Built in 1907 by William Sauers, the Sauerdough Lodging building has served many purposes over the years. It originally housed the Seward Commercial Co. general store, with a town meeting hall upstairs. During the Roaring ’20s, the building was used as a brothel. It is presently the home of The Sea Bean café downstairs and our charming rental apartments upstairs.
Our five apartments are beautifully restored, with original hardwood floors, clawfoot tubs, original built-in cabinetry, high ceilings and vintage kitchens with modern appliances. In a town that was hit hard by the 1964 earthquake, few original buildings have stood the test of time, and fewer still feature such comfortable accommodations. We offer our guests the unique opportunity to experience Seward’s history without sacrificing any of the conveniences you expect while traveling.
This listing is for Apartment 2- 'The Sleeper'
Located on the north side of our building, this studio apartment has great views of Mount Marathon and other peaks behind Seward. Its high ceilings, built-in bathroom cabinetry and clawfoot tub give the flat its vintage charm, while the modern appliances, high speed internet and 32” flatscreen TV ensure all the comforts of the present day. This apartment sleeps 4, and has a queen-size bed with 400 thread count sheets, fluffy pillows, and a duvet to keep you warm at night, and a queen-size futon for extra guests. Wake up and cook breakfast in the kitchen, or head downstairs for a complimentary breakfast ($5 voucher per adult, per night) at The Sea Bean cafe, where you can sit on a couch with your latte, and watch the town come to life.
-Studio, 1 bath
-250 square feet of living space
-Fully equipped kitchen (no dishwasher)
-Queen-size bed with 400 thread count sheets and a duvet
-32' flatscreen TV with cable
-Free high speed wireless internet
-Futon (queen) in the living room
-Sleeps 4 total
*Please note- rental price is for double occupancy. Extra adults over 18 are an additional $15 per night. Kids 18 and under are free.
*Feel free to view our other listings on VRBO too! Search for property numbers 469939, 469940, and 469942.
We moved to Seward in 2003, and fell in love with the town. We bought the 'Seward Commercial Co' building in 2005 and currently operate The Sea Bean cafe on the first floor, and have nightly rentals on the second floor. We now have two children, and can't think of a better place to live and raise our family!
We both came from larger cities with plenty of historic character, and that was the one thing we felt was missing from Alaska (understandably!) When the opportunity presented itself to buy this property, we jumped on it, since we both love old buildings so much. Owning such a rare and unique property in Alaska is very rewarding.
The building was built in 1907, and boasts Seward's first push button electric light switch (according to legend...you can now view it in the main hallway). There are 5 beautiful apartments located in it, featuring hardwood floors in most, tin moulding in the front apt, 10-foot ceilings, glass-fronted kitchen cabinets, and clawfoot tubs. This building has a colorful past, from its start as a meeting hall and general store to a brothel in the '20s. Its central location downtown makes it ideal for riding bikes and hiking as well.
The 'Seward Commercial Co.' building, built in 1907, is located in downtown Seward, one block from the Alaska SeaLife Center. The ocean front (which has a bike path that goes all the way to the harbor), is 2 blocks from us, and hiking trails on Mt. Marathon are a short 5-minute walk away. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, kayaking and wildlife viewing are all accessible on foot from our location.
Parking is available on-street in front of our building, with an overflow lot behind us. A free shuttle runs on the half hour in the summer season, making it easy to stay here and never need a car.
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