By Theresa Russell
Close to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, two bicycle rental companies and downtown, the Copper Whale Inn occupies an ideal location for discovering Anchorage. One of the few buildings not destroyed in the 1964 earthquake, the inn offers 14 guest rooms.
The main area where the included breakfast is served has ample seating with tv trays and a fireplace. Coffee and tea are available throughout the day. The intimate size of the inn is ideal for meeting other travelers. On our first night at Copper Whale, I greeted a woman at breakfast whose native language wasn’t English. She asked me if I spoke French, Italian or German. I choose French, knowing that my husband would be better able to communicate with this woman from outside Milan. We proceeded outside to the patio where we enjoyed our breakfast and learned about the woman’s travels. It’s moments like this that characterize the value of staying at a smaller establishment.
Our room had three steps down from the entry to the sleeping area. With no rail, the stairs created some anxiety. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom, also located at the top of the stairs was spacious. A window air conditioner provided some relief from the unseasonably warm temperatures, but it was impossible to benefit from the air if both privacy and darkness were of any importance as the blinds covered the air conditioner.
The staff was friendly, the inn was clean, comfortable and homey. The continental breakfast included items like cereal, muffins, yogurt and fruit and provided a good start to the day. For those who are sensitive to the light, it’s a good idea to carry a pair of eye shades especially during the Alaska summer when the light never subsides.