It never makes me happy to write a negative review – I’d much rather share only good news. However, part of what makes Trip Advisor so useful is the honest reviews travelers share. It helps us all make better choices on where to stay, etc., and I think it helps the vendors know what makes people happy too.
So here’s a little about our recent two night stay at the Abode Well cabins in Seward. We had the two-bedroom family cabin, shared by two couples. It’s tucked in the woods near several smaller cabins for couples, and the location was nice and quiet, with a great outdoor fire pit. Sadly, the condition of the cabin was not good. We live in Alaska and have stayed in cabins all over the state, so we know what to expect. Rustic is no problem – it’s why we leave town in the first place. However, cleanliness is a big deal to us, and unfortunately, the cabin was filthy. There is just no other word for it. The floor was crunchy to walk on. A good sweeping would have taken care of it, but there was no broom. The futon in the living room was covered in dirt and gravel. The shower floor was slimy and there was black mildew growing in the corners. The kitchen counters were grimy. We were entertaining visitors from out of state, and I felt really bad that I brought them somewhere I hadn’t stayed before. FYI, we did bring the cleanliness issue to the attention of the caretaker after our first night there, and by later in the day it did seem they dusted the futon, but the floor and shower were still dirty. We had already cleaned the counters ourselves.
In addition to a thorough cleaning, the cabin could use some updating; for example, the futon pad was very worn out and not at all comfortable to sit on. There were only two chairs for the kitchen table – but it’s marketed as a family cabin. And I guess a lot of dishes have walked away over the years since there were only 3 drinking glasses to be found. Since it was advertised as “fully equipped” we didn’t think to bring dishes.
Oh well, maybe the smaller cabins are nicer or maybe we caught them on a bad weekend. Hopefully they’ll spruce things up a bit in the future. We’ll be curious to see what other people experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the Alaskan wilderness in comfort and style! Our cabins offer every amenity in a rain forest setting just five minutes from Seward. Watch for wildlife from the porch of your cabin. Enjoy a steak on the grill, cook s'mores around the campfire in the evening, store your fish in our guest freezer, and wash your clothes in our free laundry facilities. Choose between our Couples Cabins, or for larger groups our Family Cabin is perfect. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Abode Well Cabins Seward, Alaska