We review the best Marriott in Anchorage, Alaska, Sheraton vs. Marriott. Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. It’s a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains, including the Chugach, Kenai, and Talkeetna.
In terms of the best hotels in Anchorage, there’s a rather sparse selection of good hotels, the best being The Lakefront Anchorage, Marriott Downtown, and Sheraton Hotel & Spa.
The Marriott is a much better choice than the Sheraton. The Marriott has a better location, whereas the Sheraton is quite a walk from points of interest and downtown. The lifts in the Sheraton are very slow, and the rooms aren’t as good. However, if you are in doubt, please have a read of my more detailed reviews below. The Hilton is right downtown and is nicer than the Sheraton, but if you want to stick to the Marriott loyalty scheme, the Marriott is your best choice in Anchorage.
I have already reviewed the best club lounges in Anchorage, Alaska.
1. Marriott Anchorage Downtown
Marriott Anchorage Downtown is a Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Category 5 hotel in downtown Anchorage and just 5 miles from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Whether awaiting your cruise ship to arrive at the nearby port, attending a conference in downtown Anchorage, or taking a day trip to explore the Alaskan countryside, their spacious rooms provide plush beds for a great night’s sleep. Picturesque city and mountain views will greet you when you rise.
Jumpstart your morning with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and a buffet breakfast at Cafe Promenade, also open for dinner. Take advantage of free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel’s public spaces, and enjoy the fitness center and an indoor pool. The hotel’s location is within walking distance of the bus and train station, which makes getting around the city a breeze.
Marriott Anchorage Downtown has an executive club lounge with a view north across the downtown. This lounge also has a good view of the military planes that arrive and depart JB Elmendorf. While the rooms here are better than the Sheraton in town, being larger and better furnished, the lounge offering here is worse.
The morning breakfast is fairly basic, and the light snacks in the evening are just that, snacks rather than a full meal, with cold cuts, crisps, salsa, and one hot dish plus desserts. This lounge is also closed on weekends, so Gold and Platinum Marriott Bonvoy members get breakfast vouchers instead of free lounge access on weekends.
2. Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa hotel is a Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Category 5 hotel in downtown Anchorage. It offers signature beds and recently remodeled rooms and suites. You can walk to your conference at Egan Convention Center, or stroll to the Anchorage Museum, both only a 10-minute walk away.
After a day of sightseeing or business, enjoy fresh seafood and perfectly-seared steaks at JADE Restaurant, Steak & Seafood, or visit the 24-hour fitness center or Ice Spa.
There is a club lounge here with a decent espresso machine along with a full breakfast in the morning, which includes hot dishes. Evening light bites are also served in this executive club lounge, but they don’t serve alcoholic drinks. Instead, Gold and Platinum Marriott Bonvoy members get a coupon for 1 drink at the hotel bar. Overall, the Marriott is the better choice in Anchorage.
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