Anchorage, AK Hotels
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The largest city in Alaska only has two roads in and out. One goes north and the other leads south. Known for its great outdoors, a visit to Anchorage offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife like bears, eagles, and bison. A recent increase in tourism to Anchorage saw the city invest in visitor amenities, so travelers should have no problem finding cheap hotels in the area. Get ready to enjoy the natural wonders and adventure of Alaska.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Anchorage, AK

The Lakefront Anchorage - A Millennium Hotel
The Lakefront Anchorage - A Millennium Hotel
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4.0
4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage
from $74
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Anchorage
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Anchorage
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3.5
321 East 5th Avenue, Anchorage
from $105
Travelodge Anchorage
Travelodge Anchorage
4610 Spenard Rd, Anchorage
from $59
Alaska Backpackers Inn
Alaska Backpackers Inn
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2.6
409 Eagle Street, Anchorage
from $24
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Anchorage Airport
from $129
Westmark Anchorage Hotel
Westmark Anchorage Hotel
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3.5
720 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage
from $89
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa
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3.8
401 E 6th Avenue, Anchorage
from $160
Anchorage Grand Hotel
Anchorage Grand Hotel
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3.6
505 W 2nd Ave, Anchorage
from $99
Brooke Drive B&B
Brooke Drive B&B
2533 Brooke Drive, Anchorage
from $140
Fireweed Manor Bed and Breakfast
Fireweed Manor Bed and Breakfast
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4.8
1013 E 28th Avenue, Anchorage
from $135
More About Anchorage, AK Hotels...

Activities for the Adventurous Type

Bear sightings are a common occurrence in Anchorage, and Alaska is the only state where people can see black, brown, and polar bears. Visitors may see bears sauntering into the woods or fishing for salmon at the top of a waterfall. To view a polar bear in Anchorage, take a trip to the Alaska Zoo to visit the conservation area for animals. To stay nearby in a budget hotel, try the Parkwood Inn Anchorage or the Aspen Suites Hotel.

Camping in the Last Frontier is a great way to experience the outdoors and save on accommodation costs. Trek to Chugach National Forest, build a fire, and share camp stories in this enormous state park, the third largest in the country. Campers may even come across Dall sheep, spot moose in the foothills, or see a beluga whale in the distance.

Great Hostels for Travelers on a Budget

Spenard Hostel International is one of the few hostels serviced by the PeopleMover Route 7, a bus route that drops people off directly outside the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. For those willing to pitch a tent on the lawn, the rate will be lower than any other accommodation in Anchorage.

The Arctic Adventure Hostel is 1.5 miles outside of downtown and offers travelers diverse amenities at low rates. Staying here makes it a breeze to explore the Chester Creek trail, a four-mile path perfect for cycling, cross-country skiing, and moose spotting.

Alaska Backpackers Inn is in the heart of downtown Anchorage and offers a fun and social environment while being budget-friendly. The Inn doesn’t take reservations during the winter, so it’s best to ask in person.

Diverse Accommodation Options with Airbnb

Anchorage offers over 100 Airbnb rentals with diverse options, ranging from a travel trailer in the park to entire homes near biking and ski trails. Private rooms can run almost double the price of a hostel dorm, but the option to cook meals at home can help budget travelers break even.

Book in the Shoulder Season for a Budget Hotel

Peak tourism season runs through July and August, when visitors can enjoy up to 19.5 hours of daylight. To compensate for this short season, tour companies often jack up prices to prepare for tourism’s winter hibernation. Visiting in May and after Labor Day is the best way to get around the high prices and the huge crowds.

To really see what local life is like, visit in March when residents are celebrating the end of the ski season with the annual 50-km Nordic Ski Race around Anchorage. A few hundred locals participate and many more attend to revel afterwards.

Once voted the top winter carnival by National Geographic Traveler, the Fur Rondy is a must-visit festival. The carnival happens in February, and visitors can enjoy over a hundred events such as hockey, sled dog racing, bonfires, and an ice sculpture competition. Be sure not to miss the running of the reindeer!

Use the Bus System to Get Around on the Cheap

To really save money, use the PeopleMover bus system. Day passes are cheap and the buses can get you most places you would like to go, including the airport on Route 7A. Anchorage is better suited to exploring on wheels. When it’s warm, consider renting a bike to reliably get around the city.

Adventure Calls in Anchorage

Affordability and Great Locations in Anchorage

Hotels in Anchorage, Alaska offer convenient access to outdoor activities as well as city sights. The local Motel 6 is a true money-saver, and the Barratt Inn Anchorage Airport is perfect if you just want somewhere to lay your head before an early morning flight.

Smaller Crowds and Lower Prices in Cold Alaska Winters

Head to Anchorage before mid-June or after mid-August to escape the summertime rush and get 10 to 25 percent off at many hotels. Rates are lowest — and options most plentiful — in winter. The Anchorage Grand Hotel, for example, is just one option that offers winter specials. Be warned, however: Temperatures severely drop November through March. 

Anchorage on the Cheap

If business brings you downtown or you simply want to be close to the restaurants and nightlife, you'll find budget-friendly rates at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel. For hotel deals in Anchorage midtown, try Millennium Hotel Anchorage or Motel 6 Anchorage.  

Just want airport convenience and a cheap room? Try the Barratt Inn Anchorage Airport, which offers free shuttle service to whisk you to and from the airport.  

 

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