The Historic Anchorage Hotel is the ONLY lodging in Anchorage that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a beautifully restored property and a very pleasant place to stay.
We are locals and stayed in room 301 in March, 2013 for a special occasion. The room is a large, lovely corner suite with big windows and a great view of downtown Anchorage. Inside, it has everything you need: two double beds, a large couch, two comfortable chairs, coffee table & end tables, a desk, a refrigerator, cupboards with cups and glasses, a coffee maker, and lots of floor space. We would like to thank the hotel management for donating a gift certificate which we bought at a charity auction and used for this stay. They could have given us a small room, but we got a suite!
If you are a light sleeper, be aware that this is an old building and therefore the walls are thin. Folks have mentioned noise from the bar across the street. I am happy to report that the bar is now closed down. Anchorage is a happenin' place, especially in the summer months, and at Iditarod and Fur Rendezvous time. New York isn't the only city that never sleeps! Bring earplugs.
Other reviews have mentioned hearing the commentary from the Ghost Tours of Anchorage taking place in front of the hotel on summer evenings. Yes, you can hear voices on the street from your room. Go ahead and listen in! It is a fascinating tour. (Or better yet, take the tour. It is really a history tour - nevermind the ghosts, I learned a lot about my city that I didn't know after living here for my entire life!).
You need only step out the front door to experience all that Anchorage has to offer. Within walking distance are the fine arts/historical museum, performing arts center, dozens of shops and restaurants, the beautiful coastal trail for walking/biking/skiing, veterans museum, Balto sled dog statue, and much more.
Unlike many older buildings, this one has an elevator.
The breakfast is good (bagels, cereal, fruit, juice/coffee/tea, and a wafflemaker) and is served in the old bar area, which is the oldest part of the building.
Highly recommend this hotel!