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Reviewed July 27, 2016

Well, I guess beggars can't be choosers and we booked our room late and needed space for three of us and this place was available (we were also traveling with friends who booked the adjacent room as well). Turns out that there was a reason why this place had rooms available.

On the positive side, it is centrally located between the harbor and the Sealife Center and you could walk to either side of town within 10 minutes. It also had on site parking. The bathroom appears to have been renovated since earlier reviews and is clean and functional.

There were numerous reasons why I am only awarding one star (and I am not usually too picky). The suite is very very basic with no character. We happened to be lucky enough to be there on a couple of warm days but that made for a very warm suite even with the windows open. The area was very loud, mostly in the back alley where the other units and nearby housing was located. The unit had a musty odor that never really went away even with the windows open. The sheets for the sleeper sofa/futon did not fit the bed and were not totally clean anyway, nor was the futon/sofa itself. There was no mattress pad for the futon, so we used the blanket. The sheets or mattress for the bedroom had an undesirable odor (maybe from previous smokers?) even though they appeared to be clean. The dishes we used were "mostly" clean but we felt compelled to wash them before we used them. Once we turned the refrigerator down it worked well but was loud and right near the foot of the bed if we had the bedroom door open.

It was definitely not worth the price we paid. Lesson learned is not to wait too long to find places in Seward.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Thank SRF84
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Reviewed September 3, 2009

We made other arrangements as soon as we saw the condition of our suite.

The wood door and the door frame were split. This made it hard to open the door and lock the suite! Only one burner on the gas range worked properly. The steam heat registers were in poor condition. We tried to turn the "thermostat" (dial with no indicators) on but the room did not warm up during our two hour stay. A home-made "headboard" fell off the wall and onto the bed when it was bumped. It was made of heavy plywood and was barely secured to the wall with light weight picture hooks. When we contacted the proprietor, she would not give us a full refund, referring to her cancellation policy. We felt that a full refund was justified since the accomodations were completely unsatisfactory, unsafe and unsecured. We are still in dispute with her.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank EliseCanada
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Reviewed July 5, 2009

My husband & I stayed at the Marathon View with great trepidation -- it was the only hotel room we could get for the 4th of July weekend in Seward. Thankfully, we found a very friendly young couple now running the place (for only the last couple of weeks, we found out). Our room was clean, with fresh paint, new fixtures and appliances, and new flooring. This is an older hotel, and the room we had was small, and only had a view of an alley. But the price reflects this. The front rooms had a better view, and also cost a bit more. Of course, we didn't come to Seward to sit in the hotel room, but to enjoy a fun weekend outdoors. Please don't let the previous management dissuade you. Oh, and although I noted that the service was only average, that's only b/c this isn't a hotel which has much service involved -- other than checking in -- it's a very small place.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank DiAlaska
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Reviewed September 22, 2008

What an incredible disappointment. Where do I begin? The moldy smell, the unwashed sheets that we feared were bedbug infested, the taped towel "curtain", the scary soiled carpet, the bathtub with disturbing brown spots, the "Marathon" view of a dumpster (complete with being woken up by the garbage truck in the morning)? How about the fact that this garage-turned-into-"condo" gem cost us $150/night?! Wish I saw these reviews and had the sense to stay away. This made a Motel 6 look five star. So scary that we didn't even dare set foot in the shower.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank ersatz
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Reviewed September 5, 2008

Marathon View is conveniently located within walking distance of major Seward attractions. It had a working kitchen with a full size refrigerator and a reasonable assortment of utensils. It was also available when I needed a room on short notice, but this place was still no bargain. The furniture and floor coverings in the living room and kitchen were old and soiled, and a musty odor permeated the whole apartment . The cheap metal kitchen cabinets were rusty, bathroom corners and shower stall moldy. Overall, it was due for a complete remodel job many years ago.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled on business
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5  Thank Traveler_from_Alaska
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