As might be expected in a city of more than 250,000 people, Anchorage has a wide range of lodging options. Unfortunately, most of these also have Alaskan-sized prices. A good one-stop place to begin your search for local lodging is the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau website (www.anchorage.net). Add a 12 percent lodging tax to the rates listed in this travel guide.
Anchorage is a spread-out city, and many of the places listed here are in Midtown rather than downtown, making a rental car a wise investment. Parking may or may not be available at downtown locations, so ask ahead to be sure.
Be sure to make Anchorage lodging reservations far ahead for July–August. If summertime prices in Anchorage seem too high, try using online resources. I recently booked a peak-season room at one of Anchorage’s newer hotels for $67; the posted price was $169! Check websites such as www.biddingfortravel.yuku.com to get an idea of the deals other folks are getting.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition