by Phil Corless
This new hotel is actually housed in an old, restored building in the historic downtown. Plenty of the old charm remains, from polished wood floors to a clawfoot bathtub. The hotel has suites of various sizes, including the Wilderness Suite that can sleep a family of five between two queen beds and a twin bed. Most suites contain either a full kitchen or kitchenette. If you’re not in the mood for cooking, the onsite coffee shop serves a wonderful homemade breakfast, as well as a wide range of smoothies and sandwiches. It’s a nice place for guests of the hotel to relax, plus it’s where you’ll find the free Wi-Fi.
The hotel is in the heart of downtown Seward, within walking distance of many restaurants and shops. Plan a visit to the state’s biggest and best aquarium, the Alaska Sealife Center, which is a block away from your hotel. Seward is famous as a starting point for excursions into Kenai Fjords National Park and Holgate Glacier, so you will have no trouble locating guided tour operators to whisk your family away on a thrilling outdoor adventure. With its central location and historic ambience, the Sauerdough Lodging is a wonderful choice for your Alaskan family vacation in Seward.
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite coffee shop
- Historic architecture
- Large suites
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
We booked this location but perhaps should have done more research. Location is awesome as there are a multitude of cafes, eateries, and other shops just steps away. The staff provided Sea Bean coupons, $5 per person each day, that were a nice touch. The room was spacious, sleeping 3 adults and a teen with no problem. Had a spacious kitchenette complete with a stove and fridge.
Check in and pre arrival comms were great. Check out was smooth as well.
We were mostly disappointed by small surprises. Heating was via radiators that had corroded knobs preventing adjustment. Given the radiators worked superbly we had to leave windows open our whole stay. The noisy neighbors that sat around chatting on the rooftop next door was not helpful either.
It lacked an elevator which means you humped your luggage up navigating across steps that creaked as though they would snap at any moment. Our flooring creaked as loudly regardless of how lightly you stepped. The aged doors made entries fairly loud events.
While we had hot water for the radiators we were not so lucky for baths. The huge tub was an initial surprise that quickly turned sour as their was no stopper or hot water. Matt addressed it quickly but hot water always seemed to be hit or miss. A short discussion with a neighbor who had no hot water while we had just used some makes me think it is a small system that cannot handle the load.
Its age definitely shows but if you enjoy challenges you may well like it's convenience.
by Sarah B
Our family (2 adults and 3 children) enjoyed our stay in Apartment 1. The apartment was spacious and it was in a great location in Seward. We were able to walk to the Sea Life Center and to local restaurants and shops. We highly recommend it for families!