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“Don't Ever Camp Here” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Miller's Landing
Ranked #32 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Seward
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2006

Upon arrival had to walk through lobby full of cigarette smoke so thick one couldn't breath. Outside area very dusty, rocky and unlevel. Bathroom and shower was a disgrace. Campsites had good view of bay but view isn't worth health concerns. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

Stayed July 2006
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MillersLanding, Manager at Miller's Landing, responded to this review, October 10, 2011
Please know that we do NOT allow smoking in the lobby anymore. This was written many years ago. We also have been able to bulldoze the bathroom/shower house (which was one of the only free showers in all of Alaska) and have completely rebuilt it now (a $400,000 renovation). We now have paid showers, laundry and bathroom facilities and we feel they are the nicest in all of Alaska. It takes time to get these permits approved; there's a lot of engineering and electric/well planning and septic planning that has to be okayed by the state before one can build. It took us almost 4 years to get approval or we would have done it alot sooner. We are very proud of the new facilities and we hope you can try it one more time and see the changes.
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Anchorage, AK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2006

I went to Miller's Landing on a kayak lesson package, advertised as a two hour lesson on how to right the boat and get back in after rolling, and then a two hour tour, dry suits and all gear included. After driving two hours to get there(and having paid in advance), I found that this was not to be. Instead, after waiting 60 minutes for the lesson to start, we were given two-person kayaks and taken on a tour first. That's a big deal because, since I was alone, I was kayaking with a complete stranger in my boat, one who'd never paddled before. Luckily for me he was a nice guy and not a bad paddler, but I definitely prefer my own boat in the unforgiving waters of Alaska. Bear in mind there were paddlers in this group who had never paddled before, and they were dumped into kayaks and pushed out into the bay to figure it out for themselves. Not only that, but in order to participate in this pre-paid activity, everyone had to sign a waiver stating that they knew how to paddle a kayak and how to self-rescue. How could they - this was a beginner's class! They were there to learn to kayak, but they had to sign a waiver saying they were already experts. Everyone signed it anyway, but I somehow sneaked by without signing. I could see at that point that this place was a scam, but since they had my money, I was pretty well stuck.

We weren't given dry suits as advertised until after the "tour" (which was really a short paddle down the beach). What was the plan if someone ended up in the water without a dry suit? For those who don't know, a person can live about three minutes in Alaska water before dying. When we returned from the "tour" we were given dry suits for the lesson, but they didn't have enough so we had to switch on and off - not very easy to do! This basically meant that the "two-hour lesson" was really about 15 minutes per person, during which time we put on the dry suit, rolled the kayak once, righted it, and got back in, all with an instructor right next to us in the three-foot deep water.

The very worst thing of all for me was the BLATANTLY MADE-UP tale about the BIg Bad Coast Guard and how they'll charge you for rescue if you screw up, complete with a manufactured "true story" of a couple who rented kayaks, got lost and got stuck on a little island. According to Miller's Landing, the Coast Guard dropped them a food bag and then went back to base, only returning to pick them up the next day since the paddlers were so stupid as to get lost. Also according to Miller's Landing, the Coast Guard is "still trying to collect" the $50,000 rescue fee from those paddlers. Sorry, Miller's Landing - my father is a Coast Guard rescue pilot so I can call you out on this one. The Coast Guard NEVER charges for rescue and has NEVER left victims stranded when they could have been rescued. I am completely disgusted with Miller's Landing for perpetuating this kind of fabrication.

Please avoid giving the con artists at Miller's Landing your business.

Stayed June 2003
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MillersLanding, Owner at Miller's Landing, responded to this review, October 10, 2011
Miller's Landing teaches ACA Certified classes for kayaking and at the time this was written our manager was an ACA instructor as well. The classes are two part. One half of the class is instruction. The other half of the class was a paddle to teach the paddle strokes. The guest is misleading and apparently didn't understand the concept. We started off the class with a GUIDED paddle with ACA certified instructors who are trained in rescue. We put the clients in double kayaks on purpose because they are much more stable than single kayaks for learners. The guests learned on the two hour paddle the proper paddle strokes, landing and launching techniques. The water is calmer in the morning so we choose the first half for that portion. The second half of the day we get a southerly chop on the water, so we use that part of the day for the instruction portion and learning to do a wet exit. We have dry suits and we have wet suits. The dry suits cost approx. $300 and we do not have enough for everyone. All it takes is one person to put them on wrong or take them off wrong and it ruins the seals around the neck and the wrists. We have switched to wet suits because of this. The disclaimer is appropriate for a guided paddle because the guest was on a guided paddle (with a guide) for the first portion of the trip. The disclaimer does not say that the guest is an experienced paddle. That disclaimer is for our kayak RENTALS (which is a requirement of renting). A renter must know how to do a self rescue if they want to take an unguided kayaking trip (for their own safety). Regarding the Coast Guard rescue and charging for the rescue.. this did happen. We had an incident where a party of 3 people claimed they were experienced kayakers and they went way past the limits of where the rentals are allowed to go. They got themselves in trouble because they didn't honor the limits, didn't listen to local knowlege. They lost brand new kayaks, they had to climb a cliff and had to stay up there for almost 3 days. The Coast Guard tried to rescue them and on the 3rd day had to send rescue swimmers to them because nothing else worked (dropped from a helicopter). This made the Anchorage Daily Newspaper and is well documented. When the Coast Guard did their investigation they found the rentors to be at fault; they had clearly signed an agreement to stay within the set boundaries, violated all sorts of agreements, etc. The Coast Guard commander at the time felt that his staff had to risk their own staff's lives to rescue people who ignored their rental agreement and they DID say that they expected them to pay for the rescue. The rescue was $35,000. We don't know if this ever happened or not but we are certain the Coast Guard has the authority to do whatever they wish if they feel that it was avoidable. This was certainly avoidable and was no fault of ours. The coast guard report will show that we were not found at fault. I hope this explains.
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Alpharetta, GA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2006

I love this place! Staff was more than accomadating!It is 2 miles from town\Sealife Center, that is what makes it nice - away from the touristy crowds & the other over priced, crowded lodgings, & it is a beautiful walk to town passing 2 waterfalls. Most of the folks we met while staying there were local Alaskans from Anchorage for a weekend getaway, it is a local lodging\camping favorite for local Alaskans. Don't expect 3-5 star "hotel" lodging, especially for the price. Expect 5 star camping facilities & you won't be disappointed. Stayed 2 nights in the Crows Nest Cabin. When booking they told us it had linens but when we arrived they said it doesn't. They immediatley gave us bedding\linens. We had an AWESOME view, picnic table, fire pit etc. Bathrooms\showers were clean with plenty of hot water (depending on timing-schedule your shower at off times), water is hand\chain pulled and is more than adequate especially for the price. Several previous AK trips included Seward B&B's, hotels etc - I paid a lot more for them and was highly disappointed, I wish I would have known about ML when I 1st started visiting Seward. I loved it so much we are booked for 7\06.

  • Stayed June 2004
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2005

Millers Landing is perfect for people who want to see alaksa on a budget. WE stayed in the captains cabin, and although it was not the ritz carlton, i was not expecting that. Anyone who has been camping will aprreciate the ammenities included, nad the price was great. We had a fire pit out front, and had a nice fire one night. Millers landing has a few dogs on the premises, and one, Bullet, came to join us. We felt right at home with a fire, a bay view, a beer, anda dog! If you want to see Alaska without being a wimp about it, go for Millers Landing!

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Miller's Landing

Property: Miller's Landing
Address: Beach Drive, 13880 Beach Drive, Seward, AK 99664
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Location: United States > Alaska > Seward
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Seward
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the Miller family homestead, Miller's Landing is a secluded campground on Resurrection Bay near Seward, Alaska. Tent camp amongst hundred year old spruce trees or park your RV on the scenic oceanfront! Camping at Miller's Landing is unique and there is so much to do! Watch fishing boats and cruise ships go by; catch fish from the beach, watch eagles soaring, sea otters playing, and sea lions catching their lunch from your campsite. Miller's offers charter fishing, sea kayaking, a water taxi service and tours. Or let us help you plan and customize a special event for your family or group. There are enough activities offered at Miller's Landing to keep you busy for weeks! ... more   less 
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