Finding the right accommodations is crucial to enjoying any vacation, but it's especially important in Alaska since getting around can be difficult. So to give your vacation plans a boost, we've put together a list of the top five hotels in Anchorage, Alaska, based on recommendations from TripAdvisor.com and Alaska.org.
1. Hotel Captain Cook
The Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage offers ideal lodgings for travellers looking for luxury suites. Every room is outfitted with custom furniture, plush bathrobes and down comforters to keep you warm on those chilly Alaskan nights.
The hotel also features a business center, health club, 12 shops and plenty of culture. The walls are adorned with original artwork. And guests can also flip through a replica of Captain Cook's 18th century diary. (Hopefully with plenty of yarrs, matey.)
Guests can also feast their eyes and their stomachs at the Crow's Nest restaurant. Which offers local delicacies like king crab legs and breathtaking views of the Chugach Mountains -- including Mount McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North America.
Rooms range from $310-340 per night during peak tourism season (May-Sept.) and as low as $185-215 during the winter months.
2. Home2 Suites by Hilton
If you're looking for a home away from home on your trip, the perfect place for an extended stay in Anchorage is the Home2 Suites by Hilton. Located in the midtown area of Anchorage, the Home2 Suites come with a work space, kitchenette and access to laundry facilities, a fitness area and a children's video rental to keep the kids entertained while you work.
Every booking also includes a free breakfast every day.
Rooms rates fluctuate regularly and the hotel offers many discounts for AAA members and seniors.
3. Hotel Alyeska
If you don't mind staying just outside Anchorage, check out the cozy accommodations and breathtaking views at Hotel Alyeska in the resort town of Girdwood.
Nestled among the Chugach Mountains, Hotel Alyeska is a hiker's paradise. The venue is near both the Winner Creek Trail and North Face Trail, so you won't have to travel far to catch a glimpse of mountains, glaciers and maybe even an elusive bald eagle while trekking through a massive spruce forest. You can also cycle along the trail in summertime or ski it in the winter.
And if you want to catch the sites while relaxing inside, you can take the tram ride up to the Seven Glaciers Restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding wilderness from 2,300 feet above sea level.
Rooms rates begin at $169 per night in the winter and $249 per night in summer.
4. Comfort Inn Ship Creek
Fishing fans should book their stay at the Comfort Inn Ship Creek. The waterside hotel is located right on the banks of a salmon stream that guests can fish in using poles provided as part of the venue's amenities.
The inn is within walking distance of downtown, so you can go angling in the afternoon and check out Anchorage's nightlife in one day. And if you rent a room with a kitchenette, you could save money by cooking up your catches.
The venue is also on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, so hikers will be able to enjoy a bit of wildlife while staying in the city.
Rooms run $250+ during tourism season (May-September), but there are many discounts available during the winter.
5. Westmark Anchorage Hotel
If you want to give your wallet a rest on your vacation, look into booking a room at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel. The amenities are pretty bare bones. The website includes private balconies in the short list of perks. And there's no room service during tourism season.
But the downtown location and price make staying here worthwhile. Rooms start as low as $89 per night, year round.