This hotel was a bit of risk for us. I prefer small boutique accommodation and was hoping the Alyeska would have as much character as some of its photographs suggested. It kind of did...and it kind of didn’t.
Check in was long-winded because an error had been made with our booking (their fault) which took a while to sort out, but the staff were very courteous. Once they found us a room it proved to be absolutely tiny! We were travelling with our son and in order to get out of bed, I literally had to step onto his trundle and then shuffle sideways around the room. The bathroom was functional and clean but it ‘felt’ a bit grubby due to stained grout & dated fittings (we stayed a while ago so hopefully they will have updated them since) On the plus side, the room was well decorated, the linen was lovely and the beds were divine - without question the most comfortable of our entire trip - plus our room had magnificent mountain views. All in all, we were perfectly happy.
Venturing out of our room was a bit of an adventure because at the time the hotel was overrun (and I mean absolutely overrun) with several large Japanese group tours (complete with very loud guides) which made using or appreciating any of the indoor common areas impossible. On the plus side, the hotel has beautiful grounds and a magnificent setting. The tram ride up to the glacier was fun.
The hotel has good amenities including free parking and a very nice gift shop, but I can’t comment on any of the restaurants because the tour groups were so all-pervading that we avoided eating there (apart from buying the worst coffee of my entire life one morning after coming back down from the glacier) and we went into town every day instead. I can recommend The Bake Shop for breakfast and Jack Sprats for dinner (the food is great and they’re really good with kids) There is also a bakery at the highway turnoff to Girdwood (part of a little strip that runs behind the big service station) that looks insignificant but sold the best doughnuts in the entire world.
Girdwood itself is lovely and I can only imagine how magical it must be in winter. Driving into town in the mornings & evenings we saw black bears strolling across the road, which was a huge thrill for us. Unfortunately our helicopter dog sled tour with Chugach Express was cancelled due to inclement weather, so we took a longer helicopter tour (sans dogs) instead, which was fantastic , absolutely spectacular and a ‘not to be missed’ experience.
Overall, we had a great time and I’d happily stay there again.
- 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