Hotel Reviews

Suite Life at Sheraton Anchorage

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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.

Check rates at this hotel:   SPG.com  |   Booking.com   |   Orbitz   |   Expedia  |   Priceline

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.

Sheraton Anchorage Hotels Junior Suite Foyer

Sheraton Anchorage Hotels Junior Suite Bathroom

Then you walk into the living room and the wall of windows!

Sheraton Anchorage Hotels Junior Suite Living Room

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.

Sheraton Anchorage Hotels Junior Suite King Bed

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.

Sheraton Anchorage Hotels junior suite view

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.

Sheraton Anchorage Hotels view from the gym

Access to the lounge is a great perk, but it’s also the most variable experience.Sheraton Anchorage Hotels Club Lounge After Hours

Sheraton Anchorage Hotels Club Lounge Beverage Selection

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.

On my return visit I was put in a traditional room with a view of the sound. Nothing fancy, but quite comfortable.

Sheraton Anchorage Hotels standard king room

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. Sheraton Anchorage Hotels Breakfast voucherThe 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.

Check rates at this hotel:   SPG.com  |   Booking.com   |   Orbitz   |   Expedia  |   Priceline

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4 Comments

  1. Billy

    October 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Looks like you’re living the dream up there. How long is your stay?

    • Keri Anderson

      October 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      That visit was about a week. I love Alaska in the summer!

  2. Henry

    October 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    The Sheraton Anchorage is my hub when in that area as well. Next time you go, try a massage in the spa. It’s worth the money especially after a day of hiking There is a wonderful Japanese restaurant one block away.

  3. HoustonRobert

    October 25, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I’m confused – why would you use the gym when the Anchorage outdoors offers so much?

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