We spent two nights at the Van Gilder and were disappointed. The room was adequate and seemed clean. The bathroom was the same. HOWEVER, there was no breakfast, the halls were partially painted and partially wall papered (I think they were taking down the wall paper). The lobby was locked when we arrived in the late afternoon with jail-type bars so we yelled and someone finally appeared. The front door's latch was broken and the steps leading up to the hotel were in need of being replaced. This property is on the National Historic Register, but it needs some major attention and up-dating.
When we checked out (around 8:00 am) the lobby again was locked with jail-type bars. I yelled for someone but no one answered. I just threw our room-keys through the bars and hoped they would bill me correctly, which they did.
I was told the Land's End Hotel in Homer owns the Van Gilder. We stayed at the Land's End Hotel and it was wonderful. They need to work on the Van Gilder. With some effort and a breakfast, it could be the best place to stay in Seward
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- Van Gilder Seward
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