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The Van Gilder Hotel

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Dating from 1916, this landmark traditional hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Alaska SeaLife Center, and a mile from Seward Boat Harbor and the border of Kenai Fjords National Park. Featuring Victorian-style furnishings, the cozy rooms offer flat-screen TVs, in-room sinks and shared bathrooms. Upgraded rooms add private or en suite facilities, and suites have 2 bedrooms. There's a library, a communal kitchen, and a lobby with a piano.
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Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

With a Road Scholars trip, so we did not pick this hotel. However, it was in terrible shape. Double bed rolled to middle. Musty smell, tried opening the window and then couldn't get closed-neither could clerk. Towel rack ripped out of wall in bathroom with...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Response from TacoDan, Owner at The Van Gilder HotelResponded 15 July 2018

We are deeply sorry you had a poor experience at our hotel. Can you give is more information on your stay such as dates and room number? We will take your feedback into consideration when working on improving our accommodations. Thank you for posting a...More

Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Well...you could say it's historical and quaint or that it smells musty and old. I tried to like it...but they never cleaned my room for the 2nd night or gave clean towels or made the bed. Seemed only 1 person was working and doing it...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank Richard S
Response from railwaycantina, General Manager at The Van Gilder HotelResponded 1 July 2018

Staying in our historic building dating from 1916 is indeed an experience! It seems, however, we need to work harder on our service, so we assure an excellent stay for our guests! Thank you for the feedback!

Reviewed 13 June 2018

The Van Gilder was definitely older...very small room, no tv ( which really wasn’t the worst thing) and there was no way to shut off the heat in the bathroom. It was quiet, sorta clean and right next to the water, shops and good dining....More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank Tana J
Response from railwaycantina, General Manager at The Van Gilder HotelResponded 1 July 2018

Thank you for appreciating our great location right in downtown, Seward! The Van Gilder hotel is the oldest surviving hotel in our town dating from 1916. However, we are looking into updating our accommodations, so thank you for the feedback!

Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

What a quaint hotel with a friendly staff! My girlfriends & I stayed in the suite. The views were beautiful from the 3rd floor. (Be ready to walk the stairs if you aren’t on the 1st floor as there is no elevator.) Danny helped us...More

Date of stay: July 2017
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Response from railwaycantina, General Manager at The Van Gilder HotelResponded 11 June 2018

We appreciate your positive review! We are happy you enjoyed the gorgeous views of Resurrection Bay from your suite. You are welcomed to email us with any recommendation and suggestions to improve our place.

Reviewed 20 September 2017

Danny, the resident hotel manager, was delightful and so helpful. He sent me a comprehensive list by email of must-see's and must-do's in the Seward area, complete with directions from the hotel, including hikes (Lowell Point and Two Lakes) that were off the beaten path...More

Date of stay: August 2017
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29 July 2017|
Response from libertyw_13 | Reviewed this property |
Well I was only a guest there so I'm not the one to ask. But I can tell you that they do have rooms that would fit. If it's available I would have no idea. You need to ask them. I can also tell you that the Sea Life center... More
10 September 2015|
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Response from Mollie C | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry you had a bad experience, too, Jay. I reported the behavior to the police, who also recommended I tell social media, the Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau. It's not acceptable treatment and it's... More
24 June 2014|
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Response from DOSChristina | Property representative |
Susan, Our biggest room at the Van Gilder in Seward is a rooms with 2 queen beds and one twin, it is called at suite. We one one available for tonight. Please call 800-478-0400 or 907-235-0400. Thank you.
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"Don't stay here until new mgnt does a LOT of work. Will be disappointed if you do. We were."
12 Aug 2018
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"Don't stay here."
6 Aug 2018
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"pick a different hotel"
4 Aug 2018
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"1st floor would be best so you don't have to hoof your luggage up to the 2nd or 3rd floor"
27 Jul 2018
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US$142 - US$298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesAlaskaSeward
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