Travel and Logistics

Flight Information

Alaska AirlinesDelta, Northwest, and United all fly into Anchorage International Airport. Check with your travel agent or the airlines for schedules. We often work with Travel Station. They are familiar with our lodge schedule, and would be happy to help you set up your trip. Their telephone number is 1.800.522.8747.

The flight from Anchorage to Dillingham is with a private charter company. We have reserved space for  all our Royal Coachman clients.    We have done this to improve the client experience.  For the life of the lodge we had used commercial airlines, but our guests in recent years would not get their luggage 10% of the time.       All clients will have an added charge for this charter for the trip.  If you are flying private or want to arrive on a different flight, then notify us.   Refunds on the charter costs are not guaranteed.  Our current policy is (assuming we have 10 guests booked): RCL will refund up to 2 seat fares each week  (we need 8 seat fares to cover costs).   For example if you are a group of 6 that decides to fly in private to Dillingham, then your group will still be charged for 4 roundtrip seat fares.  If you are a group of 2  that flies in private, and the other 8 seats are paid for then your seat fares will be refunded.    Please call if you have questions.  Refunds will be calculated at the end of your week. 

Hotel Information

We suggest you arrive in Anchorage the Saturday before your week. There are many hotels in Anchorage and some of them provide courtesy transportation to and from the Anchorage International Airport. The most popular among our guests include:


Best Western Barratt Inn
4616 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK  99517
907.243. 3131

Hotel Captain Cook
Forth and K
Anchorage, AK  99517
907.276.6000

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel
401 East Sixth Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.276.8700
Lakeshore Inn & Suites
3009 Lakeshore Drive
Anchorage, AK  99517
907.248.3485

Anchorage Marriott
820 W 7th Ave
Anchorage, AK  99517
907.279.8000

Lake Front Hotel
4800 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK  99517
907.243.2300
 
Courtyard Marriott
4901 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK  99517
907.245.0322

Executive Suite Hotel
4360 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK  99517

The Puffin Inn - Anchorage Hotel
4400 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK  99
907.243.4044


Restaurants

Get out and explore the numerous eateries, bistro, bars, and breweries in Anchorage. Here are a few of our favorites.


Crow’s Nest Captain Cook Hotel
939 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.343.2217
 
Humpy’s Great Alaskan
Alehouse

610 West 6th Avenue
Anchorage AK 99501
907.276.2337
 
Simon & Seafort’s
420 L Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.274.3502
 
F Street Station
325 F Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.272.5196
 
Orso
737 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.222.3232
 
49th State Brewing
717 West 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.277.7727
 
Glacier Brewhouse
737 West 5th Avenue, suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.274.4677
 
Crush Wine Bistro & Cellar
328 G Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.276.3546
 
Southside Bistro
1320 Huffman Park Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907.348.0088
 


More About the Royal Coachman Lodge

The lodge and fishing program have been designed to be one of the best all around programs in Alaska. We cater to a maximum of 10-12 anglers per week, with a camp staff of 10 to 12 people. The small number of guests and large staff ensures that you will receive exceptional personal service and attention.

The main lodge building houses the kitchen, dining room, massage room (please inquire about availability), and one guest room. We have finely furnished guest cabins, with one or two bedrooms and private baths. Each cabin or room has modern bath facilities, independent heat, excellent beds, and 110 electricity provided by diesel generator. Single rooms are available. You are welcome to wait until your arrival at the lodge to see if you receive a single. If you would like to guarantee that a single is available, there is a $300 charge.

Each morning the aircraft depart from the docks about one hour after breakfast. We return to the lodge each evening around 6 pm. For those who just can’t get enough of a good thing, there is great evening fishing in front of the lodge, and with the Alaskan midnight sun, you can fish all night.

The Royal Coachman Lodge prides itself on the quality and freshness of its cuisine. Freshly baked bread, rolls, or pastries are served with each meal. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always available. Dinner menus vary and include entrees such as pork tenderloin, New York steak, roast duck, and fresh caught salmon. We are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions or requests.


Alcohol Beverages

We are not allowed to sell alcohol, and alcohol is not included in the package. Alcoholic beverages are not sold at the lodge.  If you would like to place an order to have at the lodge when you arrive, we can help you arrange it. If you do not order alcohol, there will be no alcohol available for your group. We must receive your order at least 8 weeks prior to your stay. You must email ali@sweetwatertravel.com your order.

We use a very reputable liquor store in Anchorage, AK that has a huge inventory. We ask that you email: ali@sweetwatertravel.com your favorite brands or give a price range for wine, beer and liquor.  Please include your name, group name, quantity, type, brand and price range. For beer, we do prefer to have cans instead of bottles for recycling and waste management. For example:
 
Your name
Your group name
1.5 L Cabernet or 3L Bota Box Cabernet
price range $20 -$30.

Communications

The camp has satellite phones in both airplanes and telephone and very slow wireless internet in the lodge.  The internet is good enough for emails and that is about it.   There is no cell phone service at the lodge or in Dillingham, and there is no television at the lodge.

Emergency Contact and Facilities

There is a clinic for minor illnesses and injuries in Dillingham (2 hours by float plane). The closest major hospital is Anchorage (one hour away from Dillingham by commercial plane). Our plane can get to Dillingham in 45 minutes from our lodge, but flight time and availability of the plane are not guaranteed. Please assess your medical problems before booking. If you have medications that you take daily, please keep them with you at all times as your luggage and you can get separated.

Please keep your essential medications with you at all times. Although extremely rare, there are times where we might not return to the lodge due to weather or other extraordinary situations.

We highly recommend travel insurance whenever you travel to Alaska. If you purchase travel insurance within 21 days of your initial deposit it covers pre-existing medical conditions. There is always the possibility of an arrival or departure delay and/or cancellation due to weather. Please give us a call if you have any questions about travel insurance.Please visit Global Rescue or TravelEx  for travel/medical evacuation insurance.

Emergency contact during your week
Sweetwater Travel Office:  406.222.0624  Cell phone 406-223-3072 
Roya Coachman Lodge 907-644-0641
Email: info@royalcoachmanlodge.com

Daily laundry service

Guest rooms are cleaned daily, however, we do not have laundry service available for clients. Please do not plan on our crew having time to do personal laundry.