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Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

This smaller Inn often times has discount coupons in a local coupon book, which we like to take advantage. Most rooms are spacious and several have private bathrooms. There is one room on the street front that you'll want to avoid because of noisy traffic all night and early morning deliveries next door. Parking is almost non-existent. The manager is very helpful and responsive to issues. Lodging includes a generous breakfast of the continental type, but with more variety. The location is ideal for walking around downtown Anchorage. Some rooms have a nice view of Cook Inlet as well. I recommend this Inn, but urge the use of a coupon for two nights for price of one.

Date of stay: November 2016
Trip type: Traveled on business
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2016

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Reviewed November 7, 2016

We collected a car at Anchorage airport and drove to the Copper Whale. It was fully occupied for our stay when we booked from Australia so we settled on the only room left a twin. Glenn greeted us on arrival and could not have been more charming or informative. The bedroom was small but this wasn’t a problem as we only used the room for sleeping and spent any idle time in the lounge room with its large stone fireplace. Here we met loads of other guests and swapped travel stories. The location is 10/10. While there’s no parking on premise, there is 2 hour metered street parking until 5pm daily. This wasn’t a great concern either as we were out all day every day and the 2 hours on our return was just enough time until restrictions had ceased till morning.
The Inn is a collection of 2 historic sandstone houses which survived the earthquake of 1964. The rooms are all different shapes and sizes and priced accordingly. The gardens were lovely as was the carp pond visible from our bedroom window. The Inn is at the far end of town, five minutes from the water front ( Cook Inlet) with a backdrop of the Alaskan mountain ranges, close to the corner of L Street and 5th Avenue. It’s just a 10 minute walk ( 5 blocks) on 5th Avenue to many high end shops, Nordstrom, JC Penny and the city centre. And most importantly it’s just a five minute walk to the local liquor store. Beware though the regulations on alcohol in Alaska are strict!!!! The legal age to purchase or consume liquor is 21 years of age and ALL people in the liquor store in a party MUST show identification including age. This apparently is to stop anyone having a DUI charge from getting friends to purchase alcohol for them. Thank God I’m an Ozzie!!!
The Copper Whale is close to Elderberry Park and the Cook Memorial. There is free Wifi. Breakfasts were amazing. A wonderful selection of specialty breads, jams, Danish pastries, fresh berries, fruit yogurts, cereals, coffee and tea were on offer daily in the comfortable communal lounge room from 6.45am till 10am. The bedroom was super clean thanks to Raul, very comfortable and the first time in Alaska on our trip that we were not over heated and that we had an open window. The bathroom was roomy with plush towels and toiletries. The complimentary computer in the foyer WITH available printer was great to confirm our onward flights. The Inn was ultra-quiet, we didn’t need ear plugs.
After check out Glenn encouraged us to make ourselves comfortable in the common room and snack on M and Ms for as long as we wished. He provided a bathroom too which was thoughtful.
You can’t beat this address or the hospitality. We’ll definitely visit again. A lovely stay just not long enough.
Eat at the 49th State Brewing Company, Glacier Brewhouse , Paris Club for great steaks and Ginger next door. Loved Orso, Yak and Yeti and Seven Glaciers too. Just didn’t have enough time here.

Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2016

Oh my, I could not ask for more! Thank you so much for your kind words and your elaboration on our facilities, location and service. Indeed, today you should thank God you are an Ozzie! ;-) Best wishes to you for happy travels always.

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Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

The Copper Whale Inn nestles on a corner of downtown Anchorage, near to the start of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. It is clean, comfortable and has a lot of character - our room wasn't large but it was well appointed and very comfy. It is a little further to walk from here to the downtown shopping area, about 7-10mins, however it is still close to many restaurants and the cocktail bar in the Captain Cook Hotel. Bike rental is also available. You would need to catch a taxi to the train station. We had to leave early to catch the Denali Star, so missed the lovely breakfast but the staff made sure we had pastries and tea and coffee. A lovely experience, would stay again and for longer.

Date of stay: July 2016
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2016

Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed October 2, 2016

this small property is located downtown Anchorage 1/2 block off the Tony Knowles Trail. if you have a car street parking is only available for 2 hours during office hours but you can purchase a $24/day voucher for a parkade a block away. our room had a fireplace and an easy chair and a veranda with 2 chairs and a table. the bed was comfortable. the bathroom was adequate. the staff were courteous and obliging. the breakfast was one of the better ones we had on our trip. cereal, juice, fruit, yogurt and fresh buns and pastries, coffee and juice. the breakfast room was comfortable and bright. this property was a nice alternative to the huge cruise line hotels that are available in Anchorage with all the accompaning buses and large groups. free consistent wifi service

Date of stay: September 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2016

Thank you for you kind review and your detailed comments. We try our best to offer exactly that - a convenient, comfortable and welcoming alternative to the big properties in downtown Anchorage.

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Reviewed September 26, 2016

This small inn on a busy street corner has good-sized rooms with fireplaces and small but adequate bathrooms. Service from reception staff seems mixed: we had a very helpful guy meet us but the following day the duty guy seemed completely indifferent to customer needs

Date of stay: September 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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CopperWhaleRider, General Manager at Copper Whale Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2016

Thanks or your review. I'm sorry the level of service was inconsistent, and will be addressing the issues you raised.

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