Fascinating cultural sites, sparkling glaciers, winding trails, amusement parks, the glistening Northern Lights, abundant wildlife, and the world’s largest seaplane base make Anchorage one of the most visited cities in Alaska. Make your trip even more magical by staying at a quirky boutique, a cozy holiday rental, or even a quaint B&B. To help you choose, here are my favorite cool and unusual hotels in Anchorage, Alaska...
The Westmark Anchorage Hotel quickly became one of my favorite places during my Alaskan adventures. Whether I was there with family, friends, or my partner, the prime location in the heart of downtown made it the ultimate base camp.
While visiting, the stunning blend of traditional charm and modern elegance captured my heart. Quirky patterns adorned rugs, thoughtful art pieces adorned the walls, and ambient lighting systems created the perfect atmosphere. Each room, a cozy haven, featured a balcony offering breathtaking views of the Chugach Mountains, Cook Inlet, and the vibrant cityscape. The leather headboards and plush seating areas added a touch of luxury, complemented by dark wood furnishings and vibrant splashes of color.
While staying at this chic accommodation, I tried the delicious Alaska-style dining options on-site. From the full-service Solstice Bar & Grill to the charming Espresso Bar, there was an array of hot and cold dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
During breaks from my day of activities, I experienced the state-of-the-art gym space on-site, perfect for re-energizing. Alternatively, I grabbed a book and relaxed in a comfy chair in the lounge. This hotel truly put everything I needed for a memorable yet relaxing trip at my fingertips.
One of my favorite aspects was the balcony views, a perfect spot to soak in the Chugach Mountains’ beauty.
Prime location in Anchorage
Clean and close to the downtown
Balcony with a Chugach Mountains view
Only a 3-star
Wifi could be faster
The Lakefront Anchorage
While visiting this enchanting hotel, the lakefront stole my heart, especially at sunset. Just four miles from downtown Anchorage and less than two from the Alaska Aviation Museum, it perfectly blends convenience, tranquility, and exploration. The sight of float planes taking off and landing adds an exciting touch!
The rustic lobby instantly transported me to a wilderness lodge, immersing me in the unmistakable Alaskan vibe. The 245 rooms, spanning four floors, showcase an earthy color palette, predominantly cream and brown. Each room boasts a spacious desk, a television, a fridge, and captivating lake views.
I fell in love with the coffee bar and three on-site restaurants. The Flying Machine Restaurant became my go-to for an authentic local experience, offering bison lasagna, sockeye salmon, and Alaskan red king crab. For a more laid-back vibe, The Fancy Moose is delivered with its seafood tacos, nachos, burgers, sandwiches, and salads, accompanied by live music every night. The Deck at Lake Hood, with outdoor seating in summer, mirrored the Fancy Moose’s menu.
The icing on the cake was the complimentary shuttle running between the hotel and downtown from 9 am to 7 pm. Alternatively, I opted to rent a bike and explore the lake’s majestic surroundings.
My favorite aspect was the stunning sunset views over the lake, an enchanting experience every evening.
Prime lakefront location
Stunning sunset views
Live entertainment like musical nights
Bike rentals to explore the surroundings
Opening hours may need some changes
Outdoor sitting areas are only open in summers
The Hotel Captain Cook
While visiting this captivating sanctuary in downtown Anchorage, I found it Alaska’s only gem within Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Recently inducted into Historic Hotels of America, it reflects Alaskan luxury since 1965.
Staying at this place immersed me in the heart of Anchorage, surrounded by cultural, retail, and natural highlights just moments from my door. The hotel’s architecture, adorned with stained glass, intricate paintings, woodwork, and sculptures, beautifully narrates the tale of Captain Cook, the explorer who defined Alaska in the 18th century.
Choosing from a range of rooms and suites to fit any budget, I opted for a Crow’s Nest suite, treating myself to two bedrooms and a spacious parlor with breathtaking views of downtown, Cook Inlet, and Chugach Mountains.
The four distinctive on-site restaurants provided delightful culinary experiences. I loved the AAA four-diamond restaurant Crow’s Nest, perched atop Tower III with an extensive wine selection. Fletcher’s offered an Italian feast in a classic English pub style, and for a healthy yet hearty breakfast, The Pantry was my go-to spot.
The hotel’s separate men’s and women’s athletic facilities were a pleasant surprise, featuring a Steam Room, a well-equipped workout room, a sauna, weight machines, and a locker room. So even in Alaska, I didn’t have to compromise on my fitness routine!
My personal favorite? The Crow’s Nest suite’s breathtaking panoramic views of downtown and the Chugach Mountains.
Architectural Significance and Historical Charm
Fitness options for health-conscious travelers
Quality and Luxury
Less budget friendly
Fitness hours are limited
The area is a bit crowded
Aloft in Anchorage is one of my favorite places, brimming with Art Deco flair. It’s a boutique hotel located in midtown, just two miles from the bustling center and a little over four miles from the airport.
I love the dazzling and funky aesthetic, with colorful striped patterns adorning the interior decor. But it doesn’t take away from the functional ambiance; the furniture is thoughtfully chosen for relaxation, convenience, and comfort.
While staying at this gem, I experienced the airy and modern guestrooms with nine-foot ceilings. Each room comes with two queen beds or a king bed, a 55-inch flat-screen TV, a walk-in rainfall shower, a coffee maker, and a mini fridge.
The in-house WXYZ bar transformed into a vibrant hub at night, becoming a place where guests like me could congregate and mingle with music, bites, and uniquely crafted cocktails. I particularly enjoyed the signature Remix Lounge, a perfect spot to kick back, savor drinks, and engage in a game of pool. Refuel, the 24-hour on-site pantry was my go-to for breakfast or late-night take-out.
While visiting, I loved the amenities, including a delightful indoor pool with a whirlpool, a spa, a fully-equipped fitness center, a business center, and guest laundry.
One of my favorite places, the Remix Lounge, a vibrant hub with music and crafted cocktails for a stylish night out.
Near the airport and downtown
The fitness centre is open 24/7
Live musical nights with crafted cocktails
Funky colourful interiors
Crowded during peak timings
Some bar noise
Not for all ages
Alaska Sundance Retreat Bed & Breakfast
During my stay at this intimate B&B in the Mid-Hillside area of South Anchorage, one of my favorite places in Alaska, I fell in love with the enchanting scenery and outdoor activities. Surrounded by wildlife and mountains, the location offered unique views of the Cook Inlet.
The outdoor hot tub, beautiful gardens, and firepit added to the welcoming charm of the place. But the real luxury was discovered within the rooms. I had the pleasure of staying in both the ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Serenity Now’ rooms, each featuring high-end four-poster queen beds, a luxurious futon, a jacuzzi tub, a spa-quality steam shower, a plasma TV, and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors with in-floor heat. I could admire these rooms’ breathtaking sunsets and panoramic views of Mt Susitna.
Although there wasn’t an on-site restaurant, I discovered charming American burger joints, delightful wine bars, and top-rated grill houses just a stone’s throw away.
The Chugach State Park was only 4 miles away for hiking enthusiasts like me, offering a perfect opportunity to indulge in my passion. Additionally, O’Malley’s on the Green, just minutes from the hotel, provided a great golfing experience for those looking to combine leisure with a few rounds of golf. My experience here was truly unforgettable.
One of my favorite spots, the outdoor hot tub, offered stunning views of Cook Inlet and relaxing evenings.
Stunning views of Wildlife and Mountains
Ideal for nature enthusiasts due to a peaceful environment
Enchanting Alaskan Ambiance
Far from town
No restaurants near the hotel
Decor might not be everyone’s tastes
Susitna Place B&B
Staying at this charming Bed & Breakfast was a dream come true for me. Nestled in downtown Anchorage, it quickly became one of my favorite places. The authentic hospitality and stunning views made it an unforgettable experience. I loved that I could explore everything the city offered with just a short 5-15 minute walk from the property.
The cozy ambiance of the place, adorned with traditional furniture and Alaska-inspired artwork, felt like a true home away from home. I stayed in the Susitna Suite, a two-room haven that comfortably slept four people. The gas fireplace, microwave, private outdoor patio, and spacious bathroom with a jetted tub added to the charm. The rustic wooden elements in the decor gave the room a touch of Alaskan authenticity.
Each morning, I was treated to a delightful continental breakfast in the comfort of my private cocoon. It set the perfect tone for the day ahead. The suites, including the Iliamna Room, the St. Elias Room, and the Katmai Room, all offered spacious comfort and rustic charm.
One of my favorite moments was on the outdoor deck, surrounded by spectacular water and mountain views. It became a hub for guests to share their adventure stories—a truly local experience. I can’t wait to go back and relive those beautiful memories.
My favorite aspect was the cozy outdoor deck, surrounded by spectacular water and mountain views for sharing adventure stories.
Intimate style topped with traditional furniture
Spectacular water and mountain views
Restaurants and museums are near
Front desk hours may need some updates
A bit noisy in peak timings
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
While visiting the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa, one of my favorite places, I immersed myself in the awe-inspiring beauty of Alaska. The hotel’s location in the heart of downtown, less than a mile from the Museum of History & Art, offered breathtaking views of the city, Cook Inlet, and Chugach Mountains.
The funky and elegant interior design exceeded my expectations for the Sheraton brand. Plush furniture and glamorous works of art adorned the spacious communal areas, creating a vibrant welcome to this bustling city.
I felt right at home in my oversized guestroom, equipped with a 42-inch flat-screen cable TV, a refrigerator, and coffee-making facilities. To elevate my experience, I booked one of the residence-inspired suites, enjoying a separate seating area with jaw-dropping mountain panoramas as the backdrop.
The hotel boasts two popular restaurants. JADE, a quintessentially American spot, allowed me to taste the day’s fresh catch or savor a seared-to-perfection steak and tempting lunch items. The Ptarmigan Lounge, my go-to spot for a cocktail or cozy fireside beverage, was especially atmospheric during winter.
Exploring the 15th floor, I discovered a 24-hour modern fitness center where I could re-energize after a day of Alaskan adventures. Staying at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa was an immersive experience, combining luxury with Alaska’s natural beauty.
My favorite? The residence-inspired suites with jaw-dropping mountain panoramas, truly luxurious.
Chic interior design
Jaw-dropping mountain panoramas
Popular restaurants on site and spa
Located middle of the city with surrounding traffic
Parking is extra
Quaint Ranch Home with Yard in Midtown Anchorage
While visiting Anchorage, I discovered this charming vacation rental, an authentic Alaskan gem just a stone’s throw from downtown. It quickly became one of my favorite places, providing a perfect blend of comfort and adventure.
The rustic, single-story, 3-bedroom/2-bathroom home offered 1,500 square feet of well-appointed living space. Hardwood floors, a fireplace, and modern amenities adorned the interior, creating a cozy retreat. The guestrooms were intimate havens with plush queen beds, and the living room featured a sleeper sofa for added convenience.
One of my favorite features was the wood-clad in-house kitchen, with stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar. I tried my hand at whipping up a delicious feast, enjoying meals at the dining table or in the cozy lounge space, where a flat-screen cable TV provided entertainment.
The fenced-in backyard, gas grill for outdoor cooking, and paved patio became my go-to spots, perfect for enjoying the Alaskan summer nights under the stars.
Staying at this unique Anchorage home was an adventure in itself. I experienced the thrill of spotting majestic whales on tour and hiked along the breathtaking Tony Knowles trail, all easily accessible from the property. It truly was an unforgettable wilderness experience.
One of my favorite features was the fenced-in backyard, perfect for enjoying Alaskan summer nights under the stars.
The interior design is adorned with hardwood floors
Hiking is easily accessible from the hotel
A perfect spot for Astrography
Group packages and meals may differ
Restaurants will not be near
Bayfront Bliss quickly became one of my favorite places, where luxury and nature seamlessly blended to craft an unforgettable Alaskan escape. Nestled in a vibrant neighborhood, surrounded by parks, this home provided stunning water views and easy access to the famed Anchorage Coastal Trail.
Upon entering, I fell in love with the radiant ambiance. The high-end finishes and the flood of natural light through the floor-to-ceiling windows illuminated the chic living area. The plush rugs, captivating artwork, and velvet sofas added a touch of sophistication to the entire space.
The bedrooms were a thoughtful comfort haven, with ample natural light and vibrant colors. The en suite bathroom in the main bedroom was a highlight, featuring a double-sink vanity and a luxurious walk-in shower—a perfect retreat after a day of adventure.
I tried my hand in the fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a floating island breakfast bar. It was the ideal space to unleash my culinary creativity. Later, on my private viewing deck, I experienced the mesmerizing sights of Cook Inlet, majestic mountains, and the charming neighborhood below. This place offered an unparalleled Alaskan experience, combining luxury, nature, and serenity in every detail.
My favorite was the private viewing deck, offering stunning water views—a serene retreat after a day’s adventure.
Luxury interiors with pleasing elements
Prime location for nature enthusiasts
Atmospheric property with abundance of Natural Light
The parking area may differ
T tucked away amidst lush gardens, Anchorage Escape instantly became one of my favorite places. Just moments from the vibrant city center, the property feels like a hidden oasis, a serene escape from the city buzz.
While visiting, I explored the lively Alaska Centre for the Performing Arts and the captivating Alaska Native Heritage Centre, just a short distance away. It was the perfect blend of cultural experiences and outdoor adventures.
I love the vibrant and colorful aesthetic that greeted me upon entering. Vintage furniture added a nostalgic touch, while exposed beams and antique décor enhanced the rustic atmosphere. The numerous glass windows flooded the space with natural light.
While staying at Anchorage Escape, my unit was impressed with essential amenities – a fridge, TV, microwave, coffee machine, and a cozy en-suite bathroom. The charming balcony overlooking the garden was a delightful bonus.
I experienced the picturesque garden, the most idyllic spot for outdoor gatherings. Comfy furniture and BBQ facilities invited me to savor delicious grilled meals with friends or family.
In essence, Anchorage Escape is not just a place to stay; it’s an invitation to embrace the charm and tranquillity of a rustic lodge in Anchorage. The memories created here are sure to last a lifetime!
Antique property with vintage furniture
The city is nearby a walking distance
Outdoor facilities won’t be accessible in winter
Best Hotel in Anchorage Ranked
The following tables distinctively rank the best 10 most unique and cool hotel accommodations in Anchorage.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Westmark Anchorage Hotel||720 West 5th Avenue||$357-$424||Yes||4.9||10|
|The Lakefront Anchorage||4800 Spenard Road||$551-$688||Yes||4.8||3|
|The Hotel Captain Cook||939 West 5th Avenue||$644-$722||Yes||4.8||7|
|Aloft Anchorage||310 West, 36th Avenue||$492-$514||Yes||4.8||6|
|Alaska Sundance Retreat Bed & Breakfast||12351 Audubon Drive||$249||No||3.8||6|
|Susitna Place B&B||727 N St, Anchorage, AK 99501||$130-$250||No||0.3||2|
|Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa||401 East 6th Avenue, Anchorage||$570||Yes||6||4|
|Quaint Ranch Home with Yard in Midtown Anchorage||Anchorage, 99508||$1290||No||7||3|
|Bayfront Bliss||Anchorage, 99501||--||No||4.1||2|
|Anchorage Escape||Anchorage, 99508||$347||No||6||3|
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