Luxury-resort living and Alaska-style adventure co-exist beautifully at this beloved hotel just 40 miles from Anchorage. Located in the glacier 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. Stay here and you’ll be in for a treat—as well as the chance to experience some bucket-list adventures.
Lush Outside, Sumptuous Inside
The contemporary Alpine-style hotel sits in a gorgeous mountainside setting: the grounds, including a small pond and plenty of flowers, in the summer time, makes a great place for a short walk to take in the views of mountains, ocean and glaciers.
Inside, you'll find Deluxe 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 hotel’s Junior Suites are spacious at 550-plus square feet. These ample rooms are found in the hotel's tower, under the Royal Suite, and take advantage of the rounded windows for panoramic views. The Serta Presidential Pillow Top mattresses promise six layers of luxury, including a down mattress top and feather pillows.
Adventure Right Outside Your Door
Indeed, the resort offers a plush launching pad for some classic Alaska adventures, all easily accessed on your own or with a little help from the concierge. The front desk can help you set up a wide variety of excursions not far from the hotel, like dogsledding, heli-hiking, day cruises, fishing, and rafting. You could choose, for instance, a guided hike to a glacier, then rope up and learn some basic mountaineering skills.
You can also ask the front desk to point you in the right direction for adventures right on the mountain, such as the many hiking, biking, (and in the winter, skiing or fat biking) trails around the hotel. The Winner Creek Trail, for instance, starts at the Tram base: It’s a mellow, six-mile hike through the Chugach National Forest. At the five mile point, there’s a hand-tram at Glacier Creek. Or, challenge yourself to the North Face Trail, an advanced hiking trail that winds up the face of Mount Alyeska through a series of switchbacks. This trail is a favorite in the area. When you reach the top you will be rewarded with spectacular views, as well as a free tram ride back to the bottom.
Another fun option is to rent a bicycle—choosing either a cruiser for a mellow ride around town (or along the famed Bird to Gird Trail, along Turnagain Arm), or a mountain bike (with body armor and lessons) for some thrilling, two-wheel adventures down the mountain. Or, ride the resort’s 60-passenger tramway to the 2,300-foot level of Mount Alyeska and hike around the alpine tundra.
Bliss Out Back at the Hotel
No matter what you choose to do during the day, the hotel makes a fabulous place to rest and recharge afterward. The Seven Glaciers Restaurant, perched atop Mount Alyeska, has a AAA Four Diamond rating, and emphasizes locally sourced seafood, game and produce in its menu—like Kodiak scallops, braised boar, and king crab legs, any of which is nicely finished off with the house dessert, Baked Alyeska. Just be sure to reserve your table ahead of time at this favorite spot: Advance bookings even get rewarded with free tram tickets.
Unwinding at the hotel also means you get to make the most of the hotel’s fitness center, enclosed with a vaulted wood-beam ceiling. Take a dip in the saltwater lap pool, or immerse yourself in the 16-person hot tub—they’re both wonderful places to relax after, say, dog mushing on a glacier. The fitness center’s bay windows also let you soak up a view of the pond and north face of Mt. Alyeska. Or, book a treatment at the hotel spa: Choose from treatments like the Rosemary Citron Sensation scrub or the Body Melt Back Therapy, which uses steaming-hot towels, steeped in lavender and other herbs, to help you relax and recharge for your next adventure.
- 304 rooms
- 24-hour business center, desktop publishing services, fax, photocopying, Internet access, notary services
- Pool, hot tub, sauna, exercise room
- 4 restaurants, 2 bars
- Year Round Bike Rental with a full fleet of fat tire bikes for winter
- Concierge and tour desk
- Room service
- Full service spa
- Children's programs
- Bathrobes, heated towel rack
- Lighted make-up mirror, hair dryer, iron, ironing board
- TV w/ pay movies
- Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel
- Bedside "Do-Not-Disturb" control
- Mini refrigerator and in-room coffee maker
- Voice messaging
- Guest room (2-7th floors), Summit Level (8th floor), and Junior or Townhouse Suites: double or king-sized bed.
- Royal Suite: king-size bed
Alyeska Resort1000 Arlberg Avenue
Girdwood, AK 99587
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.
Prices & Dates
|Rates||Rooms // $169 - $425 per night|
|Rate Notes||Rates do not include tax|
|Rates do not include tax or resort fee. Rate may vary depending on date and availability .|
|All rates apply to single or double occupancy with a $25 charge for a third adult|
|No charge for children under the age of 18 staying with no more than two adults using existing bedding|
|Non-smoking and special accommodations available|
|Checkout is 11am|
|Late checkout may be requested, up to 6pm, based on availability, additional fees & tax apply. Inquire at front desk.|
Dining at Alyeska
A night at the Seven Glaciers restaurant, perched 2,300 feet above sea level on Mount Alyeska, is a dining journey that begins with a tram ride high above the treetops, followed by an elevator lift, then a stroll along a golden carpet, past a glimmering, glass-and-steel, wine-tower wall and into a dining room radiating the colors of alpenglow and glacial ice. Seven Glaciers is one of only three AAA Four Diamond restaurants in Alaska. You can ...more
This self-serve restaurant, located at the top of the mountain, features great scenery. Alaskan clam chowder in a bread bowl is a popular choice (about $7). Open 11am – 4:30pm daily. Closing time shifts with the season, so call the hotel for current hours. Closed in October — Mid-November.
Located on the third floor of The Hotel Alyeska, at the top of the Grand Staircase, the Aurora Bar & Grill offers great views and great drinks. Alaska Amber is $5, Baileys and coffee is $7. The wide selection of single-malt scotch starts at $7 for Sheep Dip and shoots up to $32 for 25-year-old Macallan. While not exactly a locals’ hangout, it’s the second-best place to meet people who don’t live in Girdwood. (The best place is the hot tub… ...more
Located on the second floor of The Hotel Alyeska, this resort-run restaurant offers something for everyone, with Alaskan favorites and a children’s menu. Dinner entrees include Alaskan halibut Florentine, roasted prime rib, and Alaskan seafood bouillabaisse (all between $24 – $26).
In the Hotel
Enjoy attentive service and fun, communal seating options at this Asian Fusion find tucked away in the Alyeska Resort. Sushi lovers will appreciate the creativity and quality of the menu, but will also be tempted by the bento boxes, steak, and lobster offerings!
Daylodge Base Area
Alyeska’s Sitzmark Bar and Grill offers alpiners the best of both worlds – daytime refueling between ski runs, and a festive nighttime hangout with live music, open mic, trivia and movie nights. (The summer season has similar offerings – just think “après hike” or “après bike” instead of “après ski.”)