Disappointed A review of Copper Whale Inn
After reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, we booked two nights at the Copper Whale in July 2004. We arrived and marveled at the outside appearance of the place: beautifully kept gardens with a quaint look. Inside the inn, however, things weren't so rosey. The place looks like it needs a freshening. Upholstery in the breakfast area is looking shabby and the utter lack of charm in our upstairs room (Beluga) was surprising. Although the room was comfortable, it looked more like a dorm room than a B&B accommodation. The one and only tiny piece of art in the room hung over the old-fashioned iron bed, while in the corner stood a cheap looking metal mobile clothes rack. Even the wallpaper was peeling and the towels we were given would have been used as rags if we were at home. I guess we expected more, but soon realized that "B&B" in Alaska probably doesn't mean the same thing as B&B in the Lower 48. Also, the staff was not as helpful as hoped and don't seem to answer the telephone regularly. Be mindful if booking a stay here that the inn is at one of the busiest intersections in Anchorage, making automobile noise almost unbearable if the windows are open. On the plus side, the inn is very convenient to all downtown ammenities, the breakfasts were tasty and the views of the Cook Inlet inspiring. Elderberry Park is just one block away and access to the paved public trail is convenient. The price was pretty good, but we wouldn't recommend the Copper Whale to friends if asked for ideas on where to stay while visiting Anchorage.