Ratings based on 31 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.7 out of 5
84% of guests recommend
3.8 Room cleanliness
4.0 Service & staff
3.4 Room comfort
3.3 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Nice historic hotel

Posted Jun 3, 2015
Under new management. Still working out the kinks.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Travel back in time

Posted Aug 15, 2014
Pros: The history is interesting.
Location: It is near restraunts and the Sea Life Center.
Even though this hotel shares a bath ,the hotel is very clean, has good beds and service. It is also centrally located. I stayed two nights in early Aug.2014.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from London

Could be better.

Posted Aug 13, 2014
Cons: Have a really good look at communal areas- they could be more inviting.
Location: The location is good as it's a pleasant walk away from the main tourist area restaurants and noise. Our boat trip into Kenai fjords was was excellent.
I know it's old but it also looks a bit scruffy. The rooms are OK and of a good size, but the outside of the hotel has very worn paint and needs some money spent on it.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler from Oakland, CA

Old but very nice hotel in the heart of Seward

Posted Aug 9, 2014
Pros: Location in historic Seward, a bit away from the tourist ferry bustle of the newer part of town and close to the bay park and sea life center.
Cons: WiFi sketchy and windows (sole ventilation) were a tad rickety. Only one chair in a room with a queen and a murphy, restricting comfort for three
Location: See above
One night stay on a trip to Kenai. As advertised an historic registry building with walk up third floor "view" room with a view of the breathtaking bay. Room was old-time cozy, but very nice.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Historic Hotel

Posted Aug 5, 2014
Overall was fine, the biggest downside to the hotel was that it is a historic hotel which means it has really small rooms. My room was a pension style - which means my room had a sink, but the bathroom and shower were down the hall and were shared. I didn't know this when I booked, but I made due OK. The walls were VERY thin, you could hear people's conversations in the next room over.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Anchorage Alaska since 1965

Posted Aug 4, 2014
Conveniently located in downtown,easy to walk to all shops and dinning. Not having an elevator makes carrying your bags a work out. The staff I'm sure if you ask will carry them for you. The interior is quite charming but the exterior needs new paint badly. The bed was comfortable . All in all I will stay again sometime I am sure.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from AK

Nice clean hotel close to waterfront

Posted Jul 28, 2014
I stayed in this hotel just for 1 night with 2 kids in July 2014. It was nothing remarkable. Clean rooms, comfortable beds. If you like history, you will like this hotel. Interior is early 20-th century-like. Quite unusual. I would've enjoyed it if I had more time to pay attention to it. A tip: Hotel rep recommended a nice cafe Gold Rush for breakfast. It was awesome! We came back for lunch and it was even better. Wonderful halibut!
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Dallas, Tx

Not a good value

Posted Jul 28, 2014
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Everything
Location: Seward, AK is a great destination for vacations.
We had to stay overnight in Seward for our early morning boat tour the next day. We booked this hotel online. It has very small rooms, thin walls, no complimentary breakfast. Not a good value.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Historic Hotel

Posted Jul 21, 2014
Pros: Cute, great light in the room.
Cons: Put a bigger shower in the room, there is plenty of space (RM 308). Make sure to add that you will need to climb stairs to the hotel description.
Location: Alaska aquarium, Lowell point.
The Van Gilder Hotel is a part of the same family of hotels as Land's End in Homer. I had high hopes for the quality of our stay. The first impression was not very good. The front desk staff working on the day of our arrival was not friendly, he told us nothing about the hotel, when we needed to check out, or what we could do in town. The hotel is not handicap accessible, at all, which is not really indicated on the hotel page at Expedia. The bed was comfortable and there was a lot of light in the room. The bathroom was okay, except it was the smallest shower ever. The room wasn't the cleanest ever, either. For us, the hotel worked just fine, but I can imagine it would be a bad choice for people with little kids or older people, unless they were able to guarantee a ground floor room.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Seattle

A journey back to yesteryear

Posted Jul 13, 2014
Pros: The homey atmosphere.
Cons: I'm afraid that the hotel is limited by its inflexible architectural layout, so there's not much that can be done with that.
Location: If you are a high society type, you will feel like a fish out of water here. If you like anything to do with marine life, this is the place for you.
You can tell that the hotel management is doing the best they can with limited resources. If anything, one should patronize this hotel as an expression of encouragement to the owners. The historicity aspect is somewhat overplayed, as I've stayed at other, older, historical hotels at more reasonable prices, where the comfort level is superior. (The Geiser Grand in Baker, OR and the Empress in Victoria, BC come to mind.) The "Family Suite" would be fine for a single person, but it's somewhat awkward for a real family where the bathroom is located a scant three feet from one of the beds. The hotel is quiet (no freeways, etc.), except for your when your neighbors go about their business, or when the bars let out in the wee hours. If you want to escape the typical run-of-the-mill, commercialized hotel experience, then this hotel is for you.