Perched on the shore of Lake Spenard, this Anchorage institution is one of the city's best spots to watch planes come and go; the lobby resembles a hunting lodge with its stone fireplace, trophy heads, and mounted fish on every wall. The luxurious guest rooms continue the inviting Alaskan theme. The Flying Machine Restaurant is known for its enormous Sunday brunch buffet ($35). New management is undergoing major renovations to rooms and public spaces, so ask if an updated
room is available.