As part of a cruise/land tour by Holland America, one of our stops was the Hotel Alyeska. What a beautiful property. Handsome rooms, gorgeous view of the mountain right outside the hotel and great amenities. We took the tram up to the top of the mountain. That was a great exerience, in fact, we went to the top of the mountain twice in one day, once in the afternoon to take in the gorgeous scenery and have lunch, then again in the early evening for a drink in the louge in the restaurant at the top of the mountain. Great way to spend some time, having a cocktail and looking out the windows at the snow topped mountain; only in Alaska can you do that in August! Oh, buy the combo ticket for the tram ride and lunch, it's a good value
We found the restaurant at the top to be a bit pricey so we went back down to Girdwood and found a great little restuarant that locals recommended, and had a super meal. There a several local restuarants to choose from.
The next day we enjoyed the view again as we looked out the window from the hot tub in the hotel. It was a great stop, actually, the best hotel stop on the trip. Don't miss it.
Four of us signed up for a hike with a guide, which was a great take. The tour group is located in the "yute" outside the hotel. Our guide, a college grad, was very knowledgeable and delightful. The hike can be as challenging as you'd like, just state your preference up front. Don't miss this experience. Overall, we highly recommend the Alyeska!