by Amanda Norcross
Located in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska, Glacier Bay Lodge provides cozy accommodations for national park visitors. Open in the summer months only, the lodge offers traditional guestrooms (with or without a view) with one king or two double beds, a private bathroom, hairdryer, and coffeemaker. ADA rooms with one double bed are also available.
The hotel has an onsite restaurant, the Fairweather Dining Room, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Families can embark on a Glacier Bay Day Tour right from the hotel, too.
Our Editor Loves
- Cozy guestrooms
- Fairweather Dining Room
- Glacier Bay Day Tours
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
This review is on Aramark and the Lodge...not the National Park. I will first off state that we had a wonderful time. I will post a second review of the National Park in a separate section of Trip Advisor.
- Location location location.
- The room does have a coffee maker which also makes hot water for oatmeal.
- Ice is available from the lodge (note - once the lodge closes, your access to ice closes).
- There is WiFi available in the lodge, but not in the rooms. This was nice to mildly keep in touch with reality.
- Several paths start right from the lodge.
- Staff was kind and helpful.
- Visitor center was right in the lodge (a second one down by the bay).
- A series of boardwalks were set up to access the rooms - this is probably helpful when it is raining.
- The bathroom while not in top shape, had nice water pressure and temperature.
- Room was spacious - we had a bunk and a full...plenty of room for 3 adults.
- Table and chairs was handy.
- Shampoo and Soap was provided.
- Easy pick up and drop off at the airport...no problems at all.
- Room was dark. We had lovely weather and only used the room for sleeping. I can imagine if it is raining, the lodge might get more crowded...for I wouldn't want to stay in the room.
- Only one window out the 'back' of the room and one high window in the bathroom. It was warm when we were there, so we kept it open...we did get some bugs.
- With the one window and it being warm, we didn't pull the shade over...which kept it light most of the night given it was the end of June. A fan would have been an awesome touch to the room.
- Only one place to eat. It was lovely and good, but on the pricier side. We brought oatmeal and bread/peanut butter for breakfast and lunch - and kept the lodge dining to dinners only.
- No bathroom fan.
- We rented the bikes to ride into Gustavus. I don't think they had been well attended to. We ended up needing to contact the lodge twice on our bike ride (2 of 3 bikes) because of a flat tire and a busted gear part. We really loved the bike ride...getting to town center for ice cream and also seeing the downed airplane from 1957 was great. The staff was very very helpful in providing us assistance, it was just disappointing that the bikes were not in great shape. We hope that they get new ones as this was a nice offering.
This is the place to stay if visiting Glacier Bay! We stayed two nights. Just know that it is not a four star resort. The first day, we hiked/biked ... the second day we took the boat tour and then went to the airport. You can do the boat tour and get back to airport without any troubles - many people did this. You just check your bags at the desk in the morning before getting on the boat; staff loads them on the bus while you are on the boat...and you then get the bags at the airport.
by Elizabeth M
The arrangement of the rooms along the boardwalks was interesting and easy to follow to our room. We had a room with a king bed. It was a large spacious modern clean room with a nice private bathroom. The bed was very comfortable. There was no wifi, except in the main lobby and that was only okay. There was no TV either. The only food available was in the restaurant in the main building next to the lobby. The meals we ate were very good. The menu was rather limited though. The gift shop had a limited selection of sodas and also a limited selection of nuts, trail mix, and candy bars, though they ran out of candy bars while we were there. The staff were all friendly. It was a nice stay but it seemed a bit impersonal like we were being processed. Most people come by ferry, are brought to the lodge by bus and checked in. The next day they take the boat tour and then the next day are shuttled back to the ferry.