I stayed here for three nights in mid-May 2012 when I visited Anchorage on business. I loved the peaceful nature of the Copper Whale's rooms, common areas, and gardens - I felt like I was home during the entire visit. My business took place downtown and so I was walking distance (3 blocks) from work during the entire visit which was great because it meant leaving my car parked the whole time - no driving whenever I can help do so.
The gardens were bright with flowers and other annual and perennial plants in May. The various trees and shrubs (which abound on the property) were all leafing out that time of year and the patio of my west facing room looked out onto the Cook Inlet (although there were other buildings and homes in the viewscape). I enjoyed soaking up the afternoon sun that came into the room. I enjoyed the plush and cozy bed and linens. The housekeeper left a kind note and chocolate on the pillows. Beautiful photographs of Alaska are framed in large print on the walls of the rooms and the common areas. Breakfast was nothing like what you might receive at any chain-hotel. We had fresh cut fruit (grapes, cantalope, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, etc.); whole bananas, oranges and apples available; yogurt, fresh baked bread, fresh milk and juice (not from a dispenser), hard-boiled eggs, danishes (not the tasteless, cheap kind of most hotels, but a variety of fresh ones that are made with high quality ingredients and no preservatives (taste so good!). We also had cereals cold and hot (not in a little box), all kinds of different spreads for the toast, hot tea, hot coffee...really just an excellent breakfast. Everything is laid out in the upstairs common area and the Copper Whale offers it's guests actual silverware and dishes and mugs and glasses. All of the food is elegantly presented. A homely atmosphere. Classical music of an uplifting kind plays in the background while you sit on cozy couches looking out the wall of windows which give way to a view of the Cook Inlet. With a pair of binoculars on hand one might be lucky to spot a passing whale out in the water. The proprietors were very good at being available but not imposing during the breakfast hours - there were a couple of different gentleman that would make their way into the breakfast area to check on things and casually carry conversation with the guests, but they should excellent tact in knowing if a guest wanted to chat or wanted to enjoy a quiet morning.
Only downside to me - the building is adjacent to a major intersection in downtown Anchorage. As such, cars can be heard roaring by at all hours of the night, especially in the mornings. The cars and trucks are especially loud when they are stopping at the light and then starting from a dead stop, engines loudly running at higher than average rpms.
The best thing about Copper Whale Inn was it's people, the guests and proprietors both. The atmosphere was very friendly and welcoming and accommodating. A guest would count him or herself lucky to enjoy the solitude of Copper Whale Inn amongst the busy, sometimes frenetic world of downtown Anchorage.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy scenic ocean and mountain views from downtown Anchorage at the Copper Whale Inn! Our two adjacent houses offer comfortable, modern accommodations and our historic main house is the first architecturally designed home in Anchorage. Easy walking distance to business and arts, activities, restaurants, galleries, the Anchorage Museum and the Coastal Trail. Bike rental on-premise (summer). Concierge services, free wi-fi! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copper Whale Hotel Anchorage
- Copper Whale Inn Anchorage, Alaska