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Mill Valley, California
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed here one night after returning from Fox Island. There was no one at the desk when we arrived - we had to call and someone appeared after a few minutes. This place is old and quirky and could use some maintenance, but it was fun to stay here. We had a suite, which consisted of two bedrooms and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed 3 nights while on our honeymoon in June 2016. The place is funky (read:old and odd), but the staff, and especially the manager Dan, went above and beyond to make our stay memorable and comfortable (their feather-topper beds! OMG!), quick to respond to our every need, such writing out a list of his favorite restaurant's in our budget,... More 

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Riverside, California
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21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're looking for a luxury hotel, this is not the place. If you're seeking a bit of history with photos and writings to enjoy, you'll truly appreciate the Van Gilder Hotel in Seward, AK. The manager, Danny, went "above and beyond" to be courteous, helpful and to share bits of history, from photographs on every wall, on each floor... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I knew this place was going to be older and questionable, by reading previous reviews, as well as pictures online, but I really enjoyed my stay, it was much different from being in a 3 or 4 star hotel, but I did enjoy the nostalgic environment, awesome building, great location, clean, and super helpful staff. If your a snob and... More 

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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights. We changed our plans and needed last minute accommodations. I have never had such mixed feelings about a hotel. I understand all other reviews depending on what you find important. Pros: *Availablily *Location *Clean *Hot Water *Comfortable Bed *Buffet breakfast down the street came with the room. Cons *No Staff on site, you need... More 

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Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

No its not the Ritz, no its not the red roof Inn. This is a classic building in a beautiful town. Amenities are weak, the rooms are small. We were greeted by nice staff who made sure we were comfortable. We are a family of 5 who loves staying at a very unique one of a kind hotel. Murphy beds... More 

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Thank David B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

The hotel is built in 1915 or something like that. We got a room on the 3rd floor. We were not picky sense we didn't come here to stay in a hotel all day. It has a very rustic feel to it and when we first walked into the property the was a smell of walking into grandmas house. It... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

The hotel manager Danny took care of us as if we were family from out of town. I have never received customer service like this, incredible! Really made our time in Seward comfortable after three weeks backpacking Alaska. Hotel was spotless, quaint and vintage. Extremely comfy!

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San Rafael, California
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96 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We loved this charming historically recognized gem! It was an amazing bargain, charming and the staff was so hospitable. This is not a luxury hotel, or a cookie cutter like a few in town, it is old and charming. It amazes me how so many people don't compare apples to apples when they review. Obviously this is not a 5... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

We only had one night at the Van Gilder but it would be a great place to base yourself in Seward. Located in the older, centre of town, it is walking distance to several restaurants and the waterfront. It is an old hotel, with a great deal of character, but also with the quirks that come with older properties. The... More 

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  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
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Additional Information about The Van Gilder Hotel

Address: 308 Adams St., Seward, AK 99664
Location: United States > Alaska > Seward
Price Range: $196 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Van Gilder Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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