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“A quirky B&B, perhaps more to a man's taste”
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A Swan Nest Inn
Ranked #33 of 46 Seward B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 8, 2011

I (the male part of NewOrleansBelle) found A Swann's Nest to be a fine place to stay. Great location, fine view (from some rooms and the common area), interesting history, reasonable (for Alaska) rates, helpful maps and books for hiking etc., no frou-frou to move out of the way. An informal, 'serve-yourself' kind of place.
On the other hand, the ladies may have trouble humping their bags up the stairs, and may miss the fancy soaps, elegant breakfasts etc. more normal for B&B's. They may be bothered by the lack of 'privacy' and quietness for the rooms that open onto the common/breakfast area. (That same lack of quietness can be a real help in getting one moving in the morning, so as to enjoy what you came to Alaska for - might as well stay home if you just want to sleep late.)
Overall, the place is clean and comfortable, if a bit spartan. The breakfast is 'continental' rather than B&B, but sufficient, and the fresh breads were tasty. The owner has 'salvaged' one of the oldest surviving buildings in Seward and I commend that. The floors creak a lot - either because of the age, or because there are ghosts (heard creaks that seemed to be IN the room, but with no obvious reason.) The first floor is still unoccupied, which detracts from the appearance, but someday...

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

. Sometimes when I've stayed at b&b's or inn's there is a hotel-like feel, with the two queen beds and headboards, a few lame pictures on the walls, and a coffee pot in the corner, well not at the swan's nest! I am all ways greeted with a warm welcome to a unique and beautiful place to stay. Heather the manager is friendly and very knowledgeable, ready to answer any question I have about the area. She also has great taste in restaurants and coffee places, I've never been mislead. The rooms have beautiful wood work, hand made bed frames and even a loft! It is so nice to see a place with a different room lay-out. Now lets talk about the breakfast. I really don't appreciate the average continental breakfast. The Swan's Nest Inn has a great baker, I believe it is the manager who makes the bread, I've tried the Banana and the Oatmeal-Apricot breads and they are both scrumptious. It is so nice to wake up to warm bread waiting for you! Also available is a made from scratch breakfast for additional money, the bread has always satisfied me enough though.
When I leave the inn in the summer I can enjoy all of the wild flowers bursting with color outside, there is even white fire-weed, which is very rare, and beautiful!

I've been to many of the inns, b&b's and hotels in Seward and this place is my all time favorite! Even during the winter months when Alaska can be cold and rather unwelcoming the Swan's Nest is the complete opposite, with a friendly manager and toasty fire to warm you up.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

I loved my stay there. I had so much fun while I was down in Seward! I especially liked the sourdough, blueberry pancakes, they were amazing! I can't wait to go and stay at the Swan Nest Inn again!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

Of all the places I stayed during 3 weeks in Alaska, this ranks bottom of the list, even below the soulless hotel airport I stayed in arriving late the first night in Anchorage. The beds and other handmade-from-wood furniture and fixtures are beautiful, and the location near the water is awesome, but those are the only nice things I can say about this place. The rooms were cramped and dark, the hallways were dark, the breakfast was awful, and the proprietors were not especially friendly. My negative impressions of the place were not improved by being awakened in the middle of the night by an employee living in the room below me, talking loudly on the phone to his family in Sweden. I could have forgiven that had the proprietor been apologetic and accommodating, but the response I got was not at all conciliatory.

The being woken up thing may be an anomaly, but I doubt that the awful breakfast is. If you call yourself a bed and breakfast, in my opinion, you need to attend to providing decent food. If all you're providing is a "continental" style offering of store-bought cereals, yogurts, etc., you need to be honest about that up front.

Room Tip: handmade beds, although lovely, have spikes that stick out into the small rooms--hard to avoid getti...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

The breakfast was fantastic! Go for the sourdough pancakes, the banana bread recipe is to die for also. The rooms were cozy and I especially liked the handmade bed frames and loft railings, they gave the room a very rustic and alaskan feel. The inn is also decorated with paintings from local artists, adding to the uniqueness. Sound does travel through the walls a bit but I didn't have any problems sleeping. The loft was perfect for the small group of friends that I was staying with so that we each had a bed. Located right in the heart of Seward, a very short walk to everything downtown including the Alaska Sealife Center and Seward's some of Seward's best dining. Manager/ innkeeper/ cook was polite and professional, not too bad looking either.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with an window facing the bay.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 23, 2011

This is an old BPOE lodge in the older part of Seward, walking distance of the Marine Sealife Center and restaurants. The upstairs has been subdivided into a B&B rooms. The walls are not soundproof. Take earplugs. Especially avoid the two rooms that open onto the breakfast area that starts serving at 7am.
Decor is faux rustic with curiosity bedsteads made of stripped tree limb including erratic branches. Our room with queen bed had little space to spare -- and you could not stand upright in sleeping loft reached by steep ladder. Rug had a tiny rip. Best for hikers and explorers at heart. Continental breakfast with banana bread, fruit, cereal is more than adequate for most. If you have huge appetite and time to spare, order cooked-to-order hot breakfast with smoked salmon scrambles and pancakes. Big enough to two and quite tasty. Owner wonderful, energetic adventurer who has sailed the world and settled here.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

We highly recommend A Swan Inn. Stayed 3 nights would loved to have stayed longer.
The location is sensational, the service was excellent and rooms cosy. Loved the owner made beds and furnishings.
Faultless, Five stars.

Michel et Maree

Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 504 Adams Street, P. O. Box 905, Seward, AK 99664
Location: United States > Alaska > Seward
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Ranked #33 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Seward
Price Range: $131 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — A Swan Nest Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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