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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
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Non-Smoking Hotel
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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Historic Hotel
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

If only we could go back in time to when perhaps, the Van Gilder Hotel had a bit more shine on the inside. I do believe that they are trying their hardest with the resources at their disposal to keep this older hotel alive in...More

Date of stay: July 2017
1  Thank FlyAlaskaJulia
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Did an overnight trip with the husband and booked a room here. I've stayed here before about 9-10 years ago and found this as a historical gem. So I was quite happy to be able to get a room here. Yes it's old, yes it's...More

Date of stay: July 2017
1  Thank libertyw_13
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We stayed in Van Gilder Hotel for one night. I highly recommend this hotel for its location, room views and excellent customer service from Danny, the hotel manager. The hotel has an old world vibe, which gives it a lot of character. Danny is friendly...More

Date of stay: July 2017
Thank Abhishek D
Reviewed 22 June 2017

If you were expecting a 5 star hotel in New York City, then shame on you!!!! This a hotel that is more than 100 years old. It is an amazing hotel in historic Seward Alaska. It is centrally located and features instantly hot water and...More

Date of stay: June 2017
Thank rwood48
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This amazing hotel is listed as an historic building, and as you approach it on foot, you can see why. The exterior of the hotel and the theater next door speak to the age of the buildings, and the hotel interior continues this theme. As...More

Date of stay: June 2017
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genel4w
29 July 2017|
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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
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JayNeilCpt
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
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suthrnthang2000
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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."
misspainesville
12 Aug 2018
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"Don't stay here."
teresag607
6 Aug 2018
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"pick a different hotel"
K6047JGdavids
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"
stuartq2016
27 Jul 2018
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PRICE RANGE
US$142 - US$298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
United StatesAlaskaSeward
NUMBER OF ROOMS
23
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