Please note: the Seward Military Resort is only available for retired, active, and reserve military personnel and a few other select groups of individuals. Please check the resort’s eligibility list to be sure you qualify. If you do not, you will want to search for other awesome accommodations within Seward!
The Seward Military Resort is a wonderful place to stay on your trip to the Seward side of the Kenai peninsula. In my opinion, the best time to stay here is during the winter. During the winter the rates drop significantly, and they often run a “stay 2 nights, get the third night free” special on top of the reduced prices. During summer and the height of tourist season, their rates are comparable with other hotels which are nicer. The reason to stay here would be if you need to house 5-6 people or if you want a kitchenette. You could also camp out in a yurt, or bring your own tent or RV for decent prices during the summer.
Practical and Comfortable Accommodations
The Seward Military Resort is not a 5 star hotel by any means. It is practical and comfortable with double and twin sized beds in the motel rooms and townhouses, and queen sized beds in the cabins. It is showing its age, but it is clean and adequate for the outdoorsy family who is looking to explore the area and is on a budget.
We have stayed on the resort 3 separate times – Christmas of 2017, September of 2018, and January of 2019. The first and last times we stayed in a townhouse, while the other time we had family stay in a townhouse while we camped in a nearby RV slot. The townhouses always provided a very adequate, comfortable, and clean base for our family to explore the area.
The Townhouses at the Seward Military Resort
The townhouses are especially perfect for families for a variety of reasons. The bathroom is large for a hotel room. The kitchenette has a small fridge (no freezer), 2 burner stove, microwave, coffee maker, and sink. It is fully equipped with dishes and cooking pots and utensils. You obviously have to provide all food, but it’s so nice to have the space to make inexpensive meals right from your accommodations. The kitchenette is open to a small dining area and living room. The living room features a hide-a-bed sofa with a dresser and TV, while the dining area has a small table for 4 and two bar stools on the kitchen counter peninsula.
The downstairs bedroom has a double sized bed, closet, tv, and small bedside table. It is small but comfortable and adequate. Take the stairs up into the loft to find another closet, dresser, and two twin sized beds.
Our Experiences Staying at the Seward Military Resort
For our family, we do not use the pull out sofa. We bring a small toddler sized blow up bed and put it in the loft with the twin sized beds. This keeps the three children together like they would be at home. It is simply what works for us.
The resort has a wonderful playground for the kids, laundry facilities, and a sweet little gift shop to buy Alaskan mementos. There are also RV hookups, tent sites, and public restrooms. Personally I would not camp here unless you had some people stay in a resort motel room or townhouse and you had an RV or tent that you wanted to use and you all wanted to be in close vicinity together. We did this in September of 2018 and it worked very well. However, it was already off season so the resort was much more quiet and the RV Park was practically empty. During the summer months the RV Park is a very tight fit and doesn’t have any view. There are much more picturesque and quiet places to camp in the Seward area. (Some are even free!)
A Good Place to Stay – Especially during the Winter
I really do recommend the Seward Military Resort during the off season for the amazing prices. It is great to be able to explore the Kenai peninsula while staying in comfortable and affordable accommodations. During the busy summer months though, I think it likely that you’d be happier renting an RV and camping or staying in a nicer hotel where you get more bang for your buck.
If you are military, be sure to follow the Seward Military Resort’s Facebook page. They also run fishing charters directly from the resort with decent prices, and a couple of times a year they also release 50% off specials for whale watching and glacier cruises. Those are definitely deals that you don’t want to miss!
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