Following the completion of the $111 million, 215,000-square-foot Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in fall 2008, the Anchorage visitor industry’s private sector is building additional hotel properties to accommodate meeting delegates, business travelers and leisure visitors to the city.
“Anchorage is a vibrant business hub that will prosper,” said Chris Ashenbrener, co-owner of the new Crowne Plaza Anchorage.
The following properties have recently been added or will be added to Anchorage’s hotel inventory during 2009:
Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
Anchorage’s newest all-suite hotel is located adjacent to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The inviting, 78-room hotel boasts upgraded pillow-top mattresses in all rooms, plus flat-screen TVs, free Internet access, free parking and a free continental breakfast. There is also a business center, indoor heated pool and outdoor fire pit. Free airport shuttle available. The hotel is about 10 minutes away from downtown Anchorage.
Crowne Plaza Anchorage
Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2009, the $20 million Crowne Plaza Anchorage will be the city’s newest full-service, upscale property. With six floors and 165 smoke-free rooms, the hotel will also feature a full-service restaurant called Juno’s, featuring American and Alaskan bistro-style regional menu items. There will also be a dedicated lounge area serving premium cocktails, bottled and tap beers, and varietal wines. The lounge will also serve traditional, lighter-style fare. Guests will enjoy an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, a fitness center and use of the business center. Guest-room configurations will vary with standard rooms coming equipped with mini refrigerators and microwave ovens. Executive suites will include spacious king beds with large-screen HDTV and walk-in showers. The top two floors will be dedicated to Crowne Plaza’s Priority Club where members will enjoy a concierge lounge with complimentary food, beverages and other amenities. The hotel offers banquet services with more than 4,000 square feet of meeting space and is just two miles from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, and just minutes from the downtown and convention district. Free airport shuttle is available.
This premier luxury hotel, located in midtown Anchorage, has 169 one- or two-bedroom suites. Each room has a private bedroom and spacious living room and is fully equipped with refrigerator, microwave oven, data ports, wireless high-speed Internet and well-lit work areas. Jacuzzi suites are available. Embassy Suite’s fine dining restaurant, Pi Kitchen + Bar features global fusion cuisine ranging from Asian and American dishes to Southern- and Mediterranean-inspired foods along with an eclectic wine list, specialty cocktails and regionally brewed beers. There is 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with on-site audiovisual equipment and services, executive boardroom and on-site catering. There is also a 24-hour business center. Cooked-to-order, complimentary breakfast is available daily.
University Lake Springhill Suites by Marriott
Located near University Lake in midtown Anchorage, the University Lake Springhill Suites by Marriott is slated for completion in August 2009. This smoke-free hotel will include 159 stylishly furnished one- or two-bedroom suites and will be geared toward guests enjoying longer stays. All rooms come equipped with a large work desk, refrigerator, microwave oven and wet bar. Each suite will also have a pullout sleeper sofa. Within close proximity to Anchorage’s two universities and two of Anchorage’s hospitals, this property will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the universities, as well as to and from Anchorage’s International Airport. There is a heated, indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness center. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served daily.