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
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
However, the hotel also will cater to leisure clients, who are
expected to use the hotel as a base for sports and recreation in
"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,"
"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
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
A King Spa suite will feature a four-poster king bed and an
Aspen also operates hotels in Alaska under the Guesthouse Inn
and Guesthouse Inn and Suites brands, paying 10% commission on room
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 www.aspenhotelsak.com.