Hotel Alyeska

Base camp for Alaska's year-round fun
Surrounded by mountains, hanging glaciers and the ocean in the distance, Hotel Alyeska is a destination for those who love the great outdoors. In the heart of Girdwood about 30 minutes outside of Anchorage, the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel has been essential to transforming this gold rush mining town into a world-class ski resort since it opened in 1994.

The chateau-inspired hotel is also a good base camp in the summer for exploring nearby Prince William Sound, fishing on the Kenai Peninsula, deep-sea fishing in Seward, rafting wild rivers or watching for wildlife. You might find yourself on the ski slopes with star athletes, as the area has been a training ground for both Olympic medalists and World Cup champions. There is something for every level — from beginner ski lessons to expert heli-skiing — and the deep, steep snow is a must for all enthusiasts.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Hotel Alyeska, tucked into a scenic valley surrounded by mountains, hanging glaciers and the ocean in the backdrop, is home to a plethora of outdoor adventures.
  • Whether you visit for skiing, fishing, parasailing, windsurfing, or whale-watching, pack a picnic and seize the chance for exploration.
  • Head to the hotel's indoor saltwater pool, relax in the hot tub with stunning views of North Face, the most popular Black Diamond run, or opt for a restorative Vichy shower massage at The Spa at Alyeska.
  • The best dining experience is a 2,300-foot tram ride up the mountain at Seven Glaciers Restaurant. Guests enjoy stunning views along with fine seafood cuisine.
Things to Know
  • For ski lovers, Alyeska is a world-class resort. February and March offer the most consistent perfect powdery snow with night skiing a must for enthusiasts.
  • Girdwood is home to the northernmost rainforest. In season, you’ll want to take a few days to hike in and around the area and enjoy the abundant wildflowers and wildlife.
  • You’ll see plenty of fireweed growing wild; keep an eye out for it in local delicacies such as fireweed honey, jelly and ice cream.  
  • In the hotel entrance and throughout the public areas, a new collection of Native Alaskan artwork is on display, featuring artists such as Larry Ahvakana and Percy Avugiak’s famous Inuit figures and sculptures.
  • Families can find respite from the slopes or trails by the large lobby fireplace; the hotel has board games guests can borrow.
The Rooms
  • The 304 guest rooms at Hotel Alyeska are outfitted in muted tones and all the modern amenities you’d expect at a luxury hotel.
  • You’ll find Serta Presidential pillow-top mattresses, heated towel racks and bedside panels that turn on the “do not disturb” sign outside of your room.
  • Many of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel's accommodations offer mountain views and feature Alaska Native artwork from turn-of-the-century photographer and artist Edward Curtis.
  • Although very comfortable, the rooms will be less the focus of your stay at the Girdwood, Alaska, hotel and more of a place to rest up after hitting the slopes or hiking the various trails.
  • To that end, there are also lockers outside of each guest room for storing everything from muddy hiking boots to ski gear.
The Restaurants
  • If you opt to take the tram up to Seven Glaciers, be sure to indulge in Kodiak scallops or Alaskan king crab while soaking in the majestic scenery.
  • The Pond Café offers a full breakfast menu as well as a copious buffet.
  • Watch a game at the Aurora Bar and Grill while sampling pizzas, salads and an exceptional Snake River Farms hamburger.
  • The chefs at Sakura Asian Bistro feature local Alaskan seafood in their daily creations.
  • If you want coffee or a quick bite before heading outdoors, stop in at the Tramway Café for breakfast burritos, deli wraps and more.
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Getting There
1000 Arlberg Avenue, Girdwood, Alaska 99587
ANC (55 min)  
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