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I have been traveling with a movie I made called Smokin' Fish. It is a documentary about me going to fish camp with my family and putting up traditional food It is a great comedy like myself.
I love the outdoors and being on the water.
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Cory was an attentive and gracious host. The accommodations were modest, but very comfortable. I especially liked the brook running outside my bedroom window. The views of the mountains are terrific. I got a much needed rest. I slept well. Thank you Cory.
Very clean house
Communication before arrival was great. Cory was very prompt and accommodating. In the end this was the WORST experience my wife and I have had traveling abroad. Upon arrival things were not as they seemed. The warnings of home conditions are generous. There were people residing in the home which we were not made aware of. The temperature in the home was typically lower than 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The final straw was when an individual, likely intoxicated, staying in an RV parked next to the house attempted to barge into our private room, while my wife was home alone. Thankfully the bedroom door was locked and our dog was with her. I ran home pulled all of our belongings out and headed to a Juneau Hotel. No compensation for conditions nor early departure was even considered. In the end the Juneau Hotel was a MUCH better option. I fear this experience has ruined our hopes to participate in future airBnB adventures.
Please only consider this if you are a single male comfortable with being extremely flexible with an open door communal living style. Camping in a tent is likely a better option though. Regardless of season.
The house is located in a quiet neighborhood close to a salmon stream but with easy access to the main road. I took public bus there from airport. It's easy with one transit at Nugget Mall. Cory is out of town but he managed to inform me all the necessary info I need to know. The room is just as described. It a very comfortable stay. The next day I actually walk to mendenball glacier. It's a 45 mins walk with nice view.
Overall, the experience was 50/50 positive and negative. The house needs A LOT of upkeep. There are several unsanitary details in the kitchen, the dish rack had a disgusting brown crust developing, which I cleaned the second night since it wasn't going to be cleaned by itself. The hallway to the room I was assigned was dirty and soil was obvious. The bathroom tub had crust developing as well and hairs and soil piling up on the drain. Jake, the tenant was awesome and very helpful and wouldn't put any of this on him as my exchange and supposed contract was with Cory. Cory was not there the entire time of my stay nor did he bother checking in. I would think a B&B host would be more thorough on how his/her property is presented...but at 50 bucks a night, could you really complain? Again, I'm very gracious of Jake going out of his way to take me around town and even cook dinner on my arrival and departure. But this place is booked for all next summer so the host is doing something right or people dont know what they're getting themselves into. Take previous reviews to heart; this host really needs to run a tighter ship.
Cory was very helpful and accommodating. We landed on the ferry late and had to leave the next morning, so we didn't have too much interaction, but he was very helpful through email before we got there. The house is a nice space by a little stream, and close to Mendenhall Glacier. I would definitely stay here again next time I'm in Juneau!
Thanks, it was nice to have you over. See you again some time soon. Cory
There was no problems, everything was as it was said. The room was cozy.
Cory was at fish camp during our visit. He was in touch with us as soon as we got off the ferry and he had a friend Jean stop by the next morning to make sure everything was okay. There were phone numbers available if we had any problems. The contact couldn't have been better.
The room was just as advertised. It was very large and very comfortable. The bed was very comfortable. The shower looked like it was brand new and worked great.
This is a very typical Alaskan home. Funky and comfortable. Someone mentioned a smell that I found interesting. This is a rain forest so a certain amount of moisture is always in the air and wood heat always seems to add a smell. It smells exactly like my home.
Neighborhoods in Alaska often seem to have trailers next to fancy houses. I never felt uneasy.
I will definitely stay here again.
The good stuff first:
Cory was in touch with us the day before to confirm our arrival time. I'm not sure if he lives there, but he also came by briefly the night we arrived and said hi. We found the place without any issues.
A very relaxed house - the front door isn't locked, and people come and go, but we never felt unsafe. Comfy couches, Netflix, and a big TV are great for rainy days.
The room and rest of the house were clean, and it's one of the cheaper places to stay in Juneau. A nice residential area close to the glacier, and backing onto a stream.
We booked the more expensive room with an ensuite, which had a nice view of the stream and some travel books and brochures in it.
Check-in and check-out times were flexible.
On the down side:
The home smells a little like people used to smoke inside, and there is almost zero sound insulation - you can hear everything. It's pretty run down.
Luckily the two others staying there were nice, clean and quiet.
The kitchen is well stocked with spices and so on, but a little crowded, and the fridge needs cleaning.
The day we arrived the ensuite was a musty construction zone, so we shared the bathroom at the other end of the house. It would have been nice if we were offered a discount, or help finding somewhere else to stay.
We didn't worry about it since sharing a bathroom is pretty easy. Plus we'd already paid, and didn't have time to find somewhere else.
On the plus side whoever stays after us will probably have a nice new ensuite. :)
The location is a bit out of town, with limited transport options. You need a car to get around, or spare cash for taxis.
I would stay again as it's clean, the atmosphere is relaxed and the glacier is close by, but would be mindful that it is budget accomodation, and without a car you might be better off staying closer to town.
Cory and his companion were ideal guests with me. Friendly, courteous and easy to talk to. I enjoyed having them as guests and they are welcome to stay anytime. I highly recommend for anyone considering hosting. Thank you!