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Douglas Markowitz
May 2020

You may think of Alaska as the edge of civilization, but Anchorage’s hotel and resort options defy those expectations. Choose from luxury hotels just minutes from the airport, a ski lodge an hour out of town, or luxury cabins so secluded they require a seaplane to reach.

The Lakefront Anchorage

Set on the shores of Lake Spenard, the Lakefront Anchorage offers the chance to watch the sunset as seaplanes take off and land at nearby Lake Hood. Clean and conveniently located, it’s a great place to stay even if you’re not going flightseeing. Plus, every February the Lakefront becomes the headquarters for the Iditarod sled race.

4800 Spenard Rd., Anchorage, AK; millenniumhotels.com

Crowne Plaza Anchorage Midtown

Opened in 2009, the newest of Anchorage’s full-service hotel options is part of the international chain of Crowne Plaza hotels, meaning service will be reliable and rooms will be comfortable. Amenities include a restaurant and bar, free internet, a library, fitness center, concierge service and a 24-hour airport shuttle.

109 W International Airport Rd., Anchorage, AK; ihg.com

Knik River Lodge and Tours

A 90-minute drive from the airport, this collection of deluxe cabins is perfect for when you want your Alaska trip to be wild, but not too wild. The lodge’s Raven’s Perch restaurant offers excellent meals, while the tours offered include dogsledding, helicopter flights over Knik Glacier, and more.

29979 E Knik River Rd., Palmer, AK; knikriverlodge.com

Hotel Captain Cook

This 4-star, 546-room palace located within blocks of shopping, parks and cultural attractions is the crown jewel of Anchorage hospitality. If you’re not satisfied with the view from your room (though you probably will be), you can always take to the Crow’s Nest restaurant for a gourmet meal and views of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet.

939 W 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK; captaincook.com

Alyeska Resort & Hotel Alyeska

An hour away from the Anchorage proper, this ski resort is a favorite getaway among winter-sport-loving Alaskan locals, but amenities such as a saltwater pool and whirlpool, fitness center, spa and shops will have you doing more than hitting the slopes. You’ll also dine in style at the Seven Glaciers Restaurant with its stellar wine list and “Baked Alyeska” desert.

1000 Arleberg Ave., Girdwood, AK; alyeskaresort.com

Within the Wild Alaska Adventure Lodges

When a “Do Not Disturb” sign isn’t enough, these two secluded luxury lodges will ensure your privacy. Tutka Bay Lodge sits next to a private cove and Winterlake Lodge, a checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail, is on the edge of a lake. Both require a boat or plane to access and amenities include cooking and yoga classes, private massage, libraries, and more. 

withinthewild.com

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