on June 29, 2006
During the "business" portion of our trip, we stayed here at the downtown location of our 3-day meeting. The hotel is central to all that is available in Anchorage. Ror our conference, the room rates were $179 per night—not bad considering how much prime time hotels cost on the East Coast and other summer vacation locales.Our room was adequate but nothing too special. Probably the best thing was the view. Room 1441 on the "club level" was a corner room with one set of windows overlooking the downtown area including a small park that featured live music in the afternoon. The other wall had a series of three windows facing Cook Inlet. Watching the sunset at 11:45pm from this vantage point was beautiful.This hotel is also owned by one of the cruise line companies. There were a lot of guests who were transitioning to or from their Alaskan cruise. Expect to see a very diverse guest population with a lot of senior citizens and young children. The restaurant didn't really seem ready to handle the influx of people at breakfast time.As with many other Hilton Hotels, this one also features a 'Top of the World' restaurant on the 15th floor, which is open for lunch and dinner. With a full view of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, you can really get a nice perspective of Anchorage and Alaska's landscape. They say on a clear day you can even see Mt. McKinley (aka DENALI).If you are driving, expect to pay $8 per day for self parking or $14 per day for valet service that includes unlimited 24/7 in/out privileges.
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