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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Edgewater Hotel Seward
Very Unhappy with the hotel
Parking for the hotel was a block away. The room we got for $180 a night was shabby. No airconditioning and it was hot at the time we stayed. We opened the window but the bar across the street was very noisy, so we ended up closing the window.
Front desk service was unfriendly...no welcoming smiles...abrupt and cold front desk people. They have one computer which guests could use for internet access...when this stopped working, my daughter went to the front desk to let them know, and all she got was a shrug of the shoulder. We also asked for additional towels and these were delivered late with no friendly word by the front desk person. I definitely will not stay at this hotel again or recommend it to anybody.
The shuttle drivers were very friendly, though.
Not my favorite place to stay. After great cabins in Denali and great hotels in Anchorage, I was really disappointed in Hotel Edgewater in Seward. Our room faced the street and it was really hot. We didn't hear the people across the bar as much as we did the music pouring out of there til the wee hours of the morning.
Location is good.
The Edgewater rooms were clean and comfortable, but it was in the 80's when we were visiting and there was no air-conditioning in the rooms.
If the weather is hot avoid the rooms facing the mountains and ask for a room facing the ocean (alley). The mountain-view room we had opened onto the street, right near the hotel entrance. There was a bar across the street. It was so hot we had to keep our windows open and the drunks coming out of the bar at all hours of the night (and early morning) were really loud and obnoxious.
Not worth the $$
The best thing about the Edge water is the location, but that's it. Seward is a beautiful place, the hotel was the only sour part of our trip. It was nothing special for 200$ a night. Closet was way too small and there were not enough drawers, and seagulls (kittiwakes) shat on our balcony, which was above a dumpster.
We stayed at the Edgewater for two nights. It's comfortable, clean, and okay, but just doesn't seem to have that extra edge that would make it a 'great' place to stay. The rooms were on the smallish side, but were fine. The continental breakfast was fine, but I find the disposal plates, cups, spoons, everything, a bit much in this day and age. I'm not sure it's cost effective to buy disposables as opposed to china, cutlery, a dishwasher and a few staff. And, in my opinion, pay the extra $$ for the rooms on the upper floors - avoid the rooms on the ground floor that are behind reception - the one we had opened onto the street right near the hotel entrance, and unless you like everyone looking in at you when they pass, you can't open the curtains. We had a problem with our plumbing (blocked toilet) one night; the maid said she'd advised maintenance, but when we checked, they'd all gone home. We were given the plunger to do the job ourselves. It worked, but not what you expect from a hotel like this. To their credit, they did give us a credit on our account, but they need to improve their internal communications.
My favorite in the area
I stayed at this hotel a while back, and really enjoyed it. It has a more modern feel, and seemed to be the nicest of the hotels in the area (I've stayed in two others). I paid extra for the bay view, which was totally worth it. My room was basic and comfortable, and had a VCR (video store and pizza place in close proximity helped provide entertainment for one evening). Close walking distance to shops and attractions. Gift shop attached to hotel, where you can get many convenience items.
Enjoyed our stay!
We recently stayed at the Hotel Edgewater for 3 nights. The room was comfortable, nicely furnished, very clean and quiet. Our room opened onto the atrium/lobby, but this did not seem to be a problem...no additional noise, etc. The shuttle to the Kenai Fjords Boat Tour was very convenient, dropping us off at the door and returning us promptly at the end of the tour. The continental breakfast was the best I experienced during our entire trip in Alaska, great variety and an attendant to refill items and assist if needed. I definitely recommend the Hotel Edgewater.
We did have a room with a full bay view and that's wonderful. It's a very basic hotel and very cheaply built. When a toilet flushes in a room above it sounds like you have your very own waterfall in the room.
I've never heard anything like it. It's terribly over-priced in-season for what you get but I guess that's market driven.
Cozy and modern!
Everytime we go to Seward we stay at Edgewater. It's right on the water and the view is absolutely gorgeous! Ask for a room with a view. You'll pay a bit more, but it's completely worth it! You can open up the sliding glass door, step out onto the balcony and breathe in the fresh ocean air! The hotel is right across the street from the Alaska Sealife Center and minutes from the best place in Alaska to eat lunch-- Ray's.
They have wonderful halibut sandwiches. A day cruise with Kenai Fjords is absolutely essential, as well as a trip to Exit Glacier. You can hike right up to it.
Great Place to Catch the Cruise
A lovely find early in the tourist season. Quiet, clean and comfortable. The room was on an interior hallway with piped in outdoor fresh air.
Staff was helpful and knowledgeable. A shuttle to the cruise and boat docks helped in planning the day. I would have enjoyed a coffee shop-lunch cafe on sight.
Having an easy-access computer in the lobby-gift area was plus!
Would choose them again.