ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Hotels and lodges throughout this city will
enter the new year with improved and upgraded facilities. A look at
some of the most significant changes follows:
• The Comfort Inn Ship Creek Lodge said its renovations were
designed to convey the look and feel of a wilderness lodge. Built
in 1991, the hotel offers 100 rooms, including several two-room
suites with Jacuzzis.
As part of the face-lift, the lodge refurbished rooms and public
spaces, and created a conference center and exercise facility.
Every guest receives complimentary breakfast and fishing gear to
use for salmon fishing at Ship Creek. For reservations, call (800)
362-6887 or visit www.comfortinn.com.
• The Puffin Inn's refit was one of the city's most noticeable.
The inn added a 30-room complex of oversized rooms and suites, some
with kitchenettes. The complex features a two-story, semicircular
lobby with exterior copper tiling, interior slate floors, Alaskan
art and a slate fireplace.
The property also has an on-site laundry facility, freezer space
to store fish and game, a fitness center, 24-hour airport shuttle
service and breakfast. There also is a business center with fax
machines/copiers, Internet access and a conference room. For
details, call (800) 478-3346 or visit www.puffininn.net.
• Clients might not be able to tell from the outside, but the
interior of the Hilton Anchorage Hotel is completely new, except
for a sole leftover -- the jade counter at the front desk. Bruins
Lobby Lounge and the Hooper Bay Cafe replaced the Sports Edition
Lounge and the Berry Patch Cafe.
Bruins is a contemporary lounge serving up news and sports with
brews and food. The Hooper Bay Cafe is a three-meal restaurant with
two separate rooms for special occasions and business meetings. A
revamped conference center features an additional 6,000 square feet
of meeting space for a total of 24,000 square feet.
A new first-floor business center features personal
workstations, Internet access and fax/copy/printer machines. For
details, call (800) 245-2527 or visit www.hilton.com.
• The Anchorage Grand Hotel (formerly the Ship Creek Hotel)
spruced up its 31 rooms and facilities with cherry wood and brass
accents, custom-made furnishings and Alaskan art. Each one-bedroom
suite has a fully equipped kitchen, a workstation with a desk, a
pull-out sofa and Internet access. For information or reservations,
call (888) 800-0640 or visit www.anchoragegrandhotel.com.
• Among the changes at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel is a new
lobby with a tour desk underneath its trademark jade staircase. As
part of an upgrade of its units, the hotel added a Club Level floor
of rooms decorated with a contemporary Alaskan motif, including
native artwork and custom-made furnishings. Air-conditioning was
added to all guest rooms and public spaces. For details, call (888)
729-7705 or visit www.sheraton.com.