I mainly chose the Homewood Suites because I was wanting to use some of my Hilton HHonors points to pay for my accommodations the two nights I would be staying in Anchorage. The hotel is like any other Homewood Suites. All rooms are in a one or two bedroom configuration, with a full kitchen, living room with sofa bed, and bedroom. I was booked into a one bedroom suite.
This location opened in spring 2004. The hotel is basically the standard Homewood Suites layout, with a few modifications. For one, the lobby has been re-designated as the "lodge" at this location and features lots of craftsman style furniture, a large stone fireplace, stained glass lamps and chandeliers, and stuffed bears and caribou. In addition to the check in desk and several seating areas around the fireplace, the lodge features the hotel's breakfast area. As with all Homewood Suites locations, a full hot breakfast buffet is included with your room each morning and a light dinner meal is served Monday-Thursday evenings. The breakfast buffet was good with the standard scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage links, cereals, fruit, bagels, danishes, toast, coffee, and juices. Additionally, there is a do-it-yourself Belgian waffle bar with pre-measured cups of waffle batter and foolproof waffle irons available. Unfortunately I was not at the hotel early enough for the complimentary evening meal. Each suite has a monthly menu on the refrigerator door for this meal.
As for my suite, this hotel had the only bed on my trip that I would classify as very comfortable. While the living room and kitchen areas would be nice for a longer stay or if I was traveling with more people (I was alone), for my stay they were just extra unused space. I mainly chose this location because given the other options for redeeming HHonors points in Anchorage, this was the best value, because of the included breakfast. Overall, I would highly recommend this property for its convenience to the airport, Seward Highway, and overall value.
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