Since I travel
much of the year, I'm often looking for recommendations for hotels and
lodging. Too often all I can find when I search on-line is booking
agencies or other sites that have a vested interest in which hotels they
recommend. Since many people visit Seward and the Kenai Fjords
National Park each summer, I thought I would share my favorite hotel
options. I don't handle any reservations nor do I charge for the
links - these are just my honest opinions for what they are worth.
These are all
places that I have either stayed, or spent time photographing - or in many
cases have done both. This represents a wide variety of properties, and I
think that you can find something for everyone. If you are
trying to find a room
during busy times such as the Fourth of July weekend or Salmon Derby -
it can be very difficult unless you are booking far in advance.
Bay Vista B and B
The Bay Vista B and B is a step
above your average bed & breakfast. Each suite contains two separate bedrooms and a large common area for
lounging, making it ideal for the traveler that would
typically have to purchase two hotel rooms. Maybe a family with
older children, or two couples traveling together. The owner, Doug Lechner,
runs a first class operation and is a close personal friend.
Demand is high, but if you can get a room here I don't think you
will regret it!
Dreamin' Bed & Breakfast
Your hosts Cathy and Ramon Gonzalez
will help you plan your stay in Seward as well as provide wonderful
accommodations in their custom built Alaskan log home.
Enjoy the peace and comfort of country living in Alaska when not out
If you are looking for a more
traditional hotel, Murphy's Motel is a good choice. Many rooms
have nice ocean views and Murphy's is centrally located
within easy walking distance to the boat harbor and downtown.
River Valley Cabins
These private cozy cabins are
located in the forest minutes from town and Exit Glacier. If you
are looking for some peace and quite along with some time to unwind,
River Valley Cabins would be a great alternative to a typical hotel.
You may want to have a rental car if staying at River Valley Cabins.
The Windsong Lodge is located
approx. 4 miles out of town on the road to Exit Glacier. It is a
lodge type hotel that often caters to larger groups arriving by bus and
cruise-ship. This hotel has a large number of rooms with a nice
restaurant and bar. You may want to have a rental car if staying at the Windsong Lodge.
Holiday Inn Express
Recently (summer of 2005) a Holiday
Inn Express opened in the boat harbor area. I have yet to visit
this new hotel, but mention it because I often try to stay at Holiday
Inn Express hotels when traveling since they usually have high speed
wireless internet and a decent free breakfast.
Kenai Fjords National Park