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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 …
... some sort of job there, possibly for free board. The soundproofing between the rooms also left a bit to be desired, but the pluses far outweighed the negatives.
There is a fair crowd waiting in the reception, and it takes a while to register our presence, and even then we have to remind the reception that it is past time for our orientation. We were surprised that orientation was a video presentation in a comfortable lounge area (which means the exact timing ...
yesterday we spend part of day organizing our clothing for our trip to Barrow. It is hard to imagine being that cold, however apparently it is going to be. We were lucky enough to find somewhere where I could hire a jacket. The B and B in Anchorage had a jacket for Lara. We had a very early start and a near travel disaster. We set our alarm on the IPad for 4am, it went off at 4 am however the clock radio and my watch said 3am. Unbeknown to us ...
... 000+ feet, that is generates its' own weather. Having a clear view of it is a rare blessing.
After the record snowfall from last winter, I surprised how clear the mountains were. I'd expected there to be some residual snow hiding in the shadey spots, but the mountains were as clear as they've been in years with less winter ...
Well the cruise is over, but not before we experienced another highlight - College Fjord. Up near Whittier this fjord was a grand finale. A series of spectacular glaciers (named after USA colleges including one called Smith) culminating in one area.
Just as the cruise started, the cruise ended in light continuous rain (we decided to rename Whittier Wettier as it apparently rains 360 out of 365 days) . Nevertheless the cruise was fantastic ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.