The Voyager Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Voyager Inn Anchorage
Smoke in "Smoke Free" Hotel
I have to agree withe the review titled "Stinky", almost exactly like my experience at the Voyager. The "smoke free" room smelled of smoke, as did the pillows and linens. I too complained but the front desk clerk just shrugged, and offered no solution. I believe the smoke comes into the rooms from the first floor Corsair restaurant(through air ventilation system). The room was spacious but the rug at entry was very soiled and the entire decor is drab brown and beige and needs freshening and updating. Still the kitchenette was very nice, and handy in a city with high prices for so-so meals. The rooms open onto a parking lot or noisy street--but a good downtown location for walking. I think this used to be a top hotel, but the owner has let maintenance slide. And if you are sensitive to smoke, choose a legitimate smoke-free hotel.
We arrived at our room in the Voyager and were overwhelmed with the smell of cigarette smoke. Our eyes were burning and I went to the desk to ask for another room. They were "sold out". When I insisted, they found another room. It was only marginally better. Management claims that the rooms have been designated "non-smoking" for years. The only explanation that I can come up with is that the air circulation system must have been connected to the smoky restaurant/bar on the first floor. The little kitchenette in the room was handy and the place was very clean, if a little dowdy. But the odor in the rooms would keep me from ever staying there again.
A Relaxing Pleasure
We stayed in an upscale chain hotel our first night in Alaska and the Voyager our last, both the same price. By far the Voyager was a superior hotel with an extremely friendly and helpful staff. The room was huge with a nice separated kitchen area and spacious bath. The building was very solid and quiet, professional/formal, but not "stuffy." It is just off the major tourist track, but more than close enough to anything in downtown you would want to see or do. The staff was knowledgeable about the area and places to see and eat-even with a portfolio of menus from most of the downtown restaurants. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a quality quiet and peaceful place to stay in Anchorage.
The owner is not friendly
The Voyager is a nice, clean hotel. It is well located in downtown Anchorage. However, do not expect Mr. Stan Williams the owner/manager to be friendly or helpful. For example:
My daughters entered the lobby walking fast and Mr. Williams immediately remarked with a loud voice: "No running in the hotel, please" followed by a forced smile. It is not a welcoming commentary, especially when my children were not disruptive, noisy or inconsiderate. And by the way, there were no other guests or people in the lobby.
The following day, my wife asked for directions to a restaurant. When she could not understand the name of the restaurant, she asked Mr. Williams to write the name on a piece of paper. Mr. Williams answered "You write it" and he repeated his false smile.
The last day of our stay, we asked Mr. Williams if it was possible to leave the room two hours past the checkout time. He immediately responded "No" without even checking the arrival time of the next guests. We knew that the room would not be needed until 8PM. This blunt refusal of a common hotel courtesy made our last day in Anchorage much more difficult.
If you are lucky enough not to need Mr. Williams, then you will be OK in this hotel.
Be not afraid
If you are looking for a great hotel in Anchorage, look no further than the Voyager. During our visit, they did everything right. Kelly, at the front desk, was extremely welcoming and friendly. The room was very clean and had all the amenities. The kitchenette was especially useful for making breakfast and an early lunch. This hotel is very well maintained. The room, hallways, elevator didn't show any of the typical signs of wear and tear. Everything seemed like it was brand new. The bathroom, in particular, was very nice. The price, $169+tx=182.00, is about average for what you are going to pay in Anchorage in June. The location was also very good. If you are taking the train, the depot is about a mile away from the hotel. We paid $3.75 for a taxi over to the train depot.
Voyager is great
Great small hotel -easy walking distance to downtown or the water. The rooms are spacious and clean. They just started updating the face of this hotel with french doors and it looks great. They also have central air which is great in Anchorage in summer (it does get warm there!). A lot of the hotels have no a/c or noisy window units. The restaurant downstairs is great. A true wine lovers restaurant. The only drawback is that it is very dark -and when it is summer, we prefer to eat outdoors (weather permitting). Meghan at the front desk is a rock at this hotel. Great disposition. I think the value for this hotel compared to others in AK is very good. We went to the Millineum for dinner one night (also looked online to book a room at $300) and I am so glad that we did not stay there, it was very dirty and drab. Kudos to Voyager, keep up the great work.
We always stay at the Voyager.
Fantastic hotel with a great staff!
We spent a week at the Voyager Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska and loved it! The location was perfect: within walking distance to the museum, the train station, fine restaurants, the Cook Inlet, and downtown shopping. The staff were some of the friendliest and accomodating people we have ever encountered, and we are seasoned travelers who have been all over the world. When we return to Anchorage, we will definitely stay at the Voyager Hotel.
Mr. and Mrs. Slaughter
Meet Mr Muffin
When traveling through Anchorage we always stay here. Our first visit was the summer of 1994. The rates are high in the summer (hey what isn't in Alaska). The rates are very good in the winter and the rooms are all roomy. They recently remodeled the entrance to be handicap friendly, eliminated the bar and added two rooms on the first floor. A small continental breakfast is included (at least in the winter). And be sure to meet Mr. Muffin, the owners dog. What true Alaskan hotel would be without a dog. Mr Muffin is 16 years old and not be around much longer, so hurry and check into the Voyage to meet him!
Nice hotel, pleasant service, fair price.
We stayed here in early September, 2004 because I liked it from 8 years earlier. We were happy with it this time as well. Pleasant room, friendly service, reasonable prices..no complaints.
Our preferred Anchorage hotel
We stay at the Voyager whenever we can get a room. Its rooms have a queen bed and day bed, writing table, data lines, and efficiency kitchen with microwave and small refrigerator. Dishes/silverware available on request. Staff is consistently attentive and well-informed. Good location across from Capt. Cook hotel and nearby restaurants; excellent gourmet restaurant in the lower level. Whether traveling solo or together my husband and I appreciate the comfortableness and location of the hotel. Not deluxe, but clearly thoughtout, the Voyager has provided us good service for years! Parking for a reasonable fee across the street. Many returning guests - Alaskans and national/international travelers.
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