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1000 Arlberg Avenue
Girdwood, AK 99587
Just 40 miles from Anchorage, this hotel could be the perfect mix of world-class accommodations and Alaskan wilderness. Located in the resort town of Girdwood, this hotel sits tucked amid the Chugach Mountains on Alaska's south-central coast, and has a backdrop of glaciers, bald eagles, and towering spruce trees.
Outside the hotel, the resort staff has done a wonderful job with the hotel's mountainside landscaping, including a small pond and plenty of flowers. It's great place for a short walk, or to start your hike on Winner Creek trail, located beyond the tram building.
Inside, you'll find rooms decorated with simple elegance. Burgundy and hunter green colors combine with black-and-white nature photography and cherry wood accents. The hotel's lobby and common areas include a 24-hour business center and are pretty grand by Alaska standards. There's even a stuffed polar bear on display.
The Junior Suites are non-traditional, in that they don’t have separate living and sleeping areas, but they're spacious at 550-plus square feet. These oversized rooms are found in the hotel's tower, under the Royal Suite, and take advantage of the rounded windows for panoramic views. A recent upgrade added new bedding, leather couches, robes, and more. The Serta Presidential Pillow Top mattresses promise six layers of luxury, including a down mattress top and feather pillows.
The best part about The Hotel Alyeska—at least for a local—is its incredible fitness center. When the hotel was initially built, some in Girdwood grimaced at the intrusion. Those same folks now smile while sitting in the huge saltwater hot tub. It's a wonderful place to relax after, say, dog mushing on a glacier. Bay windows let you soak up a view of the pond and north face of Mt. Alyeska as well. The 16-person hot tub sits at the end of a heated 25x45-foot lap pool, with a vaulted wood-beam ceiling.
If you are looking for a romantic getaway or a place to rejuvenate, treat yourself at the spa or with a fine dining experience at the Seven Glaciers Restaurant perched high atop Mount Alyeska. If you are looking for an adventure packed stay, ask the front desk staff about the many hiking, biking, (and in the winter, skiing) trails around the hotel. The North Face Trail is a new advanced hiking trail that winds up the face of Mount Alyeska in a series of switchbacks. This trail is a favorite in the area because if you reach the top you will be rewarded with spectacular views, as well as a free tram ride back to the bottom.
From Seward Highway: Turn left (if heading south, if heading north turn right) on to the Alyeska Highway at mile 90 of the Seward Highway (Tesoro Gas Station and Mini-Mall are on your left). Follow this road approximately 3 miles until you reach the large Alyeska Resort sign. Turn left onto Arlberg. Arlberg winds around for one mile ending up at The Hotel Alyeska and Alyeska Resort.
By Train: Both the Coastal Classic and Glacier Discovery trains offer service to the Girdwood stop, located on Brudine Road. From there, contact the hotel for a shuttle transfer.