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The Van Gilder Hotel

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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good35%
  • Average26%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible12%
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“second bedroom”(2 reviews)
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Free Wifi
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Pool
Room Service
Fitness centre
Business Centre
2 Star Hotel
Dating from 1916, this landmark traditional hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Alaska SeaLife Center, and a mile from Seward Boat Harbor and the border of Kenai Fjords National Park. Featuring Victorian-style furnishings, the cozy rooms offer flat-screen TVs, in-room sinks and shared...
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308 Adams St., Seward, AK 99664
23 restaurants are within a 0.25 mile radius
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Van Gilder is much more run-down than the site portrays. On the fire exit steps at the rear of the building, I noted active rotting as well as apparent patchwork from previously rotted areas. We were assigned a room with a "shared" bathroom, and...More

Thank Spresto
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There is a big difference between historic and just threadbare and dirty. Sadly, this historic hotel is now just a hostel. Nothing historic but the plaque on the front. The rooms are small and the whole hotel has a musty smell.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hotel was built in 1916, originally as an office building. Rooms on first floor are not large, but comfortable. Located in central business district. Some rooms have claw-feet bathtubs. Walking distance to the waterfront.

Thank Ronnie T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is clearly a very old establishment, which I was told dates back to 1916. If you are looking for a 5 star hotel, this is not the place.. however if you are interested in receiving a taste of history, this is it. I felt...More

Thank samantha R
Response from TacoDan, Owner at The Van Gilder HotelResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for appreciating the history of our hotel! We are the oldest still operating hotel in Seward. We will pass on the good feedback to Danny.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With a Road Scholars trip, so we did not pick this hotel. However, it was in terrible shape. Double bed rolled to middle. Musty smell, tried opening the window and then couldn't get closed-neither could clerk. Towel rack ripped out of wall in bathroom with...More

Thank GLENNA A
Response from TacoDan, Owner at The Van Gilder HotelResponded 1 week ago

We are deeply sorry you had a poor experience at our hotel. Can you give is more information on your stay such as dates and room number? We will take your feedback into consideration when working on improving our accommodations. Thank you for posting a...More

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Dating from 1916, this landmark traditional hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Alaska SeaLife Center, and a mile from Seward Boat Harbor and the border of Kenai Fjords National Park. Featuring Victorian-style ...More furnishings, the cozy rooms offer flat-screen TVs, in-room sinks and shared bathrooms. Upgraded rooms add private or en suite facilities, and suites have 2 bedrooms. There's a library, a communal kitchen, and a lobby with a piano. Less
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Pool
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Response from Liberty W | Reviewed this property |
Well I was only a guest there so I'm not the one to ask. But I can tell you that they do have rooms that would fit. If it's available I would have no idea. You need to ask them. I can also tell you that the Sea Life center... More
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JayNeilCpt
10 September 2015|
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Response from Mollie C | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry you had a bad experience, too, Jay. I reported the behavior to the police, who also recommended I tell social media, the Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau. It's not acceptable treatment and it's... More
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Susan T
24 June 2014|
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Response from Lea M | Property representative |
Susan, Our biggest room at the Van Gilder in Seward is a rooms with 2 queen beds and one twin, it is called at suite. We one one available for tonight. Please call 800-478-0400 or 907-235-0400. Thank you.
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"My understanding is that only 3rd floor rooms have views. My second floor view was brick and wire across an..."
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"Choose someplace else."
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"If you must stay here because every other hotel in town is full, ask for 3rd floor & check sheets &..."
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"Ask Danny!!"
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