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The Van Gilder Hotel
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Going back in time!
User: Trish H from: Lakeville, Minnesota, United States
Published Date: Jun, 18, 2024
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2024
Rating: 4
A stay here is an experience. Room was very clean and the rate was inexpensive. It’s an old, haunted building - what it lacks in amenities and upgrades, it definitely makes up for with charm and folklore. Receptionist was very friendly. Worth a stay!

Find somewhere else to stay.
User: Boggmann69 from: Tucson, Arizona
Published Date: Sep, 5, 2023
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2023
Rating: 2
Such a classic old hotel -- left to rot. This place hasn't seen a vacuum in months, if not years. Tiles missing, wallpaper pealing. We were there for three days and the dirt piles never moved 9although the one boot left in the hallway was finally picked up). No central heat, just space heaters, the TV never worked, and it was hard to tell if the receptionist, who was hardly ever there, hated us or just herself for being there. When we asked for a hair dryer we were told "they are were all being used" and there was no elevator so we had to lug our luggage up three floors -- a bit of a struggle for us seniors. Cut loose for a few more bucks and go elsewhere.

It's an old hotel with some oddities, but worked for me!
User: Kevin J from: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Published Date: Aug, 30, 2023
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2023
Rating: 3
I booked my room with the expectation that my accommodations would be very basic, but relatively safe and quiet. I was on a strict per diem for lodging and the Salmon Derby had filled up all the other hotels. One of the best perks is that this hotel is very close to the South end of town with all the restaurants, gift shop and Sea Life center. I am not sure if I had a haunting experience, but after the 2nd night's stay at about 1:30 am, I heard a woman loudly scream in fright, then dead silence afterward. Yes, the paint is peeling. Yes, some windows have plexiglass and tape over them. Yes, there's strangely a bathroom sink in the adjoining room in 302. Yes, you want to close the bathroom curtain so you don't flash the people or restaurant across the street. Yes, there is a musty smell. But I'm glad they were able to accommodate me and I knew exactly what I was in for. Old places like this require A LOT of upkeep. My only hope is they keep at it for many others to enjoy.

Horrible Experience
User: jpmps from: Shanghai, China
Published Date: Aug, 18, 2023
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2023
Rating: 1
Cold Water in Shower!!! Night and Morning....We are full....that was the explanation!!!. Not Clean. Front desk cler very RUDE. Not Breakfast. Bad Smell. We went because it is a Historical Building but it really dont worth US$200. It is very disapointed how in bad shape it was. Smell like if there were cats.....Horrible Experience.

Totally haunted.
User: Dreamwood3 from: North Pole, Alaska
Published Date: Jul, 30, 2023
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2023
Rating: 2
This is a last resort hotel; only stay here if you cannot find a room anywhere else. If you like Historic sites and haunted houses, this is the place for you. We stayed here for one night and I couldn’t get out fast enough because an entity urged me to leave. I never felt in danger, but I was definitely given a sense of urgency to get out. While this is a historic land site it is a bit run down and falling apart. The hotel was built in 1916 and retains many of the original relics and construction. The paint is falling off the walls, the carpet looks like it is original, the floors and walls creak and groan, and it feels like you have stepped back in time. There is no elevator so if you are on the third floor you have a hike up a narrow stairway. If you are energy or spirit sensitive, do not stay here (unless you like that sort of thing). I’ve stayed in several historic buildings much older than this one and was expecting the musty smell and rundown décor, but this was on a whole other level (and not in a good way). The room I stayed in looked like it had a fresh coat of paint and the bathroom had recently been upgraded, which was nice. The bed frame looked like it was barely holding together, but the bed was comfortable.

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