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Copper Whale Inn
Ranked #9 of 128 Anchorage B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
South Carolina
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Friendly and clean BB”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

We stayed 3 nites and treated to excellent hospitality especially by Jennifer (nite mgr). Handy bike rental in front and trail 2 blocks away. Nice room with shared bathroom with views. Laundry for $5 per load was convenient after running Anchorage marathon on Saturday. Convenient to downtown sights and restaurants.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Shirley1829
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CopperWhaleRider, Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Thanks for your nice review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ventura, California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Arrived late for two day stay. Keypad on front door broken with note to go around the side. The down: After a long flight, hauling the luggage around and finding our way was not fun. Don't arrive late! Our room was kind of small and musty - it is an old house redone nicely. Pretty expensive: over $400 for our 2 night stay.

The up: The common room is fantastic with great views of the Turnagain arm, and an area for socializing with other - cosmopolitan - guests. Great breakfast choices could last all day. Good coffee! Jennifer and the other concierge were helpful, even making phone calls for us. Bike rental next door was important. You can take the coastal trail from the Copper Whale and ride all over town. You can walk to all museums in Anchorage, and even Nordstrom's from here. Productive birdwatching at Westchester Lagoon, a mile's walk, and the mud flats at low tide are great, too.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kay R
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CopperWhaleRider, Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Thanks for your kind words. Our apologies for the front door keypad - terrible timing for it to break down, unfortunately, right in the high season, and replacement parts are slow to come by. We enjoyed hosting you!
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Melbourne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed one night (Sunday 16 June) at the Inn & enjoyed it. Jennifer, the manager on duty, was so lovely & couldn't do enough for us. We were given a plumb room up on the second level with amazing views over the bay. Jennifer suggested places for dinner, things to do at our next stop & even packed a brown bag breakfast as we were leaving before 5 a.m. to catch the Alaskan Railway to Seward. Room & bathroom was very clean. Nice guest lounge with tea, water, etc which we didn't get much time to enjoy though! One tiny thing - it can be a tad noisy with the traffic as the inn is in a cracker spot right downtown. Ear plugs kindly supplied :) Thanks Jennifer.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DragonflyDazed
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CopperWhaleRider, Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Thanks so much! Yes, we are downtown and the city sounds that come with the great location, but we do our best to make up for it with great service!
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Bangkok
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

This B&B locates in a perfect spot in downtown Anchorage. Check in was smooth without any problem. Rooms were nice and well maintained. There's bike rental shop in front of hotel. Restaurants and cafe nearby. Breakfast was very simple, no hot dishes, only drinks, fruit, and some cereals. Lobby/breakfast room is small and can be crowded sometimes.

The room I stayed on 2nd floor was an ensuite, but the share bathroom was also clean and nice; so don't bother if you book into a room w/o bath. For dining, I would recommend a short walk to Glacier Brew House. There is a nice hike/bike trail at the backside going towards the Earthquake Park. Overall I would recommend this place. Although there could be some noises in early hour traffics..

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank zakBKK
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CopperWhaleRider, Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Thanks for your review. Our location is our strongest suit, but along with the urban location come the inevitable sounds of the city. We appreciate your fair and balanced evaluation.
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

The accommodations and service at the Copper Whale are outstanding. The hosts are always helpful and every detail is attended to. You get a healthy and generous breakfast, and the location close to the coastal trail is ideal.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank shields3033
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CopperWhaleRider, Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit!
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Petersburg, AK
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

I travel to Anchorage several times a year from Southeast Alaska for work. I just returned from spending 6 nights at the Copper Whale. I loved it! The room was impeccably clean, the staff were great, the location is perfect (a short walk to the bustle of the central downtown area) and the feel was just so comfortable and welcoming. My room was in the back building, with a lovely view. I liked having the sink in the main room and the tub and toilet separate. Not sure if all the rooms are this way, but mine was. The main building, where breakfast is served, has a very nice sitting area. Even in the back building (which is a 5 second walk from the main building) there is a little sitting area with tea and coffee, a shared refrigerator and cute mini-dishwasher.

If you need a grandiose lobby and rooms that are all identical, this place is not for you. If you want real warmth, cleanliness, and a great healthy breakfast spread (toast, yogurt, fruit, cereal, light pastries, juice, coffee, tea, cocoa), this place is tops. I can't wait to take my mom there this summer!

P.s. If you want something a bit heartier for breakfast, try the Snow City Cafe across the street.

Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thanks so much for your kudos!
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Juneau, Alaska
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

This place is great - breakfast options are diverse and healthy. It's close to everything downtown, so you can walk.
I love that, if there is ever the tiniest problem - like, my pillow seemed a little flat - it's fixed in a jiffy. The guys that run this place are ON IT! They know customer service - which is RARE in Alaska.

Room Tip: One room has a fireplace, which is very nice. Some rooms have a bathroom, others share a bath access...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank OR_seastar
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thanks a lot for your kind words, and additional info about rooms.
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Property: Copper Whale Inn
Address: 440 L St., Anchorage, AK 99501
Location: United States > Alaska > Anchorage
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 128 B&Bs / Inns in Anchorage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Copper Whale Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy scenic ocean and mountain views from downtown Anchorage at the Copper Whale Inn! Our two adjacent houses offer comfortable, modern accommodations and our historic main house is the first architecturally designed home in Anchorage. Easy walking distance to business and arts, activities, restaurants, galleries, the Anchorage Museum and the Coastal Trail. Bike rental on-premise (summer). Concierge services, free wi-fi! ... more   less 
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