Alaska Motels and Hotels

by Mark Heidelberger Google
The Alaskan frontier offers great vacation opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Alaskan frontier offers great vacation opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Alaska has an abundance of lodging, from luxury hotels to roadside motels to family-run inns and lodges. Each property has its own style, amenities and activities, and room rates can range from low budget to extremely pricey. However, one aspect that these places all seem to share is an advocacy for the distinctly Alaskan culture and heritage as well as an appreciation for the surrounding environment, be it majestic mountain ranges, glacial fjords or lush national forests.

The Hotel Captain Cook

The 547-room Hotel Captain Cook is in the heart of downtown Anchorage, surrounded by the Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains, while points of interest like the 5th Avenue Mall and Alaska Center for the Performing Arts are a short drive. The property features a gourmet coffee bar, library, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and athletic club with steam room, sauna, fitness center and tanning beds. Guests can sign up for yoga, Pilates and water aerobics classes, while corporate travelers can take advantage of property-wide Wi-Fi access and 14 different meeting spaces, including a 9000-square-foot ballroom. Four different hotel eateries cater to almost any taste, including an AAA-rated Four Diamond restaurant with a 10,000-bottle wine cellar and diverse menu of French-American cuisines. Rooms and suites feature hypoallergenic bedding, blackout drapes, multi-line phones with voice mail capability and windows that open. The property is Alaska's only member of the elite Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide group.

Best Western Country Lane Inn

The locally owned Best Western Country Lane Inn is nestled in the Mendenhall Valley of Juneau, Alaska's capitol city, with attractions like the Salmon Hatchery Visitors Center and Mendenhall Glacier less than five miles away. In addition, the Juneau International Airport is just two blocks down the road. The AAA Two Diamond property includes a guest laundry facility, luggage storage, free airport shuttle service, and even a fish freezer for the true outdoorsmen. Executive travelers can utilize an unstaffed business center with computer workstation in the lobby. A complimentary light breakfast is included in the room rate, while lunch and dinner spots like Donna's Restaurant and Chan's Thai Kitchen are close by. All guest rooms are non-smoking and feature microwaves, refrigerators, irons with boards and HBO; rollaway beds and cribs are available on request. No pets are allowed on the premises, and children under 12 years of age stay free with a paying adult.

Westmark Fairbanks Hotel

The 400-room Westmark Fairbanks Hotel is in Alaska's “Golden Heart City,” providing access to area attractions like the Riverboat Discovery, El Dorado Gold Mine and Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. Guests can enjoy use of a state-of-the-art exercise facility, free parking, same-day dry cleaning and a seasonal Gray Line tour desk that arranges local sightseeing adventures. Additionally, business amenities include on-site conference and catering professionals, audio-visual equipment and over 16,700 square feet of executive meeting space. Two dining options can be found on the property: a premium steakhouse and a seasonal gourmet restaurant open May through September, which serves authentic Alaskan dishes. Spacious guest accommodations are bathed in earthy tones and offer plush bedding, coffeemakers, work desks and easy chairs with ottomans. In addition, the hotel offers a Westmark Guest Rewards Program with points redeemable for free stays and an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan good toward discounted flights.

Nome Nugget Inn

The Nome Nugget Inn sits in the center of the "Gold Rush City," at the end of the Iditarod Trail where visitors will find the finish line to the famous dogsled race. In addition, historical tours and activities like fishing, gold panning, bird-watching and nature hikes are all nearby. The outside is recognizable by the giant miner statue in front and a street sign giving distances and directions to cities as far away as New York, Taipei and London. Inside, guests can sip on a cup of java and marvel at the Gold Dust Lounge's homage to Alaska gold mining. Each of the property's 47 guest rooms feature a small fridge and microwave oven, cable TV with premium movie channels, private bath, high-speed wireless Internet access, and direct-dial phones with free local calling. Although there is no restaurant on the premises, choices like Milano’s Pizzeria and Twin Dragon are just a stone’s throw away. Also, government travelers are entitled to discounted room rates.

Alaskan View Motel

The Alaskan View Motel in Wasilla provides a convenient stop on the way from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve, where vacationers can camp, hunt, hike and bike. Knowledgeable front desk staff can also guide out-of-towners to the Wasilla area's best salmon, trout and northern pike fishing or arrange a customized local activity package based on the guest's interests, including aerial tours. The property features outdoor car and truck parking directly in front of each guest room door and panoramic views of the surrounding Mat-Su Valley's snow-capped mountains. In addition, several shops, a movie theater, and family-friendly restaurants like Evangelo's are all a short walk from the property. Each one of the 24 roomy, individually decorated guest units features hand-crafted log furniture, private bathrooms and cable TV. Handicapped accommodations are available upon request along with room rate discounts for senior citizens and military personnel.

About the Author

Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 22 years, from articles and short stories to novels and screenplays. He is a consummate foodie, loves to travel and has run several businesses, all of which influence his work. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA.

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