The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Anchorage, Alaska

Staying at an affordable hotel in Anchorage leaves more in the budget for exploring the natural wonders of Alaska
Staying at an affordable hotel in Anchorage leaves more in the budget for exploring the natural wonders of Alaska | Courtesy of Copper Whale Inn / Expedia
Casey Hatfield-Chiotti

Surrounded by stunning natural beauty and yet urban in its own right, Anchorage merges the best of disparate worlds. You can spend your days discovering the city’s many excellent breweries and restaurants or immersing yourself in local culture at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Alternatively, you can marvel at the surrounding soaring mountains of Chugach, Kenai, and Talkeetna, as well as the whale-roamed Cook Inlet, and embark on a wilderness adventure. No matter what your plans are, here’s where to stay in Anchorage, Alaska.

1. The Lakefront Anchorage

Hotel, Luxury

Restaurant at Lakefront Anchorage with set tables overlooking an outdoor terrace and a large lake and some small prop planes
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On the shores of Lake Spenard, the aptly named Lakefront Anchorage has daily fishing pickups from its dock, where you can also watch float planes land against the backdrop of the Chugach Mountains. The hotel is near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and just 4mi (7km) from downtown, where restaurants serve bison burgers paired with cold Alaskan Amber craft beer. Other places to explore include Earthquake Park, Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Kincaid Park, or the Aviation Museum.

2. Historic Anchorage Hotel

Independent Hotel

A comfortable-looking double bed in a simple room with white walls, a cream carpet, dark wood furniture and a flat screen TV at Historic Anchorage Hotel
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This small hotel in the heart of Anchorage’s walkable downtown is near the city’s lively 5th Avenue Mall. Established in 1916 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historic Anchorage Hotel has hosted many dignitaries, celebrities, and artists over the years. That said, it’s still affordable to mere mortals, with all stays including free breakfast, coffee, and tea.

3. Jewel Lake Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

A homely bedroom with cozy lighting, a double bed with a blue bedspread, and an ensuite bathroom at Jewel Lake Bed and Breakfast
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At this rustic bed and breakfast, you’ll wake to the smell of hot coffee and sweet maple butter – this guest favorite is served each morning on toast, pancakes, waffles, or French toast. The hearty breakfast is just what’s needed to power you through a day of hiking in the mountains or fishing for rainbow trout. Some rooms have vaulted ceilings.

4. Copper Whale Inn

Boutique Hotel

Beige cladded exterior of the Copper Whale Inn, with dark green window frames, red window shutters, a red front door and a small courtyard with wrought iron seating
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Copper Whale Inn’s historic main house is one of the few structures that survived Anchorage’s 1964 earthquake. The 15 guest rooms are cozy, each one with a different look. The living room – a warm gathering place with a great view across Cook Inlet – is where breakfast is served each morning. The hotel also has gardens and an on-site bike rental in the summer months. In the winter, guests can book tours with Salmon Berry to go hiking on a glacier or dog sledding.

5. Maria's Creekside B&B

Bed and Breakfast

Cozy living area with hardwood floors, a light wood ceiling, a couch and multiple chairs and an outdoor deck overlooking the wilderness at Marias Creekside B&B
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Guest rooms at Maria’s Creekside B&B have ceramic-tile showers, queen beds, and work desks. There’s a sunny south-facing porch for guests to enjoy, and Campbell Creek Park, with playgrounds and a gravel beach, is close by. The great room lounge has two 6ft (2m) mirrored waterfalls and a wood stove where you can warm yourself on brisk evenings.

6. Courtyard by Marriott Anchorage Airport

Chain Hotel

A white double bed with a wooden headboard against a gray patterned accent wall in a simple room with a dark carpet, wooden furniture, a gray chair and a flat screen TV at Courtyard by Marriott Anchorage Airport
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The closest hotel to Ted Stevens International Airport has a free shuttle service to and from the hub, making it a good choice for business travelers. Guest rooms have writing desks and kitchenettes, and the hotel also has a fitness center with an indoor swimming pool and a healthy cafe, but Anchorage’s celebrated restaurants, like the Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, are only a few miles away.

7. Hampton Inn Anchorage

Chain Hotel

The elegant exterior of Hampton Inn Anchorage features a port cochère and a large red Hampton Inn sign
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The pet-friendly Hampton Inn Anchorage is 3mi (5km) from the Anchorage Museum and Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall. A free shuttle from the airport will also whisk you to the hotel for a fuss-free stay. Every stay at the Hampton Inn Anchorage includes access to the pool, free hot breakfast, and the beauty of Alaska at your doorstep.

8. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Anchorage Midtown

Chain Hotel

A white double bed with a modern wooden headboard, against a grey geometric-patterned accent wall at SpringHill Suites Anchorage Midtown
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At this all-suite hotel, guests can relish the comforts of home, including kitchenettes with microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffee makers, separate living rooms, and large bedrooms. If you’d rather leave the cooking to someone else, there’s also a free buffet breakfast. SpringHill Suites also has a fitness center with cardio equipment. But, this being Alaska, there are also endless al fresco opportunities to exercise in nearby Chugach State Park.

9. Dimond Center Hotel

Hotel

Airy, two-floor check-in area and lobby at Dimond Center Hotel featuring patterned sofas and chairs and potted plants
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Owned and operated by the Seldovia Native Association, who have lived in the sheltered waters around Seldovia for more than 1,000 years, Dimond Center Hotel displays art from the Kachemak Bay region. Rooms have Ultimate Dream Beds, created specifically for the property, coffee makers, refrigerators, microwaves, and deep soaking tubs. From the centrally located hotel, you can explore museums like the Alaska Native Heritage Center, see a show at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts or explore the galleries and cafes around town. Anchorage also has some excellent street art.

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