The Hotel Alyeska
What We Love
- The location is convenient for exploring the rainforests, glaciers, national parks and mountains of southeast Alaska
- Free bike rentals
- Hiking and biking trails start right outside the resort’s front doors
- The concierge team recommends outfitters they personally know and trust
- The pool and hot tub remain open year-round
What To Know
- Sakura Restaurant is open Friday through Monday (it closes for the season on September 7), and the award-winning Seven Glaciers is open daily until September 20
- Alaska gets up to 20 hours of daylight in the summer
- The resort’s TRAM stops running on October 12 and reopens on November 28 (when the mountain opens); see their website for more info
- A $10 resort fee per night will be collected upon Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When you’re standing at the 2,300-foot top of Alyeska’s aerial tram in Girdwood, snowcapped mountains and hanging glaciers dominate the scene. To the west the cold, clear waters of Turnagain Arm twinkle; below you, the world’s northernmost coastal temperate rain forest. Alyeska Resort is — by far — the nicest place to stay for miles around. It’s billed as a chateau, but don’t think spires and steeply pitched roofs; Alyeska is a chateau only in terms of its ski-friendly location. The architecture and interiors are mountain-modern, with walls made of vibrant cherrywood and organic elements reflecting the region’s Native heritage (wood, alabaster and ivory sculptures).
Bed & Bath
The 304 guestrooms have large windows with the kind of views you want in Alaska: mountains, thick forests and blue sky. Like the state itself, guestrooms give you plenty of space to spread out (starting at a roomy 350 square feet). All rooms have heated towel racks, lighted makeup mirrors, bedside do-not-disturb controls, Serta Presidential pillowtop mattresses, Gilchrist & Soames products and more.
Though the area is relatively isolated, Alyeska itself has enough restaurants to keep you busy for days. There are four inside the hotel and another, Seven Glaciers, at the top of the Alyeska Tram. The views from Seven Glaciers — so named because on a clear day you can see seven hanging glaciers — are the stuff slideshows are made of. With the cold, clear waters of the North Pacific only a couple of miles away, the Sakura & Sushi Bar trades in the freshest of catches from king salmon and halibut to Kachemak Bay oysters. Also onsite? A heated indoor saltwater pool, a serene spa and a well-equipped gym.
In the Area
The resort is about an hour from the Anchorage airport; most guests rent cars and drive themselves. In the summer, suit up for lift-assisted mountain biking, hiking in the world’s northernmost temperate coastal rain forest (trails start at the hotel) and rock climbing with local guide company Ascending Path. Its creekside cragging area, Tram Rock, is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Get up close and personal with Alaska wildlife—brown and black bears, caribou, musk ox, bison, moose, elk and bald eagles—at the nonprofit Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, nine miles south of the resort. Ciri Cruises offers three- to nine-hour cruises in Kenai Fjords National Park to see sea otters, orcas, puffins, cormorants, harbor seals, Steller sea lions and porpoises. In the winter it’s all about the snow—650 inches on average blanket 2,500 vertical feet of terrain over 1,400 skiable acres. Oh and did we mention? Practically no lift lines.
How to Get There
Front Desk - The front desk staff has been extremely helpful through out. One in particular to recognize is Jimmy Stokes, who has been so helpful and knowledgable trip after trip, always making sure to make me and my guests feel so welcome resolve any issue that may arise.
Hotel - The hotel is good, the rooms are a bit outdated and a major issue is the lack of air conditioning. This summer was extremely hot (90's on some days) and the rooms were unbearable without AC, hot and muggy. Made it very difficult to get a good night's sleep. The AC issue is actually a problem year round, both on cooler days and in the winter even, the rooms get way too hot, and there's no ability to fix it. The windows barely open as well which doesn't make the problem any easier to resolve.
Concierge - The concierge service in Alyeska is unparalleled. Lori has been instrumental in all my recent trips facilitating plenty of activities both for my summer vacations as well as winter. Lori is so welcoming and friendly and has been such great support with both personal and business trip. Trevor has been so helpful as well in recent trips since he has joined the Alyeska Concierge team. The concierge team makes it so effortless to ensure a phenomenal trip while in Alyeska.
Location - THE BEST! Couldn't get better, so beautiful and so much to do around there! Tons of summer activities (amazing hiking, kayaking, jet skiing, cruises, heli tours etc.) and winter activities (dog sledding, snow mobiling, skiing, snowboarding). So many beautiful hikes from the resort itself, and the aerial tram views are great.
Recently stayed in a suite at Alyeska hotel , Hotel is so cool driving up but really worn inside . Employees all looked like they would rather be doing something else , we were an inconvenience. As we entered our suite there was a bench next to door that was in pieces and just stacked up in its place , looking down entry the carpet was stretched and wrinkled, furniture was tattered with pieces missing, toilet seat was falling off . Really a shame , has such great potential.
We loved this place. Great lobby and good restaurants. The hiking trails were pretty buggy, but there were fresh blueberries that you could pick and eat right on the way.
They offer mountain biking, but only on weekends, which was too bad. But a great home base to do several day trips southeast of Anchorage.
Also, ask for an upgrade. Not a big loyalty program attached to this resort, so asking has a better chance of success than might be usual. The couple in front of me got one... I did not.