This hotel and the Captain Cook Hotel nearby both rise high above the Anchorage skyline and from the top floors facing west, offer spectacular views of Cook Inlet, distance mountain ranges, and plane traffic at the airport (about 5 miles away). I thought the extra money worth it for the great picture windows and view.
There is a small lobby and coffee bar in the morning, and on the other side, a buffet breakfast and small restaurant.
A lot of people get up early and leave on tour buses for day-trips to Denali. Others were leaving on cruises. I would not recommend either. We saw them come back in the late evening and they were totally exhausted. We rented a car and had a great time. Anchorage is very easy to drive (there aren't that many people there, even in the summer) and there are only two major roads leaving the city. If I were going to visit Denali, I would book a room somewhere up there and not try to return to Anchorage that day.
As for cruises, we are glad we skipped them. Even in early August, many days of our week there were rainy and cloudy. You wouldn't see much from a cruise ship and you go to a lot of fake, touristy towns along the coast. You need to get out and drive/hike to see the real Alaska, which can even be seen in the downtown park whose coastal edge runs between downtown and beside the airport (we saw moose grazing there).
As soon as you leave the city proper of Anchorage, which takes about 10-15 minutes, the real Alaska begins. It is like a huge national park that goes on forever. No kidding!
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