Holiday Inn Express Seward Harbor
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On our 6 hour cruise through the Kenai Fjords Natl Park we saw - Orca and Humpback whales, Seals, Otters, Tufted Puffins, Dall Porpoises Baby Bald Eagles and Big ones too, Glaciers and Huge Halibut!
The town of Seward is a quiet Harbor town with excellent seafood and beautiful views of the mountains.
After spending the afternoon at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, we made our way down the Seward Highway to Seward. It's a beautiful drive and I imagine would be a fun train ride as well. We stopped over at the Exit Glacier part of the the Kenai Fjords NP but the office was already closed and it was raining so we decided to just go back to …
... of Seward. We had already booked a visit to a sled dog farm, which is a common tradition here in Alaska. We learned to never rely on the GPS - it sent us to the completely wrong place. We pulled over and asked at a convenience store if they knew where the place was. No one did, so the owner called her daughter who was the town sheriff. Surprisingly the directions were accurate and we were on our way.
When we finally arrived, we were surprised to see a closed sign! ...
... steamed up. Our first sightings were bald eagles in the trees of Resurrection Bay, followed by a lone harbour seal on the rocks in the narrows. There were many gulls & cormorants, and on turning into Aialik Bay, lots of puffins.
We headed down the fjord into increasingly calm water, enjoying the view of the rocks & mountains, & came to a stop close to a raft of sea otters – ...
Exit Glacier this morning. Took tour from Windsong lodge. First shuttles long side the grey, sand-barred Resurrection Valley River to park visitor center from which trails to Exit Glacier start.
There are two trails, the 1-2 hour Exploring Exit Glacier Trail and the 6-8 hour Harding Icefield Trail. We took the first and along the way had brown signposts with 4-digit years etched on them. These signposts signify where the glacier's toe ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Express Seward Harbor
The hotel was nice but the room walls are paper thin. You definitely need to get the top floor to stay away from noise above you and you should request a room away from children if you want to get restful sleep. And good alternative nearby is the Smoke Shack has 4 rooms overlooking the harbor which have been converted from Railroad cars to hotel rooms - very cool.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express Seward Harbor
My husband and I stayed here Memorial Day weekend and very much enjoyed our visit. We had a king room overlooking Resurrection Bay with an unbeatable view. Next time I'd request a room with a balcony. For nearly an hour one morning an eagle perched on the mast of a sailboat - one of many great photo opportunities right from our window! The room was large, very clean and had a better than average bathroom. The room darkening shades worked great (a necessity with nearly 20 hours of daylight). The hotel was very quiet, even though a number of large tour groups were staying there. The complimentary continental breakfast was a definite plus as even breakfast is expensive in Alaska. The location is prime as you can walk to restaurants, stores, along the docks, and to all of the major tour operators. Checking in and out was hassle-free. If I had a complaint it would be the one elevator - very slow - so if you're able-bodied, take the stairs.
I stayed one night, Monday, May 15, 2006 at the Holiday Inn Express. A friend and I were traveling and planning on a fjords trip the next day. She originally had reservation at a very small inn, but we didn't care for those accommodations.
Great off-season value
We stayed here during a weekend trip this winter and managed to find a really great rate - $75 including tax. The hotel is still new and everything reflects that. Our room overlooked the harbor and was clean, modern and very comfortable. No ugly bedspreads or outdated decor. The pool and hot tub area was small, but it was nice to have that in the hotel. We were pretty impressed by the continental breakfast. Just make sure you get down there early - the food goes very quickly. This hotel is located next to the small-boat harbor, not downtown Seward. However, it is a short (5 minutes or less) drive to the main part of town.
The hotel is new granted but it's built right next to a commerical fish processing plant and the smell will knock you over. What good is a balcony when the door has to stay closed just to try and keep the smell out.
The harbor view is great but the noise at 5:00 AM is not worth it!
This hotel was a great place to stay. It was centrally located and w/in walking distance of the harbour and many restaurants. The rooms were nice and new and the refridgerator was a nice surprise. Breakfast was good. The staff were super nice and very accomadating. Can't wait to go back!
I was very pleasantly surprised by this new hotel, which opened in 2005. The lobby is attractive. It features a cathedral ceiling over the breakfast area, which has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor. The free help-yourself breakfast included better-than-average coffee and yummy, warm cinnamon buns. The HUGE room could have fit two king beds. I suspect it was so large because it was over the entrance portico -- not a room I requested when I made an online purchase through the Holiday Inn Web site, by the way. The bathroom was also large. More important, it was modern and excetionally clean. Another nice touch in the room: a microwave. The service at the front desk was friendly, but not yet polished or efficient. I didn't use the itiny indoor pool. The hotel's location is excellent. It is less than a five-minute walk from the train "station" and is also very close to the departure point for harbor tours. One of the businesses off the hotel lobby focuses on tours of and transport to Exit Glacier, which is convenient if you do not have a car.
Warms your toes
This is a brand new Holiday Inn Express. The accomodations were comfortable, large tub and comfortable bedding. The continental breakfast was also good providing cereal, fruit, bagels, toast, and coffee. The only problem here was the heat - way too much of it for August. The lobby was boiling and sleeveless tops were a necessity.
The view from the rooms overlooking the boat harbor were beautiful.
Best in Town!!
I have stayed at most of the hotels in Seward as I travel there often for both business and pleasure. There are an abundance of average hotels in Seward and this hotel breaks that mold. It is wonderful!! From the great balcony view rooms, wonderful complimentary breakfast, pool, awesome location, there isn't a bad thing about the hotel! I even booked a fishing charter right from the hotels lobby! i will stay there again, often!
Loved It !
This hotel just opened 2 months ago. The room was very nice and location was GREAT. You should try to get a room on the harbor side because the view is worth it and the rooms are a little larger. The breakfast selection was good and the view from the breakfast area was beautiful. We saw a sea otter in the harbor area one evening. Pool and jacuzzi were nice. The BEST reason to reserve here and because you don't need a deposit like most of the other hotels and you can change your length of stay without a hassle. We paid $169.00 for our room + 10% tax. Eat at the Apollo for great food. Ray's next door to the hotel is suppose to be good but very high priced for dinner - try it for lunch.
This Holiday Inn has just opened this summer. Very fresh and clean. Our family stayed there three nights. The location is right on the harbor. The most expensive rooms have a great balcony overlooking the harbor if you want to spend the extra money, the mountainview room overlook the parking lot, not worth it! Our room was fine for the four of us with a small refigerator and microwave. The elevator wasn't working the first night but was operational the next day. There is a great indoor pool which should be open by now. The standard breakfast buffet was available each morning.
We would stay there again!