Most rooms have stunning views of the Chugach Mountains and the lush forests surrounding this large and luxurious hotel at the base of Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood, 40 miles south of Anchorage. Room perks include heated towel racks, ski-boot storage lockers, and bathrobes. Guests relax in front of the big lobby fireplace, with tall windows facing the mountains. The large heated saltwater pool is a major attraction for families, and the hot tub is a hit after a day on the slopes. Dining choices include the Aurora Bar & Grill, featuring casual dining and bar seating, and Sakura Restaurant, featuring fresh seafood and a sushi bar. A spectacular aerial tram (free if you have dinner reservations) transports diners to the spectacular Seven Glaciers Restaurant at the 2,300-foot level on the mountain. The Spa at Alyeska can help undo any knots or aches brought on by adventures on the mountain. In winter, you can ask for an aurora wake up call.
Jan 20, 2010
I stayed at the Alyeska in August of 2008, so my review may be a little out-of-date. My favorite hotel of my 10-night stay in Alaska! Definitely the most high-end property where we stayed, with valet parking, room service, on-site spa, lovely indoor pool, outdoor gardens, several dining options (although we ate elsewhere), several shops, game room, fish pond, aerial tram access to the top of the mountain. I wish that we had spent more than one
night here--the mattress/bedding was fantastic and the room layout was clever. We were upgraded to a renovated room/floor, and the bedroom/sitting area could be closed off with louvered doors from the sink/bathroom area. (My husband didn't even hear me wake up and get ready as a result.) Rooms had everything imaginable (hairdryer, luxurious toiletries, safe, minibar, game unit, heated towel rack, robes/slippers, doorbell, ice service) for a comfortable stay. Several restaurants are nearby, within a very short drive (but probably not a quick walk): Jack Sprat (highly recommended) and the well-known Doubly Musky (but we weren't feeling Cajun/Creole that night). Would absolutely stay here again--this hotel would be at home in any metropolitan US city.