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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a hostel?

A hostel is typically inexpensive lodging with common areas such as a shared bathroom, bedroom, living room and kitchen. The Nauti Otter offers a variety of lodging such as private rooms, private cabins, traditional hostel room, and yurts. Enjoy mingling with other travelers and sharing stories while hanging out at the fire pit, playing games by the fireplace in the living room, or at the breakfast table!

What will I be eating for breakfast? 

Breakfast will be self-prepared each morning since everyone will be on a different schedule. Breakfast includes a pancake and waffle bar, and coffee

Is there cell service?

Cell phone service can be spotty throughout the peninsula. There is a new AT&T tower near the Nauti Otter, so if you have AT&T you will have service. You probably won't have service during the day when you are out having adventures. Obviously there is service in town and wifi in common areas, so you can Skype.

What is the weather like?

Seward is located on the water, so expect a lot of rain. Weather is very unpredictable, so come prepared. For most of the summer months, it will be daylight for the majority of the day. The temperature is around 60-70 degrees. If you are in the water or by a glacier, the temperature drops. You need to dress in layers and bring waterproof gear. The clothes you bring will depend on the type of activities you will be doing. 

Are pets allowed?

Yes! Pets are allowed in the cabins, yurts and campers only. They are not allowed inside the Inn.  There is a nonrefundable $15 pet fee and you will be asked to comply with pet policies. 

Do we share bathrooms?

Yes! No worries, though. Our bathrooms sign-up boards where you can reserve your shower time, or use it whenever it is available.  The Inn has an outdoor shower with hot water that is first-come-first served. There is also an "outhouse" located in the back yard with a flushable toilet. The bathroom situation doesn't seem to be an issue, as people are on different schedules.  

How do I ship my fish home?

 If you catch fish and want to have it processed, that will be available to you in town. The fish will be boxed in an insulated container and you will be able to check it onto the airline like a checked bag. Your airline may have additional checked baggage fees.  

Can I cook?

The Inn is equipped with 2 full kitchens, including utensils, spices, pots, and pans. There is also a gas grill available. The Yurt Village has an outdoor kitchen with a microwave, sink, refrigerator, and 2 gas grills with burners.
Personal food should not be kept in any sleeping areas, due to wildlife safety.

How do I get to the Nauti Otter from Anchorage?

* Seward Bus Lines will pick you up anywhere in Anchorage and drop you off at the Nauti Otter. They depart Anchorage and Seward twice a day at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.
* There are a variety of rental car agencies in Anchorage and Seward is a 2-3 hour drive from Anchorage.
* The Alaskan Railroad is a neat experience and runs from Anchorage to Seward. 

How do I get around, once I'm in Seward?

* The Nauti Otter rents bicycles for $20 per day and there is a bike trail that will take you all the way to town.
*There are several taxi cabs in town. You can share the fare with other Nauti Otters.
* Once you are in the town of Seward, there is a free shuttle that runs you from the harbor to downtown.
* Exit Glacier Guides offers an inexpensive shuttle from downtown to Exit Glacier.
*Hitch-hiking is common in Alaska so bring your sense of adventure.
* If you want to tour the peninsula, Hertz rental car agency is located in Seward.