Ratings based on 22 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.9 out of 5
91% of guests recommend
3.8 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
3.6 Room comfort
3.5 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
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.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from UK

Good location for seal centre and restaurants

Posted Jul 1, 2014
Pros: location, shuttle bus, it's older character and style
Cons: hairdryer in en suite
Location: Walking, cycling, day cruises, day tours, fishing, bird watching, orcas and seals, glaciers, Seal Centre, museums, children's play area.
Staff helpful, room clean but no hair dryer or coffee making facilities. Coffee/tea/cookies freely available in lobby. Town shuttle bus stops opposite hotel which is great - half hourly and free. Hotel is near Seal centre and Resurrection Bay and there's a nice walk along shore to the small harbour, 25 minutes approx. but much longer if there are sea otters!
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Harry

Overnighter

Posted Jun 21, 2014
My wife and I looked for a hotel in Seward while vacationing in Alaska. If you are looking for an old hotel type go a stay, this place is great. The bed was comfy, the room was quiet and peaceful.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

A great deal

Posted May 28, 2014
A great place that's reasonably priced. Staff is very helpful.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler

Comfortable beds, close to bay

Posted Sep 10, 2013
I was impressed with Daniel the manager. He new who I was and was expecting me even when I arrived at 11:30 pm. I liked my room (queen with bath) but the room did smell musty. I opened a bar of soap and let it scent the room while I was out. Overall very comfortable stay, convenient to everything in Seward.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Bubbles from Perth, Western Australia

Van Gilder Hotel in Seward, old world and friendly

Posted Sep 3, 2013
Pros: Friendly, clean, nicely furnished and presented.
Cons: Nothing!
Location: Right by the ocean, sea otters and seals, nice small shops, excursions to see the birds, wildlife and glaciers available. A good drive from Anchorage
The welcome by Daniel at the hotel was lovely and he was very forthcoming with information about the local area. I did some exploring then came back to use the charming front room where you can watch DVDs, use your computer, read, make a snack or anything else you can think of! The hotel appears old, and it was, old world charming! Comfy bed, nicely decorated, coffee available at all hours, and a lovely deep (old) bath tub in my bathroom. The room phone did a fine job with my international phone card call. A good place to stay and reasonably priced for the area.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Nice hotel

Posted Aug 7, 2013
Pros: Staff..
Very friendly staff and good location... Also common kitchen available for all..And finally beats the price..
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Airdrie, AB

Old Elegance

Posted Aug 26, 2012
Historic, showing a different period of life and style. Character and atmosphere are what impresses, not modern amenities. Quaint.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

old and creepy

Posted Aug 21, 2012
old and uncomfortable. bed made out of a wooden box
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Aunt Anne from Charlotte, NC, USA

Vintage - it grows on you.

Posted Aug 3, 2012
Pros: Atmosphere. Not your run of the mill chain hotel. People who work there want to please you.
Cons: No a lot of space in our double room, but it was OK
Location: Perfect to walk to anything in Seward. Very quiet at night.
It is a vintage hotel, more of a bed & breakfast, really. Somehow it grows on you. Breakfast buffet has variety and everything was fresh. Coffee & fresh cookies before dinner are a welcome site after a day of outside activities. Reminds me of staying at Grandma's.