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35k HH pts/night for Hampton Inn Anchorage or cash for some independent hotel?

35k HH pts/night for Hampton Inn Anchorage or cash for some independent hotel?

Old Jun 3, 12, 12:07 pm
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35k HH pts/night for Hampton Inn Anchorage or cash for some independent hotel?

We are having a trip in mid-August and I'm looking for a one-night stay at Anchorage before we leave.

Checked a few chains, I only have enough pts in Hiltion Honors for one night (35k for the hampton inn is the cheapest). I'm 7k PC club pts short for a night at Crowne plaza.

Do you guys think it's reasonable to use my 35k pts for Hampton Inn or I could find some independent&reasonable hotels for cheap? The bigger chains all have room for like $220 and above + tax per night.
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Old Jun 9, 12, 5:50 pm
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What are you planning to do while in Anchorage and will you have a car? There are lots of nice hotels and B&B's. August tends to be pretty busy with visitors so, yes, the hotels are busy. Which night in mid-August are you here?
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Old Jun 10, 12, 10:54 am
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I'll quote the ANC hotel write-up I scribed for our upcoming big FlyerTalk bash in ANC. It's focused a bit on proximity to some of the things we'll be doing (train station downtown and airport), but I hope you'll find it useful. I highly recommend checking out the B&B options linked at the end--both are much nicer and have much more character than a plain-vanilla chain hotel and are less expensive than the chains to boot.

Originally Posted by jackal View Post
Hotel options in ANC
Closest to the airport: Millennium, Courtyard by Marriott, Quality Inn (and attached Econo Lodge), and Holiday Inn Express are on Spenard, just a few minutes from the airport. There is also a Comfort Suites and a Microtel on the frontage road just off International Airport Road.

All of the above have airport shuttles, though I do not know if they run 24 hours. The Comfort Suites is the newest, but the Courtyard, HIX, and Microtel are all new and fine; the Quality Inn and Econo Lodge used to be a Best Western and is older but well-maintained. The Millennium has a great setting on the Lake Hood seaplane base and is quite nice; it also retains some of its local character from the days it was known as the Regal Alaskan.

You also have your pick of chain properties in Midtown. These are all only an extra 5-7 minutes away from the airport, and all of those have free airport shuttles as well. These choices include (in order of distance) the Crowne Plaza, Marriott Fairfield, Motel 6 [very new and nice as far as Motel 6s go], Homewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Marriott SpringHill Suites, Embassy Suites, and Marriott Residence Inn. The farthest one--the SpringHill Suites University Lake (different than the midtown SpringHill)--is only a 15-minute drive from the airport. I would feel comfortable recommending any of the above--all are in safe areas (safer than the closer ones on Spenard, actually) and are good, new properties.

If price at any of the chains is an issue (this is summer we're talking about), there are some non-chain properties that are decent and have airport shuttles. FlyerTalker ozstamps was quite impressed with the Executive Suite on Spenard, and the Puffin Inn's remodeled side (the deluxe rooms) is quite nice (though avoid the older side). The Puffin's owner, Jay, is a kick, too. They are both right across the street from the HIX on Spenard. I've seen many of my customers stay at the Coast International Inn or the Long House Alaskan Hotel (both on Lake Hood very close to the Millennium), and I've never heard anything negative about them, but they're unknown commodities to me. The Dimond Center hotel is on the south side of town, relatively far from the airport (a 15-minute drive) and in a commercial district with not much activity late at night, but it is a very nice property (huge rooms, jacuzzi tubs, HD TVs, etc.) with a free airport shuttle. It's also probably the closest hotel to BOB W's house.

Downtown will afford you the easiest access to the Alaska Railroad depot. Aside from the big four full-service places (Marriott [newest of the downtown options], Hilton [less than a five-minute walk from the depot], Sheraton, and the locally-owned four-star Hotel Captain Cook [probably the nicest and definitely the one with the most character]), there are some other lodging options downtown. There's a Clarion, a Hawthorn Suites, an older HoJo, and a run-down Ramada Limited on the chain side of things and a smattering of independent places. The decent independents downtown are not going to be cheap, but they do have some character. Check out the Historic Anchorage Hotel (next door to the Hilton), the Anchorage Grand, the Voyager Hotel (across from the Captain Cook), and the Copper Whale Inn. I'm probably missing a few, but do stay away from the Inlet Inn. (The Inlet Towers is completely different and reportedly decent, but I know absolutely nothing about it other than having driven by it.) Also avoid the Econo Inn, which is so crappy it lost the Econo Lodge franchise rights , and the Red Roof Inn, which looks new but is in a junky area. The Days Inn gets mixed reviews, too.

ANC in the summer can be a great value for point redemptions. But if you are not bound to hotel points, the above-mentioned non-chain properties are worth looking into.

I also have a couple of B&Bs that I always recommend to people visiting. These are absolutely gorgeous properties that can be cheaper than many of the chain places:

http://www.alaskafrontiergardens.com/
http://www.alaskahighlandglen.com/
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Old Jun 10, 12, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by kileysmom View Post
What are you planning to do while in Anchorage and will you have a car? There are lots of nice hotels and B&B's. August tends to be pretty busy with visitors so, yes, the hotels are busy. Which night in mid-August are you here?
We are gonna stay in Anchorage 08/12-08/13 before the return flight. And yes, I'll have the car until 8pm of 08/13. So for a day, where should us go? We won't have time to tour around Anchorage when we arrive. Had a very tight schedule and need to hit the road immediately.
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Old Jul 28, 12, 10:29 pm
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I always use points when I stay at Anchorage hotels in summer. It sounds like you're limited to Hilton (which, alas, is usually the worst chain for 1 night award stays). I've found that Marriott, Priority Club, SPG and Wyndham have the best summer ANC point deals.
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