Suite Life at Sheraton Anchorage
The Sheraton Anchorage has been my go to for hotels in Anchorage ever since I started making annual mileage runs up there. Over the years my experience has been a little hit or miss with service and consistent Platinum recognition, but it seems like they’ve been working that out.
And for me the biggest draw has been the walking distance to the main part of downtown Anchorage, the good views, and the ability to snag a room for or only 10,000 Starwood points when prices are over $300 in peak season.
Platinums typically get a room with a nicer view and club access, but this time I was given Junior Suite for my one night stay and I couldn’t have been happier.
The entrance is a little interesting, a spacious foyer with the closet and bathroom immediately adjacent. The bathroom was clean and sufficient, the same bathroom you get with any of the rooms.
Then you walk into the living room and the wall of windows!
There’s great seating and work areas, and this room more than any of the others I’ve stayed in had more of an Alaska feel to the decor.
And since a little bit of me will always be a princess I loved the four post bed. The only problem with the room was the great views of both the mountains and the sound, I kept waking up to look out.
I was proud of myself on this trip! I actually made it up to the gym on the 15th floor which has a decent number of machines and weights and a fantastic view.
Access to the lounge is a great perk, but it’s also the most variable experience.
When I arrived for breakfast I greeted the two attendants standing by the serving dishes and got cold stares. And it definitely felt overstaffed with three people, who were clearly irritated that our getting coffee or other beverages from the self-serve area were holding them up from whatever they needed to do in that area. Not a big deal, but considering the the lack of options — some pastries, eggs, sausages, and fruit — it left us with a weird feeling.
Of course I contrast this to my experience when I returned a few days later. The evening lounge attendants were efficient and friendly, going out of their way to greet people and help them to the quickly disappearing hor d’oeurves. That is one tip, alot of people seem to use the evening lounge for dinner and the supply isn’t always up to the demand, so get there on the early side.
But this time my Platinum status was recognized with free breakfast in the hotel restaurant as well as drinks in the lounge, something that has only happened once before. The restaurant buffet is not super exciting but it does have many more options, including reindeer sausage. This time the service was friendly but slow and a little haphazard.
So overall I’m pretty satisfied with my stays at the Sheraton Anchorage. The rooms are comfortable, the views and locations are great, just be aware/resigned that the service can vary wildly.
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