First off, how this place has a four star rating on Tripadvisor is beyond me. I reserved a deluxe private for 3 days. When I arrived I knew I was on the wrong part of town. A lot of sketchy looking people hanging around the building (Annex).
The room was so hot it was like walking into an oven, I turned the thermostat down and It still remained hot. I had to keep the window open with no screen, on a ground floor room in a bad part of town,, I mentioned this concern to the front desk and received no concern. The bed was a mattress on a piece of plywood being held up on blocks, with very old and stained bedding.
The staff was friendly, but, do not know anything about the area. Every time I asked where something was or if there was something nearby, all I got was "I don't know". When I say "something", I mean certain types of stores, simple stuff. On my initial check in I was not told where any of the common area's were at or anything about using a computer, not a very guest friendly place.
On my 3rd day there I was in the common area and someone had tracked in dog poop in the hallway entrance into the office. The young lady working the front desk was made aware of this on two different occasions but did nothing to clean it up. I left out being careful not to step in anything. I came back 2 hours later and the young lady was just NOW cleaning the dog poop up!!sad, sad ,sad....My overall experience here at this hostile was the worst I have ever encountered and I have stayed at hostels all over Europe and the U.S. I would not recommend this place to a homeless person. I know its cheap, but I have had ALOT better accommodations for cheap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anchorage's largest, most affordable, and newest HOSTEL. We are a HOSTEL (not a full service (HOTEL) that offers discounted accommodations for all tastes and budgets. We offer the best value for your money in a clean, safe, fun and sociable environment. Save money to go on tours, backpacking, hiking, or whatever works for you! This is the perfect place to start your Alaskan Adventure. We are located in Downtown Anchorage. We are walking distance from the train and bus station. We offer dormitories with 2 to 4 beds. We also offer standard private rooms (shared bathrooms) and deluxe private rooms (shared bathrooms, only this time there is one bathroom per two rooms). We also provide full one bedroom private suites with full kitchens and bathrooms. Best prices in town!!! Our hostel also has a club house where travelers get to socialize and exchange adventures. We have a barbecue area with picnic tables and a fire pit for enjoying the great Alaskan summer.Televisions come with cable channels. Guestrooms also feature complimentary wireless Internet access, and blackout drapes/curtains.Check our website for more info.Here are a few of the main differences between Hostels and Hotels:-Hostels tend to be budget oriented; rates are considerably lower than hostels-For those who prefer an informal environment. Hostels do not usually have the same level of formality as hotels.-For those who prefer to socialize with their fellow guest, hostels usually have more common areas and opportunities to socialize.-Hostels are generally self catering, and rooms are cleaned between guests instead of daily. -Hostel usually do not provide personal Hygiene products like soap or shampoo for the showers. Guest usually bring their own.-Hostels are generally more adventure travel oriented than leisure travel oriented, thus attracting a more venturesome crowd ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alaska Backpackers Hotel Anchorage