Creekwood Inn (2150 Gambell St., 907/258-6006 or 800/478-6008, www.creekwoodinn-alaska.com) is a no-frills Midtown place with a mix of older budget rooms ranging $110 d for standard units with microwaves and fridges to $140 for kitchen suites. There is free Wi-Fi too.
Motel 6 (5000 A St., 907/677-8640 or 800/466-8656, www.motel6.com, $104 d) is one of the newer Anchorage box hotels, with predictable Midtown accommodations, Wi-Fi, and an airport shuttle, but no microwaves or fridges in the rooms.
Lakeshore Motor Inn (3009 Lakeshore Dr., 907/248-3485 or 800/770-3000, www.lakeshoremotorinn.com) is a quiet and clean older motel close to the airport with standard guest rooms and kitchenettes for $149 d, one-bedroom suites at $189 for up to four people, and two-bedroom suites that sleep five for $199. Free airport transport, continental breakfast, in-room fridges, and Wi-Fi are included.
One of the better reasonably priced options is Microtel Inn & Suites (5205 Northwood Dr., 907/245-5002 or 888/680-4500, www.microtelinn.com) near the airport. Rates are $129 d in large guest rooms or $135 d in mini-suites with fridges and microwaves; continental breakfast, an airport shuttle, two hot tubs, and Wi-Fi are included.
Long House Alaskan Hotel (4335 Wisconsin St., 907/243-2133 or 888/243-2133, www.longhousehotel.com) is a large log-sided building near the airport where spacious guest rooms are $99 d, and suites go for $109–159 d. There is a free airport shuttle and continental breakfast, plus Wi-Fi in the lobby. The long and narrow configuration of the rooms is a bit odd; rumor has it the building was once an Army barracks.
It’s hard to beat the location for Copper Whale Inn (440 L St., 907/258-7999 or 866/258-7999, www.copperwhale.com), right on the edge of downtown with a flower-packed back patio overlooking Cook Inlet. Next door is Simon and Seafort’s, one of the city’s finest restaurants. This attractively appointed inn has two guest rooms ($185 d) that share a bath, while the other 13 small guest rooms ($210 d) have private baths. A filling buffet breakfast is included, along with guest computers and Wi-Fi.
Right in the heart of town close to the railway depot, the 31-room Anchorage Grand Hotel (505 W 2nd Ave., 907/929-8888 or 888/800-0640, www.anchoragegrand.com, $169 d) is a cozy all-suites place with friendly service, continental breakfast, and a business center.
A family run hotel right downtown, Voyager Hotel (501 K St., 907/277-9501 or 800/247-9070, www.voyagerhotel.com, $189–209 d), offers 40 large clean guest rooms with microwaves and fridges, plus Wi-Fi in the lobby.
If you’re looking for plenty of space, the 19-unit Anchorage Uptown Suites (234 E. 2nd Ave., 907/279-4232, www.anchorageuptownsuites.com) has one-bedroom apartments with full kitchens for $179–229 d. German is spoken, and a continental breakfast is provided in the summer.
A couple of blocks downhill from the heart of town, Comfort Inn Ship Creek (111 Ship Creek Ave., 907/277-6887 or 800/424-6423, www.choicehotels.com, $170–210 d) sits along this urban creek where salmon fishing draws locals and visitors alike. The railroad depot is just up the way, but that also means a fair amount of noise as the trains roll past. The hotel has decent guest rooms along with a small pool, workout machines, continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, and free shuttles.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition