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“Potential which falls a bit short.”
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Sauerdough Lodging
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Seward
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Clearwater, Florida
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45 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Potential which falls a bit short.”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

This place was a great location and not bad for the price. It's older so you have to have different expectation because of that. My only real complaint was the noise from the other rooms. The family next to me sounded like they were building furniture or working on a car. Matt the manager was nice and helpful. If you picky and looking for complete silence, this may not be for you. If you go with the flow and want a great location, give it a try.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Loved our stay at the Sauerdoughlodge. Owner owns coffeeshop downstairs as well. Very nice and helpful. Apt building is definitely older and creaky but it was decorated well and kitchen was fully equiped. We are glad we stayed there. Very convenient. Don't expect to have it the feel of a B &B, it's an apt. with coupons for $$ off at the coffeeshop.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Texas
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you are thinking of a self catering vacation in Seward, I would recommend these apts in the downtown. You can walk to the Sea Life Centre, many restaurants, the museum and a number of coffee shops and gift shops. The apts have been recently renovated and everything works. The sheets are high thread count and the towels thick. The owners are very prompt in providing anything you need and having the coffee shop downstairs gives you another touchpoint with a friendly face. The fact that this is an older building provides a little local color as it is one of the buildings that survived the earthquake. We stayed in apt 1 and it is more than enough room for a couple. I would stay here again if/when my husband and I come back to Seward.

Room Tip: I didn't see the other apts, but Apt 1 would be a good choice.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

This adorable little lodge is in the heart of town, close to shops ,restaurants and the aquarium. Everything was clean and very comfortable. We had the little red apartment. My husband and I both loved it here. Owners are not on the premises, but they respond quickly to text and email. I will stay here again. Compared to other prices in town, this is a bargain.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ra'anana
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

The location is great but there were many negatives to this place. We spent one night in apartment 4. As we were 4 people I expected to find two beds made up. To my surprise this was not the case and after a very long day of travelling to Seward we then had to make the second bed. The floors were extremely creaky. The main bed was very unstable as the slats kept on slipping out of place and my husband found himself on the floor several times during the night. The bathroom was tiny and the bath was full of rust.
The kitchen did not have a kettle or coffee maker despite being advertised as a fully equipped kitchen.
This place is not for the elderly or for people who have problems climbing stairs as no elevator.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Sauerdough225, Owner at Sauerdough Lodging, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay with us- we really appreciate the feedback. We are a new business, having just opened our doors this summer. Being new, we definitely have some kinks to work out, and reviews such as this help us to do so.

All of our apartments sleep two people by default. We can accommodate extra guests in each place on either pull-out couches or futons. Since the futons double as a couch during the day, it isn't possible to have them made up with bedding beforehand, but we keep the extra bedding in the apartment, ready for our guests to use if needed. We have also found that many parties with more than two guests do not let us know ahead of time that they have extra people in their party, so we are unable to anticipate the sleeping needs. We do our best to fulfill special requests if we know about them in advance.

Our building is over 100 years old and is creaky, and we find that charming. It has survived numerous earthquakes, including the big one in '64. Such history in Alaska is rare, and sharing this unique building with travelers is one reason why we decided to open our doors to guests this summer. Most of the flooring in the apartments is original, and we have worked hard to preserve it whenever possible.

We are sorry to hear about the bed- it is a new slat-style bed, and apparently the slats are not staying put. If we had been aware of the problem when it happened, we would have come right over to fix it.

The claw foot tubs are over 100 years old, and some discoloration is common. They are thoroughly cleaned with each check-out, however, and we are looking into having them re-enameled this winter.

When we first opened for business, we didn't think coffee makers or kettles were necessary because we also operate a coffee shop on the first floor, and we give each of our guests a complimentary $5 coupon per day to use at the coffee shop. We have received several requests for these items, however, and will be adding them to each of our kitchens this fall.
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Larkspur, Colorado
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

I was glad to have a room in the historic part of Seward for the night. I felt a lot of old spirits running around. This is a great location with many other historic structures in the neighborhood. Bring eye shades and earplugs for the night, as with the windows open it is near several pubs and thus the loud noises in the alley. Comfortable beds, linens and pillows.

I thought the room we stayed in with the kitchenette was cute and very nicely decorated with squeaky but beautiful hardwood floors.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sauerdough Lodging
Address: 225 4th Avenue, Seward, AK 99664
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Location: United States > Alaska > Seward
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Seward
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sauerdough Lodging 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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Housed in a historic building in the heart of Seward's downtown business district, Sauerdough Lodging offers modern amenities paired with historic charm in each of our five fully furnished apartments. ... more   less 
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