Staying at the Moose Den B&B is a bit like staying with family. The home has a "lived in" feel, unlike some B&Bs that feel like small hotels. The owners are very friendly and Rico sits at the dining room table, drinking his coffee, while guests have their breakfast. His wife is often in the kitchen at the computer and the two are willing to share lots of information about things to do and to share stories with you. They are very accommodating about dietary requirements if informed in advance.
Their B&B is on the soth side of town, away form the "downtown" area. If you have a car, this is not a problem and the price is lower than the downtown locations, making i a good value. We spent most of our time south of Anchorage on day trips, so the location was perfect. They are at the end of a road, surrounded by trees, so you don't feel like you're in the suburbs that you've just driven through.
The beds were very comfortable and there are blackout curtains in the room, which are helpful since it stays light outside pretty late in the summer. Memory foam mattresses were very comfortable and the room was spacious. We stayed int he deck room and although we did not use the deck during our short stay, it's large and provides lots of space for enjoying the outdoors if you want to sit out and read a book or watch for moose. One visited the property after we left for the day during our stay, but one of the other guests was lucky enough to see it.
The front door has a code entry, so the owners accommodate late arrival with advance notice. This is a very big plus for this B&B, as you do not have to disturb the owners. The only negative is that the doors to the rooms stick and you can sometimes hear other late-arriving guests. If you're a light sleeper, this can wake you up.
If you aren't looking to be in the middle of the downtown area and want to feel like you are a guest of the family rather than staying in a paid accommodation, this is a great place. If you prefer the anonymity of a hotel, this isn't the place. You will get to know the owners and the other guests over a liesurely breakfast, and may get some excellent tips on sites to see or things to do! Another great plus is that they let us check in online and print boarding passes from the computer in the kitchen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Moose Den B&B is located in Anchorage, Alaska, 13 minutes south of ANC Airport. From the B&B, the south side business center - where Alaska's largest mall, Wal-Mart, Costco, sport shops and restaurants are located - is only 6 minutes North; downtown Anchorage is 15 minutes further North. The 5-bedroom house is new, constructed in 2007. Located in a 2-acre secluded forested area where the moose give birth to their young. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Moose Den Bed & Breakfast Anchorage, Alaska