This hotel is a quaint, historic hotel (as the name implies). The hotel is adorned with artwork created by the proprietor, which is actually very good. Breakfast is served in the antique bar area adjacent to the lobby. It was a substantial offering for a complimentary continential breakfast--waffles, bagels, hard boiled eggs, yogurt and fruit. The service could not have been better. Upon check in, the desk attendant, Jessica offered to make dinner reservations for us, noting that without reservations, we would have difficulty getting a table anywhere in town. After dinner at th Glacier Brew House (just ok), we played cards in the hotel bar (breakfast area); from what we could tell, they don't serve alcohol, but Jessica offered to heat up some water so I could have a cup of tea while playing cards with the family.
The rooms were decorated in traditional, mahogany-like furniture. There was a nice binder, describing the hotel and a little about Anchorage. The bathroom was small, but well equipped with sundries and plush towels. It had adequate curtains to block the Alaskan summer nighttime sun. All was well until the party crowd started their parade to Rumrunners bar (catty-corner from the hotel). Our room was overlooking the street and had a clear view of Rumrunners. From about 11 p.m. until 2 a.m., there was an endless parade of drunks screaming, fighting and hollering. There was a steady stream of cars driving by with bass booming--and surprisingly, even a black Hummer limo stopped in front of the hotel to unload patrons at Rumrunners. I could not believe the party seemed to never end, but given the 20 hours of light, perhaps it shouldn't have been so surprising. The other thing to note about the streetside rooms--the Grizzy Bear gift shop is on the lower level of the hotel (they offer a 10% discount to hotel guests). As my husband and I were napping, we couldn't quite understand why our room was filled with pan flute-spa like music. Surely other hotel guests were not listening in their rooms! The next day as we shopped inthe Grizzy Bear gift shop, we noticed soothing spa-like pan flute music. Ah-ha! OVerall, a really nice place to stay, just pick your room carefully.
- 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