An interesting place with definite charm! The small apartment we had was sufficient for the three of us (parents and young teen) as far as size.
The living area had a bed and a pull out sofa. There was also a chair and ottoman which we only used to put our suitcase on because it was covered in hair. The floor was dusty, possibly not swept before our stay? The kitchen was nicely equipped for a short stay and everything appeared clean in there (I still washed the couple of pieces we used because of the hair/dust/dirt found in the living area).
There was a wet-dog type of smell in the apartment when we checked in. I called the management (very responsive the times we called them) and they apologized--but without any resolution offered. I had a scented spray with us and used that throughout the stay. It was helpful again in the evenings when cigarette smoke was wafting in from somewhere. Possibly there's a smoking area near the building itself or it was from occupants in other apts.
The bath was also charming with built in cabinets (several of the doors couldn't be used/couldn't be opened with regular effort so we didn't force anything and risk damage), a claw foot tub, sink and toilet. The 'interesting' thing about the tub was that it was open to a clear window behind it. I spotted the doors from a neighboring apartment to a rooftop area. I just used a towel and hanger to block the window view while the shower was used. The tub was older and clearly worn but came cleaner with a bit of our effort before we used it. Questionable water pressure and temperature isn't always unexpected with an older property. The temperature changes were so extreme though! I learned that there would be a change in water pressure directly before a drop or increase in temperature and would scoot out of the way in time before being scalded or frozen.
The location is nice, within walking distance of the places 'in town' including the Sea Life Center. Breakfast coupons were included which allowed $5 off your breakfast. Drinks/coffee were good however the coupons were to be used $5 per day and did not cover both a breakfast item and drink. The benefit was that, if you wanted to redeem them, you had to spend a bit more money with their establishment. Fine, but not really a perk to have breakfast included, especially when they did not open early enough to grab breakfast before leaving for an early boat trip. Staff there were also always helpful and friendly.
In looking for a place in Seward itself/in town, this appeared to be one of the nicer places available. Maybe it's the area itself that doesn't lend itself to a bit better quality. People are in Seward for some adventure typically so maybe don't treat the places they stay with as much care as they would elsewhere?? An example of this -- when the manager came to bring a hairdryer to us, he told us he found that they had all been taken. He said that is why they don't leave them in the apartments themselves and that they will routinely have to replace the baking soda in the fridges as people take that with them too when they leave.
If I had the option, I would rate this more like a 2 1/2. The housekeeping issues may be resolved as they were advertising for more help when we were there. If that were the case, it would have a higher overall review! I wouldn't recommend avoiding the place at all--just come into it with expectations a bit lower.
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