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“Cosy and well located”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Copper Whale Inn

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Copper Whale Inn
Ranked #8 of 127 Anchorage B&B and Inns
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“Cosy and well located”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

Again this was a choice based on reviews from Trip advisor. It is well located jut at the head of a costal trail and a park. Almost at the end of downtown it is just a stones throw from many restaurants and shops on the 5th Avenue shopping strip. The main salon and some rooms are located in the front part of a heritage building. The rear has again a common lounge with rooms which is a later addition. The property is surrounded by a small but sweet garden. A homely and comfortable place which also lacks in a few things. Rooms are a bit small, and road facing rooms have a lot of noise from the traffic flow. Bath is a bit inconvenient there is no parking on site. Public parking available nearby which is expensive . Parking possible free of cost on the road btw 5pm and 9am the next morning. The staff are excellent and so helpful. Had to disturb them in the middle of the night as we got locked out . Breakfast is served early and pretty adequate. Special thanks to Colleen who directed us to Girdwood and the 7 glaciers restaurant for dinner. Would surely recommend but avoid road facing rooms though they do provide ear plugs. Bike rentals available on the property.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, 29 June 2014
Thanks for your detailed review. I hope you had a wonderful Alaska adventure!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

This place is close to downtown and on the corner of a one way street. Suggest you get proper directions if you are driving. This old inn is charming with small rooms and lovely common areas. Don't expect too much from the rooms which are basic and very dated. The main block is a heritage building and there is one more block in the rear. Some rooms have a rear door that opens out to the street, be careful or you could get locked out. The staff are sweet and happy to ensure a good stay. Just behind the Inn is a nice park to watch the sun go down. Sleep was a problem owing to the high traffic noise all through the night. Also there is no parking at the hotel and you have to park on the road or at the public parking lot which is expensive.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Thanks for your detailed review and your kind words about our service. We do have someone available 24/7 by house phone. Desk hours are 7AM-9PM, and for after-hours, dial 0 to reach me. I live just next door, in order to be able to take care of any problems, such as lock-outs.
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

In booking this I did know that it was downtown; however, I had no idea how loud it would be. I did decide to use the earplugs one of the two nights we were here. I think after staying in remote areas of Alaska our entire trip (Talkeetna, Seward and Homer), ending our trip here was not a good idea. The bed we had was super squeaky anytime one of us turned over at night it would wake the other up. Location is AWESOME for walking anywhere downtown! Continental breakfast was good.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Thanks for your review. I'm sorry you did not sleep well. All our literature and information point to our location and access to the "dynamic urban scene" of downtown Anchorage. It's the "big city" in Alaska and these are factors over which we have no control, unfortunately.
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

Before moving to Anchorage last fall I visited several times, and each time I stayed at The Copper Whale Inn. It was just what I needed, a comfortable bed, a convenient location, helpful staff to give me tips on exploring Alaska. Glen the proprietor was so wonderful and friendly, and met tons of interesting folks in the communal space, all with fascinating reasons for visiting Alaska. I would definitely recommend The Copper Whale Inn for anyone looking for a sweet little spot to stay in Anchorage.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Thanks for your kudos. I hope you're settled comfortably into life in Alaska.
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San Anselmo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

After a one week cruise, we booked the larger suite so we could relax comfotably. Very nice room, excellent breakfast. Perfectly located to walk around downtown. Extremely helpful staff with suggestions, dinner recommendations. Had laundry facilities so we could do laundry before continuing on for another week. Other reviewers mentioned it was noisy; however, i never wore earplugs and slept sound.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit. Thank you.
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

We stayed at the Copper Whale Inn for three nights. It was mid-May and warm, so we had to sleep with the windows open. Our rooms were in the little annex behind the main house. As others have said, it is pretty noisy most of the night. They do offer ear plugs and have great black out shades on the windows, to try to make your nights restful. That was the only down side. We LOVED the main house, the people who run the Inn, the location (blocks away from the train station, car rentals, restaurants, coastal bike path), the onsite bike rentals, the breakfast selection, the view from the main living area,the lovely garden areas, and the cleanliness of the whole Inn. Glenn helped us plan our activities for the day and answered any questions we had. I would definitely stay there again...just ask for a room inside the main house.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Thanks a lot for your kind words. It's funny, some people say the main house is noisier and prefer the west house, while others think just the opposite. With the downtown location comes the urban atmosphere, and while I wish we could just lower the "cone of silence", but that brilliant technology went the way of "Get Smart". Too bad, I wish we could resurrect that and the shoe phone, both!
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

Nice rooms, great lounge/breakfast room with large windows overlooking the bay, close to downtown, really good value with excellent breakfast, lovely place - also have laundry facilities, highly recommend. Use an easy park car park as they are only a dollar an hour rather than the cat park opposite which is very expensive. Inn also does cycle hire and is right next to the amazing coastal trail.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Thank you. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.
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Property: Copper Whale Inn
Address: 440 L St, Anchorage, AK 99501-1925
Region: United States > Alaska > Anchorage
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 127 B&Bs / Inns in Anchorage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Copper Whale Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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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