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Comfort Inn Ship Creek 2.5

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Pros

  • Comfortable hotel that has a cozy lobby with fireplace 
  • Within walking distance of downtown Anchorage
  • Spacious guest rooms with mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers
  • Some units have whirlpool tubs, kitchens, and sleeper sofas
  • Free breakfast buffet that includes eggs and other hot dishes
  • Heated indoor pool and fitness center with modern equipment
  • Guest laundry room and valet dry cleaning and laundry service
  • Loaner gear for fishing in nearby Ship Creek
  • Free airport shuttle that operates 24/7 in summer 
  • Free coffee and tea on offer 24/7, and weekday newspapers
  • Free on-site parking and Wi-Fi throughout 
  • Pet-friendly with surcharge (a con for some)

Cons

  • Noise at times from passing trains 
  • No full restaurant or bar on-site

Bottom Line

The Comfort Inn Ship Creek offers travelers good value plus the convenience of being a short walk from Anchorage’s train depot. The two-and-a-half-pearl property's freebies include a hot breakfast buffet, on-site parking, an airport shuttle, and Wi-Fi throughout. There's also a fitness center and pool on-site. Its 100 contemporary guest rooms are comfortable and nicely equipped with flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and coffeemakers, and some suites have kitchens and whirlpool tubs, but noise from nearby passing trains can be an issue. Travelers looking for accommodations closer to downtown Anchorage can consider Anchorage Grand Hotel, which often has similar rates. 

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Scene

Popular tourist hotel with pleasant, rustic-looking lobby 

Most guests at Comfort Inn Ship Creek are tourists, and it isn't unusual to see repeat travelers who stay here more than once while sightseeing in Alaska. The three-story brick building has a standard chain hotel look, but the two-floor lobby has rustic appeal, with mountain lodge-style decor. There are several mounted animals, including a huge grizzly bear. Moose antler chandeliers, stenciled salmon figures, and a natural stone fireplace are other examples of attempts to evoke Alaska’s rugged outdoor spirit inside the hotel. It’s a pleasant space with plenty of comfy seating, and it's often busy at all hours during high season in summer.

Location

On the north end of downtown Anchorage, near train depot

The Comfort Inn is located on the far north end of downtown Anchorage, a three-minute walk from the railroad depot. Ship Creek runs behind the hotel, and anglers trying to catch salmon there is a common sight. There's also a walking trail along the water. A full-service seafood restaurant on Ship Creek is only one minute away on foot, but walking to other restaurants requires a much longer trek into downtown. Anchorage Fifth Avenue Mall is roughly a 15-minute walk. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is a 20-minute drive or hotel shuttle ride. 

Rooms

Comfortable and nicely equipped with mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers

The comfortable guest rooms have typical contemporary chain hotel decor, with a neutral-dominant palette, reddish-brown furniture, and pattered wall-to-wall carpeting. Light-navy armchairs with modern lines, bed throws, and accents in framed prints add a dash of color. Double Queens are spacious and all have desks with office chairs, and Kings come with sleeper sofas. Larger suites with kitchens are available, and some suites have two-person, en-suite whirlpool tubs. Amenities are a plus, as all units come equipped with large mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi, though noise from passing trains nearby can be an issue for some guests. Bathrooms have shower/tub combos, hairdryers, and colorful bottled toiletries; some units have vanities that are en-suite. Views are either of scenic Ship Creek or the property's grounds. 

Features

Free breakfast, pool and fitness center, laundry room, plus free Wi-Fi 

There are ample freebies at the Comfort Inn Ship Creek, and the hot breakfast buffet is a highlight. The spread includes eggs, waffles, bacon, sausage, and fruit, plus cereal, bread, and a range of other cold items. Free coffee and tea are available 24/7, and there's free on-site parking, weekday newspapers, an airport shuttle (that operates 24/7 in summer), and Wi-Fi throughout. Guests who want to try their luck catching salmon in Ship Creek can borrow fishing gear from the hotel free of charge. 

No full-service restaurant or bar is on-site, but a small heated indoor pool and fitness center with modern equipment are perks. Other amenities include a guest laundry room, valet dry cleaning and laundry, and vending machines. Pets are welcome with a surcharge and some restrictions.

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Address

111 Ship Creek Ave, Anchorage 99501, United States

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