I stayed here in May, 2014 for 3 days total - 2 different stays. The hotel is funky - an old apartment building with huge rooms. I had a king suite - king size bed, couches, writing desk, kitchen table, kitchenette - very cute. The furniture is not modern but well suited to the feel of the building - I have found this the be the norm for Anchorage. Anchorage hotels do NOT have air conditioning nor are they the standard upscale hotel rooms you will find in other US cities for the money - if you do your research this will be evident. Anchorage is very expensive for food and lodging however the Anchorage Grand provided a wonderfully clean and quiet room with excellent service from all the staff for the price. The beds are awesome - very comfortable. I did not find the train bothersome - I was at the front of the building on the 4th floor for my first visit and on the 5th floor on my second visit. The room I had on the 4th floor was a bit warm but with the windows open it was fine. At night I closed the windows and used the fan - an old box style which worked well. My room on the 5th floor was perfect - not too warm and quiet as well. I was out during the day so I cannot comment how frequently the train whistle blows, but being back at the hotel in the early evening onward I did not find it bothersome. I think I heard the train whistle once or twice around 11:00pm or so. Last year I stayed at the Historic Anchorage Hotel which is described as a "Boutique Hotel" which the review by Denise P. may be thinking of. Expedia does not describe Anchorage Grand as this from what I could see. I paid a lot more money at the Historic Anchorage last year and was NOT impressed. The beds were really nice and the hotel is cute, but the rooms looked dirty - walls and baseboards embedded with dirt and it was much more noisy even though it was away from the train because you had to keep the windows open for air so you heard more cars and people. Historic Anchorage does have a nice spot for breakfast in the old bar which was fine - that was the only thing that helped my stay be more enjoyable. It is definitely not a "boutique" hotel. If I could have moved to another hotel I would have - not worth the money. I much preferred the Anchorage Grand and would definitely stay there again - no questions asked. It is a short walk to the downtown which is very small, where you will find a few places to eat, tourist shops, a few galleries. The Visitor Centre is excellent. There is a little Yoga Studio - Namaste North Yoga - 508 West 2nd Ave. just a few steps from the Anchorage Grand hotel where you can get coffee, tea, smoothies, baked goods etc. I had breakfast here which was perfect since I was not able to eat all of the continental breakfast included with Anchorage Grand. All in all I really enjoyed my stay at the Anchorage Grand and it is very convenient to get the train in the early morning hours. The only thing that would improve the stay at Anchorage Grand would be if there was an actual restaurant on site and if the rooms had air conditioning - then it would be even more perfect! Stay here you will not be disappointed- just know in advance what you are paying for and do your research.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All-suite hotel. Terrific downtown location, one block from Coastal Trail, within walking distance of 5th Avenue Mall, Convention Center, Performing Arts Center, Anchorage Museum, and restuarants. Fully equipped kitchens. Breakfast items delivered to your door. Morning newspaper. Free Wi-Fi. Cable TV with HBO. The best value in Anchorage! ... more less
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