Aspen Hotels sets opening for $5M Soldotna property


SOLDOTNA, Alaska -- An Aspen is growing in Soldotna.

Alaska's Aspen Hotels chain broke ground in June on its fourth hotel in the state, the 63-room Soldotna Aspen Hotel.

The $5 million hotel is scheduled to open in February at the cross-section of Sterling Highway and Binkley Circle in downtown Soldotna.

It will be the first full-service hotel built in Soldotna in more than 10 years, city and hotel officials said.

Carol Giliam, co-owner, said the hotel will cater primarily to business clients in Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula year-round.

However, the hotel also will cater to leisure clients, who are expected to use the hotel as a base for sports and recreation in the area.

"We expect a big portion of our summer business will be the tourists who come in July and August on fishing trips in the area," said Giliam.

"We also expect a good number of snowmobilers in the winter months," she added.

According to Giliam, one of the hotel's major selling points will be its business center and 1,500-square-foot conference facility.

Other facilities will include a swimming pool and a fitness center with a spa.

Rooms will be equipped with the latest amenities for business travelers, including dual-line phones with voice mail and data ports. They also will feature refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers and irons and ironing boards.

The hotel's room inventory will include two "family" suites containing a king bed in one room and bunk beds in another.

The children's room will feature a television, VCR and Sony Playstation.

A King Spa suite will feature a four-poster king bed and an indoor Jacuzzi.

Aspen also operates hotels in Alaska under the Guesthouse Inn and Guesthouse Inn and Suites brands, paying 10% commission on room rates.

The company operates the 78-room Guesthouse Inn in Valdez, the 94-room Guesthouse Inn and Suites in Juneau and the 97-room Fairbanks Aspen Hotel.

For information or reservations, call (866) 483-7848 or visit the company's Web site at

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