Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage
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Historical Traveler Reviews Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage
Not worth the money
Stayed here July 2004 for two nights. Yuck. The room was not what we expected for the money. Walking the looonnnng hallways to the lobby/resturant is almost scary! Window a/c units that are blocked by the curtains that you have to use to keep out the sunlight at night. I guess a/c in Alaska is not a priority (I do understand that, but when we were there it was a necessity!). The parking lot was filthy with litter. The pictures on the website give a very different view of what you get for sure! We did enjoy the float planes. And the resturant was a lot of fun for drinks and snacks. Breakfast at Gennies right by the hotel cannot be beat. As far as a return trip to Anchorage, we will not stay here.
Last Night Reservation Change
We stayed here the night before we picked up our motor home, and were suppose to stay here the last night before our return home. Before we left Orlando, I happened to be reading reviews of the hotel, and I am so glad that I did. Intuition told me to back out of the last night, even though it would cost me $25 cancellation fee. We got in late, so the hotel was convenient, and they had shuttle service, many do not. It was also close to ABC motorhome rental. We gave up trying to find the first room we were assigned, and I went back to the desk and asked if there was a room available closer to the lobby, with a view of the lake, like the website for the hotel displays. Our room was changed, and we had a new view. The back of someone's house. If there are rooms with water views, they are scarce. When I had made the reservation, I explained that it was a very special event, please give us a room with a view. Personally, it was nothing like I imagined. The picture taken for the web, was taken obviously from the water (far out). It was convenient, but the last night we stayed at the Westmark - same price - and YAHOO! GREAT!
The hotel was filthy. The managers were very rude and then when we asked for the general manager he was even worse. The rooms smell and the A/C leaks. Would not recommend at all. Save your money and go somewhere else.
90 degrees outside....NO Airconcitioning.....
Bellmen were the most helpful people we
met...Bartenders were slow...rude and
generally unconcerned about service...The
resturant and bar areas are appealing...just
poor service and attitudes.
Beautiful lobby areas with taxidermy of museum
quality. A great place to visit....stay there?????
Not in this Millennium!
This hotel was completely over priced and under delivered! On our first evening we were given bad directions to a restaurant which was only about 5 minutes away - we found it the NEXT night. The air conditioner was behind the shades which blocks the light at night and also blocks the air from circulating. Noisy due to the float planes and airport. The float planes are fun to watch mind you but not flying overhead at 7am. All in all, there are definitely better hotels and bed & breakfasts in Anchorage!
Very Alaskan experience!
I was a little concerned about booking at this hotel after I read some of the reviews, but now that I have stayed at the hotel, I am glad I booked. I thought the lobby was beautiful, we loved seeing all of the wildlife, the polar bear, the fish, even the musk ox! Our room was quite comfortable and we found the extra sink very handy in the morning.
We were able to store our fish (yes, we caught some King Salmon!) in the hotel's freezer, very convenient.
I thought the staff was very friendly, treated us like family. The best part of our trip was the sunny day we sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the best halibut and chips while watching the float planes land and take off.
I checked out a couple of other hotels in town and nothing had the same Alaskan feel. I wouldn't stay anywhere else.
Has seen better days
The Millenium Anchorage is a high-priced hotel that doesn't really deliver a high-priced experience. In its heydays at the Regal hotel, it was one of the nicest in Anchorage. But, the recent hotel building boom in Anchorage offers the tourist or business traveler many more choices at much better rates. I stayed there for four days in June 2002, on business.
While the hotel does front Lake Spenard and its float plane facilities, many of the rooms do not offer any sort of lake view. My $225 room was small, dark, and more akin to a Motel 6 than a $200+ night hotel. The restaurant, however, was very good, and is a very nice spot to have breakfast (good lake views). The location is certainly convenient to the airport, and there is a free shuttle, but there are better, cheaper choices nearby on the same road.
In short: not a bad hotel by any means, and a convenient location. But the hotel is overpriced and is still trading on its reputation from its glory days. With a refurbishing it could be quite nice.
Nicely done with an elegant Alaskan flavor
I was a little concerned about staying at this property after reading the previous reviews.
I can say I was happily suprised. On entering the foyer, I was immediately impressed by the dark tones, stone floor and heavy wood accents everywhere. The wildlife trophies placed tastefully around the lobby were well mounted and didn't come across as obtrusive or tacky at all. Maybe that is due my being a local Alaskan, but it struck me as far from tasteless. It is possible that they were in the midsts of a renovation recently, but both times I have stayed there in the last 2 months, on 2 different floors, the hallways were free of clutter and the decor was clean and new looking.
The rooms I stayed in were very roomy with a small entryway with a table and 2 seperate vanities. The appointments in the rooms, which felt very roomy, were pretty much standard, but with an abundancy of dark cherries and subdued tones all around.
Probably the only issue I had with the property was the overall layout of the building. It is a rather prawling complex with a long series of hallways to get to some of the rooms. I was unaware of this the first time I stayed and didn't find my room until I was well down my 6th or 7th hallway. Not a huge issue, but if you can get a room #'d less than 20, you'll be much better off.
That aside, I would and will stay there again in a second. The front desk staff was very helpful and the overall feel of the place is one of quality and luxury. It is also one of the closest hotels to the airport and it seems to frequently have great deals available on the various online booking sites.
Dingy and Desperately in Need of Some Attention
Many problems with this hotel. The solitary clerk at registration took over 15 minutes to get myself and one other person checked in (and managed to give the other person a key to a room which was already occupied!). Lobby filled with scary stuffed animals and looks like a hunting lodge furnished by Wal Mart. Hallways are dark, filled with clutter (roll-out beds, bars, chairs), wallpaper either missing or peeling off. Rooms were shabby and in need of TLC, although bed was comfortable. My window was stuck open on a -5 degree evening, but was fixed. "Flying Machine" restaurant was actually the one bright spot with a good breakfast and lunch. Completely unable to assist with business services (couldn't tell me where I could connect to the internet!). Would avoid.
We stayed at the Millenium two nights prior to picking up our rented motorhome. We were supposed to stay the night before flying home but cancelled and chose another hotel that was substantially less expensive and honestly much nicer.
The hotel's lobby is impressive with its stuffed wildlife exhibit but the accomodations are just average. The hallway to our room was in need of some serious attention - wallpaper coming off the walls, carpeting coming up, etc. The room was dark and needed higher watt lightbulbs.
The cost for the room was $200ish a night - way too expensive if you ask me.
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