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The Van Gilder Hotel

308 Adams St., Seward, AK 99664
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Ranked #13 of 15 hotels in Seward
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014
perfessor_10 Fairfax, Virginia
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Fairfax, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Yes, the Van Gilder is old and could stand a refreshing/updating (including some work on leaking showers) but we enjoyed staying there -- largely because Danny, the GM (cleaning guy, bellman, and whatever else is needed) is a great host. (We hope he enjoyed the gift certificate to the local brewpub; he's the type that a standard room tip for... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

Don't go in thinking you are staying at Sheraton!!! The Sheraton wasn't built in 1916!!! Go in with an open mind and take in what this hotel is really about!! It is like you just stepped back in time!! Needs a little work here & there but overall I fell totally in love with this place! And Daniel, the hotel... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

It's not the top choice in luxury but it is definitely a historic place that could use some updating. The management and staff were truly awesome to say the least. The hotel is interesting at least if you at all care about the history of the area. Located within walking distance to resurrection bay.... Beautiful scenery truly breathtaking area!!!!

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Dallas, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Many of the other reviews reflect our experience at this hotel, which was built in 1915. The room was tiny, and overall, the place is in desperate need of a refreshing. It has some cool history, and the pictures on the walls are interesting. Danny, the GM, is a great guy, helpful and friendly - I hope he is well... More

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Dan, the manager, is really the only good thing I have to say about this place. But for $200 dollars a night it really is dirty, terrible, and uncomfortable. It is one of the worst places I have ever stayed in. Since payment was made ahead of time there was nothing we could do. Gross sheets, beds, bathrooms...etc...

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Goodyear, Arizona, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

comfortable enough bed and a clean bathroom. But it seemed liked it couldn't decide to be a hotel or a hostel. There's a full kitchen for guest use, which our room was right next to. Didn't go on vacation to listen to, or smell the odors of, people cooking dinner. Parking is on street, which was more convenient than I... More

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Hawley, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed here for two awful nights. If I hadn't paid in advance, and other places were booked up I would have changed my place to stay. This was the worst place I have ever stayed in. The entry way was not at all inviting. The rug had a big hole in it. The place smelled awful when you walked... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

First off the ONLY redeeming qualities: Dan at the front desk. He is wonderful and should get a job at a real hotel with potential. And, this hotel is downtown, about a mile from the docks. Great access to local bars and restaurants. My beef is the low quality for the exhorbitant price. Extremely overpriced. Think almost $200 for Motel... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We (three) stayed at the Van Gilder August 1st and 2nd. On checking in, we found the small room on the 3rd Flr discouraging, but decided to stay. The hotel has a fully equipped and roomy kitchen, a common room with a TV and 3 small tables for breakfast, and a larger table in the lobby. The trick is to... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

I love historic hotels and love to stay downtown. This hotel is interesting and has a great location. However, it is not worth the prices they charge in the summer. The rooms are very basic (tiny TV in a corner you can't see from the bed and no hangers I'm the box that passes for a closet). I don't care... More

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Also Known As:
Van Gilder Hotel
Van Gilder Seward
Address: 308 Adams St., Seward, AK 99664
Location: United States > Alaska > Seward
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Ranked #13 of 15 hotels in Seward
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