USA North America Alaska Girdwood Listing #16166

Compton's Forest Chalet - Girdwood, AK

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29 reviews
Max. occupancy: 9 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 2 Double Bed, 2 Twin Bed, 1 Futon 4 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms 4 dog max 
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Spacious chalet with WiFi, private hot tub & solarium - dogs ok

Your Girdwood getaway will be relaxing with this retreat, boasting an open-beam construction, a private hot tub, and a solarium. Dogs are also welcome for a small, nightly fee.

Set amongst towering trees, this rental will add a feeling of serenity to your stay. Do some hiking or biking nearby, or take a trek to a shimmering glacier. Try kayaking, dogsledding, or head to Akyeska Resort for excellent skiing and snowboarding. Girdwood proper is two miles away, where you'll find dining and nightlife.

Warm up by the wood stove after savoring a hearty, home-cooked meal, and start your days in the sunny solarium while you enjoy your breakfast. This rental also has recent flooring updates, free WiFi, and private washer/dryer as added amenities.

Make your Alaskan adventure vacation special. Book this rental today!

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.

AMENITIES

Features

Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Wood stove

House rules

Dog-friendly

Kitchen & dining

Dishwasher

Fridge

Microwave

Stove

Media

Internet

TV

Cable

DVD player

Wireless router

Nearby activities & attractions

Downhill Skiing

On-site activities

Hot tub : Private

Outdoor

Deck

29 reviews

schelly p. Jul 2022
This place was perfect for a girls weekend getaway. 4 bedroom house allowed each of us to have our own room. We really enjoyed having coffee in the solarium in the morning with a view of the forest all around, and soaking in the hottub after a long hike.
Deborah C. Jul 2022
House is gorgeous set in the rainforest with trees all around. Kitchen design is lovely. Good assortment of amenities. We were a large group and worked out ok. However some bedrooms were missing blinds so light came in at night. Otherwise fine
Manager response:
Deborah, we're so pleased you found our home to be beautiful and well-appointed! We're glad you enjoyed the location but we're sorry that some rooms were missing blinds and we want you to know we have shared your comments with the local team. We enjoyed having you as our guest and we hope to host you again.
Edwin V. Jun 2022
Our original property became unavailable. Vacasa did an amazing job getting us an alternative. My family and I were pleased with the new property.
Leah C. May 2022
Pictures really don’t do it justice! We enjoyed ourselves so much.
dennis o. Apr 2022
Loved the hot tub. Could use a blender, waffle maker and more trash bags.
Kathleen R. Apr 2022
The location was perfect!! We had such an amazing time!
The home was definitely lived in, could use some updates but overall suited our needs & we loved that it was dog friendly!
Vicki S. Mar 2022
We traded Florida saltwater and sand for ice and snow! The cabin was awesome. Plenty of room for 6. The "glass room" was a favorite. So awesome to have coffee and watch the snow fall. The house was warm and cozy, nice to come back to after a day at Alyeska. We highly recommend Alaskan Wild Guides for a snowmachining ride to Spencer Glacier. Absolutely phenomenal. Can't wait to come back in the summer to check out the hiking trails and try kayaking to the glaciers.
Jill O. Feb 2022
This house was in a great location, very spacious and allows dogs. It is a bit rough around the edges and needs some updating but was perfect for our stay.
Mary C. Feb 2022
The property manager was super helpful and accommodating right away. I was really impressed with the service. At first, we weren’t sure about the inside hot tub but ended up liking that it felt like a wooden sauna room if you kept the door closed. The upstairs wide window nook felt like a Japanese solarium and it was our favorite place to drink tea and watch the snow. We were minutes away from the resort and Xc ski trails. This home was perfect and we were totally charmed.
Allison F. Oct 2021
Very beautiful house, just make sure you’re diligent about showering before the hot tub cause it’ll get gross but that’s on us. We had a great time!
Michael K. Sep 2021
Beautiful hidden cabin that makes you feel like you're right in the center of the forest, 3 floors and very spacious for me and my 3 friends. From start to finish the entire transaction was smooth and simple. Would definitely stay again.
Nancy K. Aug 2021
The house was perfect. I enjoyed the solarium in the mornings. Beautiful views! The top floor bedroom is grand. Nice space for hanging out and playing games at the table. Everything was clean.
Jeanne' L. Jun 2021
Clean & comfortable
Kelsey U. May 2021
We LOVED the space in this house, we had 8 family members and 3 dogs fit comfortably. The location is beautiful and so close the the brewery. The hot tub was great after a day of skiing. The only reason why we didn’t rate 5 star is because it’s lacking in a few things like instructions, the hot tub was not clear to what needed to be done for hot water to circulate, no thermometer to know the temp of water. There definitely needs to be more of a deep clean, so many cob webs and spiders in hot tub area. We loved it other than those little details but it had more than enough towels and blankets which we appreciated. Thank you for a wonderful stay to celebrate our 11 year anniversary with our family.
Manager response:
Hi, Kelsey! Thank you for your review. We are thrilled to hear that an enjoyable experience was had by all involved! We appreciate you bringing your concerns to our attention and apologize for the inconvenience. We will notify the local staff to further address the hot tub and look into providing instructions. We strive for a high standard of cleanliness and apologize for any oversights. We appreciate you letting us know the areas in which we need to work on to ensure quality visits in the future. We look forward to hosting you again someday soon!
Nicole M. Nov 2020
This house has some amazing qualities. Great location, allows dogs (and with out a hassle), really cool master that was like being in a tree house, outdoor space and an indoor hot tub. It really just needs some TLC. Unlike some other reviews we don't mind the mix matched dishes just replace the cracked ones. Also the furnishings could use some upgrades. Many were stained and very uncomfortable. A couple trips to a thrift store and a few to a hard wear store could fix most of the issues. Still a great house for a weekend ski or hiking trip. Just maybe bring a couple air mattresses and sleeping bags.
Manager response:
Hi, Nicole! Thank you for letting us know about your Vacasa experienced. We have removed any cracked dishes and will continue to replace them as needed. The owner has been advised of your concerns with the furnishings. We hope to see you again!
Kate G. May 2020
The good: This house was in a great location. Close walk to the brewery. Nice biking location to get around Girdwood.

However, this is clearly meant for more a party crowd as it was not the cleanest house. There were plastic knives and forks and other trash items in the front yard as you come in. There were beer cans around the perimeter. We had to rinse almost every item before using it. If the next renter plans on cooking at all, bring your own butter or oil. And bring your own coffee as there was none.

As it was going to rain all weekend, we were looking forward to the hot tub. However, once we took the lid off the tub there was a thick layer of brown scum around the edge. I cleaned it before the rest of our guests arrived so not to taint the space.

There are cobwebs almost in every corners and the walls have browns stains dripping down. As a former Airbnb host, this level of cleanliness is appalling, especially at this price point.
Manager response:
We appreciate and encourage guests to let us know of any questions or concerns that may arise in the home so that we make work to address and resolve them as soon as possible. If there is ever anything we can do to assist in making your next stay with us more pleasurable, do not hesitate to reach out. We would love to host you again!
Sara M. Mar 2020
Great place! Lots of room and very warm and comfortable. Highly recommended.
Lisa F. Jan 2020
We love going to Girdwood. This place had a lot of potential, but needs help to meet the higher standard outlined in the contractual/safety requirements per the Vacasa Owner’s Handbook https://www.vacasa.com/docs/Owner-Guide. Most people expect safety and comfort when renting a place. Neither were met in the Compton property which meant we had to deal with both issues instead of just enjoying ourselves.

Negatives:

Not providing required equipment to ensure the safety of renters! Property lacked mandated smoke detectors on every floor, Carbon Monoxide detectors, and other safety equipment i.e., shovel for snow removal, and adequate lighting with operating light bulbs i.e., at the entrance.

Not receiving a timely response to safety concerns. When we smelled natural gas we called and texted the owner multiple time, but did not receive a timely response back and we ended up needing to call the fire department. When the owner finally did reply she was dismissive and doubted that we actually smelled gas.

Not providing a well stocked kitchen with equipment and other necessary supplies! The home had an old refrigerator with broken drawers, freezer was not cleaned, dishwasher was missing drawers which had to be located before we could wash dishes and the top drawer kept falling down, many supplies were lacking, and everything was in poor condition (plates, glasses, pots/pans, coffee maker are old, nothing matched, and many things did not work as needed (i.e., knives not sharp). The home also lacked other supplies that help maintain a clean property i.e., they only had a small hand held vacuum, old broom with no dust pan, no recycling containers.

Not outfitting bedrooms with necessary supplies for comfort. Two out of four bedrooms had mattresses that were basically unusable/miserable. The double futon was so hard that someone slept on the floor (it was softer), and the queen bed was way too soft/dipped in middle. The master bedroom had NO heat source, and the room was outfitted with only a set of sheets and light weigh bedspread. No blankets, no extra comforter or blankets for emergencies and all the rooms did not have enough pillows and those available were in old/poor condition. The bunkbeds were of questionable safety and swayed terribly (though the mattresses were very comfy).

Overall this property is very outdated and requires serious maintenance to be considered a high standard Vacasa home. It should be known that this home includes visible water damage in many locations, window blinds that are bent and dirty, spider webs, and many inoperable or damaged items.

Positives:
Vacasa management responded and providing a snow shovel, installed new light bulbs, and provided smoke detectors and Co2 detectors.

The home was well cleaned when we arrived, bathrooms had travel size bathroom items, and the bathrooms had nice towels. The living room upstairs was cozy and there was adequate table seating (when we put the two tables together). The little "greenhouse" area off the kitchen was cute, and there was a nice selection of sugar, spices.

Summary: if the safety issues had been addressed in a more positive manner and if proper safety precautions had been in place when we arrived (CO detectors, adequate smoke alarms), we could probably have overlooked some of the smaller maintenance issues. We're not that picky, but when you pay this much per night to feel unsafe and uncomfortable, it's a bummer. We could give this a higher rating if some basic things were addressed.
Manager response:
Hi, Lisa! We are sorry to read you had some safety concerns with your stay. We were happy to make it our top priority to address the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and apologize you felt the need to call the fire department. We feel the home, though older, is ready to host our guests and provide them with comfort for an enjoyable stay. Thank you for staying with us!
Pao Y. Dec 2019
The place was awesome! Especially the hot tub. We all enjoyed the surroundings and relaxing views from the windows even though we weren’t able snowboard/ski because of the weather(rain). We had a great time there!
Rick and Patty C. Dec 2019
Great getaway!
Spiff C. Jul 2019
Great space, awesome views of the surrounding forest. Perfect house for our group!!!
Gina G. Dec 2018
Great location and plenty of room!