Designed to integrate Alaska Native heritage with modern luxury, the chateau-style Hotel Alyeska is one of Alaska's finest accommodations. Located within the Alyeska Resort in a lush valley near the historic mining-supply town of Girdwood, the hotel provides visitors access to stupendous mountain environs via a mountaintop tram, with plenty of enticing hiking and walking trails. Views from the summit take in the length of Turnagain Arm and the glacier-clad peaks of the Chugach Range and Kenai Mountains. The renowned "Seven Glaciers" AAA 4-diamond restaurant located on top of the mountain (accessed by the tram) is an enticing option for a gourmet meal (not included) during your free evening at the resort.
The hotel, built in 1994, underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2007, bringing interiors and guest rooms to a new level of luxury. Expansive rooms feature elegant decor in rich natural colors, Alaska Native artwork and Edward Curtis photographs, plush new carpets, premier pillow-top mattresses, satellite TV, MP3 clock radio, complimentary wireless Internet access, mini refrigerator and in-room safe. Large bathrooms have heated towel racks, lighted make-up mirror, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers for guests' comfort and convenience. Starbucks' in-room coffee and complimentary bottled water are provided. Hotel amenities include several restaurants and a bar, 24-hour room service, a full-service spa, pool and whirlpool, and fitness center.
Summit Lake Lodge
Moose Pass, Alaska
Off the standard Alaska tourist circuit, family-owned and operated Summit Lake Lodge is a historic log lodge located in an exceptionally scenic setting in the heart of the Chugach National Forest. Remote yet accessible, the lodge is 80 miles southeast of Anchorage and a world away from civilization. This authentic accommodation brimming with "Alaskana" overlooks tranquil Summit Lake near the Kenai River, famed for some of the world's best salmon fishing. Sixteen deluxe log cabins offer every comfort with the classic ambience of traditional Alaska. We enjoy rustic luxury in 640-square-foot lakefront cabins outfitted with a fireplace, leather reclining lounge chairs, king-size log bed with high-quality linens, HD flat screen TV, bathroom with custom log vanity and large walk-in shower, microwave, mini fridge and in-room tea service. Each cabin has a private deck overlooking the lake. Accommodations include a full cooked-to-order breakfast in the lodge dining room.
M/V Sea Star
Whittier/Prince William Sound, Alaska
There's absolutely no comparison between seeing Alaska's wild shorelines from a huge cruise ship versus a private chartered yacht with vintage atmosphere and accommodations for just seven guests! An intimate exploration of the marine wilderness of Prince William Sound is what's on offer aboard the classic M/V Sea Star. Built in 1965 as a luxury cruising vessel, the 78-foot yacht Sea Star embodies the epitome of comfort and style. A delightful blend of past and the present, the vessel has been meticulously maintained in mint condition and outfitted for warmth and relaxation. With plenty of inviting and cozy locations to stretch out both inside and on deck, guests have ample room to experience the glories of Alaska at a peaceful pace. Our flexible itinerary allows us to explore as wildlife and conditions entice us, with Sea Star safely navigating the channels, coves and fjords that comprise Prince William Sound's 3,800-mile coastline. Equipped with stabilizers and state-of-the-art navigational equipment, Sea Star provides a comfortable and reliable floating home for its guests. Sea Star also carries two RIB (rigid inflatable boat) tenders to allow even closer encounters with the scenery and marine life of the sound.
Accommodations are in four well-designed compact cabins, with drawers for storage, en suite bathrooms including toilet, vanity and shower, and screened porthole windows that open to bring in the fresh sea breeze. Pull up a chair or take a seat on the sofa in the Main Salon, lined with large viewing windows so you won't miss any of the passing scenery or frequent wildlife appearances as you read a book or partake in a game of chess. Head up to the pilothouse to visit with the captain, or take a spot at the rail on the spacious open bow, complete with a spectacular 240-degree view that you can also enjoy from a fully cushioned settee situated just in front of the pilothouse. And should the weather turn a misty, remain comfortable outdoors via the covered wrap-around companionways and after deck area. The onboard chef prepares fabulous gourmet meals, sourced with freshly caught seafood and Alaskan agricultural bounty, and served in the well appointed Dining Salon with wrap-around windows and an elegant teak table and chairs. The dining space also includes a large cushioned settee, wet bar with sink, refrigerator for cold beverages throughout the day, and a water/coffee/tea station.
In the heart of downtown Anchorage, the Hilton is one of the city's landmark accommodations, within easy walking distance of the Anchorage Museum, Public Lands Information Center, and numerous shops and cafes. Stylish rooms, updated in 2019, overlook Ship Creek, Cook Inlet, the Chugach Range and city skyline and feature furnishings and decor with mid-century modern flair. One king or two double platform beds have top-quality Hilton Serenity mattresses with down comforters and crisp cotton bedding. Each room has a spacious desk, 49-inch HD flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi and Cuisinart coffee maker. Bathrooms have large, walk-in tiled showers with hand-held shower attachments. The lobby holds a notable collection of Alaskan art, and guests can take a self-guided tour. Hooper Bay Cafe serves Alaskan specialties in a relaxed, casual setting while Bruins Lounge serves local microbrews and a full slate of wines and cocktails, as well as meals. A recently renovated fitness center includes Precor conditioning machines and free weights, steam room, sauna and indoor pool.
Historic Anchorage Hotel
Established in 1916, this landmark hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For dignitaries and celebrities traveling to the new territory of Alaska, the Anchorage Hotel was the premier place to stay. Luminary guests have included artist Sydney Laurence, legendary mountain man Bob Marshall, and Will Rogers and Wiley Post spent two nights here before their fateful flight to Barrow. Over the decades, the once-lustrous hotel changed locations and eventually fell into disrepair until it was purchased in 1989 and restored to reflect its original heritage. Today's guests will enjoy the traditional decor and genteel touches that defined the original property more than a hundred years ago. Located in the heart of the city's walkable downtown, it's is conveniently located to shops, dining and cultural destinations, and the Iditarod sled dog race starts right outside the door. The boutique hotel offers 26 elegantly furnished rooms featuring plush beds with luxury linens, sitting area, large-screen cable TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffeemaker with gourmet coffee and tea, and private bathrooms with hairdryer and Aroma Botanicals bath amenities. The hotel also has a fitness center, Grizzly's gift shop, and a complimentary full breakfast buffet served in the classic old bar.
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