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“Quirky bargin”
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Hotel Seward
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Seward
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Quirky bargin”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights last week. It was so cheap - $44 a night. Staff were friendly. Room clean. Bathrooms were shared but never had to wait to use them. Cable tv and internet included. Decor was very old fashioned but that added to the experience - a kind of so bad it was good feel. The lounge is covered in taxidermy - it's like walking through a graveyard. Definitely an experience. Moose heads, wolf rugs, you name it.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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st paul
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We loved the hotel, very nice staff and very (underlined) clean. The Seward passed the bedbug check and our room was nice though it was a first floor view of the parking lot.
The hotel is a block from 'downtown' Seward, about 1.5 miles from the marina, one block from the Alaska SeaLife Center. We liked the location, easy walk to some local restaurants and the Sealife Center. You can walk the 1.5 miles to the docks where most of the tourist stuff is, or it is an easy drive if you have a car. Don't expect a great view of the bay, the hotel is a bit back for that but some of the higher floor rooms do have a partial view.
We would definitely stay again, the price was right and the location worked well for us.

Room Tip: Upper floors facing the bay, ask for a room with a view but expect to pay a bit more.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

The Hotel Seward is like two hotels in one. On the new side, you have wonderful rooms with fantastic beds. No strange smells or horrible noises. If you’re lucky, you can book one of the “Rooms with a View” and wake up every morning to an incredible view of the bay and mountains. The staff is the friendliest hotel staff and they will work to improve your stay if anything goes wrong. There is also a washer and dryer available as well as ice machines and vending machines. On the old side of the Hotel, there are “hostel room” that are ideal for tourists that are backpacking across Alaska. The rooms are very small and only a few have their own bathroom. (Otherwise, you share a bathroom.) The hotel is also in an ideal location for "downtown" restaurants, the SeaLife Center, and the parks along the bay. If a hostel sounds appealing, I recommend this place. If you have a fabulous hotel room, I recommend this place. Also, the decor in the lobby and the all the historical articles and pictures on the walls make it a great stop on a road trip.

Room Tip: Ask for a "Room with a View." Absolutely worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

We stayed here for two nights. We're not tourists, we live in Anchorage, but we were spending a couple of days away. Making reservations was easy and pleasant. Checking in was great too. Very friendly front desk staff.

We stayed in a room on the Historic side. We had room 2 and it was strategically located between the ice machine and the secondary dining room. Needless to say it was a bit noisy. The room is quite small, but that's okay. We had a queen size bed, but it was terribly uncomfortable. It was so soft and broken down our backs ached after the first night. We were dreading sleeping on it a second night. The bed would be perfect if you had edema. You would lay down on the bed and your back and shoulders would sink in and your legs would raise up in the air. You'd also roll to the outside; it was a struggle to stay in the bed.

The bathroom was small, but clean. The hot/cold were on the wrong sides of the sink. The tub didn't drain well; even after a short shower you'd have water up over your ankles. The temperature wouldn't regulate - you'd get bursts of hot and cold water at random times. The hot and cold water valves turned in opposite directions; adjusting the water temperature came at your own peril. The toilet was also super close to the wall - you had to almost side sideways to finish your business.

The hotel has a lot of great things going for it - the location is fantastic. Can't be beat. The staff is friendly. The decor is odd (here's the quirky part). Lots of taxidermy, which is fine. It's Alaska, but the stuffed animals. EVERYWHERE. We were there over Easter weekend. I think the hotel would be much classier if they would eliminate the stuffed animals. It's actually very distracting and annoying.

We actually would stay here again, but for the bed. My husband survived by taking three Aleve's in the morning and three in the evening. Great location, very clean and great service. It's just the bed....ugh. The backache.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mary K, Owner at Hotel Seward, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
It is nice to hear you did enjoy the staff and the hotel. We always appreciate input on what is needed in our rooms so we can work at fixing them. From the review I understand you were in our Historic Wing, standard room with 1 queen bed and bath. All rooms on the Historic Wing are our smaller cozy rooms, space was limited when these were built. I am sorry to hear about the bed, they are new pillow top beds. Our goal is for everyone to have a good night sleep. We try to notice guest In our advertising that all rooms have Pillow Top beds that are soft. We feel bad when the pillowing is too soft for a guest. When we know a guest needs a firmer bed we offer to turn the mattress to put the firm side up, most times this works well to provide a firm bed. It is disappointing this was not discussed when you were here so we might have been able to help. . Hopefully this will help someone else in the future. If you choose to stay with us again please contact me so I can assist. Thank you and hope to see you again, Mary
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

I was a little anxious about staying in a small hotel in a small town but I was really surprised. The hotel is spotless, the rooms charming, the staff friendly. I was in the new wing and was very satisfied with the room. It was large, clean, comfortable bed, and quiet. I hope my travels take me to Seward again so I can stay again. And we ate in the hotel restaurant - VERY good.

Room Tip: I got a room in the new wing, with a view. Definitely worth paying for the view. Also, my friends...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

You will not find better food than what chef Jay prepares at this hotel. Period. We travel alot, including travel to Europe. Chef Jay is fantastic! His menu changes constantly, bringing new food experiences. He prepares his food, then actually comes out to see if you are satisfied with his food quality. And the hotel is top of the line. Extremely helpful and friendly, you cannot say enough great things about them. The rooms are comfortable and nicely decorate; beds are definitely made for sleep....you lay down and fall asleep right away. This is our new number one place in Alaska! We are coming back in April for sure!

Room Tip: Room 233 is great with a view.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Eagle River, Alaska
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Finding a pet-friendly hotel can be difficult, especially if you are looking for a nicer room than usual. We stated in the newer part of the hotel, so we don't know what the historic side is like. All the pet rooms are on the first floor, so not much of a view. However the room was very nice, clean and comfortable with all the usual amenities. We enjoyed the lobby and all the historic photos and decorations throughout. There are also quite a few mounted Alaskan animals to view in the lobby, kind of like a mini natural history museum. It was nice to just wander around and look at everything.
The staff and Mary, one of the owners, were very friendly and made us feel welcome. We did not eat at the restaurant, but we will try it out the next time we are in Seward. This trip was just a spur-of-the-moment idea to get away from home for a couple of days, and it turned out very nicely.

Room Tip: Be aware that the hotel has historic rooms that are very old and newer rooms that are more modern. Y...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Seward
Address: 221 5th Avenue, Seward, AK 99664
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Region: United States > Alaska > Seward
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Seward
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Seward 2.5*
Number of rooms: 58
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