Dimond in the Rough: Anchorage hotel debuts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Dimond Center Hotel, a 109-room property combining limited service with upscale accommodations, opened here on East Dimond Blvd., adjacent to the Dimond Center Mall.

The $14 million hotel is the first city property opened by the Seldovia Native Association, a village corporation created by Congress under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The corporation owns about 69,000 acres of land in the Seldovia area and operates other cabin and lodge properties. Dimond Center Hotel will be managed by Denver-based Richfield Hospitality Services.

"The Dimond Center Hotel is not a name-brand hotel," said Michael Beal, chief executive of the Seldovia Native Association, "and marketing our property as a destination to travelers in the lower 48 states will be a challenge."

Introductory nightly rates begin at $169 per room for reservations made by June 30 with stays completed by Sept. 15. Commission is 10%. Grand opening celebrations are slated for June 13.

For more information, contact the hotel at (866) 770-5002 or visit the Web site at www.DimondCenterHotel.com. For details on Seldovia Native Association's other properties, visit www.alaskaadventurelodge.com.

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