We arrived at the Nauti Otter as a party of seven, five hostel beds and one cabin. Initially, the plan was to stay one night, but pretty much as soon as we got to the Nauti Otter we realized that a second night was in order. I stayed in the small Dinghy and then the Roughcut Cabin. Both were sufficiently, clean/neat, had wifi, heat, and a good deal of privacy, which I enjoyed. the Dinghy is TINY but also, really charming. I thought I'd prefer the Roughcut Cabin as it has a porch, but no, the Dinghy really isn't so much small as it is miniature which is kind of cool.
Heather, the host, is an organizational wonder and she really is what makes the Nauti Otter special. While the hostel is small (it's really just a larger home with two kitchens and a collection of stand alone cabins in the yard), it feels really intimate and warm rather than cramped. Even the "out house" is awesome. Sure, it's outside... but it's a flushable toilet and there's plush red carpet on the inside as well as truly random bathroom reading nailed to the walls. It's sounds odd to call an "outhouse" super cute, but really, it's so random and warm it feels more like something you'd expect to find inside a hipster Brooklyn bar than in the middle of a yard in Seward, Alaska.
Heather provides everything you need to feel at home: a clean warm place to sleep, easy access to the kitchens, and an individualized welcome note that gives you all the information you could ever think to ask (eg: wifi passwords, shower sign up system, list of local transportation, list of local tours/touring companies, list of all good short/long day hikes, etc.). In fact, the hostel is filled with lists: how to use the donut machine, how to make waffles, how to figure out high/low tides for the day, etc. It's super impressive. She's also just pretty accommodating and flexible in general. I ordered wine with my room because I knew I wanted to bring back some local wine as a souvenier but knew I wouldn't have any time/way to pick it up myself. I asked Healther to pick up a few extra bottles when I made my room reservation and voila, she charged me market rate for them, and life was good.
In short, Heather has made the Nauti Otter and ideal base for exploring Seward, and I was for one, impressed that the Nauti Otter offered not just an awesome atmosphere but opportunities to a whole host of activities, including but I'm sure not limited to: making a bonfire out back, renting fishing equipment and going fishing, renting a bike, picking wild berries and other edible plants (right across the street!), going for a hike (and borrow some bear spray) and, you know, dressing up in pirate gear and take pictures of yourself. Whatever. Long story short, I was impressed and wished i had more than a day and two nights to spend in Seward!
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- The Nauti Otter offers accomodations for every traveler. We have private rooms within the Inn, affordable beds in The Hostel or several cozy cabins for you to choose from. ... more less
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- Nauti Otter Seward, Alaska