There's nothing really wrong with this Best Western property, but I expected more.
The location is quiet, the rooms are clean and average size. But some things were missing that I have come to expect as a road warrior...
* Service: When we arrived, the room wasn't ready. We were told we could wait on the second floor where there were tables. Some time later when we went to check to see if the room was available, we were told it had been available for a while. It wouldn't have taken much to let us know.
* Breakfast: Most BW properties offer some kind of free breakfast. This one chooses to have a restaurant with over-priced and underwhelming breakfast. We choose to move to the Holiday Inn Express on Spenard, and had a better (though admittedly not as many options) breakfast for free.
* Airport Shuttle: Though this location isn't far from the ANC airport, taxi service is the only option. (We had a free airport shuttle from the HI Express hotel).
* Lobby: Though not a big deal, this lobby was dirty and in disarray from a "renovation" project of unclear purpose.
* Curtains: In a place where it is pretty predictable that it won't get dark on summer nights, the curtains were significantly too short to block the light and darken the room for sleeping.
Overall, it is not a bad hotel. None of these are a big deal by themself, but they add up. I will be returning to ANC for business, and will choose the Holiday Inn Express as my default hotel because of free breakfast, complimentary shuttle and proximity to ANC airport, but may select this BW as a back-up.
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- Welcome to the Best Western Golden Lion Hotel located only 5 miles from the Anchorage Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Anchorage
- Anchorage Best Western
- Best Western Golden Lion Hotel Anchorage, Alaska