by Phil Corless
The Historic Skagway Inn is a sprawling century-old home with a colorful past. Most of its ten antique-filled rooms have private baths and can comfortably accommodate a family of five. Ask for the “Alice” room, which has a separate sun porch, if you want the most space. About that colorful past- All of the rooms are named after ladies who worked at or near the house during the early 1900s. Yes, back when prostitution was legal. If you don’t want to explain it to your kids, look elsewhere. Otherwise, the history and ambience of the place can be quirky and fun. Families will love the full breakfast each morning, complete with eggs, bacon, cereal, and fruit, but save room for dinner at Olivia’s, the Inn’s gourmet restaurant, which specializes in local seafood at a reasonable price. There are no TVs in the rooms, but there’s a wonderful collection of board games to choose from in the lounge for your fun family game night.
Skagway is a small, compact town, so everything is within walking distance of your hotel. Much of the town is a historical district with over 100 buildings dating back to the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s. From the Skagway Inn, it’s a leisurely stroll to any number of shops, restaurants and attractions. Five minutes away is the popular White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, a steam train that takes you on a round-trip journey into the mountains. Two blocks away is the must-see Days of ’98 vaudeville-style stage show. Your innkeepers will be happy to point you to tour companies for whale watching, gold panning and glacier excursions. For the comfort, experience and location, the Historic Skagway Inn offers a great family-friendly choice for your visit to Skagway.
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OK--we were on a 5 week drive of the ALCAN Highway--with a side trip to Skagway and Haines. During our trip we stayed in 17 different accommodations, and our 2 day stay at The Historic Skagway Inn was by far the worst and most difficult--we were very happy to get out and move on. An explanation is necessary:
1. The Historic Skagway Inn was a brothel during the gold rush days--sounds charming, right? But old brothel rooms are very, very tiny. That in itself could be dealt with except that the room was filled with USELESS CLUTTER! (Please see attached photos) We stayed in "Birdie"--which had a queen sized bed and a 1/2 bath--this means a toilet, a sink and a shared shower down the hall. Within the room was13 pillows!!! No one needs 13 pillows!!! We bring our own pillows and sometimes use one of the pillows provided by the hotel. Since there was nowhere in the room to put the pillows, I had to put 11 of them in the hallway outside the room. (But of course housekeeping put them back in the room the next day!) What little floor space there was was taken up by an enormous round-top steamer trunk which served no function other than decoration. There was a dresser, but it's top was filled with clutter. There was a shelf--also filled with clutter. The window seat was the only horizontal surface not filled. There was no desk, so to use my laptop computer, I had to put one of the pillows on top of the round top steamer trunk, put the computer on top of the pillow, and sit sideways on a chair next to the trunk. In short, I'm sure cutesy little knick-knacks add to the ambiance of a historic hotel room--but only if there is room for them. And "Birdie" in the Historic Skagway inn doesn't have room for them. My advice: If you stay in "Birdie", your luggage had better not consist of anything more than a toothbrush!
2. The Historic Skagway Inn is a Bed and Breakfast--so what was the breakfast like? Our first morning, breakfast consisted of ONE baked(!) egg, ONE piece of bacon some toast and jam and coffee, tea, and juice. We had never had a baked egg before--and it certainly wasn't our preference. My feeling was that it was the smallest amount of food possible and still be called breakfast. Breakfast on day two was identical to breakfast on day one.
3. Stairs! To get to our room, we had to hump luggage up two flights of stairs. Maybe this is OK if you are in your 30's but it was not OK for us in our late 60's!
4. Cost. "Birdie" cost $212.87 per night (U.S. including taxes) This was the worst value for money during our 5 week trip.
5. Housekeeping! One of the 3 lights in our room was burned out and I requested both housekeeping and the front desk for it to be replaced. Our room had glasses in it, which we used for wine the first evening. Housekeeping took the glasses the next morning and didn't replace them. Housekeeping took the covers off our own personal pillows that we brought with us and decided to launder them. They were not returned, and when we asked about them, they were returned with bleach-marks all over. After 24 hours we finally gave up on the light bulb and glasses and I snuck into an unoccupied room and took a lightbulb out of a socket and liberated two replacement glasses.
6. The bed was broken and as a result, the mattress on one side sagged all the way onto the floor.
To be fair the one thing the Historic Skagway Inn has going for it is it's location--at the end of Broadway and handy to everything. But I think the owners should stay in "Birdie" for a few days with one large and one small suitcase and see how comfortable they are!
by Kent L
Part of a group of six adults. We stayed there in three rooms. Very charming place in a great location. The staff was helpful and friendly. The breakfast was included and was excellent. A parking pass good all day was also included.