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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family stayed in a two-bedroom suite after taking a glacier cruise in the national park. The beds were comfortable, she water was hot, the towels were plentiful. There was no outside noise. The hotel is blocks away from great shops--including a great coffee shop--and the marine center. I recommend and would stay again.

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Decatur, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Van Gilder is located in downtown Seward's historic district. It is a quaint 1916 hotel that is in the National Registry of historic places. The hotel is easy walking distance to restaurants, bars and shopping. Further, it is only two blocks away from the Alaska SeaLife Center, the Seward Museum and the Seward waterfront. Further, Kenai Fjords National Park... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

An historic hotel that has seen better days. No water glasses in room, no tissues, no hair dryer, seldom anyone at lobby desk with a sign "if you need assistance call..." With front door left unlocked thus no security. Felt like a worn hostel.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

Came in late into Seward and there was a booking mix up at the other hotel we were going to stay in and the night staff on shift was awesome with helping get us a room and even gave us a few breakfast vouchers to help get our morning going on our early charters.

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San Clemente, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

Seward is a small charming ocean community. There are several hotels, motels to be found, but the Van Gilder Hotel is one of a historic nature in the downtown area. The location provides easy walking to restaurants, as well as the Marine Center. The rooms are small. The decor is also one of an era gone by. The downside is... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

Our family (teens & adults) spent a couple days at the Van Gilder. We definitely received what we expected - a charming stay in an older building. Dan was very friendly at check-in, no noise from adjoining rooms (which is always a concern for me in older buildings), and nice walking distance from some good eats.

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Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

For starters, no staff at front desk, with a sign to call for assistance. No one was ever at the desk to help you. Much clutter and dirt in the hallway. Our room was small with a window that would not close all the way. Exposed wiring where the smoke detector should go. Miniature closet. The blanket on the bed... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

Dan, the hotel manager, upgraded us to a two room suite when we arrived. Four of us were traveling and had booked a smaller room. Second floor room, one room with a sink, double bed and murphy single bed, second room had a double bed and led to a private bathroom with shower and sink. The hotel is clean and... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

Yes, this old girl definitely needs some TLC - but there is so much history and charm in this hotel, it's worth staying in. The building is 100 years old this year - allegedly haunted - beautiful woodwork throughout. The manager, Danny, is a whirlwind of energy and a very useful local guide. He gave us a list of his... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

The Van Gilder is full of character and charm, the Staff are amazing and helpful. The location is amazing and easy to get to everywhere, the only thing that brings it down is everything could do with a little tlc, be careful when booking you choose private bathroom as some come with shared bathroom. Great stay.

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: $87 - $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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