat. ... more   less 

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