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Winner "Most Charming B&B 2016 - Alaska" - LUX 2016 Hotel and Spa Awards

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

A beautiful B&B to explore, relax, learn and shop in an Arctic Paradise.

Arctic Paradise B&B in Seward Alaska- a great place for women to stay. Fantastic reviews, places to explore, outdoor adventures and creative workshops”

“Her guest reviews are outstanding – it is definitely on my list of places to stay if I go to Alaska” Rosemary Neave- Women Travel the World– April 2016

Imagine sleeping comfortably in your beautifully decorated, cozy and quiet room with private bath surrounded by beautiful colors and stained glass. Enjoy a full home-made Alaskan healthy breakfasts and gourmet coffee served in one of a kind stained glass dishes made by your host at your own private dining table.

Browse the book of local attractions, maps and menus and discuss options for great local adventures with your host, a professional wildlife biologist, artist, musician and dance instructor. Decide to take a local boat tour of the spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park, go sea kayaking, hike a glacier or forest, go on a sled dog ride, visit Exit Glacier or go fishing for silver salmon or halibut. Or just browse local galleries, shops and museums.

After your host sets up your adventures for you, you can walk to most anything you decide to do. Maybe you choose to hike the famous Mount Marathon, up through a beautiful rain forest and up into a gorgeous alpine bowl, looking for birds, moose, bears or mountain goats? Walk to the trailhead a few blocks away.

Or stroll along the pathway along Resurrection Bay a few blocks away and look for sea lions, otters, whales and birds in route to downtown or the small boat harbor. Enjoy amazing view of oceans, mountains and glaciers. Have a fantastic day filled with the amazing scenery, wildlife and local hospitality and color.

When you return, your host provides great recommendations for local restaurants for dinner. Maybe you want to do a little private shopping and view the one of a kind stained glass art and jewelry made on site. Try on anything you like. Or maybe you feel like exploring your creative side and would like to take a private lesson in American Tribal Style Dance, learn how to play drums or learn to make jewelry?

Take an evening stroll along the waterfront or enjoy one of the colorful establishments for a beer or some music. Watch the cruise ship turn around right in front of the house.

Or relax and enjoy free wireless internet and the library of Alaskan DVD’s, movies and books provided in your room. Enjoy the large HD TV with internet apps, Netflix, Hulu etc. and Dish Network. Kick back; watch a movie with hot chocolate and some popcorn.

Finally, have a restful sleep in your antique bed, covered in fluffy flannel sheets, comforters and satin coverlets and dream about your next adventure.

The room has an antique double bed and is great for a single person or couple. A cot is available for traveling companions. It also contains a small refrigerator and microwave. Laundry service is available. The bath contains a shower and bathtub.

Arctic Paradise B&B has been in business since 2001 and was newly remodeled in 2013. Look forward to meeting you!

More Details

Mary Ann Benoit
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 April, 2018

About Mary Ann Benoit

Hi, Thanks for visiting my site! I am a professional wildlife biologist, pilot, stained glass and jewelry artist, dancer, and B&B owner in Seward Alaska. I try to capture the beauty and wild spirit of the Alaska wilderness in my art and in my home. I started creating my stained glassware after experimenting with creating a martini glass for a friend for his birthday. My friend Eric, a fisheries biologist, has an annual martini party, and I wanted to make a unique glass he could use for the party. Other friends really liked them and wanted their own, and then their friends wanted them too! It soon developed into another great small business. I started working with jewelry in 2008, and continue my love of working with glass as well as beads, silver, natural stones and other materials. My B&B caters to the adventurous traveler and wildlife enthusiast. I designed my B&B to provide all the elements that have enjoyed in my travels. This includes unique character, beautiful decor, privacy, ease of getting to attractions, good personal advice, maps, books and videos on the area, great food and amenities in the room. As a professional wildlife biologist, I love wildlife and hope to inspire your appreciation of wildlife too. I try to combine my diverse interests and passions together through my B&B. My guests enjoy their breakfast with stained glass bowls, coffee mugs, juice and parfait glasses. I sell stained glass and jewelry on site, and guests receive 10% off stained glass gifts. I help my guests find opportunities to see the amazing wildlife and scenery this area offers. Seward is one of the most beautiful places on earth! I hope you will visit, and I look forward to meeting you. Mary Ann

Mary Ann Benoit purchased this house in 2001

Why Mary Ann Benoit chose Seward

Seward is unbelievable in it's natural beauty. We have incredible mountains, glaciers, a beautiful bay, fantastic wildlife. My place is cozy, comfortable and beautiful and I want you to have a great time and appreciate our wonderful town. I will do my best to give you a wonderful experience. I can offer you my professional advice and local knowledge to give you a great wildlife viewing adventure.

What makes this house unique

Winner "Most Charming B&B 2016 - Alaska" - LUX 2016 Hotel and Spa Awards

Fantastic reviews, places to explore, outdoor adventures and creative workshops”

Unbelievable scenery and wildlife viewing , Creative packages available- private lessons in dance, playing drums and jewelry making.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I greatly appreciated being able to stay at Arctic Paradise B&B - great location, very reasonable price, wonderful accommodations, terrific breakfasts, and friendly (but not invasive) host. Mary Ann worked with me to make sure I could find the house easily (I was arriving at 1:00 AM), and had everything set up so I could get into my room easily. I loved all of the attention to detail - like having coffee machine pre-loaded so that all I had to do was punch the "on" button when I was ready for it, and having a plated breakfast waiting in my refrigerator each day, and a place laid at the table in my room (with CLOTH napkins!). In addition, Mary Ann provided a broad cross-section of local information brochures, and included some local videos (fjord overviews, Mt Marathon annual run, ...) that really helped me get my bearings and understand a bit more about Seward. I hope the space is open again when I return to Seward in the future
May 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Seward in Kenai Peninsula Borough

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 18:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Winner "Most Charming B&B 2016 - Alaska" - LUX 2016 Hotel and Spa Awards
average rating of 3.6666667 based on 19 reviews
Hayward, Wi.

Quaint, cozy and convenient.

  • 4 of 5

This was a perfect spot to enjoy Seward. Great location, lovely home with delicious breakfasts right in our own cozy room. Host very helpful and accommodating. We would go back again.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay! It was a pleasure meeting you and having you here and I hope you will come back again!
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Townsend, GA


  • 2 of 5

Since most renters here will be one time I feel obligated to provide an honest review that is not flattering.

We enjoy staying at bed and breakfasts to get that homey feeling away from home. Attic Paradise did not give us that feeling.

First issue was the late 6pm check-in when check out time is an early 10am. Mary Anne let us store our suitcases in her crowded shed when we arrived in Seward that morning. Second issue was the grass length. We had to pull our 80 lbs bags through 8+ inches of grass.

We checked in at 6pm and met Mary Anne. She led us straight to our tiny room and her tour consisted only of that room and the bathroom next door. In this small room was a pretty large table set with lots of dishes. This table made it awkward to get in the closet and the dresser.

Next issue is the bed, which she advertises correctly as an antique double. This bed was very small and creeky. Could not move at all without the bed making lots of noise!

Bathroom was also small but fine. All the linens were nice and clean.

The third issue is that we did not feel welcome in the rest of the house and the only clean spaces were our bedroom and bathroom.

The den is the only area with a view.

Another thing is that she did not offer a laundry service that she advertses and we needed that since she was our mid trip stay. The closet laundry mat is over 3 hilly blocks away, which is far without a car and carrying a bunch of clothes.

Home was indeed decorated nicely and dishes were pretty. This is not a reason to stay here.

We wish we had chosen a hotel. It would have costed the same, offered a shuttle and bag transfer and would have been more spacious. We were glad to get to our cabin on the cruise ship and spread out.

Overall this bnb is expensive for what is offered.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. I’m sorry you did not enjoy your stay. I adjusted my check out time to 12 pm to give guests an additional 2 hours. I am flexible and allow earlier check in whenever possible, but my cleaning service is usually not done with the room before that time. I do not advertise a luggage storage service. As a consideration to you, I offered you what I had, a secure locked storage area in my shed. I moved your numerous, heavy bags from the storage area to the room as a service to you. I gave you a tour of the areas you were renting, but not to areas of the house that are private or not part of the rental. Areas included in the rental are clearly stated on my site and am sorry if you did not read the information or thought more of the house included. Sorry you did not enjoy the dining table set with table cloth and cloth napkins, colorful dishes and hand-made stained glass glassware. Most guests enjoy this. I will consider getting a smaller table and chairs to offer more room. I have a cleaning service come in when new guests arrive to clean the rental areas as well as the rest of the downstairs. I am glad you found your room and bathroom to be clean and sorry if you thought the areas you were not renting were not up to your standards. I will discuss this with my cleaning person. I advertise a double antique bed so travelers know in advance the size of the bed. I do not advertise that there is a view from the room. I do offer a laundry service for a fee which is stated on my site, and charge the same amount as the laundromat, offering travelers the same price without the inconvenience of having to leave the house or spend time on laundry. You were aware of that as you enquired about it and the price before your arrival, and I did offer to do the laundry for you at that price after you arrived. You chose not to use it. I agree that many of the hotels in town may offer a more spacious room and some offer shuttle service and luggage storage. They do not cost the same, however. Almost every hotel in town costs $50-$100 more per night than my bed and breakfast, and my B&B is at the low to moderate end of the price range of other B&B’s in town. I did my best to accommodate your needs, welcome you and make you comfortable, including making tour recommendations and arrangements. I will do my best to make improvements where I can for future guests.
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Cindy T

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed with Mary Ann for two nights and were very happy with our experience. The first floor room was comfortable, had a private bath right next door and included a table area for eating. Mary Ann prepared wonderful healthy breakfasts and placed them in the small fridge in the room so each morning you could enjoy coffee and your meal in private. I would definitely recommend her B & B to family and friends!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was a pleasure having you stay!
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Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £140.78
Tax Rate 11.0%

Minimum Stay is 2 nights May 1-September 30. If there is 1 night only available between booked dates, call about availability. If available, the price is $225 plus tax. 907-491-1253

Cancellation Policy:
There is a $35 charge on cancellations up until two weeks prior to arrival. If reservation is canceled or changed one to two weeks prior to arrival the cancellation charge is 50% of the room cost and 100% if within one week prior to arrival unless the room is re-booked or other arrangements are made. I will make every effort to re-book and return the full cost minus the $35

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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