We will be taking our 2nd Alaska cruise next May and would like opinions. Need a hotel in Anchorage as well as Vancouver. We weren't real happy with the hotels we had the 1st trip. Is it better to let Princess book hotels or would we be better booking ourselves? Would like something downtown or in walking distance to shops and eating places. Our traveling companions 1st cruise want to be able to show them around. Any help appreciated.
Suggest you book your hotel through priceline.com - reason is I got a 5 start downtown hotel in Vancouver, BC - the Hyatt Regency - for the two days before my cruise from Vancouver, end of Sept. for $65/night - when the usual prices are $265/nt - not bad.
Anchorage is difficult to show anyone around without a car. It is a big spread out city with plenty to see. AND no why would you pay double to have the cruiseline book a room for you. If you note- the prices are per person. If you won't have a car then a central downtown area is necessary- but plan activities and see what is your interests- www.anchorage.net With a car you can see far more with the bonus of the scenic drive of the Arm or heading north and take a short spirt house tour- nothing like it. of take a hike in Eagle River nature center. And if at all possible add several days- Seward is the gem of gems and it's a big missed opportunity for excellent tours.
We booked through Princess and stayed at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. I love that hotel, it's beautiful and right on the water and they have the "Heavenly Bed", and let me tell you I slept like a baby! It's close to downtown and is about 15 minutes from Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension bridge. Well worth it. If you like luxury and comfort, I highly recommend this hotel.
We stayed at Hyatt Regency in Vancouver in 2002, & paid $60 through Priceline. It's very nice & is next to a nice small shopping mall. In Anchorage, we stayed at a small motel that Holland America uses. It was right down the street from the Holiday Inn. We went in the lobby & it looked really nice. It's in the downtown area.