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“Trophy Lodge July 2010” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tim Berg's Alaskan Fishing Adventures Accommodation

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Tim Berg's Alaskan Fishing Adventures Accommodation
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Trophy Lodge July 2010”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

I did alot of internet research before I selected the Tim Berg's Trophy Lodge for my 23 day stay July 2010. It was my second visit to Alaska (first 2007) so I came prepared for the changes that inveribly happen in Alaska. The weather changes often during the long days and these people presented the most professional overall package. Full accommodation and all meals provided plus fishing charters with truely interesting professional guides who provide the very best opportunity to hook into a fish. The organisation ran smoothly with advice given on the next days charter early evening as at times fitting the 50 guests into their desired adventures couldnt have been easy with changing weather conditions and closures of rivers. The meals and quality wines (complimentary) were of a high standard and the friendly staff maintained a high standard of service and cleanliness. The Trophy Lodge was comfortable and homely andwe all got to know each other over the time of our stay. I loved it and will be back again

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2011

My son and I stayed at Tim Berg's Trophy Lodge right on the Kenai. We wanted access to their private dock to fish for Sockeye without having to combat fish with the locals. We booked all of our charters with Tim including 2 days of fishing on the Kenai, a drift boat fishing trip on the Kasilof river, Halibut fishing out of Seward, and a flyout to Wolverine Creek to fish Silver and Sockeye while bear watching. Overall, an amazing trip!

The staff was courteous and well organized. Every afternoon we had our itinerary and maps printed out and waiting in our room. The food was excellent. I was actually worried about this part when booking, but my worries proved to be unfounded. The Trophy Lodge has a private chef and our meals were varied and tasty. From steak to all you can eat king crab - absolutely delicious.

I required internet access and I wanted to be able to use my AMEX card for the booking for miles and reward points. This was one of the few locations that had both full internet access (no additional charge) and allowed my booking on my AMEX.

Our rooms were simple, two beds with a private bathroom. I toured the other rooms while I was there and found a couple of suites that had full private living rooms with a TV and media centers. Most of those sleep 4 - so I would need a couple of extra people to book those. Overall, our beds were comfortable, the rooms were quiet, extremely clean and we felt well cared for.

The lodge has a community feel to it with a pool table room, computer access, and a shared dining area and living room areas. We went to Alaska to fish primarily, so we didn't spend too much time at the lodge outside of Sockeye fishing on the dock, meals, and of course, sleeping.

This is definitely not a sleeping trip.. it's a fishing trip.. and a couple of days we were runing on 4 or 5 hours of sleep. Because it was daylight most of the time and only dark a few hours a night.. it was hard to keep my head straight. If you are booking make sure you understand that fishing for Halibut happens in Seward or Homer and those are 2.5 hours away from Soldotna. So plan on 5 hours of round trip driving with that excursion. A halibut fishing day from Soldotna will be a 15 to 16 hour day. Plan accordingly and don't book an excursion the following morning, but rather book one in the afternoon. That will give you plenty of time to sleep in and shake off the long day on the Ocean.

As it relates to the staff - Noel was in charge of our lodge and he was always available to make changes, additions, or otherwise see to our special needs and requests. In addition, a staff member named Bree actually did our laundry one day for us because we were out and didn't have time. It was so nice to come back and have our clothes clean and folded on our bed. That isn't a typical service they perform, and Bree really went above and beyond by doing it.

In closing.. we loved our trip. My son and I had a great time together and won't soon forget how well Tim Berg and staff took care of us.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2011

We (my Dad and older brother) just returned from a fishing trip with Tim Berg’s Alaskan Fishing Adventures from 12-17 Jun 11. Below are some things you need to know before you book with them. Knowing what we know now, we would have just booked a hotel and the fishing trips independently.

For starters, these are not lodges. They are houses with multiple rooms for the guests of the lodge. We had a total of 13 guests when we stayed at the Seascape. Speaking with all of them throughout the week, we all had the same concerns/complaints about the operation. They do not tell you that will be responsible for driving to meet your boat and the wake up times are random and you don’t know until the night prior to departing where you are going. We cancelled our last fishing trip after we found out we had to depart at 3:30am, waking up at 2:30am. Staff members got into arguments and one almost came to blows in front of the guests. The chef was a joke. The food was marginal at best. You had to ask for coffee to be made and ask for him to make you breakfast on the days he actually showed up anyway. You get two free 50lb boxes processed of fish, but what they don’t tell you is one 50lb box estimates about $215 to ship anywhere back to the lower 48.

Our first evening after checking in we were presented our itinerary at 8pm for the next day. We were told to depart at 4am to drive to Seward to meet our boat. A 2.5 hour drive from the house. This after a full day of driving from Anchorage and a few drinks because we didn’t know we were leaving so early. So basically we had to wake up at 3am to get ready, drive, be on the boat all day and drive back. When we woke up that morning no staff member was up as promised. The chef was nowhere to be found and the packed sandwich lunches that were supposed to be laid out were not. So we left without breakfast or lunch for the day. We returned about 9pm only to find out we had to get up at 4:30am the next day. One gentleman had a trip to Homer, a 1.5 hour drive, followed by the 2.5 hour trip to Seward on back to back days. He was a walking zombie. Below are some additional items to consider:

---You cannot use the kitchen to make your own meals. They “upgraded” us, but it’s because they don’t want you using the kitchen or cook on your own. So you must rely on the undependable chef to make your breakfast and lay out lunch. Lunch is a ham or turkey sandwich you make on your own. And of course they expect tips for this behavior.

---You cannot store anything in the refrigerator and they have no ice machine. So if you pickup something at the market or have any leftovers from dinner, you cannot store them here. You need to buy your own ice to keep anything cold.

---No use of a grill. So after you catch those fish and maybe want to celebrate by grilling one up, guess what? You can’t do it.

---No TV in rooms. There is one common TV and that is it. So if someone is watching a movie or something you are out of luck if they don’t want to watch the big game like you do.

---No pre-planning. You don’t get the itinerary until 8pm the night prior so you could be driving 30 minutes or 3 hours. You don’t know until they tell you or you get back from your other trip at 9pm.

---No WIFI. They said it was temporarily down, but it never came back up the whole week we were there.

---No remorse. They don’t really care how much driving you’re doing or that you’re not happy. They just shrug their shoulders and dismiss it as another complaining guest. Or blame it on something else.

Save your money and look elsewhere. This operation has many holes in it and I plan to write a formal letter to the owners. The houses are nice and the view is great, but you can get the same view without the hassle. Never again.

Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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timmyberg, Owner at Tim Berg's Alaskan Fishing Adventures Accommodation, responded to this review, 19 January 2013
In responding to this reviewer I would like to first of all thank him and his father for traveling from Minnesota and fishing with us. also I would like to apologize for the actions of the new chef, who failed miserably. This was a new chef and lasted two days - we try to find the best chefs and staff available, however this one was escorted to the airport after his second day.

All of our guests are given choices each day of where they would like to fish and they ultimately make the choice of where to go. All the guests are aware of the drive involved to different locations. A lot of guests enjoy driving and the scenery that comes with it...others not so much.
I would say that if you do not enjoy driving, then the Trophy Lodge is a better choice as you can stay there and fish right out the back door every day.

Although 90% of our guests return and they realize that by driving it allows them access to five different fisheries - more so than any other fishing package they could hope for by staying and fishing from a single location.

Shipping fish home has nothing to do with us. FedEx is the shipping company of choice. Guests have their choice of taking their fish with them, which are frozen and boxed for the airlines. Or as a special service they can ship their fish home, like 80% of the anglers who visit Alaska each year do, using FedEx. No matter who this individual decides to fish with in the future, if he elects to ship his fish home he will have to pay FedEx $215 to ship his fish home.

We do not let our guests use the kitchen. All of our kitchens are State inspected and state regulated licensed Kitchens. This would be similiar to staying at the Hilton and using their kitchen - doesn't work. I really think that this individual would have been much better off staying at a cabin or in a condo somewhere and cooking his own meals after returning from a long day of fishing. Full service lodges are not for everyone.

We do provide ice chests and we do have an ice machine for guests who prefer to keep items in a cooler. And yes we do not provide a grill either or TV's in the guest rooms. And I am not sure why he would think that these items are provided. Several large flat screen TV's are located in the common areas.

In regards to cancelling his last charter, this gentelman returned to the Lodge at 8 Pm as he had driven to Seward to go fishing. When he got there he demanded to be changed from the fishing trip the next day as he had changed his mind.(again) This is a trip he had specifically told us to book and he expected us to try to switch him to a different charter at 9 PM when all the charter Captains, deckhands etc are already in bed getting ready for the next day.

It was just too late to cancel his Charter for the following day - and to do so would have been unfair to the guide who he was scheduled to fish with him that day. Fishing Guides and Captains have a very short season, and as such expect to be paid when folks have make reservations with them.

This was unreasonable and his request could not be met. And this is the very reason he submitted this review to Trip Advisor.
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Property: Tim Berg's Alaskan Fishing Adventures Accommodation
Address: 720 Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Directly on the Kenai River, Soldotna, AK 99669-8226
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Region: United States > Alaska > Soldotna
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Ranked #4 of 40 Speciality Lodging in Soldotna
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Choose between three different properties. Tim's Trophy Lodge, The SeaBreeze Lodge and The SeaScape Lodge. All three are waterfront properties featuring the areas most luxurious accommodations combined with some of the very best cuisine in the area. Attention to detail sets these fishing lodges apart: Pillow-top mattress, fine linens, great views, limited edition art, Alaska inspired decor throughout - these are not your typical Alaskan Fishing Lodges. A far cry from rustic - bring your spouse, your family , your friends - or just come by yourself - a first class Alaska vacation awaits you. If you are just looking for a great vacation, there is no better place to hang your hat than at one of these great locations. Or if you are looking to experience the very finest fishing Alaska has to offer, be sure to reserve an All INCLUSIVE Fishing Package. We have been serving anglers from around the globe for 40 years - call us for all the details. ... more   less 
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