Below is information on our conference hotel (Hilton Anchorage) 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 a couple of places downtown for renting bicycles.
The 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.
There are many places to stay in Anchorage, with easy access to everything the city has to offer. You can find more information from Visit Anchorage here>. There are also places listed on airbnb and vrbo.
A few other centrally located hotels downtown are described below:
Quality Suites Historic Downtown:
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, plus most have a pull-out sofa. They also have free wifi and a small fridge, and 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.
Phone number: (907) 274-1000
Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage:
The 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
The hotel is right downtown within easy walking distance of all venues for meeting. Free wifi, fitness center, business center. Breakfast not included. Full restaurant and bar plus espresso bar in hotel. Non-smoking hotel. No airport shuttle; valet parking for $15 per night.
Phone number: (907) 276-7676
Comfort Inn Downtown – Ship Creek:
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 frig in room. Breakfast is included. Free parking for guests, complimentary airport shuttle.
Phone number: (907) 277-6887