This chateau-style hotel is the utmost in comfort and modernity, with touches of indigenous design to ensure you’re at one with your surroundings. Native Alaskan artwork adorns the walls in this palatial building and it’s the perfect place to recover from your action-packed itinerary and outdoor escapades in the region. We’re confident that the magnificent backdrop will leave you taken aback each time you step out of the door.
Nestled away in a valley of the Chugach Mountains is the year-round resort of Girdwood, surrounded by hanging glaciers, spectacular ocean views, and with the Alyeska right at its heart. This luxury hotel is the perfect place from which to experience the magnificent Alaskan wilderness – groomed cross country ski trails start at your doorstep, and a 16-person whirlpool with bay windows overlooking the north face of Mt Alyeska awaits you at the end of the day. Girdwood is just a 45-minute drive from Anchorage, but why not make a day of it; take the scenic route around various icy rivers and glaciers and spot wildlife galore on your way.
This is no ordinary mountain lodge, so expect to find wifi, a saltwater pool, traditional sauna, fitness centre, and Starbucks in-room coffee. All 304 guestrooms are adorned with plush carpets and interiors, having just undergone a complete renovation, and are the perfect antidote to a day in the mountains. Summit rooms on the top floor of the hotel offer spectacular views, and if that doesn’t quite cut the mustard, the Royal Suite is truly top-notch – a veritable mansion with floor-to-ceiling windows, a marble bathroom with king-size bath tub and cherry wood interiors.
Why we love it
The attention to detail at Aleyska ensures you’ve got all the time you need to gaze at the looming alpine scenery, glacial vistas and verdant slopes, and if the view from your room isn’t quite enough, ride the 60-passenger tram to 2,300 feet above sea level. After a peruse around the museum, ski back to the hotel for a guilt-free trip to the spa, offering Vichy treatments, yoga sessions, facials, massages, and body treatments.