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Hotel Review: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa

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One of the things I love most about the Sheraton Anchorage (and not because its not a great hotel) is the 6PM day of cancellation policy for award stays. I had cause to use it multiple times, the first when my flight was cancelled, and then multiple times the day of as I waffled between when and where I’d be staying and if it would be a club room on points, which apparently requires a completely new reservation.

But I got that all settled on my drive back to Anchorage and showed up at the hotel around 6. The desk clerk knew exactly who I was since he’d apparently just gotten off the phone with the helpful Starwood rep who had changed all my reservations.

I had chosen the club floor and was soon settling into my room. A basic room with a view of a cemetary, the downtown area, and a glimpse of the harbor in the distance.Sheraton Anchorage Club Room

View from the Sheraton Anchorage

What stood out the most was the bathroom which seemed a little ornate compared to the rest of the room.

Bathroom in the Sheraton Anchorage

After calling up Alaska Saltwater Lodge & Tours about availability I headed into the lounge for the evening hors d’oeuvres.

I was excited about the view from the lounge which faces north, but I had some reservations because most the recent reviews complained that the food was gone an hour in and never replaced, that and that no alcohol was offered.

View from the Sheraton Anchorage Club Lounge

I walked in and sure enough there were only about 5 slices of cheese left on a plate that had clearly held 50+. There were three serving dishes of appetizers as well, including mini-spring rolls, that were almost gone. And just leaving the lounge were the culprits, a group of 6 or so twenty-somethings who had clearly just had their dinner.

Darn. I picked a couple of slices of cheese and some egg rolls along with a diet coke and headed to the other end of the lounge to take in the gorgeous view. About 10 min later a lounge attendant came in to replenish the cheese & crackers and all the appetizers. And apparently kept coming in throughout the evening because when I popped back in later at 7:45, the cheese plate was nearly full even though there’d been a steady stream of traffic.

I turned in around 9PM, reveling in the comfort compared to the Denali Princess Lodge. The bed was the standard, uber-comfortable Sheraton bed that I love and 5AM came way too early.

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