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Alaska is known as the last great wilderness frontier in America, and many adventurous travelers start and end their journeys in the city of Anchorage. This is an awesome place to see wildlife, be amazed by huge mountains, and explore some truly remote places that’ll get you in touch with nature. And after long days of adventure, there are quite a few hotels, resorts, and bed and breakfast accommodations where you can relax and get a good night’s rest. Here are our top picks for hotels in Anchorage.
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Hotel Alyeska is a luxury resort that makes Anchorage a year-around destination for travelers who are curious about the Alaskan wilderness. This chateau-style hotel was first opened to guests in 1994 and features Native influences, natural beauty, and modern touches. Guests who stay here have access to the 60-passenger aerial tram, the spa, Seven Glaciers Restaurant, saltwater pool, fitness center, whirlpool, high-speed Wi-Fi in the rooms, and easy access to walking paths and nature trails. There’s even a yoga studio onsite, a ski area with ski and snowboard rentals, and package deals if you’re celebrating something special with a loved one or your family. Meanwhile, the Sitzmark Bar & Grill here is a great place to catch a live musical performance.
This is a contemporary hotel in Anchorage that’s conveniently located within two miles of the airport and near the Dena’ina Convention Center too. There’s a 24-hour airport shuttle here, 3,000 square feet of event space, and easy access to the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Zoo, H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark, and other family-friendly attractions. Guests here enjoy free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, and all meals served at the onsite restaurant, JUNO. The Crowne Plaza’s fitness center is open 24 hours and there is swimming and mini-golf nearby for other recreation. Other nearby attractions are the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Indian Valley Mine, and Kincaid Park.
The Anchorage Grand is an all-suite hotel that’s north of downtown Anchorage and in walking distance to the Performing Arts Center, Museum of History and Art, and the Convention Center. This 1950 hotel was renovated in 2000 and features full-size gourmet kitchens, separate living and bedroom areas, business center access, breakfast snacks and newspapers delivered to your door, and easy access to the Coastal Trail and Alaska Railroad Depot. The rooms offer great city and inlet views, family rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. In total, there are 31 luxury suites here, and extended stay rates with weekly and monthly prices are available as well. Pets are not allowed at this hotel, but free public parking and Wi-Fi are available onsite.
This waterfront Comfort Inn hotel is located on the banks of Ship Creek and is a convenient and budget-friendly option in Anchorage. Guests here enjoy free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, free airport transportation, a business center and a fitness center to use. Guest rooms also have a microwave, refrigerator, sofa bed, and work desk. This is a pet-friendly hotel that offers guest laundry, free newspapers on weekdays, and outdoor parking too. The pet fee is $15 per night, per pet with a limit of three 50-pound max pets per room. When you stay here, you’ll be close to top local sights, like the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Dena’ina Convention Center, Chugach National Forest, and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
But if you’re looking for bed and breakfast-style accommodations for your trip to Anchorage, check out the Camai Bed and Breakfast run by Craig and Caroline Valentine. These hosts have more than 40 years of experience in the industry and offer a peaceful and welcoming place to stay in a residential neighborhood on Chester Creek. You can reach downtown Anchorage from here by car in about 15 minutes, and the airport is about 20 minutes away. Here you’ll find two-room suites that are great for families and anyone looking for a bit more room than a traditional hotel. The suites have baths, queen-size beds, microwaves, and Wi-Fi. There’s even a five-person hot tub here that’s great for relaxing after adventurous days. You’ll enjoy a delicious full breakfast each morning in the summer and an expanded continental breakfast on winter mornings. On the menu, you’ll often find eggs, corn meal waffles, stuffed French toast, reindeer sausage, bacon, and fresh fruit.
The Embassy Suites in Anchorage is also a recommended place to stay because it’s been newly renovated, is located in the midtown area, and is less than five miles from the airport. The suites here have separate living rooms with sofa beds, Wi-Fi, LED televisions, mini-fridges, and microwaves. Some of the suites even have whirlpools and mountain views. Don’t miss the free made-to-order breakfast, and then head to the Territory Kitchen & Bar for Alaskan seafood later for lunch and dinner. There’s an indoor pool and fitness center here, as well as 2,167 square feet of event space. Self-parking is available in the parking lot, and cribs and high chairs are available for families traveling with small children.
This great hotel is located near the shores of Lake Spenard and Lake Hood and near the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. This is a great place to stay to take advantage of daily fishing pickups and flight-seeing opportunities from the hotel’s own dock. You’re just a mile from the airport when you stay here and about four miles from downtown Anchorage. The hotel offers a children’s program, onsite parking, free 24-hour airport shuttle service, and Wi-Fi.
Hotel Captain Cook spans three buildings and 546 rooms, including 96 suites, with views of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. There’s a AAA Four Diamond fine dining restaurant, the Crow’s Nest, at the top of Tower III that serves New American and French cuisine and offers over 10,000 bottles of wine and awesome views. Meanwhile, Fletcher’s serves Italian cuisine, Whale’s Tail serves shareable plates and cocktails, and The Café is the place to come for breakfast. Onsite you’ll also find men’s and women’s workout facilities that include a sauna, steam room, cardio and weight machines, and tanning beds.