If you are a doubting Thomas, you should go to the Historic Anchorage Hotel and it will make you a believer. Stories of ghostly happenings have been told about the hotel for many years. One of the stories is related to the onetime Chief of Police, Jack Sturgus. He was the first police chief of Anchorage and he died just a few steps away from the Anchorage Hotel from a bullet in the back. It is said that he visits the scene of the crime every year to find his killer, as his murder remains unsolved to this day.
Several guests have reported seeing the apparition of a young girl walking the second-floor hall. The televisions in room 217 and 215 turn on and off on their own. Faucets in the rooms’ sink and tub run on their own, despite regular checks by plumbers.
There is the ghost of the woman who hung herself while still wearing her wedding dress. It is believed she was heartbroken when her groom failed to show up on their wedding day. Guests have also reported seeing pictures fly off walls and various faces and figures appearing in the hotel’s halls. Hotel employees are bothered by these ghosts that regularly they have to keep a diary to log all the activity.
Anchorage was still in its infancy stage when the original hotel was built at the corner of 3rd Avenue and E Street. For several years, the Anchorage Hotel was Anchorage’s premier lodging and meeting place. For some time, it was the only hotel in Anchorage where you can eat meals served on fine china. Artist Sydney Laurence was the hotel’s most famous guest. Most of his later years were spent in Alaska in his painting studio which was just located in the hotel’s lobby.
For a while, the hotel served as lodging under various names. However, in 1989, under the hotel’s new ownership, it was brought back to life, thanks to the extensive renovation done to it. Today, it stands out as an important part of the city of Anchorage.
Historic Anchorage Hotel is the only hotel in Anchorage which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel was restored to its original grandeur in 1989. If you ever find yourself in Anchorage, you should stay at the Historic Anchorage Hotel. Whether you are in a group or traveling alone, you will find yourself enjoying all the amenities.
If you are looking for elegant accommodation for your wedding day, your conference, exhibition or convention, the hotel has all the rooms you will ever need or seek. The event space can accommodate up to 150 guests. There are also meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 40 guests.
- Complimentary breakfast
- Safety deposit box
- 24-hours concierge
- Complimentary newspaper
- Fitness center
- On-site dry cleaning
- Copier and fax machine
- Business center
- Gift shop
- Wireless internet connection
- Free local phone calls
- Cable television
Things to Do
Alaska is a marvelous place where there are lots of things to enjoy. Guests can spend the day viewing the native animals of Alaska such as polar bears, moose, and leopards at the Alaska Zoo. There are lots of tours which will satisfy guests’ curiosity in Alaska. There is the Alaska Railroad tour which will show guests the beauty and wonder of the state.
People who love nature and wildlife will enjoy whale watching and witnessing the grandeur of the largest mammals in the world in the Kenai Fjords National Park. Guests can also cruise around the Prince William Sound and take in the sights of the huge glaciers and the wildlife which inhabit them.
Interested in culture and history? Alaska has a good share of art museums and galleries. There is the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Artique Ltd. And Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
- Deluxe standard rooms start at $109
- Deluxe double rooms start at $109
- Deluxe junior suites start at $179
- Deluxe double junior suites start at $179