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...
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