Walking distance to numerous restaurants and a courtesy shuttle to Denali National Park visitor’s center.
Very inexpensive...I can't recall, but I believe it was under $10 a night in 2001.
Clean, big kitchen with 2 stoves, and 2 sinks...probably could use another refrigerator.
Free internet access, phone usage available with calling card.
Clean..but you are assigned 1 chore to do daily.
Mandatory lock out from 10:00 am - 5 or 6:00 pm (I understand why, but it's kind of a drag when it's raining out)...so be sure you know the location of the library, churches and coffee shops.
Not far to natural food shop or supermarket.
Anchorage must have more places to stay than the rest of the state put together, but in summer places fill up fast. From June to August it is critical to have something booked weeks in advance. Prices strictly follow demand. Even quite modest motels charge $100 a night, while the big hotels let their most basic room for upwards of $250, the same price you'd pay for the presidential suite in winter.
Hotels concentrate in the heart of the downtown area (with the obvious advantages that entails), while the low rent areas around Merrill Field to the east contain a concentration of more modest motels. A couple of large hotels and the rest of the motels (some quite nice and all with airport pickups) are in the Spenard neighborhood, close to the airport and much of the city's nightlife.
Anchorage's B&B market is booming with new places opening all the time to cater to the massive summer influx. They range from quite modest places to palaces where the attention to detail borders on the fanatical. In general the standard is very high and the personal touch can certainly make a stay at a B&B an easy passage into the state. The two main concentrations of B&Bs are downtown, within easy walking distance of just about everywhere, and in the Hillside area, over five miles southeast of the center on the flanks of the Chugach Mountains and close to the hiking trailheads.
As befits Alaska's largest city and point of arrival for many visitors to the state, Anchorage has a reasonable choice of hostels, though summertime demand is high and you'll definitely need to reserve as far in advance as you can: weeks rather than days. Convenience may well be the deciding factor. Only the HI-AYH is downtown, the others all requiring a bus journey to get to the center.
The best of the mid- to upper-range hotels featuring spacious rooms and most of the facilities of business hotels at lower cost.
Actually, my suggestion for visiting is to go on a small ship, like the Yorktown Clipper for superb lodging, in comfort and with the excellent meals they provide.
View, View and location is the only caaveat I can stress with these small ships. You can get so close and the staffs aboard are everything you would ever want in a ship staff, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.
Small, cozy hotel on the main street (5th Avenue)
August is a pricey time of year in Anchorage. My room was $169.00. Comparable or a little less than the others this time of year.
Large rooms with little kitchen area. Actually, consists of a refrigeration and microwave. Popcorn is a great snack at night! Clean, recently remodeling and a lovely job!!
spotless 1 bedroom , new apt over a snowmobile dealer owned by PAULA & CHUCK with a great deck, with huge kitchen and walking distance to everything. AND about $50.00 a night !!!
which is a super bargain for ak. AND they like dogs !
George Inlet lodge out of Ketchican. Right over the water with great food and wonderful accomidations.
About 100.00 per night USA currency.
A great chef, small fishing boats right at the lodge and a dock that accomodated charter boats and float planes.
We stayed at the Chickadee B&B in Anchorage and it was great. They had great food, were very helpful and very well located. Each morning she prepared something special for breakfast. They created a cozy family room area in the downstairs with goodies like coffee hot chocolate and muchies for the evening and served breakfast in the dining room. Our rooms were downstairs and there was a bathroom downstairs also. Ywo in our group stayed upstairs and shared a bathroom. He is retired from the army and she is a retired teacher. They are really great people and we enjoyed our stay with them.
I can't really recommend this place (I didn't stay there) but it does exist. It is on the road from Denali up to Fairbanks. It is called 'Skinny Dicks Halfway Inn'.
There are numerous bed and breakfasts throughout Alaska. I can recommend the following:
Wild Roses by the Sea - (907) 835-2155 or E-Mail: email@example.com in Valdez
There is also an excellent B&B outside of Denali park. I can look up the info if you are going that way and not staying in the park.
Lodging in Alaska is expensive. There is a limited season and lodgings cost are high. The Wild Rose was over 100.00 USD per night. (I can't remember the exact amount)
Suggestion: I have been in Alaska during the last week of September and the first week of October. The lodging costs were cut in half. The tourist were mostly gone and yet the weather was still pretty good.
There used to be a cool bed and breakfast outside of McKinley(Denali) National Park. It's housed in a geodesic dome -- which is pretty spiffy. The people were really swell, too, and my then-girlfriend and I played piano with the owner's little girl. But that was seven years ago, so many things may have changed. Regardless, B&B's are fantastic in Alaska, and frankly, after driving all over creation, the warmth of a B&B is superb.
Take the Alaskan cruise. Setting off together with Royal Carribean's Rhapsody of the Sea is Holland America's counterpart. From the exterior the former looks newer and has a all glass panel around the whole ship. Great when sightseeing is such a big thing here. The price was cheaper too!
Rates become very affordable if you are prepared to squeeze 4 persons into a cabin without a window view. Makes sense when you want to spend the bulk of the time enjoying the ship's facilities and services. Travelling off peak helps too!
About US$500 pax for a 7 day trip with full meals on board. Great value for money. Great savings of $100 and above if the 3rd and 4th person don't mind bunking in the same cabin.
Your best bet for cheap accomodation is the Anchorage International Youth Hostel. Anchorage is very very expensive for tourists to spend the night, particularly during the summer. Book early.
$20 a night
Located downtown, not particularly nice lodging, just cheap and convenient.
It's a quiet wooded country setting - there are four guest cabins available as well as a bath house and a sauna by the creek, which are shared facilities. The cabins are situated beautiful by the creek - the salmons are jumping around - ideal for just hanging around ...
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