In my Fodors travelguide the Historic Anchorage is described as the last hotel with charm in Anchorage. It is a charming hotel with a real cozy vibe.
**The location is perfect for exploring downtown Anchorage. The Weekend Market is just a block away (well worth visiting - just keep in mind it only runs in the summer. We were there for the its last weekend of the season). Also close to shopping (Cabin Fever was my favorite shop for more unique items and books of local interest) and close to good restaurants (Glacier Brewhouse is great, but gets very crowded very fast - make reservations or go early. Snow Goose is a good less crowded alternative.)
**The hotel staff is extremely friendly and helpful. I only met 2 ladies and they were both wonderful and easy to chat with. Anchoragites (is that the right term?) are very friendly and proud of their city. Definitely take the time to chat with them.
**Room was clean, spacious and comfortable enough with a flat screen tv and very small mini-fridge.
**Continental breakfast was average - you can make waffles, there is juice, coffee, tea, cereal, milk and fresh fruit - nothing to go bananas over, but passable as far as continental breakfast goes.
I loved all the historic photos along the walls and that the hotel has such a long and interesting history....
BUT with all of the above in mind the street noise is really really bad! The problem is that in the summer months the rooms are a bit stuffy (it being an older building and all). You are provided with a fan, but it doesn't quite do the trick so you'll want to open the windows. And who knew Anchorage had such a WILD night scene??? Horns honking, people yelling, cars revving engines. We finally decided that we'd rather deal with the stuffiness than the noise. Unfortunately this didn't shut out the noise entirely, but it did help. But again, this being an older building you can hear a great deal of noise from the surrounding rooms - particularly those above. It sounded as if the person upstairs was purposefully stomping around the room at 10pm, but surely he/she wasn't....right?
My fodors travel guide also said to book a corner room because of the noise, but I didn't heed this advice and sure wish I had - particularly since we had an overnight flight the next day. I'd also add my recommendation to book on the top floor.
In the end this is such a nice little establishment and I hate to give it less than the 4 or 5 stars I usually give hotels of this caliber, but the noise is a really big big problem here. If it wasn't for all the other nice things about this hotel I would give it a 2.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegantly restored and generously appointed, the Anchorage Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rich in tradition and elegance... Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Anchorage. The Anchorage Visitor Information Center, Anchorage Convention Centers, 5th Avenue Shopping Mall, the Alaska Center for Performing Arts, the Alaska Railroad Depot, Anchorage Museum, and some of the finest dining and entertainment that Anchorage has to offer are all just steps away from the hotel.Aside from our convenient room amenities, Anchorage Historic Hotel offers guest services to accommodate everyone from the discerning leisure traveler to the busy corporate guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Historic Anchorage Hotel Alaska