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Talkeetna Roadhouse
Ranked #2 of 17 Talkeetna B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

Our family of 4 (including a 8 and 10 year old) stayed one night in the cabin behind the Roadhouse and really enjoyed our stay.In addition to the cabin, you can hang out inside the common areas of the roadhouse. I was a bit nervous about the shared bathrooms inside the house, but it wasn't an issue at all. It is rustic, but very clean and comfortable. The beds were super comfortable and the cabin was comfortably warm. The staff was very welcoming to our family and very pleasant.

Although we stayed at some very nice hotels on a trip, I think that this was our favorite stay because we felt that we really experienced the real Alaska and had a great time. We felt more like travelers than tourists staying here. During the day Talkeentna can be a bit touristy, but by staying overnight you get to meet locals and alot of climbers. My family loved hearing the tales from those who had just returned from summitting Denali. If you want fancy, stay somewhere else. But if you want lodging that you will talk about for along time after you leave, stay here.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

Stayed for two nights 5/26-27, in room #2. This had a queen bed, armoire, desk, wing back chair, and sink. Room was quaint, the bed did have what I call the honeymoon squeak, but was so comfortable. If you are a late riser this is not the room for you, since breakfast starts at 8, and fills up by 8:15 you can hear the chatter in the middle room. Hot beverages are provided for guests in the main hall. Bathrooms were right next door, and spotless.
Staff was friendly and could not do enough to help you. If you are a "Four Seasons" or fancy hotel person this is not for you, but if you enjoy people, stay here. I understand that last winter two of the few remaining roadhouses burned in Alaska. No trip is complete with out a stay at a roadhouse. This one is a treasure.

Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2012

We stayed for 2 night during September 2011, a wonderful experience. We stayed in room A, the bunks were very comfortable. The bathroom were fine with plenty of hot water. Breakfast was huge and you do need to be seated before the place is swamped by the 'cruise ship' people.
We paticularly liked the pasties from the bakery, the best we have ever tasted.
This was our second visit to Talkeetna, the first being the previous year tent camping in the flooded campsite nearby!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

My wife and I had the opportunity to stay at the Roadhouse recently. It was the best stop on our trip. Nick and staff were some of the friendliest people we've met on our trips. They were the icing on the cake! It's a great place to stay; full of history and Alaskan memorabilia. The lounging area was decorated in the old Alaskan style. The bakery was phenomenal and the frosted cinnamon rolls were the best ever! Nick, thanks for making this a great stop on our Alaskan adventure. It's a must experience kind of place. Not the Hilton but so memorable!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

So do not expect perfect or modern, what you get is old, haunted, sagging reality and it is fun. Food is always good. Join others at long tables and strike up a conversation, they may be locals! This is where many mountain climbers for many years made preparations and came back to frostbitten faces and feet, to stew, a piece of hot apple pie and hot coffee.
The rooms are sparse and usually have a cot or two. Like it was in the early days, so go, stay and feel what it was like why back when, REAL! And have stories to tell when you get back home.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

My family and I live in Alaska, about an hour and a half drive from Talkeetna, known to locals and visitors alike as a quirky, artsy town that is the jumping off point for climbers, as well as a stop on the Alaska Railroad (part of land/sea tours for Princess Cruise Line and Lodges). As residents, Talkeetna is probably our favorite local vacation spot, whether it's for dinner at the West Rib, Mountain High Pizza, or The Roadhouse.

In February, we decided to come up for the night, since there was a high activity forecast for aurora that night, and Talkeetna is a great spot to check them out. We reserved their bunk room for our teenage sons, and we reserved a room with a queen bed on the first floor. These rooms share two large downstairs shower rooms.

The rooms are all unique, including the "fancier" rooms upstairs, where the decor is more traditional Alaskan, with two rooms sharing a creatively decorated bathroom with a large old fashioned claw foot tub. The room we used had a small sink to use.

There are two common areas on the first floor. One is part of the restaurant area, which has a few family style tables and a coffee/tea/cocoa area. This area has several comfortable couches/chairs around a warm fireplace/stove. There are all kinds of fun things on the walls to check out, as well as tons of reading material, including many that are uniquely Alaskan. The area also has a piano and sheet music-looked like fun but none of us play..

The other common area is in the next room, which includes a large family style table that is used for the restaurant, as well as a gathering place for visitors. The rest of the room is filled with stacks of more reading material, puzzles, and games. It has a gas log stove as well.

Both of the rooms are very welcoming, and (next to their breakfasts, which are legendary...) are my favorite part of staying there. It's a great place to gather and to relax. There is a small desk/store area that sells shirts and other gifts in this area. My kids thought the old fashioned "bat phone" on the table was wild. It's bright red like the ones you see in the movies :-)

The menu in the restaurant consists of "breakfast" and "not breakfast" (really). The choices are brief (more on weekends/summer than off season/weekdays), but the food is incredible (has been on Man vs. Food). The sourdough pancakes are huge-one pancake overflows off the plate. On that note, the full portions are huge-you might want to share if you don't eat that much, or order their half portions.

The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help. Keep in mind, though, that this is a family style place, so don't expect all kinds of amenities. Honestly, I wouldn't want it to. If you want a swimming pool and mints on your pillow, go to Alyeska.

I highly recommend The Roadhouse if you are looking for an authentic Alaskan experience that you will want to come back to again and again.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

My family and I did not stay here, but we had breakfast here and it was outstanding! You have to get the Sourdough pancakes and everything else was good as well. Also, we wished we stayed here. It is located right in downtown Talkeetna and close to everything.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Address: 13550 E Main St, Talkeetna, AK 99676
Region: United States > Alaska > Talkeetna
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #2 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Talkeetna
Price Range: $85 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Talkeetna Roadhouse 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Roadhouse, built around 1917, is one of the oldest establishments still in operation on Main Street in "Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna." Our kitchen is open to the public and we've become famous for big breakfasts, hearty soups, homebaked breads and genuine frontier hospitality. Our bakery produces all sorts of treats each day such as pies, a variety of cinnamon rolls, cookies, cakes, brownies, and savory pasties. The historic end-of-the-road town of Talkeetna is known today throughout the world as the base for international climbers making their way to climb Denali (Mt. McKinley), North America's tallest peak. Denali and the other peaks of the Alaska Range offer a magnificent backdrop for this picturesque town of around 800 people, located about two and a half hours north of Anchorage and halfway between Anchorage and Denali park entrance both by rail and road. The guest rooms range from private to hostel-style, rustic cabins to the school teacher's apartment located above the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. Bathrooms are "down the hall" in typical Roadhouse fashion, and even though a bathroom has been added to Trapper John's Cabin, guests can still use its 5-Star outhouse! Breakfast is a separate charge but we provide our guests with coffee/cocoa/tea throughout their stay. ... more   less 
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