Anchorage Grand Hotel
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Despite Ted's and my great idea to change our flight to later after yesterday's exhaustion, we still didn't get the sleep in we hoped for, no doubt caused by crossing so many time zones over the last few weeks. The hotel provided a complimentary breakfast and we didn't really expect anything more than toast and donuts, but it ended up being the …
... husband, Matt, has more patience so he sits with our DD, Sarah. I sat next to an older woman, who seemed very nervous the entire flight, I'm not sure she spoke English. I believe she was assisted onto the plane. She had a bag at her feet that was not under the seat, I tried to help and she said no. I guess the flight attendants don't check that anymore because it stayed there until the end of the flight when she started rifling thru it. She kept it on her lap during landing. The thing ...
... to Seattle, then driving through to our Hotel, which was across the road from Puget Sound, the Space Needle was very evident, towering over the city. Though it wasn't too far away, it was decided that either Meg Ryan and Tom Cruise were not going to make an appearance we would give it a miss. Will have another look at "Sleepless in Seattle", again and relive this lovely area. Flying over in the plane there are many small islands, that are homes for many occupants, who ...
... to have the max weight be slightly less just in case my scale is off. So far everything has gone into the bags with some room to spare. I will photograph them tonight.
We have just over 260 hours til we depart! Time flies when you are busy and having fun. I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who has donated to this cause! These acts of kindness just proves ...
... through it as I was heading this way and determined that "Baldy" was a good warm-up hike (2 miles, 1300' altitude gain, 1-3 hrs, "easy", established trail). ....OK, not so "easy", but it was a good warm-up to get on top. ...but then the trail kept going and so did I.
I followed the ridge line with some diversions looking for wild ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAnchorage Grand Hotel
It was a good hotel. I was happy with almost everything. The only part that I didn't like was the breakfast. They didn't have any cafeteria to serve it; they just put cold breakfast items at your door.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Anchorage Grand Hotel
Great place - would highly recommend!
My husband had to be in Anchorage for about 2 months on business. Our daughter and I came here for about two weeks. I love the suite, it was absolutely perfect for us. The room was very spacy and very clean. The hotel staff were very accomadating and super friendly, not what you would find in a larger chain. If we make it back here again, I would stay here again any day over one of the larger chain hotels.
Wonderful hospitality thank you Kimo!
We've stayed here for the second tome, and are not dissapointed. Its close to the coastal trail, and still in town. Big rooms, and a newspaper and continental breakfast delivered to your door every morning. The rooms are warm, full kitchens and 2 TV's. The best part, the friendly staff. We were greeted by Kimo, who helped us plan out our sight seeing day, and didn't scold us for arriving several hours early.
Nice place to stay
As part of our train package, we only had the opportunity to stay one night at the Grand Hotel. The location, right across from the train depot, makes this place ideal for those traveling tourists. From the outside it looked scary but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my room door.
This hotel is in a great location. Not only is it across from the depot, it is also right next to where the Saturday/Sunday market is located. Also within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants. Our room was quite large with a kitchen area. There were many closets and it was very clean.
They don't have shuttle service so you'll have to rely on taxis or your own car. They don't have a continental breakfast but will give you a coupon ticket for one at a nearby coffee shop. We didn't get the chance to use it since our train left early in the morning again. The room was a bit warm but we found a box fan in one of the closets so that helped.
There may be other places to stay in Anchorage but I was happy the Alaskan Railroad placed us in the Grand. I may not have chosen to stay here and I'm glad I did.
The people at the front desk were friendly.
Stop looking at different hotels in Anchorage and just book this one. It is the perfect combination of small boutique hotel with the better amenities of a chain. With only 31 rooms, the staff is always attentive, pleasant and helpful. Rooms are spacious and more like a 1-bedroom apartment and spotless. Kitchen is great for storing and preparing food if you wish to do so. Daily local newspaper delivered to your door each morning along with a "bag" breakfast. It's simple (bagel, muffin, juice and a fruit cocktail cup) but just fine to get the day started. Ample closets, mirrors and lighting. It truly is a home away from home. Location is great too -- can walk to anywhere in downtown within 10 minutes. Train station is literally across the street so light sleepers may be bothered by a few early morning horns but it's not constant and wasn't a problem at all. Free parking just down the block and free passes to a local health club that's just two blocks away. Excellent value for your money. If you're looking for fancy, schmancy with bell service and on-site restaurants and mints on the pillow, go elsewhere. But if you just want a very nice, clean, inexpensive homey place to stay, this is it.
Good things come in small packages
After visiting our parents who live about three hours outside of Anchorage, my brother and I needed a place to stay in Anchorage for one night. After reading the other reviews on this website and checking prices, we decided to try the Anchorage Grand Hotel. Because each room offers two separate sleeping quarters (one in the main living area, along with a separate bedroom) we were able to book one room and split the cost. The accommodations were very pleasant and extremely clean. The hotel is centerally located within walking distance of many downtown restaurants and attractions. The only downside is the location near the train station, which makes for difficult early morning sleeping.
Style and value in Anchorage
This hotel is reminiscent of a pricey boutique hotel without the outrageous cost. Location was only a short walk from central Anchorage and the train station (excellent to stage for the Denali trip). Our room was huge, kitchen would have been wonderful for an extended stay, very nice touches (pattern of silky looking drapery sheers over blackout drapes matched upholstery on desk chair, fan in closet if needed, satellite TV, continental b'fast and paper waiting at door in time to make train). Hotels in Alaska can be variable - this one was a winner.
Clean and convenient
The queen suite was smaller than I envisioned from the floorplan on the website. However, it was very clean and well maintained. Full kitchen complete with dishes and utensils. No bell service. No shuttle service to the airport. The Continental breakfast delivered to your door consisted of a plastic bag containing a can of juice, a muffin, a bagel with butter and jelly and a fruit cup. Not elegant, but it made due. The hotel is just up the hill from the Alaska rail depot. If you are a light sleeper, I suggest you request a room opposite the depot. We could hear the train whistle well into the night. It was quite convenient to walk down the grassy hill to take the train to Whittier or Denali and not have to catch a cab or shuttle. It was also walking distance to all of the shops and restaurants in downtown. There was also a walking path nearby. All in all, it was a confortable place to stay.
I had the great opportunity to stay at the Grand Hotel this past summer. WHen I booked my room I was not sure as I had made several trips and this hotel was new to me. I was sold by the reservation person when I talked to her, her name was Sheila. She was so helpful, was not in a hurry as you get with most clerks and answerd all my questions plus gave me a complete tour of the facility by talking me throught the rooms and rest of the hotel.
When I arrived I was shocked, it is so new , clean and everthing is perfect. The staff is just fantastice, make you feel right at home.
My stay was completey perfect no problems, had cleaning sent out once and it was back that same day, got a news paper every morning and had my coffee and breakfast every day when I woke up.
There is no doubt that I will only be at one hotel from now on when I come to Anchorage and that is The Anchorage Grand Hotel, there is no other hotel for me.
Perfect place to stay!
My husband & I were scheduled to stay in a B&B in Anchorage. The husband forgot to tell the wife, and therefore we had to find a place on no notice. We tried the Hilton (directly across the street from the G), but they wanted over $150 for 1 night, Best Western was full and then we tried Anchorage Grand, what a break! They were about $50.00 less than the Hilton, we stayed in a Suite (I believe they are all suites) with a kitchenette. The place was ammaculate! We received a cont. breakfast they leave at your door in the a.m., lot's of info. on Anchorage and Alaska available, 2 T.V.'s, 1 in the living room and 1 in the private bedroom. The staff was very friendlyand our room overlooked the park. Very pleased and would stay there again and again should the opportunity arise. Also within walking distance to great restaurants, shopping, train etc.
What a breath of fresh air. We recently needed some emergency repairs done on our home and found it necessary to stay elsewhere until the repairs were completed. These are wonderful accommodations with full kitchens including the cookware, dishes, applicances etc. It was convenient to be able to care for my family without the added expense of restaurants. The rooms are very clean, well maintained and nicely appointed. My family was very comfortable here and since they have only 31 rooms we received more "personal" attention that we would have if we'd stayed at one of the larger hotels here in town. I highly recommend this property to anyone who wants a great room at a reasonable price.