I enjoyed my stay at the Captain Cook, but there are a few things I wish I had known before I went. First, the hotel does not have air conditioning and the rooms on the upper floors can actually get quite warm during the summer. We stayed on an upper floor with a mountain view, and that side of the tower heated up quite a bit. There was only one small window and we slept with the fan on, but were still very hot (even though it was only 70 degrees outside). Next time I would stay on a lower floor if coming in the summer for that reason. Second, parking in their garage is really expensive. I was shocked to find out that parking is over $25 a day in the garage that is a half block or so away. After parking, I found out that it was included in my room rate so this was not an issue for me, but I do not believe that it is included in all room rates. If you are there over the weekend street parking is free and very easy. Third, room service is fairly inexpensive. We ordered a pizza that was quite good and was only $16 or so including the room service fee. Fourth, the club floor has a lounge with a great view and free nonalchoholic beverages and breakfast. Whether this is a good deal depends on how much you would spend on breakfast and drinks, but we found that for not much more money, we enjoyed the club floor (although we did not enjoy that you have to keep track of a special metal key to make the elevator stop at the club floor).
Overall, I liked the hotel. I had heard that it was one of the nicest places in town, and therefore was a bit surprised to find that it is fairly dated (1970s colors and beadspreads, the old (and not particularly comfortable) styles of beds and pillows, kitschy decor with everything named after various captain cook adventures). However, the hotel is clean, the staff is friendly and efficient, and there are some great views of the inlet. There is definitely a cruise ship feeling, but I suspect that would be difficult to avoid in Anchorage in any hotel. This is a solid hotel choice for families or business travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, each of the Hotel Captain Cook’s 547 luxury accommodations of rooms and suites offer a stunning view, whether it’s of the neighboring Cook Inlet or the Chugach Mountains. Captain Cook is Alaska's member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Captain Cook Anchorage
- Hotel Captain Cook
- Captain Cook Hotel
- The Hotel Captain Cook Anchorage, Alaska