Columbia Sussex, which has owned and managed the Hilton Anchorage since 2006, completed an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation, including refreshing and relaxing upgrades to the lobby, dining establishments, guestrooms, fitness center and conference spaces.
“Alaska is known for its incredible scenic views and wilderness in every direction. We wanted to complement the natural gifts of the state by using a modern color palette with enough warmth to reflect the elements of earth and water, creating a modern ambiance,” said Tanja Wick, design director, Columbia Sussex.
Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, and within walking distance of the Anchorage Convention District and some of the best dining, shopping and attractions the city has to offer, the 606-room property is the prime location for conferences, conventions, tourism and business travel, with most rooms featuring magnificent views of the Chugach Mountain Range, Cook Inlet or the cityscape.
The hotel’s new guestroom design celebrates the up-to-date and accessible feeling of Hilton hotels. The natural color palette of earth and water tones highlights the beautiful colors of Alaska’s pristine wilderness and Northern Lights with a modern and comfortable atmosphere.
Wick added, “We harmoniously incorporated the abstract elements of nature on the ground, the texture of bark, illustrating the quivering of the Aspen trees while extracting movement and colors of the Northern Lights. We strove to provide views of the Alaska mountain range and the Cook Inlet, coupled with Alaskan hospitality.”
The hotel also offers 11 suites and more than 50 Club Level executive rooms, echoing the natural color palette of the hotel’s interiors and are generously appointed with comfortable furniture, updated decor, and blackout curtains in each room.
The revamp wasn’t without its challenges. “Because the hotel has 20 room types, our goal was to ensure each room was consistent with new amenities without obstructing the spectacular window views,” she said.
Guests at the Hilton Anchorage have access to the reinvigorated fitness center, specifically designed to meet the needs of the hotel’s active and outdoors-oriented guests with fitness equipment. The enhanced fitness center also features an indoor pool, hot tub, and is one of the most unique in Anchorage with views of the Alaska mountain range and the Cook Inlet.
The hotel’s 23,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space also received new wallcoverings, carpet, banquet chairs and tables. There are 19 flexible meeting rooms, and the grand Alaska Ballroom can accommodate up to 900 guests. Attendees will notice a calming atmosphere and a feeling of Alaskan wilderness similar to the new guestrooms.