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Where to Stay in Anchorage
Whether you're looking for thrilling adventure travel or a relaxing vacation near the Alaskan wilderness, Anchorage can accommodate you. The city's main tourist hub is its bustling downtown district. Here, you can find an array of hotels, ranging from exclusive boutiques to budget motels. Some of the finest lodging establishments in the city offer family travelers excellent access to Anchorage's top kid-friendly attractions, including the Anchorage Museum and the interactive Imaginarium Discovery Center. Those wishing to explore the city's history can search for rooms in historic Anchorage. Besides being home to a number of landmarks, this downtown subdistrict is the site of a historic hotel. On the eastern side of downtown, travelers can compare room rates at a number of national discount chains. If you want to be near Anchorage's beautiful urban green space, select a hotel near Delaney Park in the southern portion of downtown. This 11-block park is the oldest in the city and is a popular site for festivals and other community events. There are also a handful of facilities in the Midtown neighborhood, including several inns and bed and breakfasts.
Anchorage Hotel Tips
Alaska's tourist season sees a sharp increase during the summer months, when the days are longer and warmer. From mid-May through mid-September, temperatures during the warmest months range from about 60 to 80 degrees. Hotels usually raise their prices from June through August in anticipation of the influx of visitors. If you plan on traveling during this peak season, book your hotel reservations far in advance. You may be able to find hotel deals and discounts if you book just outside of this peak time during the shoulder season.
If you want to find the best Anchorage flight deals and hotel specials, plan your trip for the late fall or early spring. Temperatures are certainly chillier than during the summer months, and the days are shorter. But you still can enjoy all the sights and attractions of Anchorage. Plus, you'll be able to save money and avoid the crowds of the peak season.
Anchorage Hotel Recommendations
Immerse yourself in historic Anchorage by booking a stay at the Historic Anchorage Hotel. Located downtown in the historic district, the boutique hotel dates back to 1916 and has served many dignitaries and celebrities over the years. According to local legend, the grounds are haunted, and the hotel maintains a ghost log for guests who witness a paranormal happening. Guestrooms are simple and comfortable. A complimentary breakfast featuring waffles, fruit and cereal is served each morning. A gift shop is located on-site. For a bite to eat, guests can run across the street to the Rumrunner's Old Towne Bar & Grill, which features a dining room and lounge.
If luxury is what you're after, check out the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage. The hotel claims three separate towers containing a total of 547 rooms, 96 of which are suites. Guestroom options include the lavish 16th- and 17th-floor rooms of the Captain's Deck, the spacious elegant suites of the Crow's Nest Suites, tastefully appointed deluxe rooms and junior suites. The hotel also sports a full-service athletic club, which features a steam rooms, tanning beds, saunas, lounges, a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool. Fitness classes are available as are massage therapy treatments. As for food, guests have a choice of four restaurants, including the Crow's Nest, a gourmet restaurant that provides visitors with excellent vistas of the surrounding mountains.
Travelers looking for a local discount hotel should consider the Puffin Inn. Located near the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) just a couple miles from downtown Anchorage, the Puffin Inn offers guests a choice of several different room styles, including standard rooms, junior suites and one bedrooms. For vacationers traveling with hunting and fishing gear, the hotel offers guestrooms with outdoor entrances to make it easier to transport equipment from your car to your room. The hotel also features a complimentary breakfast, fitness equipment, a business center and a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle.
Anchorage sports a public bus system called the People Mover. The system's main hub is located downtown with other hubs located near the shopping centers of Dimond Center and Muldoon Mall. Additionally, many hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. You can also rent a car. Most of Anchorage relies on an easy-to-navigate grid system, making it an ideal city for drivers. If you are planning on visiting during the peak tourist season, reserve your rental car in advance. Taxis are also available at the airport and at hotels. Cyclists can traverse the area on bike, thanks to Anchorage's 200-plus miles of trails.