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What Matters When Choosing an Anchorage Hotel?

How to Choose Your Anchorage Hotel  (2:10)

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

Walkability

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.

Parking

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).

Kitchenettes

A few Anchorage hotels feature more than a mini-fridge and microwave. You’ll find kitchenettes in midtown at the Homewood Suites; in downtown Anchorage you’ll find them at the Anchorage Grand Hotel.

Fitness Center

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.

Luxury

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.

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Downtown Anchorage Hotels

15-20 mins from Anchorage airport. Walking distance to shopping, dining, nightlife
Season: Year Round $99+

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.

Season: Year Round $220+

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.

Season: Year Round $310+

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.

Season: Year Round $249+

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. 

Season: Year Round $359+

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.

Season: Mid-May to Mid-Sept $79+

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.

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Midtown & Airport Anchorage Hotels

5-10 mins from Anchorage airport. Helps to have a car, but many hotels have shuttles
Season: Year Round $199+ Winter | $315+ Summer

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. 

Season: Year Round $129+

This hotel fea­tures the ambi­ence of a remote hunt­ing lodge. Plus, you’ll be locat­ed right on Lake Hood, the busiest float­plane base in the world, with plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ty to watch the bus­tle of planes.

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Girdwood Hotels & Lodges

45 mins from Anchorage airport. Resort and adventure center tucked into the Chugach Mountains
Season: Year Round Summer $149+ | Winter $129+

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.

Season: Year Round $219+

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.

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