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Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown 3.0

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Pros

  • Located 10 minutes from downtown Anchorage and the airport
  • Clean and contemporary rooms with mini-fridges and microwaves
  • Full-service restaurant with a bar that's open late; limited room service
  • Indoor saltwater pool and adjacent whirlpool
  • Three meeting rooms and a 24-hour business center
  • Executive lounge with free breakfast, snacks, and cocktails (for Platinum Elite members)
  • Free airport shuttle 
  • Small fitness center with Precor machines
  • Coin-operated laundry machines
  • Quiet floor available
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Breakfast not included with rates
  • Occasional line at check-in due to groups of business travelers

Bottom Line

The Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown is a mid-range chain property located 10 minutes from downtown and the airport, catering to business travelers. The hotel offers amenities not seen in other midtown Anchorage hotels, including an executive lounge (for Platinum Elite members) serving free breakfast and evening cocktails, as well as a full-service restaurant and bar for all guests. Three meeting rooms are available and the property is often busy with corporate travelers and conference-goers. The 165 clean, contemporary rooms feature microwaves, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs, and some have mountain views. Features also include an indoor saltwater pool and a small fitness center. Breakfast is not included with rates. The mid-range Fairfield Inn & Suites Anchorage Midtown can have slightly lower rates, but lacks an executive lounge. 

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Scene

Chain hotel with a cozy library and business-friendly atmosphere 

Part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, which caters to business travelers, the Crowne Plaza occupies a six-story building that's one of the tallest hotels in midtown Anchorage. Inside, it feels a bit sedate and features contemporary decor throughout. The lobby has a high, domed ceiling and overhead lighting. It extends to a cozy, usually quiet library room with large wooden bookshelves, a gas fireplace, and a flat-screen TV. Guests can relax here on the sofa, or work at a long table beside the window. Juno restaurant and lounge was updated in 2017 and features a long wooden bar counter and flat-screen TVs. With its location in the business district and proximity to the airport, the hotel is a popular choice for corporate travelers and conference attendees. All three of the meeting rooms were booked during our visit. 

Location

10 minutes from downtown Anchorage and the airport 

Situated in the business district, at the intersection of two of Anchorage's busiest streets, the Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown is well positioned for business travelers. Nearby there are also a few restaurants, car repair garages, furniture stores, some small (somewhat seedy) shops, and a couple other hotels. The main store and factory of Alaska Wild Berry is just a few minutes' drive from the hotel and offers candy kitchen tours and the world's largest chocolate waterfall, plus candy for sale. The hotel is a straight shot from Ted Stevens International Airport (10- to 15-minute drive) and offers free airport shuttle service every 30 minutes (call to schedule). Driving to downtown Anchorage takes about 10 minutes, and as of September 2017, the hotel is still planning to add a scheduled shuttle service to downtown. 

Rooms

Standard chain decor, microwaves, and mini-fridges 

Guest rooms at the Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown are decorated in a typical modern chain-hotel style, with carpeted floors, long drapes, and painted walls with generic abstract art. The dark-wood furniture and color palette of brown and teal can make rooms feel somewhat dark, but they are clean and comfortable. Beds feature Serta Elite mattresses. All rooms have 37- or 42-inch flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Other standard features are coffee- and tea-making facilities, mini-fridges, and microwaves. Executive rooms add iPod docking stations. Clean, beige-tile bathrooms have walk-in showers or shower/tub combos, Temple Spa toiletries, and single granite vanities. Rooms face either the street, mountains, or parking lot. A quiet floor is available with rules to limit noise. 

Features

Restaurant/bar, indoor saltwater pool, and three meeting rooms 

The hotel has a solid range of features for a mid-range property. Juno restaurant, renovated in 2017, serves buffet and a la carte breakfast, but it's not included. Lunch and dinner are also served and Juno Lounge serves evening/late night drinks and light fare. Guests typically give the food good reviews, and limited room service is available. Platinum Elite members staying on the Executive Floor get free breakfast vouchers and access to the Club Lounge that offers free snacks and drinks throughout the day, as well as an evening reception with free appetizers and cocktails. The indoor saltwater pool and whirlpool has a quiet atmosphere and surrounding windows allow in sunlight. The gym is somewhat small, but has modern Precor treadmills and elliptical machines. There are three meeting rooms, the largest of which holds 150 people. A 24-hour business center has Wi-Fi, a printer, and personal computers. Coin-operated laundry machines are available. Parking is free.  

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Address

109 W Intl Airport Rd, Anchorage 99518-1206, United States

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