by Phil Corless
This large, downtown hotel is perfect for families who want to be close to the attractions, shops and the waterfront. The clean and spacious rooms feature two queen beds and a sleeper sofa, along with a kitchenette and a balcony overlooking the water. There’s a good-sized continental breakfast served each morning in a bright and airy breakfast room off the lobby. Kids will love the fireplace and grand piano in the lobby. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, DVD player and a concierge.
The Edgewater Hotel is in downtown Seward, next to the water and a public beach. A variety of fun shops and restaurants are within walking distance of your hotel. Minutes away is the popular Alaska Sealife Center, the state’s biggest aquarium, where kids can learn about the marine wildlife native to the area. Seward has its fair share of guided tour outfits to take you into the Kenai Fjords National Park or to visit nearby glaciers. With its prime downtown location and spacious rooms, the BEST WESTERN Edgewater Hotel is a comfortable choice for your time in Seward.
Our Editor Loves
- Free continental breakfast
- Free DVD rentals
- Waterfront location
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
by rav t
Offered clean room and breakfast
Usual chk in
Poor parking at entrance to drop carry luggage
Short distance walk to fishing charters
Friendly helpful staff
Not offer any activities at hotel
Restaurants close by
First impressions are lasting, right? Well I tried to check in early but I caught the tail end of a rant by a desk staff having a rough morning. I guess there was some kind of issue with another customer and the employee was 'pretty much done with the customer service business'. The other clerk with him looked a bit embarrassed and told me it was too early and the rooms were not available and offered to store my luggage. I really didn't have much as I travel light. I can wait as I have other business I can take care of. I came back at about 3 pm....well the room was still not ready. Not much I can do but wait at the lobby and work my laptop as the WIFI was strong.
Room. Around 400 pm I was checked in and in my room. But the room felt too cold. I guessed the housekeeper turned down the temperature while working the room. I found another house staff and showed me how to adjust the temperature. The room had a 'split' style AC. A remote control thermostat was on the counter,. I had a two queen room. It was a bit tight with the 2 beds. The room was a bit dated. No USB power plugs. The room had no windows that opened to the outside. The window opened to the lobby 'courtyard'. There was also a balcony that also had the same lobby view.
Lobby. Had an open design and was well lit and large. There were plenty of comfortable seats. Nice touch here: an iced tea dispenser and an infusion water to quench your thirst.
Location. It was at the far end of town away from the cruise ship pier. I guess the town had 2 centers: one closer to the cruise ship terminal convenient to cruise passengers. The 2nd center is where the hotel was. Plenty of restaurants in this area also. There was a park next to the water where I saw a couple walking their dog.
Parking. Street parking and I was able to get one right in front of the hotel midday. I'm not sure if there was an actual lot owned by the hotel. After dinner I also ended up on street parking which was easy to find.
Breakfast. It was full and hot breakfast. One of the beverage had a leaking spout (?) so the attendants placed a container on the floor to catch the drops.
In all fairness, it was a good hotel. Perhaps one employee was just having a bad day. The morning desk lady was actually pretty good. May be the room was late getting ready as it was also the end of the season. I heard the hotel was closing on 19 Sep for the season and will be doing a remodel.