A note from the meeting organizers: We recommend booking your hotel room as soon as possible—June is peak tourist season, and all hotels near the conference venue are expected to fill up well in advance of the meeting.
Below is information on the Hilton Anchorage, Quality Suites Historic Downtown, and several other hotels in downtown Anchorage that have reasonable rates and are within easy walking distance of the venues for the meeting (Egan Center, Dena’ina Center, and Anchorage Museum). The hotels are surrounded by restaurants, brew pubs, galleries, an outdoor open-air market (open on weekends), and tons of gift shops. You can also easily walk to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, where you can walk or bike along the coastal marshes and mudflats for spectacular views of mountains, Cook Inlet, and nesting and early-staging birds.
Although there is no sales tax in Anchorage, there is a room tax (12%) at all hotels. There are several public and private parking garages, parking lots, and on-street metered parking, if you decide to rent a car. A few hotels provide free parking, but others charge up to $30 per day for valet parking, so please take these extra costs into consideration when you book your accommodations. There are also opportunities to rent bicycles downtown.
Official Conference Hotel: Hilton Anchorage
***Note: No more discounted rooms at the Hilton are available for the full length of the conference, but there may be rooms available for select dates. If you will only be in Anchorage for part of the week, we encourage you to check their website.
AOS has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Anchorage, our conference hotel, centrally located in downtown Anchorage. To receive group rates, reservations should be made no later than June 1, 2019, but sooner is advised because of the busy tourist season. The 2019 federal government per diem rate for Anchorage will apply; as a sample, the 2018 rates are as follows (plus 12% room tax):
Hilton Anchorage Cancellation Policy: Any reservations not cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival date of reservation, will be charged one night’s room and tax. Checks and major credit cards are acceptable to establish prepayment. All credit cards used to prepay will be charged immediately. The Hilton Anchorage will deduct any collected non-refundable prepayment fees from the amount you may owe as performance or cancellation damages.
The hotel has a restaurant and separate bar, grab-and-go coffee station, business center, fitness center, small pool, gift shop, and other amenities. Rates for guest rooms in the AOS room block include complimentary basic wireless internet. Valet parking is $30 per day.
Making Your Reservation:
Visit the Hilton webpage for the AOS room block:
Group Name: American Ornithologists Society
Group Code: AOS19
Rates Available: 20-JUN-2019 – 02-JUL-2019
Phone number for reservations: 1-800-HILTONS and request the group rate for American Ornithological Society.
Additional centrally located hotels downtown
***Note: The block of discounted rooms at the Quality Suites is now full, and the hotel is closed for renovations until June 1.
The hotel is within easy walking distance of all the venues. All rooms are suites, with two queen beds as an option in addition to two doubles or a king; most also have a pull-out sofa. Rooms have free WiFi and a small fridge and include free access to a microwave in the main dining room. They will have a full-service restaurant and bar available by 2019. Currently the hotel includes a free breakfast as part of the nightly rate. There is a small exercise room, small pool, and hot tub. The hotel advertises ‘gender-neutral restrooms.’ Free parking for guests, complimentary airport shuttle (first come, first served).
*Children age 13 and under are free. All others are considered adults.
Reservation Procedure: Reservations must be made by phone. Guests will need to mention that they are booking under the American Ornithological Society group block in order to receive the discounted rate. All charges will be due and payable upon checkout. A credit card is required to guarantee reservations. A valid photo ID and credit card will be required to check-in; names on both cards should match.
Cancellation Policy: Any reservations not cancelled 14 days prior to date of arrival will be penalized the full negotiated rate for each night. No shows reservations will also be penalized the full negotiated rate for each night.
Phone number: (907) 274-1000
***Note: As of April 4 the Ramada still has rooms available for every night of the meeting except Friday, June 28.
This hotel is a bit dated but is within easy walking distance of the Egan Center and Anchorage Museum (a little farther to the Dena’ina Center). It overlooks the port of Anchorage and is a block away from the Saturday Market (open outdoor market with food and crafts). Most rooms have two queen beds, but some have two doubles. Rooms on the north side of the building are quieter and have decent views. The Ramada has a very small exercise room and an adjacent, small restaurant and bar with an Alaskan theme. Free wifi. Breakfast not included. Free parking for guests, complimentary airport shuttle.
Phone number: (907) 272-7561
This newer hotel is down the hill from downtown Anchorage, near the port, the train depot, and Ship Creek (where you can fish for King Salmon!). Staying at the hotel would require a longer trek (and uphill) to the meeting venues and downtown. Free wifi, fitness center, business center. Microwave and small fridge in room. Breakfast is included. Free parking for guests, complimentary airport shuttle.
Phone number: (907) 277-6887
Phone number: (907) 222-5005
***Note: As of April 6, Inlet Tower only had a few rooms still available for the week of the meeting, but confirmed that attendees can receive a discounted rate if they state that they are with the American Ornithological Society when they make their reservation.
Phone number: (907) 276-0110