ANCHORAGE--The growth of
arrivals in Alaska has sparked a miniature hotel boom, with new
properties coming on line and others taking shape to accommodate
the influx of tourists.
Most of the construction has taken place in Anchorage, but other
communities have enjoyed the miniboom, as well:
Already awash in motels and hotels, Anchorage will soon have a
410-room Marriott. The hotel is under construction at a downtown
site on 7th Avenue between H and I streets. It will open in summer
of 1999, joining the Sheraton, Hilton and Captain Cook in the upper
echelon of Anchorage accommodations. Also nearing completion in
Anchorage is a Residence Inn with 148 rooms, scheduled to come on
line in the spring of '99.
These properties will join several others that have opened in
the past two years. Making their debut in 1998 were the Fairfield
Suites (102 rooms), the Ramada Limited (50 rooms) and the Clarion
Hotel (110 rooms). Anchorage hotels that opened in 1997 included a
Courtyard by Marriott (154 rooms) near the airport, a Microtel Inn
& Suites (77 rooms) and a Hampton Inn (101 rooms).
The latest hotel to open its doors in the state capital is the
Frontier Suites Airport Hotel. As the name suggests, the property
is conveniently located just three blocks from the Juneau airport
in the Mendenhall Valley area of the city. All 40 suites are
equipped with kitchens; some have in-room Jacuzzis. The hotel runs
a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport.
The Harborview Inn offers scenic views of Mount Marathon and
easy access to downtown and the Alaska Railroad depot. The property
opened in May 1998 with 13 rooms and one suite. There are two
fireplaces, one in the lobby and another in the suite. Custom
fabrics and furnishings give the hotel a distinctive and welcoming
atmosphere throughout. In March another hotel will open its doors.
The Hotel Edgewater will have 70 rooms and suites facing the bay
and a restaurant on the premises. The property is located next to
the SeaLife Center as well as the new Chugach Heritage Center.
A hotel with some of the best views of Mount McKinley to be
found anywhere will open here in May. The hotel, described by its
owners as "a luxury Alaskan hotel," is being developed by the Cook
Inlet Regional Corporation, one of Alaska's 13 native