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By a verified traveler on Sun 18 Aug 2019

Hotel Description

Historic hotel near Alaska SeaLife Center

Seaside stay

You'll be within half a mile (1 km) of Alaska SeaLife Center and 2 miles (3 km) of Seward Boat Harbor with a stay at this Seward hotel. Seward Waterfront Park and Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center are also within half a mile (1 km).

Business services

This hotel features a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center and free WiFi in public areas. Free self parking, a lobby fireplace, and a computer station are also offered.

Free WiFi, kitchens

The 58 guestrooms have 3 bedrooms and offer free WiFi. Comforts include pillowtop beds and premium bedding, while living rooms and kitchens provide the conveniences of home. Housekeeping is available once per stay.


Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds (Alaska Wing)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Basic Twin Room, 2 Twin Beds

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Family House, 3 Bedrooms

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Economy Room, 2 Twin Beds, Shared Bathroom (Historic Wing)

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Hotel Seward ratings based on 8 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Hotel Seward

Everyone (3) Couples (1) Family (2)
5 out of 5
So far so good I like the staff very friendly and helpful

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 18, 2019 by Michael

Hi Guest, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. I am glad that the staff was very friendly and helpful during your stay.

5 out of 5

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 20, 2019 by MarkK

The staff and I are very happy to recieve your generous 5 of 5 rating. Thank you MarkK

5 out of 5
We staying in the Historic wing of Hotel Seward in a Historic European Style room. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. The room was clean, quaint, and comfortable. The service is what made this hotel such an amazing stay. Everyone from the owner to the shuttle driver to the front desk was immensely helpful and extremely friendly. We throughly enjoyed our stay and, if in seward again, will not stay anywhere else but Hotel Seward.

Posted by , from Grand Junction on Jun 7, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 20, 2019 by MarkK

Hi Jennifier, Thank you again for staying with us and writing your post for other visitors to review. I especially appreciate your review of the Historic European stye room, because as hard a we try, some guest book those rooms but are really looking for a different experience. I hope you had a great vacation. MarkK

3 out of 5

Convenient and Charming Hotel

Pros: Location
Cons: The bathroom in the old wing can use an exhaust fan to make it less steamy. More electric outlets and including a frig in the room would be nice.
Location: A plus for this hotel is that it is a stone throw away from many restaurants locals go and to the Sea Life Center.
The historical pictures add a charming touch to the old wing of the hotel.

Posted by , from CA on Aug 2, 2015

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5 out of 5

Nice hotel and close to many restaurants

The staff was great! The room was very clean! The beds were amazingly comfortable! My friend and I slept incredibly, like we haven't slept in years!

Posted by , from Anchorage, Ak on May 4, 2015

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3 out of 5

One night in Seward

Pros: Very convenient to Alaska sea life center and the hotel had it's own parking lot.
Cons: Not sure it can be improved as the walls are not well insulated and the heating system makes a lot of noise.
Location: Excellent restaurant (Thorn's) on 4th street that had fish bites and an 8oz steak for $32. Tony's on 4th is a good place for a cocktail/beer.
While the hotel is old it is well maintained and very convenient to several restaurants. We stayed in a room on the first and it was quite noisy that is the reason for a rating of 3. The room was very clean and the beds were comfortable. Bathroom was small but clean. I am not certain but it appeared that there was only one choice for a modern hotel in Seward and that was located near the docks where the cruise ships and fishing ships tie up which is not near the shopping area. Breakfast was not included however there is a small restaurant that is part of the hotel and the breakfast was very good. As it was off season( mid March) the waiter was also the cook and cashier. Great service. Very friendly.

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015

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1 out of 5

dirty, dusty, broken down, gross

Cons: Noisy, dirty, broken windows etc
First of all, Seward Hotels were all booked. This was the last room in town for miles. We were stuck, but tried to tolerate the horrible experience since we were only staying 3 nights and spent most of the time on wonderful excursions in this incredible town (not hotel related outings). Warning: they don't tell you that a certain wing allows animals (barking most of the time). If you have fur allergies, you will definitely have a reaction (like me)--since animals sleep on the beds, I had to pull the quilts and pillows off the bed. After paying at the front desk, we entered our room. There was a l/8 inch moss like layer of dust all over everything in the room, including the coffee maker, coffee envelopes, ice bucket, microwave, refrigerator, lamps, tables, tv (cable was not connected), carpet behind door had a thick layer of dust too. Room smelled old and dusty. The sinks are outside the bathroom in the room (no privacy if you go with friends). Sink was backed up. We went to front desk to tell them about the dust and sink. Even though upset, I was very polite to the staff. The older woman at the front desk just stared at me, blank face and said nothing. I had to ask her if she could come and look at the room. She walked quickly thru the room. I ran my hand through the dust, leaving a trail. She said nothing. I said, "how could this happen? This room hasn't been cleaned in at least months?" "Was this room closed up and you just opened it up because you were sold out?" I was trying to make sense of it all. This was not just a few weeks of dust. Again, she said nothing, blank face. I asked if there were any other rooms available, which I knew there wasn't, but I had to ask just in case of a cancellation. She said no. She didn't offer to have the room cleaned. I had to ask HER. I asked if she could have the room cleaned. I explained that we would be gone for 6 hours and I could not be in the room when it was cleaned because of allergies and asthma (I did not know yet about the pets til the dogs started barking til late). The woman said nothing. On her rushed way out, I pointed to the sink and asked if someone could unclog the sink. She just walked out. I never checked out the bathroom with the shower and toilet til we got back. When we returned, half of the room was cleaned. Still covered with dust included food related things, as mentioned above, including the ice bucket, coffee maker, packets of coffee. Also thick dust patches on the rug were still there. I went to use the toilet and the seat was worn down to the bare wood. The pipe at the bottom of the toilet where it flushes down was stained with brown stains. The shower curtain liner was torn and coated in a haze of soap scum. There were long black hairs in the tub, although it the tub and tile appeared clean. The grossest thing was that there was a basket of complimentary soaps in tubes in a basket on the back of the toilet. The only problem was that they were half empty, scummy, and left over from the last guests. They never changed the supplies. No AC, not usually needed in AK, but it was hot. There were three small windows on first floor 3 feet from the driveway and 10 feet from parking lot. Two windows had cracked cranks and could not be opened, one of which had a missing screen, the other a broken screen. So we only had one crank out window, low to the ground, cars passing by 3 feet away in the dirt driveway, dust coming in. There was a fan stored in the dust layer on the table between the beds. We wiped it off and used it. We had to shut the window though for safety reasons, the noise of cars, and the sun stays out late. You need to close the curtains. One woman said all their window cranks and screens were broken on the second floor, and they had little kids. The second night I found black hair on the top sheet when I pulled back the covers. I slept on top of the bottom sheet without covers, in my clothes. I seriously thought about sleeping in the car. No other hotel was available. Its great they offer a blow dryer, but it is yellowed with age and the nozzle was missing the vent, had a sharp piece of metal sticking out and numerous cracks in the head. We had to make sure our hair didn't get stuck in it because the only way to shut it off was to hang up the head, the unit being about 6 feet off the ground next to the sink. At least kids couldn't get burned. I don't like confrontation. I know this is a small family owned business and they are trying to make improvements. I support these businesses. Its hard for them because the busy season is only from May to September. I can look past broken, and old, but I can't look past severely dusty and the hair. Upon leaving, we saw two young girls with a cleaning cart, and low and behold, one of the workers had long black hair. Was that the reason long black hair was in the shower? How could she not have seen it? And when she made the bed? There's a wing with bedrooms that share a bathroom for those who want a cheaper room. Small dirt parking lot for maybe 10 cars. You usually have to find a spot down the road. Looks quaint in the pictures. It looks pretty, you just have to look deeper. I don't recommend staying here because you don't know what you will get. Some people raved about the place. Book your hotels many many months in advance so you have a selection. If you get a room at the Seward, ask to see the room before you pay for it. At this point, I would recommend doing that anywhere, anyway. I know I sure will. If it's dirty, etc., I would take pictures. This was when you call the credit card company to withdraw the charge for a hotel you don't stay at, you will have your proof that the room was unsatisfactory. They should do a merchant charge back. We were stuck in this place, but you don't have to be. Check into the other hotels in town.

Posted by , from NJ on Aug 19, 2012

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1 out of 5

No view, rude staff and "fireplace" was a lightbulb..

We stayed in the winter of '09 and were one of about 3 other couples staying at this hotel. The room we were given had a view of the peeling white siding of the building next door even though almost all other rooms were unoccupied! We also paid extra for a "fireplace" room which consisted of a cheap fake fireplace. Very romantic listening to a plastic log spin in the background with a light bulb behind it. The staff also didn't seem to want to be there and were not friendly at all. Overall, the worst Seward lodging experience we've ever had. Stay across the street at the Best Western for views or ANY other hotel in Seward for a good room and friendly staff.

Posted by on Oct 28, 2010

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A business center and a meeting room are available. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. Event space at this hotel measures 600 square feet (56 square meters) and includes a conference center. A fitness center, tour/ticket assistance, and coffee/tea in a common area are also featured at the business-friendly Hotel Seward. Free self parking is available. This Victorian Seward hotel is smoke free.

  • 58 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • 600 sq ft of conference space
  • 56 sq m of conference space
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of living rooms1
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl. Airport (ANC) (776.1 km / 482.3 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Hotel Seward offers 58 accommodations with iPod docking stations and complimentary toiletries. Accommodations offer separate living rooms. Pillowtop beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. Premium cable television is provided. Accommodations all include kitchens. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include portable fans and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided once per stay.

  • In-room kitchen
  • Living room
  • Pillowtop beds
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Luxury bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Housekeeping (once per stay)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Blackout drapes
  • Heating
  • Portable fan
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 8 AM to 11 AM.

Ms. Genes Place - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in fusion cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Horse riding nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Game viewing nearby
  • Game drive nearby
  • Fishing on site
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Snowmobiling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Snowshoeing nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Ziplining nearby
  • Sledding nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Snow tubing nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for USD 10 per night.

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 25.00 per pet, per night
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 65 lbs)
  • Pets cannot be left unattended
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation
  • Service animals are exempt from fees


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property.Social distancing measures are in place and guests are provided with hand sanitizer.Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 72 hours between bookings.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Pets cannot be left unattended
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff does not wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • Debit cards
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 72 hours


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 15 and USD 25 for adults, USD 15 and USD 25 for children (approximately)
  • Pet fee: USD 25.00 per pet, per night
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 10 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Hotel Seward
  • Seward Hotel
  • Hotel Seward Hotel
  • Hotel Seward Seward
  • Hotel Seward Hotel Seward

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.