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Clarion Suites Downtown
Ranked #27 of 72 Hotels in Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska
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30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Price was right!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

The motel was adequate, did have a noisy heating air system as mentioned in other comments. Also, we stayed 6 nights and room service only came 2-3 times. The hallways never were vacuumed in that time frame.
The high note, was that the rooms were spacious and ours was had 2 rooms, not including the restroom.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a 2 room unit for longer stays!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Heidysgirl
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Kenai, Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

We were in Anchorage for appointments and found this to be an excellent choice. Great location, helpful staff, and a well appointed room. We liked the room layout in that you entered a living space/desk, comfortable sofa, refrigerator, microwave, tv, etc, then the bathroom and then the bedroom(with 2nd tv) which was furthest from the hallway. The buffer zone made it perfect for sleeping and working at the computer, etc in the other room. Breakfast had a nice variety of items to chose from, including eggs, waffles, etc.. All the staff members were so helpful and encouraged us to let them know if there were any problems. Wondering about why it was "just about perfect"? Nasty parking lot/ unplowed berms which did get cleared late the 2nd day. We stayed two nights and look forward to using the Clarion Suites on return trips to Anchorage.

Room Tip: Pick the park side of the building. Even with a street below, our room was quiet.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Patricia S
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Wasilla, Alaska
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134 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

We've stayed at this property in the past while in Anchorage. The rooms are big with separate living & sleeping areas, two TV's, a couch, desk, mini fridge, microwave & coffee maker.
I don't drink coffee, but I did notice that there was only a single packet of decaf coffee provided. I'm sure this was a simple oversight by housekeeping and a phone call to the front desk would've fixed it if you were looking for some caffeine.
The breakfast is good. They had scrambled eggs, sausage, breakfast potatoes, cereal, waffles, toast, and bagels. In the past they've had bacon, but not this time. And they only had two choices of cereal. Still, it's ten times better than what some hotels call "breakfast."
The pool is tiny and was crowded both times we went to use it. The work out room has only three pieces of equipment that are in need of updating.
The room was clean, check in & out was efficient. The parking lot is too small & shared with a nearby restaurant.
The hotel does sit on a busy street, as do most of the hotels in downtown Anchorage.
You could do much worse than staying here.

Room Tip: A room on the parking lot side would have less road noise, but not the nicer view of the Park Strip.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank AKStafford
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Anchorage
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

We frequently stay in the Choice brand hotels. This was our worst Choice stay. Uncharacteristically poor front desk service, lack of a senior discount, and stained bedding marred what would otherwise have been a lovely stay. The hotel is in a great location, right on the Anchorage Park Strip and just three blocks from the downtown arts, retail, and restaurant core. Rooms have a sitting area with a flat screen tv and love seat, a microwave and refrigerator, and a bedroom with another flat screen tv. Wifi and a very decent breakfast are free offerings. It's a shame to have to report that the bedspread had an obvious stain, which is a turnoff. The front desk clerk upon check-in was friendly and helpful; the checkout clerk, however, was indifferent to us and another guest. We complained about a charge for the in-room safe that we did not use, but the clerk refused to remove the silly charge. We booked the room at the Choice website, and for the first time ever could not bring up a senior discount rate. We had looked forward to the hot tub for our weekend getaway on a cold winter's night, but it was out of order! So was the swimming pool! We wondered - did the hotel intentionally close the pool room because there were Special Olympic athletes staying there? The staff did not seem to care about our disappointment, offered no discount, and could only offer a shuttle to another Choice property to use their hot tub - not an enticing option when it's 18 degrees, cold, windy, and snowy! We stayed here in 2009 when the hotel was under the Hawthorne Suite brand. We had no problems at all then, so expected the same good experience this time but were disappointed. It would not take much effort on Choice's part to fix these negatives and restore this property into a lovely place to stay in downtown Anchorage.

Room Tip: Try to get a room that overlooks the park.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank MarvinAnchorage
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

So they told me they needed another credit card just to hold my room, that they would NOT charge my card. When I got home I checked my bank statements to find almost $700 dollars charged to my credit card when they said my credit card was just for hold! There was another credit card on file that all room charges were supposed to get charged to already. When I called them for answers, the receptionist sounded busy, got my phone number & said they'd call back & today is the 4th day, I haven't heard anything back from them. I'm calling them back today & if they don't send me a detailed summary of all charges, what does that say about them? That they don't need to give me the reasons why they took my money? I have kids I provide for & I'm not a rich person either. I'm looking for logical answers I still haven't gotten.

Room Tip: just ask the receptionist which floor or side is quietest at the time
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank molena k
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Additional Information about Clarion Suites Downtown

Property: Clarion Suites Downtown
Address: 1110 West 8th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
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Region: United States > Alaska > Anchorage
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Anchorage
#12 Business Hotel in Anchorage
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,991 - ₹ 17,021
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clarion Suites Downtown 2.5*
Number of rooms: 112
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