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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   202 5th Avenue, Seward, AK 99664   |  
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Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Seward
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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129 reviews 129 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“The best views possible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The view from room #303 is astounding: water and mountains everywhere you look. Added to it are Zudy's Cafe and the Alaska Sealife Center. Great walking paths along the bay. Nearby trails into the mountains. A beautiful room, with a very comfortable bed, a nice sofa, a good desk, and a lovely deck.

All of the above are six-stars. This makes up for the sub-par breakfast operation. While the employee who manages the breakfast area is great (she works very, very hard and is very nice) the food is motel typical - no different than what I have found in small town motels in the Midwest.

Kudos to the van drivers, who are extremely helpful and nice. We very much appreciated the rides to and from the Alaska Railroad station. We also appreciated the great service provided by the hotel staff in dealing with the lack of heat the first, cold night. Housekeeping staff did a great job.

The Best Western Plus is right on the bay, and in a very nice area of the Seward Downtown area. Minor shortcomings. If making a return trip to Seward this is were I would stay. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Go ahead and spend a bit more to get one of the rooms with a view of the bay. The view was outstandi...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Palmer, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Do request a room facing the bay Don't get a room facing the town. It gets loud and rowdy if you want to open a window. Do be very wary of the hotel breakfast. Some items such as bacon and belgian waffles were great but they are offset by nasty breakfast gravy and nasty eggs. Location is everything and though it's no five star hotel, it's in a great spot and normally has the best price of all major hotel chain within 100 miles.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Naperville, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Stayed here for two nights. The lobby is large and well furnished as are the rooms. Our room was on the third floor. There was a microwave and mini refrigerator in the room. Front desk was very friendly.
Tip: You need to find a parking space on the street.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Central Mississippi
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We stayed 3 nights in a room with a lovely view of the hotel lobby but that was ok with us. It was very clean. As other reviewers have said, it's across from the Sea Life Center and is near the downtown restaurants and shops; it is also near the Seward library/museum and the road to Lowell Point, where we went for a kayaking trip. There is no dedicated parking but on-street parking always seems to be available. We very much appreciated having a fridge and microwave, and we used the laundry facilities.

I was pleased that coffee was always available in the breakfast area. Breakfast is served 6 - 10, which is a time span that is good both for the early risers and the sleepyheads. The breakfast was much more elaborate than I was expecting. You could make your own waffles, or choose from assorted muffins, sweet rolls, etc. Sausage, diced ham, and scrambled eggs were provided also, along with fresh fruit.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This hotel is in a great location in Seward. Ask for a harbor view room it is well worth it. We stayed on the third floor and had such a great view we left the blinds open so we could wake up and look at the great view from our room. It is very close to the Sea Life Center which is a worth wild stop. The breakfast was great and free which was nice. The only draw back is their shuttle service which has very limited hours. If you need to get around before nine you have to wait for a cab, or get another shuttle service to pick you up. My wife and I ended up walking the mile and a quarter to the harbor which was fine for us but the last day we had to go to the ship yard so we had to get a cab. Overall if I visit Seward again this is the place I'm staying. Very clean and close to enough shops and restaurants to travel on foot.

Room Tip: Request harbor view room on the third floor
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belmont, North Carolina
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110 reviews 110 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Staying on one side of the hotel allows for water view and if your room is on the other side of the hotel, you have a mountain view! The lobby is large and well furnished as are the rooms. The rooms have black out curtains which are helpful if you visit in the summer. There is a microwave and mini refrigerator in the room and very comfortable beds. It is located just across from the Sea. Life Center and within walking distance of several restaurants. The breakfast that was included, was tasty.

Room Tip: There are interior rooms with no outside view. You should request either mountain or water view.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Frisco, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We share at this hotel after arriving from Anchorage on the train. It was great to have the luggage tagged to be transferred directly to the hotel from the train, and not have to mess with collecting it at the train depot. The room was clean and fresh smelling. The AC was a plus since it was a bit warm for AK and other hotels we stayed at in AK you had to choose leaving the shades and window open to get some cool air, or closing them for some darkness to sleep.
There is a laundry room in the basement. I thought it was a bit expensive, but I suppose it is like everything in AK; $3 for a wash and $2 for a dry, and it took two cycles to dry some tee-shirts and socks. Wi-Fi is included, but is unusalbly slow in the evening when everyone is using it. The breakfast is also included and is good; cereals, eggs, busicuts and gravy, yogurt, waffles and the like.
The location is also very nice. Near the old downtown shops, the Alaska Sea Life center and some parks. It is a bit of a walk to get back to the harbour and train depot.

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Address: 202 5th Avenue, Seward, AK 99664
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Location: United States > Alaska > Seward
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Seward
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Edgewater Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 76
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Also Known As:
Best Western Edgewater
Best Western Seward
Seward Best Western

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