We live a good distance away from downtown Anchorage so when we have evening functions on weekends we like to stay in town at an Anchorage hotel. One of our most favorite hotels and probably the one we stay at the most is the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa. The Sheraton is 16 stories tall, making it one of the taller buildings in downtown. The hotel is located at 401 E. 6th Avenue, which is towards the east side of downtown.
The location is only 3 blocks from the Anchorage Museum. One of the advantages of its location is that there are no other buildings that disrupt the scenic view from the hotel. It recently underwent a huge $10 million dollar upgrade making it even more elegant and upscale for guests. The main lobby showcases Native Alaskan Artwork throughout the two story lobby. The lobby provides access to their new Jade Steak & Seafood Restaurant, the fireside Ptarmigan Lounge, a small gift shop and the Sheraton’s “Link” which has replaced the old business center experience with a more comfortable lounge setting where guests can relax, connect with friends and family via free Wi-Fi and internet-enabled computer stations. A highlight of the hotel lobby is a free-standing Jade stairway reaching up to the second floor.
Guest rooms are located on all sides of the building so no matter which side your room is on you have a view of mountains, water or downtown Anchorage. The rooms are nice and updated with modern plasma televisions, desks, sitting chair, coffee makers with coffee selections, and new tapestries. All rooms are non-smoking but they do have designated areas outside the hotel for smokers. All of the beds are your standard Sheraton specialty called SweetSleeper beds. Not sure what the secret is but I must admit they are very comfortable and we always get a good nights rest on these mattress systems.
I like to work out when we stay at the Sheraton and the new gym facility is now located on the 15th floor overlooking the Chugach Mountains. This is a perfect way to begin or end your day. They provide towels and have everything from treadmills, elliptical machines, mats for floor exercises, and a few weights. The newest and probably my favorite feature is their ICE SPA. The ICE SPA is located on the 16th floor. I call it my little peace of heaven since you are on the top floor and feel refreshed from the moment you arrive. You can have just about any innovative treatment you find in any major spa facility including a full service salon facility, nail salon, infinity tubs, wraps, massages, and even VIP suites for couples. We travel all around the world and we visit spas on a regular basis. The ICE SPA is definitely one that I recommend. I do suggest that you show up about 20 minutes before your scheduled treatment so you can take advantage of the quiet tranquil lounge. It’s relaxing with its warm fireplace, views of the mountains, and just a hint of soothing music to ease your mind. The ICE SPA isn’t just for the ladies either as there are plenty of treatments for men too.
Another nice feature of the hotel is the Ptarmigan Lounge near the lobby. My husband and I like to stop at the Ptarmigan after a busy day shopping, touring the city, or after an evening in downtown Anchorage to relax in overstuffed large chairs next to its stone fireplace for a nightcap. It is cozy and warm, and reminds me of a lodge in the woods. Regardless if you are a resident of Alaska or a visitor to Anchorage looking for a luxury overnight stay in downtown Anchorage, the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa is definitely the place to stay. Its location is ideal for downtown, staff is friendly and without-a-doubt my favorite hotel in Anchorage.