Hotel Captain Cook In The Heart Of Anchorage, Alaska

Review of Hotel Captain Cook | 939 West 5th Avenue
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Anchorage, Alaska is known as The City of Lights and Flowers, and Hotel Captain Cook is the perfect launching pad for discovering its history, culture and geographical uniqueness. When the long, dark winter nights take over, millions of white lights on buildings and trees help to brighten spirits and walkways. During the days with twenty hours of sunlight, flowers bloom to amazing sizes. Hotel Captain Cook is mere steps away from restaurants, gardens and museums. It houses 546 rooms and suites for guests, 4 restaurants and 12 retail shops. The walls of the common areas are adorned with rich artwork depicting the adventures of Captain John Cook, for whom the hotel is named.

Large, historic hotel

Exterior of the Captain Cook looking toward Cook Inlet
Source: Connie Pearson

According to recent statistics, 304,000 people live in Anchorage, Alaska, which represents 40% of the population of the entire state. Hotel Captain Cook certainly serves the residents of Anchorage, but more importantly it plays a vital role in hosting almost two million visitors to Alaska every year.

With 546 guest rooms and suites, it is constantly bustling during the short annual tourist season. From any of the guest rooms, views of Cook Inlet, downtown Anchorage or the Chugach Mountains can be seen. In addition, Hotel Captain Cook is now a member of the Historic Hotels of America because of its commitment to maintaining historical integrity, architecture and ambiance. Only 275 hotels in the United States can boast of such an honor.

Comfortable rooms with abundant amenities

Deluxe Guest Room
Source: Connie Pearson

Amenities in the deluxe guest rooms include free Wi-Fi, central air conditioning, ceiling fans, black-out drapes (essential during the summer months), in-room safes and access to Athletic Clubs. A flat screen TV, a tub-shower, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board and his and hers bathrobes are also in each room. Those who wish to upgrade to a suite receive complimentary valet parking and vouchers for breakfast.

Four in-house restaurants

Alaskan Salmon at Whale's Tale
Source: Connie Pearson

The Crow’s Nest is a AAA four-diamond restaurant with a cellar containing over 10,000 bottles of wine. It serves French and New American cuisine. Fletcher’s layout and atmosphere are reminiscent of an English pub, but it serves Italian dishes and typical pub food from 11:30 a.m. until midnight each night. Whale’s Tail is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and has a wide menu which features Alaskan salmon and halibut. A wonderful, shareable dessert is their banana split made with banana ice cream.

The Cafe is a large restaurant near the reception desk that serves breakfast every morning. For specialty coffees and snacks, The Cubby opens daily at 5:30 a.m.

Twelve retail shops

One of 12 shops on the lobby level of Hotel Captain Cook.
Source: Connie Pearson

Whether guests are beginning or ending their time in Anchorage, the twelve shops at Hotel Captain Cook have plenty of clothing, candy, artwork or native crafts from which to choose for souvenirs or gifts. Many of these shops showcase items that are one-of-a-kind and won’t be found in typical tourist stops. Prices vary widely, but all of the shops are worth browsing.

Artwork in the common areas

One of many paintings on display throughout Hotel Captain Cook.
Source: Connie Pearson

Scattered throughout the walls and halls on several levels of Hotel Captain Cook, guests will find artwork depicting many of the adventures of Captain John Cook. His story is told through paintings, stained glass, sculptures and woodwork. The concierge is available to give guests details for a walking tour displaying this extensive private collection.

Perfect location for exploring Anchorage

Anchorage Museum within walking distance of Hotel Captain Cook
Source: Connie Pearson

Anchorage is laid out in a way that is easy to navigate by car or on foot. Within a few blocks of Hotel Captain Cook, guests can find the excellent Anchorage Museum, the Visitor Information Center, the starting point for the City Trolley Tours and the very popular Snow City Cafe. The Guest Services Desk is available for information on many excursions and day trips, including tours of the incomparable Denali National Park. Hand-painted murals are on many downtown buildings, and flowers are abundant, colorful and impressively huge in the summertime. It’s a great walking city.

Great choice for beginning or ending a trip to Alaska

Located at the corner of 4th Avenue and K Street in downtown Anchorage, Hotel Captain Cook is a great place to begin or end a trip-of-a-lifetime to Alaska. It is convenient to the airport, it’s a popular pick-up spot for tours, and it is within walking distance to many shops, attractions and eateries. The rooms are comfortable, and when the weather is cold, guests can enjoy eating and shopping without leaving the premises.

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