We liked the inviting warmth on arriving here; but once inside apt 4, we found the apt to need updating. The tub and kitchen sink are old and possibly original but need resurfacing. The clawfoot tub shower curtain allowed water to leak out the front of the tub. Our mattress was on a platform bed with thin slats, that fell to the ground in the middle of the night. We spent the last night trying to put the bed back together, and it was late after midnight. Another review from Aug. 19, 2013, (tripadvisor) mentioned this exact same problem, so obviously it wasn't repaired (try some 1x4's?) a year later! We didn't see what good us calling this late at night would do, with us just putting it back together ourselves. Our teen daughter was in the same room with us on a couch-bed and it woke her up when the bed fell apart. We saw the owner only once the first night because we had to call to let us in, as someone had bolted the deadbolt where we were to enter using a code keypad. We had cigarette smoke smelling up the place, as the seasonal employees stand outside below apt 4 window in the parking lot behind, and smoke. Also had someone sitting on the front door step smoking almost every time we tried to enter. Definitely overpriced for the lack of quality in the room we got, even if it was Alaska's high season for tourism. For the price we paid, the furniture we slept on would be of higher quality I would think or at least be repaired using a more reliable method than the original slats that came with the bed, if this has happened before.
We liked the old downtown charm and quaintness of the building. We liked being close to shopping, cafes, restaurants. The floors creaked which was part of the old charm of the building, but some may not like it. The stairs that led up to the rooms from the street entrance were steep, but again part of the old charm of the building- they didn't have elevators in such buildings back in the day. If you want a home-like experience where nothing is perfect like a 4-5 star hotel, then this place is for you. The staff at the cafe next door were very nice.