I stayed for five nights in the Discovery Suite. The Inn is quite pretty and everything is immaculate. The mattress was very comfortable and the from was quiet and pleasant. My overall disappointment is based on very specific factors.
First, I stayed there while attending classes at the Pacific Northwest School of Art. I had understood that the Inn was within "walking distance" to the School, but that turns out to be a highly subjective description/measure that was not true for me. I was there during a heat-wave and the half-mike walk from the Inn to the School is mostly uphill. Carrying art supplies and materials, the morning hike was a real chore. I tried hard to arrange a standing order for a morning cab ride, or to nail down bus times and stops, but I was not successful and the distance between the B and B and the School was a real sore point for me throughout my stay.
More troubling, the first day I returned from classes to find the front door to the Inn standing wide open and the door to my room at the top of the first flight of stairs wide open as well! Of course, I assumed that I had screwed up the door-shutting and locking routine, so I let the matter pass and the next morning I tested the door as if I were on the gridiron. I left for class with no worries but came back to the Inn at the end of the day to find ... the door to my room again standing wide open!!! I flew downstairs to get to the bottom of the problem and was told by the staff person in charge that the Inn had been having trouble with that door for a long time. That was not a satisfying response, of course. The safety and integrity of the traveler's belongings is a core service expected and relied upon by the traveler. The problem of those two security breaches was somehow resolved after I complained when it happened the second night in a row. Even so, I was uncomfortable on check-out day when I needed to leave my property until later in the afternoon that there was no lockable space that could be made available. I was instructed to leave my bags at the desk (generally unstaffed and just inside the unlocked front door) and I worried about the security of my property all day. Given the two prior incidents, it would have been a much-appreciated courtesy to allow some better security for my belongings on on check-out day.
I am of course aware of the many hundreds of satisfied visitors to Anchorage Inn. Their reviews are the reason I booked there in the first place. But the truth is that it was not the wonderful experience for me that it has been for so many others.
It is strange that Trip Advisor categorizes Anchorage Inn as a restaurant. Of course, it is not.
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