By Anchorage standards, the Dimond Center is a good value. Pricey by lower 48 measure, but a good Alaska value.
The hotel shuttle greeting us at the airport was reliable, comfortable and timely. Note that you will want to have the hotel phone number plugged into your cell as Dimond Center does not have a phone at the airport travel center. Must call them when you arrive ANC baggage.
Upon arrival and thereafter, the desk receptionists were very friendly and accommodating. Top notch! The rooms comfy, clean and spacious. Breakfast is one step above continental with scrambled eggs, sausage, waffles and oatmeal available.
The hotel lounge is "Anchorage" reasonable priced with very good bar food. Try the fish sandwich and slaw.
Dimond Center also provides free locked storage and freezer space for guests wanting to leave gear, baggage or fish for a few days' journey. Coin laundry (much needed after 6 nights camping) is also available.
Most notable, make time to check out the Native art. This is not the typical hotel knock off shelf decor. Not sure, but I believe the Diamond is owned by a Native Corporation. Regardless, the Native art throughout the building is worth exploring.
The Dimond Center is located a 15 minute and easy $2 (have exact change) public transit bus ride from downtown centre. The transit drivers we encountered were very grumpy :-(. Not sure they appreciate their role and prominence in promoting tourism and advocating for their community. But we'll cut them some slack, it can be a challenging job dealing with a broad public spectrum.
For those wanting a downtown on the bay location, this is not the place. Most beneficial about the Dimond Center location is its walking proximity to a large sporting goods store, Walmart and other retail. One can easily find last minute reasonably priced incidentals and gear prior to departing on your Alaska adventure. For that matter, you could easily completely outfit your entire journey regardless of whether it's a hike into the wilderness or scenic ride on the rail.
We started and finished our Alaska adventure with a night at the Dimond Center. All in all, you'll pay $50-100 more per night than the bare bones no frills motel, but you'll discover much more than that in comfort and experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2002, the Dimond Center Hotel was designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. Located in the heart of Alaska’s largest shopping district, 10 minutes from Ted Stevens International Airport, and only 15 minutes from downtown, no other hotel puts you next door to all that Anchorage has to offer! Our spacious guest rooms offer a unique experience of peace and relaxation; all featuring a 72” soaking tub, 42” flat screen TV, and the Ultimate Dream Bed by Serta. Room amenities include a mini-fridge, microwave, the Keurig coffee maker, plush bath robes and much more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dimond Hotel Anchorage
- Dimond Center Anchorage
- Hotel Dimond Center
- Dimond Center Hotel Anchorage, Alaska