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Overview of Van Gilder Hotel

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Van Gilder Hotel

2.5 out of 5
Guests rated this property 3.6/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Housekeeping

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Sheets and towels washed at 140°F

Explore the area

    Popular LocationSeward Waterfront Park4 min walk
    Popular LocationAlaska SeaLife Center4 min walk
    Popular LocationSeward Boat Harbor18 min walk
    AirportSeward, AK (SWD)6 min drive

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Queen Bed and 2 Twin Beds

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Queen Bed and 2 Large Twin Beds

2 Full Beds

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Double Beds

Queen with Murphy (Twin)

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin Murphy Bed

Apartment Annex

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Murphy Bed

1 Queen - Shared Bath

3.6/5 guest room rating
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

Classic Room, 1 Queen Bed

3.9/5 guest room rating
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

Suite, 2 Bedrooms

No guest room rating
  • City view
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Queen Beds and 1 Twin Murphy Bed

Annex 1 Queen Bed

No guest room rating
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

About this area


Van Gilder Hotel is located in Seward. Seward Boat Harbor and Caines Head Trailhead are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Kenai Fjords National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Guests appreciate the hotel's central location.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Seward Museum - 3 min walk
  • Seward Waterfront Park - 4 min walk
  • Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center - 4 min walk
  • Alaska SeaLife Center - 4 min walk
  • Seward Boat Harbor - 18 min walk

Getting around

  • Kenai, AK (ENA-Kenai Municipal) - 139 min drive


  • Seward Brewing Company — 3 min walk
  • Christo's Palace — 4 min walk
  • Zudy's cafe — 5 min walk
  • Woody's Thai Kitchen — 11 min walk
  • Lighthouse Cafe & Bakery — 18 min walk

About this property

Van Gilder Hotel

Historic hotel in Seward with free parking
Along with concierge services, this smoke-free hotel has express check-out and tour/ticket assistance. Free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, and a free area shuttle are also provided. All 24 rooms offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and showers.
Van Gilder Hotel offers 24 accommodations with complimentary toiletries. Flat-screen televisions come with cable channels.

Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include showers. This Seward hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is provided daily.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Safety measures

Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Free area shuttle

Family friendly

  • Free area shuttle


  • No elevators

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Free toiletries
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower
  • Towels


  • Cable channels
  • Flat-screen TV

Similar properties

The price per-night is based on the lowest price found within the past 24 hours for the next 30 nights. All prices include taxes and fees and are based on a 1-night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.



Check-in from 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM
Express check-out

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 11 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 8 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a smoke detector

We should mention

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms

Property is also known as

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Van Gilder Hotel
Van Gilder Hotel Seward
Van Gilder Seward
Van Gilder Hotel Hotel
Van Gilder Hotel Seward
Van Gilder Hotel Hotel Seward

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Van Gilder Hotel and receive a full refund?
Yes, Van Gilder Hotel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Van Gilder Hotel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
How much does it cost to stay at Van Gilder Hotel?
As of Apr 20, 2021, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Van Gilder Hotel on May 21, 2021 start from $109, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Is Van Gilder Hotel pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Van Gilder Hotel?
Self parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Van Gilder Hotel?
Check-in is from 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at Van Gilder Hotel?
Check-out is at 11 AM.
Where is Van Gilder Hotel located?
Situated in Seward, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Seward Museum and Alaska SeaLife Center. Seward Boat Harbor is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.

Overall score and ratings

Rating 5 - Excellent. 52 out of 237 reviews
5 - Excellent 22%
Rating 4 - Good. 69 out of 237 reviews
4 - Good 29%
Rating 3 - Okay. 55 out of 237 reviews
3 - Okay 23%
Rating 2 - Poor. 28 out of 237 reviews
2 - Poor 12%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 33 out of 237 reviews
1 - Terrible 14%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

3/5 Okay

Traveled with group
It was closed for renovation. Ended up staying in a motel
Stayed 3 nights in Jul 2020

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Staff & service, amenities
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2020

1/5 Terrible

Traveled with group, Business traveler
Disliked: Amenities, property conditions & facilities
This a very urique property, however, it is full of MOLD! It should probably be condemned. The wall paper behind the bed was peeling and looked as if it had been really wet as the wood looked as though it was deteriorating and, it was full of spider webs and spiders. The pillows smelled of head sweat. I don't believe the carpet has been changed since it was built in 1903! Come on owners! you have this great property, put some money into it and make it worth the $220. per night that I paid to stay there! DON"T STAY HERE until the owners fix the problems!!!!
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2019

4/5 Good

Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2019

3/5 Okay

Traveled with family and small children, Traveled with family
Liked: Staff & service
It looked a bit old style and the bed in my room was broken. We were able to sleep though.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2019

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