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“Unbelievable View of the Harbor” 5 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Express Seward Harbor
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1412 4th Avenue, Seward, AK 99664   |  
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Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Seward
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cairo
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Unbelievable View of the Harbor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We (my sister and I) stayed 2 nights and we could have stayed more. We were in a standard room with a harbor view. I didn't realize it was right on the water when we booked and was pleasantly surprised. We were on the third floor, which was fine with us. The breakfast was fine and plenty of choices. The staff were friendly and helpful. The town area was fun to walk around and browse in some of the shops. It was literally a 3 minute walk to the dock for our day cruise. We didn't come for the fishing, but there were tons of fishermen and families using this hotel and all seemed to be pleased with their choices. It was more than hotels in the lower 48, but our travels seem to indicate that all prices are a bit more so it was expected and not outrageous. There was a small fridge in the room, which was nice.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mount Dora, Florida
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157 reviews 157 reviews
88 hotel reviews
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210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

No, this hotel hasn't ever updated their rooms to have the latest in decor and bathroom design but it's so clean and comfortable that I can't complain. The bathrooms still have the faux marble counters, tile floor and fiberglass shower stall. The weird thing was my toilet paper didn't unroll but had to be unwrapped from the roll. Minor inconvenience.

We've stayed here several times, either pre or post cruise, and have had the same consistant great service from the friendly reception staff to the hardworking, nice ladies at breakfast. The best views of any hotel in Seward are to be found here, either harbor or mountain view. I of course love the harbor so I can see a ship if one is in port.

Now for the little picky things. The balcony door has a light filering louvered blind keeping the room light all night during the long days of summer. Black out blinds would be good for those who can't sleep if there is light, which isn't me. And the hall carpet is clean but in need of restretching since is has bunched up areas along the sides. I should probably rate the hotel "very good" based on these minor issues but I love staying here and the breakfast service and plentiful options are so good and the overall experience is so positive that I'll still rate it as "excellent". Excellent doesn't mean perfect in this case.

The wifi works well. There are plenty of places to eat in the area. There's a nice walk along the harbor. It's fun to watch the fishermen come in with their catch and clean them, all viewable from your harbor side balcony. And we can walk to the cruise port since we are willing to walk and roll our suitcases less than a mile. The hertz rental car facility is even closer.

I'm sure we'll stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Omaha
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Right on the wharf! Good beds, nice view of the wharf, nice staff, great breakfast, nice & close to restaurants & the harbor. Can see the cruise ship close by. Walking distance to the pier to watch them measure & weigh the fish caught. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This hotel is comfortable with views of the harbour on one side and the street on the other. Go for the hardour view. Handy for the railway station. Hotel staff are very accomodating and friendly. Breakfast had everything anyone could ask for and plentiful. The pancake making machine was a great novelty and tasted fresh.
Would recomend as it is easy to get around from this hotel.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This hotel was wonderful! The staff was friendly. The rooms were comfortable and clean. The breakfast was exceptional with a wide selection of food and large area to eat in. The location was great. We were able to take the board walk to other businesses. (shops, restaurants, etc.) If traveling to Seward this is the place to stay!

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Orange, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We arrived at 4:30am due to flight issues. We were exhausted and more than stressed. The young lady at the desk immediately offered us food. She wanted to warm a muffin, make us coffee, etc. The next morning Lake, the day manager??, greeted us with a platter of bacon and explaining that she hoped it would help. The clean rooms, comfortable beds, and location make this a perfect place to stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Perfect location, view, hospitality, and breakfast. Seward exceeded our expectation and the hotels location and scenery is perfect. Make sure you're there between 5 & 6 pm when they bring in the days catch from the fishing boats.

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Address: 1412 4th Avenue, Seward, AK 99664
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Location: United States > Alaska > Seward
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Seward
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Seward Harbor 2.5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Seward Harbor is the premier Alaska travel destination.Overlooking the small boat harbor and Resurrection Bay, adventure and sightseeing opportunities abound. No trip to Alaska is complete without Seward included. From fishing charters, wildlife viewing cruises, glacier trekking and abundant hiking trails along the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska starts here. In the shadow of Mt. Marathon, overlooking the Small Boat Harbor, the Holiday Inn Express Seward Hotel, offers unequaled access to a bustling harbor and a historic downtown district brimming with art galleries and eateries. Known as the 'Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park,' Seward is located 126 miles south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula, it provides visitors with a wealth of activities from trophy sport fishing, glacier cruises, sailing, flight seeing and snow machining adventures. The hotel features include our complimentary hot breakfast bar. Our hotel also features the only hotel indoor swimming pool in Seward. We look forward to being a part of your Alaskan adventure. ... more   less 
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