Holiday Inn Express Seward Harbor
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So, up bright and early for the 8am Kenai Fjords tour. I grabbed coffee and two bananas from the Holiday Inn Express breakfast area. The rest of the family ate in be affair area and then met me at the gangway. We got a nice table on lower deck in middle of ship. It turned out to be conveniently centrally located. I didn't spend too much time there, …
The day after the boat tour, we took the train to Seward. We opted for Gold Star service. I found my breakfast on the train to be a little lukewarm, but the rest of the family thought the food was good. We saw eagles, moose, and bear on the trip down, but I was too excited and too slow/unskilled to get any pics of these so just enjoyed the moments …
Basically a day at sea heading for Seward (Sue-Wood) at a very leisurely pace as we don't want to arrive till the morning. Meant that we could choose from a whole variety of exciting on-board activities to keep us occupied like an Abs Class, Windows 8.1 Basics, Introduction to Chinese Medicine, The Art of Flower Arranging, Body Sculpting Boot Camp, Secrets to a Flatter Stomach, and a Slot Tournament, and that was only some of this morning's excitement. So we settled for doing laps ...
... so we went to dinner. I tried scallops!! So good!!
Still no sigting of bears or moose. We're forecasted to have a couple days of sun this week!! Then more rain for days.
Oh ya while at work the other day a male customer, (in his 40s or 50s) decided to take my picture. Didn't say why. Just told me to smile. I guess that's not uncommon but I don't understand why.
Until next time
... When we arrived at the other end of the tunnel...well, Whittier is like no other town we've seen before. It is basically a fishing village, with a handful of businesses and cruise line companies just catered to tourists.
The weather was still drizzly so we wandered around for a short while before taking refuge at The Lazy Otter for coffee and shelter. I admit that the reindeer hot dog did sound tempting. Apart from a fudge shop, a salmon shop and a store ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Express Seward Harbor
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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.
Overall, I can't wait to return.
Best room to offer for off season / Expensive during summer season
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.
The Holiday Inn Express Seward seemed very nice inside (blah blue/wood exterior), and we asked to see a room to make sure the rooms were acceptable. We saw a room with two queen beds, which featured a harbor view (right above the water) and fluffy comforters on the beds. The room was similar to typical newer Holiday Inn Express rooms.
When we finished viewing the room, we went down and told the front desk we would like to have the room for two nights. The female employees behind the desk were in casual address (tee shirt and polos), and there was a lot of talking and giggling between employees there. They "gleefully" informed me that the first night would cost $99 and that Tuesday, May 16th was the start of the summer season. With a broad smile one female employee said the price would be $250 a night. This happy attitude about the price going up is not the way to endear customers to your point of view.
I took the one night only at $99. The room was acceptable at this price. I believe they inflate the price for the summer season, but don't be expecting a room to match this pricey rate. It will still be the same $99 room. Next time I'll be looking at other hotels in the area.
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!
Great, New Well-Located Hotel
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!