What Matters When Choosing an Anchorage Hotel?
Distance from Airport
Anchorage isn’t very big. All of the hotels in Anchorage are easy to get to from the airport. Downtown hotels are 10-15 minutes from the airport. Midtown hotels in the Spenard neighborhood are just 5 minutes away; those in the University area will take 15 minutes to reach.
If you’re not renting a car, you have a couple options. Cabs charge from $15-$22 one-way.
Airport shuttles from hotels are free. The following hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport:
Midtown: Embassy Suites by Hilton Anchorage, Microtel Inn & Suites, The Lakefront Anchorage, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn
If you love to step out of your hotel and walk to a variety of local restaurants, shops, or nearby trails, pick a hotel in downtown. Other areas are more suburban. While Midtown hotels do have restaurants within walking distance of hotels, the choice is more limited.
Midtown hotels have large parking lots with free parking and plenty of room. Only a few downtown hotels offer free self-parking (Anchorage Grand, Voyager Inn); the Hotel Captain Cook, Hilton, Westmark and Marriott offer valet-only parking for a fee (about $30/day).
Most hotels in Anchorage have a fitness center, but they’re not all equal. Arguably, the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage has the nicest fitness center. The Hotel Alyeska also has a great fitness center, offering a saltwater pool and hot tub with views of the mountains.
All of the hotels we recommend offer a clean and comfortable stay in Anchorage. If you’re looking for a luxury hotel, stay at the Marriott Downtown, Embassy Suites by Hilton Anchorage, Hotel Captain Cook, or Hotel Alyeska.
We'll help you pick your hotel based on distance from airport, walkability, parking & other features.
Anchorage Hotels & Lodges
Downtown Anchorage Hotels
This locally owned boutique hotel, set in the heart of downtown, features 31 large suites with living rooms, bedrooms, and full kitchens. Step out the door and be within walking distance of Anchorage’s highlights, as well as downtown restaurants and shopping.
The Voyager Inn in the heart of downtown Anchorage offers guests a sense of history with an updated look. Renovated rooms and suites include luxurious bedding and linens, stylish seating, plush carpeting, designer bathrooms and kitchenettes with new granite countertops.
Anchorage’s luxurious grande dame hotel is considered by some to be the finest hotel in Alaska. The 20-story, 546-room hotel offers amazing views of the Chugach Mountains and even Denali. You’ll also find first-class restaurants and great amenities.
Anchorage’s tallest hotel is the best place to appreciate the gorgeous views of city and mountains – you may even see Denali on a clear day. You’ll also be within walking distance of the train depot and coastal trail, as well as the city’s terrific shops and restaurants.
This upscale Marriott comes with some great views of mountains, inlet, and city skyline. Take it in, or get up close by walking the nearby Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or Delaney Park strip. You’ll also be within walking distance of Anchorage’s restaurants and shops.
Reopening in 2022. See website for other Princess properties open in 2021. Views abound at this unique downtown hotel, and each of the 200 oversized rooms has a balcony to look out at the Chugach Mountains and Inlet. Or just wander through the property and appreciate the Alaskan art and photographs.
Midtown & Airport Anchorage Hotels
One- and two-bedroom suites (that can sleep up to 7 people) make this centrally located hotel a great choice for families. Plus, you’ll find made-to-order breakfasts, along with the option of taking them to go, if you have early morning activities. Book a mountain view room for a breathtaking view of the surrounding Chugach Mountains.
Girdwood Hotels & Lodges
Nestled in the heart of Girdwood is the charming Ski Inn. Centrally located and close to restaurants, this seven-room inn comes infused with charm. Each morning, you’ll enjoy a light breakfast of bagels and spreads yogurts, oatmeal, fresh fruit, coffee, and orange juice. And friendly local staffers are on hand to help with insider information about restaurant hot spots and local events.
This luxury resort, 40 miles from Anchorage in the town of Girdwood, is surrounded by seven glaciers. The spectacular scenery is popular in summer as well as winter, when you’ll find a full-on ski resort. It’s a romantic option that’s equally great for families.