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Hotel Alyeska
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   1000 Arlberg Road, PO Box 249, Girdwood, AK 99587 (Formerly Aleyska Prince Hotel)   |  
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2010

We returned to the Alyeska resort for the third time and this time stayed five nights. It is very relaxing whether as a stop-over on the way to other destinations or the actual trip destination and used as a base for other activities. The fitness center is very nice, used every day and the pool area is beautiful. They are kept in tip top shape on every level. There is also a spa facility to complete the resort experience. Several hiking trails are around the resort such as Winner trail; the hotel grounds are very nice. An oasis in a rustic environment. Having said that, we still noticed that the water pressure in the shower continues to be very sluggish and can be challenging if one has a lot of, or long hair. A little bathroom update might be nice. Internet connection is a tad slow. On the other hand, the bed was extremely comfortable and made for a great night's sleep. Most accommodations in Alaska are not in the resort category but Alyeska is, and we will be back again!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2010

Stayed here at the end of August on our first trip to Alaska. When we booked the last minute flight to Anchorage we weren't sure which direction our travels would take us. I sure am glad I found a great deal at Hotel Alyeska. Got a rate of $99/nt during August. You can't beat this rate for this property. It is a steal. Check out hotels.com in the future before using the hotel website.

Hotel is approx 45 minute drive south of Anchorage airport. Make sure to stop and hit up the Safeway before heading out of town. Grab some snacks, bottled water, beers, etc. Much cheaper than buying in Girdwood.

You can tell the property used to be "4 1/2 to 5 star" nice at one time. Now I would give it a 4 star rating. Rooms are starting to become a bit dated and in need of remodeling. Especially the 13' tube TV in our room........come on, get with the 2000's. But you don't go to Alaska to watch TV, right! We did enjoy the toiletries, fridge in the room, and free water every day! Free self parking was also nice and unexpected for a property like this. Pool/Hot Tub/Fitness area is kept in tip top shape. We hit up the pool/hot tub every evening before going to dinner. Much needed after all the activities.

For things to do close by: Nova rafting on the Six Mile Creek River...........best thing we did! Hike along the resort trails (we did North Face Trail and Winner Creek Trail), take the tram down after hiking to the top. Beware, they charge $18 to ride the tram up if you don't want to hike. Drive 30 min for he Portage Glacier cruise. Only lasts an hour, but interesting to see. Drive to Seward and visit Exit Glacier along the way.

We only had a beer in the hotel bar after a hike one afternoon. We choose to eat at the local restaurants in Girdwood. Double Musky was hands down our favorite spot. Everything was good from apps, to entrees, to desserts, to the beer. Come hungry because the portions are huge and delicious! Also checked out Chair Five for dinner one night and had some local brews and pizza. For breakfast we tried the Bake Shop (thought it was overpriced for the food here) and Silvertip Grill (lots of food and the owner is great, bit of a dive though).

Would I stay here again? Depends on the rate but anything under $200 would be a deal. Not a lot of other options in the area unless you want a dumpy looking motel or a B&B. This property will not dissappoint!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2010

Spent last new year's there. Luxurious hotel + ski resort. A bit overpriced but in overall the service was really nice.

We have personally used it for a base for our outdoor activities (dog sledding, igloo building, snowmachines) so we did not spend that much time in the room.

Don't forget to take the $1 shuttle to go to girdwood (5 minutes away) and have a hot chocolate in the cosiest bookshop/cafeteria I 've ever been to, located right in the centre of the village.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

We only stayed one night before joining our cruise ship in Whittier. The room was quite roomy, and it had all of those little things that make a good stay great. We eat at the Aurora Bar and Grill. The pizza was great (seafood) and we let the bartender suprise us with his handiwork. Lots of trails, and a Tram to go up the mountain.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

The Alyeska was the nicest of all the hotels we stayed at in Alaska. I wouldn't hesitate to go back. The Seven Glaciers restaurant at the hotel was the best in Alaska - hands down.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

Second trip here. First time was just after new management took over. Property seems to be running better. Service has improved, but still needs some polish. This stunning building and grounds are enjoyable to explore on their own. But you also have the mountain, village of Gurdwood, and trails to explore.

Rooms are average to better than average ski resort rooms. Internet is slow. Not a big fan of onsite restaurants and bar. Although the cafe, the Reindeer sausage in particular atop the mountain are highly recommended. Mmmmm.

Looking for adventure? Try the paragliding. $195 for training and a tandem flight. My wife went once each visit and loved it.

Come with an open mind, lots of quirks but overall enjoyable, if not overpriced - look for promotions online and at hotel website to save.

This review based on two summer visits. I understand it is a very different place in the winter.

Almost forgot, very nice indoor pool area too.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

This hotel was a one-night stay as part of our Celebrity Cruisetour. It could have been the whole thing, as far as I'm concerned. It was just a great place. Rooms were pristine, very large, beds luxurious, very quiet. Restaurants were superb. Many shops, which were all nice. The atmosphere was outrageous--gorgeous mountains, streams, hiking trails, cute town. If I go back to Anchorage ever, I am going to rent a car and stay here rather than any place in Anchorange, which , let's face it, is kind of an ugly city in a beautiful state. Just south of Girdwood, also, is the Wildlife Refuge, which was a very nice visit. The mountain itself is great for skiers and snowboarders--we were there on the 16th of June, and the upper mountain was open for snowboarders. We took the tram up and looked at the bay, the distant glaciers, the surrounding mountains--it was just heavenly. Any season, stay at this place.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1000 Arlberg Road, PO Box 249, Girdwood, AK 99587 (Formerly Aleyska Prince Hotel)
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Location: United States > Alaska > Girdwood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Girdwood
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Alyeska 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Overview: Nestled in the Chugach Mountain Range in the resort community of Girdwood, Alyeska Resort featuring The Hotel Alyeska is only 40 miles from downtown Anchorage. The Hotel is also near many attractions - two miles from Crow Creek Gold Mine, and 15 miles from Portage Glacier and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the fireside lobby and grand staircase offer unobstructed views of the north face of Mount Alyeska. Open beams and cathedral ceilings accent the indoor lap pool, 16-person spa tub, and fitness center. Airport transportation (surcharge), ski storage, and a local shuttle are available. Wireless Internet access is available in the lobby, DSL hookups in the rooms (included in resort fee). The Spa at Alyeska offers a wide array of massage, facial and body services. The eight-story property has 304 guestrooms. All rooms offer cable TV with pay movies, and are equipped with coffeemakers, refrigerators, hairdryers, and irons with boards. In-room complimentary DSL is available. All rooms are nonsmoking. You must be 21 years of age or older to make a reservation and check in. Guests under 21 must be accompanied by someone 21 years of age or older to stay in the hotel. Any guest under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Please note: The 2011/12 Ski Season is November 23, 2011 to April 29, 2012 (conditions permitting). Deluxe King Room with one king bed includes bathrobes and slippers, bottled water, heated towel rack, mini refrigerator and coffee maker, in-room safe, iron and ironing board. Located on Floors 4-7. Deluxe: 2 Double Room with two double beds includes bathrobes and slippers, bottled water, heated towel rack, mini refrigerator and coffee maker, in-room safe, iron and ironing board. Located on Floors 4-7. Standard: Room with two double beds includes bathrobes and slippers, bottled water, heated towel rack, mini refrigerator and coffee maker, in-room safe, iron and ironing board. Located on Floors 2-3. Area served: Anchorage (and vicinity). Nearby airports: Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage AK (ANC). Area description: 35 miles southeast of Anchorage, at Alyeska Resort in the town of Girdwood, AK. Amenities• Concierge• Conference Facilities• Fitness center• Free parking• Handicapped Rooms/Facilities• Health Club• High-speed Internet• Internet Access• Meeting/Banquet Facilities• Pool & Hot Tub• Restaurants• Room Service• Spa services• Wireless Internet. Dining: Aurora Bar & Grill. Whether you're in the mood for a casual atmosphere or watching your favorite sports event, the Aurora Bar & Grill is family-friendly with comfort food. The diverse menu offers Alaskan specialties and satisfying homemade-style dishes. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bar open late on weekends. Seven Glaciers: Feast upon fabulous views and gourmet cuisine at the AAA Four-Diamond Seven Glaciers restaurant. Menu features regional favorites focused on fresh seafood, Snake River Farms meats prepared by Executive Chef Jason Porter. Recipient of Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence. Sakura: Newly remodeled, Sakura Restaurant offers modern and intimate setting with Asian-inspired seafood and meats, hand-rolled sushi and a full sake and cocktail list. Open for dinner. The Pond Café: Located on the second floor of the hotel, the Pond Cafe is the place to enjoy breakfast offering full and continental buffet options and an a la carte menu featuring local favorites such as reindeer sausage links as well as a variety of healthy choices. Tramway Café: Featuring Starbucks™ coffee and espresso drinks, the Tramway Café features quick eats and grab n’ go style items. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Alyeska Hotel Girdwood
Alyeska Resort Girdwood
Alyeska Prince Hotel
Girdwood Alyeska Prince Hotel Resort

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