Anchorage Hotel is Simply ‘Grand’

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AKontheGO Fam is adamant about one thing when searching out places to rest our weary heads on vacation; accommodation. As in ‘accommodate’. As in kid-friendly, kid-worthy, and kid-aware.

Some hotels in downtown Anchorage are a bit stuffy and unwelcoming to the younger set, banking on guests who have money and time to lounge about their restaurants, bars, gift shops, and spas. This makes finding affordable, family-friendly lodging in the city of Anchorage a bit more challenging, but not impossible.

My friends at Salmon Berry Tours recommended a hotel that had, frankly, escaped our attention, despite being located at one of the most prime chunks of real estate in Anchorage and holding a rich history. We checked it out one afternoon while perusing downtown’s Anchorage Market and Festival, a stroll uphill away from the delightful digs, aptly named the Anchorage Grand Hotel.

Right smack on the bluff above the Alaska Railroad
Depot, the Anchorage Grand is an old apartment building from the 1950’s, but has retained the charm of the decade along with a fast-growing reputation for clean, safe, and affordable lodging downtown. A lovely shade of mauve with white trim and metal fencing that attracts the attention of pedestrians walking down the street, the hotel at 505 West Second Avenue has an interesting entrance with steps down to the offices and many rooms. With 31 suites available for guests, the hotel is the perfect place to relax after a busy day of exploring Alaska’s wildness. A full kitchen is a great asset to the clean and tidy rooms; moms and dads will be able to whip up a quick breakfast or snack for kids, or make that perfect parent cocktail while gazing out at the busy and interesting railroad depot. AKontheGo Kid was intrigued by the choo-choos and I know would be just fine falling asleep to the click,clack and grinding of the diesel engines idling in the train yard.

Rates vary but start around $169 a night for a queen suite, with wireless internet, continental breakfast, television, laundry, and the aforementioned kitchen facilities. (Plus they make hot, yummy chocolate-chip cookies every afternoon). Not too bad at all for summertime rates in Anchorage. In September the rates drop dramatically; down to a lovely $89 a night. AKontheGO Dad and I just might take advantage of this for a little holiday shopping night on the town. And for Iditarod visitors in the early spring; oh yeah, can’t get much closer to the action than this.

With the attractive location, guests with kids won’t have to worry about getting to and from other downtown attractions. Up the hill is Third and Fourth Avenues, where the Market goes on every weekend, and other Alaskan fun awaits; visitor mecca. Downhill is the Ship Creek area, where the famous Ulu Factory wows visitors with its unique Alaskan knife-making, and the new Bridge Java espresso shop sits, where you all can relax by the creek, latte in hand, before heading up the Ship Creek Trail, a paved path suitable for walkers, joggers, strollers, and bikers.

Dig it, mom and dad. We’re loving this area, and the Anchorage Grand Hotel is just the place to get started.
For information, call the hotel at 888-800-0640, or email info@anchoragegrand.com .

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