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Colony Inn
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Reviewed 9 July 2010

Like other reviewers, we found this a charming and comfortable place to stay. It is a former residence for teachers of colonists who came to Alaska to start farming in the area during the Great Depression. Viewing an old picture book in the living room of the facility gave us a good idea of the project that brought immigrants from the upper Midwest of the USA to Alaska. A very attractive alternative to the usual motel or hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Allan W
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Reviewed 2 June 2010

We decided to stay in Palmer on our way from Denali to Matanuska Glacier. It's a convenient stop along the highway and is close to stunning scenery all around. It's also fairly close to Anchorage, which is where we headed next.

Palmer is a charming little town that feels like Mayberry RFD. The Colony Inn delivers historical charm and is situated in the center of the old part of town. We walked all around and picked up some food at the very nearby supermarket. The Colony Inn is not a B&B, but there is a coffeemaker (with coffee & filters) and microwave in the hallway and there's a fridge in your room so it's all very convenient for snacks and a continental breakfast. They have a common area with tables & chairs downstairs. The restaurant wasn't open during our stay--it only served Sunday brunch (probably opens more during the summer high season?). The room itself is comfortable; like staying at your aunt's house. Our heater was broken, so it was 95° in our room. They responded to our call immediately and just turned the unit off altogether, which turned out fine. Bring eyeshades if you're sensitive to light -- the sun doesn't set until after bedtime. We enjoyed our stay and had a restful night's sleep.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank TwoFourTheRoad
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Reviewed 5 May 2010

I think Palmer is one of the most undervalued cities in Alaska. I pop up there occasionally to take yoga and dance classes and for the fabulous, accessible hiking. I booked a room at the Colony Inn without knowing anything about it and what a wonderful surprise! Charming room full of antiques and within walking distance of Palmer's wonderful restaurants and shops. Also close to the public library if you need internet access.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled solo
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Thank omkitty2000
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Reviewed 27 June 2009

This was a neat place to stay. It was originally a teachers dorm. Rooms are nice and clean. There is no staff here, they are located in another hotel a few blocks from the Colony Inn. I liked the history of the place. There was a washer and dryer, free of charge, and lots of books on the area in the large sitting room. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank hoosiervacation
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Reviewed 18 September 2008

I've stayed at the Colony Inn many times over the years, and for me it is home away from home. The building itself, an historical treasure from Palmer's Colony days, has been lovingly and thoughtfully restored with great attention to both historical detail and the comfort of the guests. You couldn't ask for a quieter, more peaceful place to stay, yet it is ideally situated in the heart of downtown Palmer. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the price is incredibly reasonable. I've stayed at other places in the Valley, but the Colony Inn is always my first choice.

Stayed: August 2008
1  Thank jjinsf
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