Hotel Captain Cook
The most distinguished guest address in Anchorage since it was built in 1965, this downtown landmark is an award-winning member of the Historic Hotels of America, added to the list in 2016. Befitting its full-service luxury status, it offers a full slate of amenities in a traditional, genteel setting. Decor is themed around the voyages of British explorer and cartographer Captain James Cook, who charted Alaska’s coastline for the first time on his final voyage in 1778. While looking for a northwest passage to Hudson Bay, he and his crew aboard the HMS Resolution dropped anchor in Turnagain Arm — within sight of the spot where the Hotel Captain Cook stands today. The hotel’s expansive private art collection features paintings, drawings, sculptures and wood carvings of subjects like historic sailing ships, Indigenous people and depictions of the captain’s excursions. Pieces of the collection are on display in common areas, prominently featured in the lobby, dining spaces, hallways and other locations throughout the hotel.
Well-appointed guestrooms in three towers offer a mix of views over the city skyline, Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Rooms have one king or two double beds, a comfortable chair, writing desk, safe, TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. To ensure your comfort during Alaska’s near 24/7 summer daylight, each room has blackout drapes, air conditioning, a ceiling fan and windows that open.
The Crow’s Nest is the Captain Cook’s acclaimed AAA 4-Diamond fine-dining restaurant on the hotel’s top floor, with 360° views on Anchorage and the dramatic natural environment that surrounds it. On the main level, Fletcher’s Bar serves cocktails, beer, wine and casual fare in a dark and cozy British pub setting. Breakfast is served in The Pantry. Guests have access to the hotel’s impressive Athletic Clubs, with separate facilities for men and women for locker rooms, cardio and weight machines, steam room and sauna, and shared Peloton bikes and swimming pool.