We stayed at the Anchorage Sheraton for 5 nights the end of May using Sheraton points. In hind sight, we might have saved the points and stayed somewhere that could have provided a bit better view. As others mention, our room looked out over the cemetery. There are mountains in the distance, but nonetheless it is disappointing to have that cemetery view! It appears half the rooms would have this view, with the other half (other side of building) having the better mountain views.
I should start with some of what we liked about this hotel... The lobby is fairly nice with a nice gas "modern style" fireplace. Staff for the most part seemed friendly, (but our server for the one breakfast we had seemed to not be real happy). While parking (half of which is in a garage) is $10 per day, we quickly found this is somewhat of bargain parking in Anchorage. While it is a few blocks walk into the "better" part of the small Anchorage downtown area, the location of the hotel is very easy to get to if driving the main highway north or south of the city.
Now unfortunately there was more (other than the view) which would probably lead us to look elsewhere next time...
The room seemed small with not much place to lay out luggage. And the bathroom was, well, TINY! Don't expect two people to be able to move around as the door barely is able to shut with one person occupying it. There appeared to be NO bathroom ventilation, and even with the bathroom door wide open and using only warm water for showers, the mirror still fogs. Management, as it appear you read these, perhaps you could at least consider anti-fog solutions for the mirror?
I also suppose it should be good that the water pressure is high, but no matter what setting we had the shower head on, the water pressure is so high it feels like a sand blaster.
The sliding closet doors in our room were also too big for the closet, so it's near impossible to access the middle of it.
There are no extra outlets in the room to plug cell phone chargers into. Lamps were already unplugged when we got to the room (couldn't initially figure out why lamps wouldn't come on) and we quickly figured out that is the only way to plug anything in.
We noticed the huge sign next to the bar area that notes the Sheraton Wine Spectator 90+ rating wines, seemingly indicating a great selection of wines, right? Upon asking for a wine list, though, the server said they were out of most wines so they don't have a list but he could just tell us the few they have verbally. Huh? Hey management, TAKE THE SIGN DOWN! Kind of false advertising, don't you think?
There is no wifi or wired internet in the rooms, but free wifi can be accessed if you sit in the lobby. Usually I find no wifi isn't a huge problem with a good cell phone data connection, but if you have Verizon or Sprint, forget about getting much of a data connection at all in Anchorage, or any of central Alaska as we found out.
Oh, and by the way... we were trying to figure out if there would be a swimming pool at this Sheraton, but couldn't find any info before we went. Note... There is NOT a swimming pool. Not a big deal for a trip to Alaska, but sometimes it helps to know whether we might want to bring a suit for jumping in after a long day of hiking.
So, all in all, not terrible, but we weren't really impressed and it seems there may be better options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa is luxury lodging with amenities like Ice Spa, Jade Restaurant, Steak & Seafood and 24,000 sq ft of meeting space. We're near Elmendorf AFB, Sullivan Arena, and Alaska Railroad. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Anchorage Hotel Alaska
- Anchorage Sheraton