Whether traveling solo or as a family, travelers love hotels with pools. It’s just so relaxing to be able to soak in water, swim in the pool or soak in a hot tub after a long day of sightseeing, right?
Swimming pools in Anchorage?
Yup. They may be heated or indoors, but they’re still swimming pools! I’ve set out on a mission to explore accommodation options in Anchorage for hydrophiles that simply must book a hotel with a pool in it. You’ll be happy to learn that these hotels and motels are actually quite affordable too. At least some of them.
Just keep in mind that we’re talking about Alaska here, okay? This isn’t Florida cheap. It’s Alaska cheap. There’s a difference. The point here was to find hotels that have pools without being super expensive compared to other hotels in Anchorage.
Why Anchorage hotels with pools?
The request for accommodation with its own recreational bathing facilities seemed a bit odd at first. After all, you’re in Alaska so surely you have other requirements on your mind?
Here’s the deal:
Turns out many people really prefer to unwind following a day of sightseeing. And a pool that’s directly on the hotel premises is a favorite way of doing just that. I know that because I’m a blogger and I regularly check what people search for.
How I determine which hotel offers better rates
I checked searches on Booking.com for the same summer dates and compared the prices. Now, I won’t be sharing the actual prices in the posts. Why? In my experience, while hotels/motels tend to be in certain “tiers” of pricing, the actual rate for a specific date can be, shall we say, flexible.
You may just find a good deal for your dates in a hotel that showed up as being more expensive for the dates I searched.
What I did do was to order the hotels by price range. The first hotel in this list came up with the lowest room rate. It goes up from there.
Make reservations as early as you can. That’s how we saved up to 50% in hotel rates for the very same rooms. We did that in Alaska and the Canadian Rockies – both extremely popular destinations with short seasons.
With that in mind, here’s the actual list!
If you are looking for a place to stay in at downtown Anchorage that is affordable yet still has a pool, Clarion Suites Downtown Anchorage seems like a good bet. Former guests left reviews about the pool saying it was nice and kids loved it. This heated pool is usually not crowded but reviewers also mentioned it’s not too large. The Clarion Suites Downtown Anchorage also has a hot tub and of course, additional amenities. Guests especially loved it for being very peaceful.
Quality Suites Historic Downtown is right in the heart of the city making it a really nice place to stay at.
As for the pool, according to reviewers, it’s well-lit but a bit on the small side. Chairs are also available at the indoor pool area and there’s a nearby hot tub too, so you can enjoy either or both. Kids seem to love the pool area and guests enjoy extended opening hours for this area of the hotel.
If you want a hotel with free breakfast and an indoor pool, definitely check out the Fairfield Inn & Suites Anchorage Midtown. The hotel is not that huge but kids love the pool area. There are actually rooms beside the pool! Ask for a poolside room when making the reservation if you want your room close to the swimming area. Great for keeping an eye on older kids from the comfort of your room (though of course, you should never leave young kids unattended in any pool area).
There’s a fun Jacuzzi as well as a fitness center, everything you need for an active and relaxing stay. This property is also close to a lot of landmarks and even their coffee seemed to create a buzz among reviewers! Not too shabby for the price (check it out, there’s a reason this is #3 on this list).
If the pool feature is something that’s important for you and you come with extended family or friends, this may not be the best choice for you. According to their listing, only nine people are allowed in the pool. Another five can get into the hot tub. That’s both good and bad, depending on whether or not you’re one of the lucky people who got in.
Kids reportedly love the indoor pool but some reviewers mentioned it got too cold sometimes. You also get to see the person cleaning the pool so it’s great to know that someone is maintaining the cleanliness in the area. The location is quite close to a number of landmarks in Anchorage, Alaska. It also has a fitness center and breakfast is generally recommended by past guests.
Close proximity to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport as well as a relaxing pool area – both are available at Courtyard Anchorage Airport. If you’re visiting on business, this location isn’t far away from downtown Anchorage either.
And they have two swimming pools! So they absolutely had to be included in this list of Anchorage hotels with pools! The indoor pool is accessible all-year round but the outdoor pool is open to the public only on warm summer days. The pool and the hot tub are said to be really clean and can be enjoyed by couples, adults, and families alike.
Both the pool and the hot tub have received great reviews from past guests so it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth the buzz. Don’t worry about the price, this hotel isn’t super expensive and it may be worth it.
More in the mid-range in terms of price, the Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown’s indoor pool and hot tub seem to be crowd favorites. The pool is quite small but it is reportedly a relaxing area at the hotel. Other amenities at Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown are the in-house fitness center and an on-site restaurant and bar.
Climbing up in price and possibly in comfort level too. The indoor swimming pool at this hotel is clean and former guests seem to have really enjoyed it. The area is well-lit and offers a great view. The indoor pool is kept warm so as to offer a nice and relaxing swimming experience for hotel guests. What’s more likable is the fact that they have facilities to help lower people with disabilities into the pool or the hot tub.
Hampton Inn Anchorage is also known for great coffee, wonderful breakfast, and comfortable beds so check it out.
Another affordable option for Anchorage hotels with pools is the Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage. Enjoy a good night’s sleep and relaxing around their indoor pool during your Alaska vacation. Families with kids would appreciate the pool for its size. Adults may enjoy the later hours but be advised that the pool at Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage closes at 10 P.M.
Interestingly, one guest mentioned that they had booked this hotel specifically for the pool but it was out of order when they got there. The hotel staff then helped them go to another property for free usage of the pool. That’s pretty neat! And clearly proves that people are looking specifically for Anchorage hotels with pools!
Guests at Residence Inn Anchorage Midtown have access to an indoor pool in the facility. The swimming pool is really kid-friendly because of the design and the colorful decorations above the pool area. The deepest part is only 5 feet and six inches so it is really designed with younger guests in mind.
The pool is reportedly clean and a great feature of Residence Inn Anchorage Midtown. They do not, however, have a hot tub. The hotel is also close to a lot of landmarks. It is a high-end hotel – or at least higher end – so check all of the amenities and see if it’s worth the price for you.
Next of our list of Anchorage hotels with pools is the Homewood Suites by Hilton Anchorage. The pool is reportedly quite spacious and features a modern design. There are chairs around the pool where parents can relax while their children are swimming. Or just hang around the pool and enjoy some leisurely time. Guests should know, however, that there are no towels in the pool area so they should request for some before going for a swim.
There are times that the pool is cold but generally, the pool seems to be one of the best features of this hotel. One guest even described it as immaculate!
At the Embassy Suites in Anchorage, you will get to enjoy an indoor pool that is accessible all-year round. Keep your expectations within reason though. This is not a fancy tropical resort. It’s a good hotel in Anchorage, yet not all reviews of the pool were positive. Former guests suggested that it needs some deep cleaning and a heater as it was a bit too cold when they visited.
And if you’re a traveling family, this not may be a good choice for you. The pool area is accessible to adults only. Then again, this is a plus if you’re a traveling business person who’s looking for some peace and quiet around the pool. Aside from the pool, you can lounge at the hot tub area which is fairly larger and open from 10 P.M. to 12 midnight.
Other facilities in Embassy Suites Anchorage are an in-house fitness center, a bar and – according to reviews – a great breakfast.
Anchorage hotels with pools: Closing words
In case it hasn’t been very clear, we did not stay in any of these hotels while we visited Anchorage. To be honest, my boys aren’t very keen on using hotel pools. Typical teenagers, they prefer to hook up to the WiFi and catch up on their online stuff once we finally get back to the hotel at the end of the day. Ok, who am I kidding? It’s not a teenager thing – their mom and dad are pretty much the same 😉
If I may recommend another post on this blog, there’s quite a lot of things to see and do in Anchorage. There’s enough to do in Anchorage to keep you busy for a few days. Some of these attractions involve driving out of town for up to an hour in every direction. Some involve hiking. It totally makes sense to soak in a hot tub or warm pool water to stretch your limbs at the end of the day.
But if you’re different and are actually looking for Anchorage hotels with pools, I hope you find this list helpful. Leave me a comment if you liked it and if you happened to have stayed with one of these establishments, do share your experience with us!
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