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Flower Mound
Reviewed 14 August 2014

We had to stay overnight in Seward, AK for the boat tour the next day, so we booked this hotel online. The hotel was expensive, and did not have the amenities one expects at this price point. The rooms were small, with thin walls and outdated décor. The mattresses and bedding were terrible. There was no free breakfast. We didn't...

1Thank Fm-family-vacation
Baltimore, Maryland
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We stayed for one night since my husband was fishing for a day in Seward. We arrived very late, around 1:00 am, since our flight was delayed and we had to drive from Anchorage. We had called ahead to let them know and they were waiting for us. There is no elevator, so if you are on an upper level...

1Thank Jennifer E
Big Lake, Alaska
Reviewed 8 August 2014

We stayed Memorial Weekend and could'nt have been happier. The staff was very friendly and helpful, our room was quaint and cozy, sort of old fashioned but I like that. It was as clean as most other hotels I've been in and the location was great too, we walked everywhere! I plan to stay there every time we go to...

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Wasilla, Alaska
Reviewed 15 July 2014

This is an historic hotel so don't expect a modern room. We have stayed here in the past but found the rooms have gotten a bit shabby and are in need of some TLC. That said, the staff is so friendly and accommodating. The fresh cookies in the evening are a real plus.

Thank Janese C
Reviewed 28 June 2014

This is good hotel. I called ahead and had my luggage stored there until we could check in later that day. When we got back from sightseeing the room was ready to be checked in...room was clean and in good repair. As far as I know there is no elevator and you have to carry up your luggage. Thankfully only...

1Thank Shaynamk
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, United States
Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

Very over priced. Felt very unwelcomed. For what you pay it's not worth it. I should have stayed in my car. The only good thing about our stay was how close it was to everything else. When I asked a question to the person working in the office, she wouldn't respond. I was asking how old the building was..

2Thank missliz84
Asheboro, North Carolina
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We spent two nights at the Van Gilder and were disappointed. The room was adequate and seemed clean. The bathroom was the same. HOWEVER, there was no breakfast, the halls were partially painted and partially wall papered (I think they were taking down the wall paper). The lobby was locked when we arrived in the late afternoon with jail-type bars...

3Thank Ken P
Lisbon, CT
Reviewed 9 June 2014

we stay at some pretty interesting hotels across the United States ought thisone would be interesting as well. yes it's old and needs some updating but the problem was that the electricity went out in our room and the hallway and when we reported it they were very blase about it. we were without power for about 14 hours and...

2Thank sjkrkk
Fairfax, Virginia
Reviewed 16 January 2014

Yes, the Van Gilder is old and could stand a refreshing/updating (including some work on leaking showers) but we enjoyed staying there -- largely because Danny, the GM (cleaning guy, bellman, and whatever else is needed) is a great host. (We hope he enjoyed the gift certificate to the local brewpub; he's the type that a standard room tip for...

3Thank perfessor_10
Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

Don't go in thinking you are staying at Sheraton!!! The Sheraton wasn't built in 1916!!! Go in with an open mind and take in what this hotel is really about!! It is like you just stepped back in time!! Needs a little work here & there but overall I fell totally in love with this place! And Daniel, the hotel...

1Thank Danegirl71

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Additional Information about The Van Gilder Hotel

Address: 308 Adams St., Seward, AK 99664
Region: United States > Alaska > Seward
Price Range: $153 - $433 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Van Gilder Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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“A room at the top for views alone but I didn't notice any lifts. Danny however is very strong and carried our bags up with no problem.”
  • View from 2nd floor suite
  • Shared bathroom on 1st floor
 of 5 bubbles bettybamalam, 29 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Request a downstairs room if you wish to minimize stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles pamt464, 29 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Word in town is that 209 is haunted.”
 of 5 bubbles TravelingDVM, 26 Jul 2016 | Read review
“no views except for upper floors, rooms can be stuffy. be friendly and he will repay you in kind.”
 of 5 bubbles rustblue2, 1 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Third floor on the bay side of the hotel - we were at the rear of the building”
 of 5 bubbles Ten35, 29 Jun 2016 | Read review
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