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We spent two nights at the Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage. The budget-friendly motel was updated with spa-style shower and decorator touches in the rooms but maintains a historical feel with the many framed photos from the city’s early years. The lobby was cozy with a feature fireplace and plenty of seating.

Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage is the perfect place to stay when exploring Anchorage, Alaska. This motel is just a 6-mile drive from the airport and offers comfortable rooms with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay.

Anchorage Airport Transportation to the Ramada

Our experience with this hotel began at the airport with the courtesy shuttle waiting for our arrival. During the ride, I especially enjoyed that the shuttle driver pointed out some of the local attractions and made restaurant recommendations as we moved through the city center towards the hotel. 

There are restaurants within walking distance to enjoy a delicious meal, even if you do not have a rental car. The lobby was cozy with a feature fireplace and plenty of seating. Our check-in service was very efficient, and we were soon on our way to the guest room.

Image of entry at Ramada by Wyndham motel in Anchorage Alaska
Entry at Ramada by Wyndham Motel in Anchorage, Alaska
Image inside Ramada Inn Anchorage Alaska lobby
Cozy interior lobby at the Ramada by Wyndham

Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage is an ideal place to stay overnight when visiting Alaska, especially if you will be using the Alaska Railroad for excursions.

The hotel is within walking distance of the Alaska railway depot, making it easy to get around. 

Ramada by Wyndham: The Hotel Room Review

When you stay at the Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage, you'll enjoy the spacious guest rooms. We spent two nights at the Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage. The hotel has been recently updated with spa-style shower and decorator touches in the rooms. Still, it maintains a historical feel with the many framed photos from the city's early years. We loved the moose decor. The room and ensuite bathroom were clean, and the queen-sized bed was comfortable with wonderfully soft pillows. As I mentioned above, we used the hotel's shuttle service from the airport. However, it was good to see ample parking in front of the building for travelers with rental cars, and another traveler mentioned parking behind the main building.

vintage Anchorage historic photos
Room Interior Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage Alaska

Our room on the second level overlooked an outdoor patio area. From our window, we watched the mountain colors change in the early evening. The sun never completely set, so the evening had a mesmerizing soft golden glow. We didn't spend much time in the room but were impressed that they offer free internet connectivity and an in-room refrigerator. The free self-serve breakfast buffet was delicious and filling and included the expected hot buffet items like eggs and sausage, along with plenty of cold cereals, juices, and fruit.

Image of outdoor seating at Ramada Inn Anchorage Alaska
Image of breakfast area Ramada Inn Anchorage Alaska

5 Must-Try Restaurants in Anchorage

The Crow's Nest

The first restaurant on our list is The Crow's Nest. This restaurant is in the heart of downtown Anchorage and offers a variety of American cuisine. The Crow's Nest also has a full bar, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Snow City Café

The next restaurant on our list is Snow City Café. This café is a popular downtown brunch spot open from 7 am to 3 pm, and the breakfast menu is available any time. This popular restaurant features local ingredients and celebrates caring for the environment and giving to the community.

Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse

Beer lovers, be sure to stop in at Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse. This restaurant was founded in 1994 as a casual neighborhood alehouse conveniently located in downtown Anchorage. With extended evening hours, this is the place for good times with friends to kick off your vacation. Check the website for information about live local music and enjoy an authentic nightlife experience while staying in Anchorage.

Club Paris Restaurant

If you appreciate a foodie experience, go to Club Paris for a tender, flavorful, charbroiled steak. The restaurant steaks are prepared in-house and sure to please even the most discerning palate. Looking for seafood? No worries! Club Paris is known for fresh Alaskan seafood, including Halibut and Red King Crab. Don't forget to plan for the specialty Chocolate Sweet Potato Pie, a sure winner from the dessert menu.

Slippery Salmon Bar & Grill

The Slippery Salmon Bar & Grill is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a meal or a drink after a long day exploring Anchorage. For us, it was so convenient after a full day of airport and flight time. Adjacent to the Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage Hotel, it is a casual dining, cozy restaurant that serves large portions of delicious food. The menu features American and Alaskan cuisine. Try the reindeer hot dogs or feast on the salmon chowder. The bar also has an impressive selection of local beers and wines so that you can toast your vacation in style.

Things to Do near Downtown Anchorage

There are so many things to do during an Alaska vacation. Our trip was packed with fun adventures that you can read about here. Or, if you're vacationing in Anchorage, here are some must-do activities.

The Ulu Factory

The Ulu Factory is a one-of-a-kind factory where you can watch artisans create handcrafted knives and other tools used by Alaskans. Watch while the knife-makers create the knife blade and handle,  assemble the completed item and package the knife for customers. This is a great place to shop for unique souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Ask for a personal tour for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Whaling Wall

Check out the Wyland Whaling Wall if you're looking for something to do while in downtown Anchorage. This massive mural depicts scenes from Alaska's ocean connection. In 1981, American artist Robert Wyland set out to paint 100 murals celebrating ocean life. In 1994, the artist completed “Alaska's Marine Life,” the 54th wall in the series. The vast mural is 400 feet long and 50 feet high. It's an impressive work of art and one of Anchorage's best-known landmarks.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail 

The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is a scenic 11-mile path that takes you through some of the best Anchorage scenery. The trail follows the shore of Cook Inlet from downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park. See the coastal marshes and forested hills while admiring the many landscape changes in Anchorage. The trail is perfect for biking or walking. Carry your binoculars to spot the local wildlife along the route. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is free and open to the public year-round. 

Alaska Railroad Depot 

Totem poles and an antique locomotive mark the entry to the Alaska Railroad Depot. Built in 1941, the depot building, built in 1941, is now home to the Anchorage Visitor Information Center, a museum, and a gift shop. The depot is located on Fourth Avenue between D and E Streets in Downtown Anchorage. Since 1915, this site has been the headquarters of the Alaska Railroad. Photos from that era show a one-story log building near Ship Creek believed to be Anchorage's first train depot. Totem poles and a shiny black locomotive (built in 1907) are displayed outside the station. Photographs and plaques inside explain the railroad's history and how the railroad contributed to Anchorage's quick growth spurts during the early 1900s. 

The Visitor Information Center is a great place to start your exploration of Anchorage. Pick up brochures or a map and ask about the best things to see and do in town. Ask the knowledgeable staff for suggestions for restaurants, shopping, and activities to help you make the most of your time in Anchorage. The depot exhibits highlight the history of the Alaska Railroad. The gift shop is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home. The Alaska Railroad Depot is a must-see for anyone interested in Anchorage's history or railroads in general. Admission to the Visitor Information Center and displays are free, but there is a parking charge.

image of 1907 Train on display at Anchorage railroad train depot
Anchorage Alaska railroad train depot
Photo of ticket counter inside Anchorage Railroad Train Depot

How to Get to the Train Station from the Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage.

Walk

From the hotel, head west on 3rd Avenue, and soon you will see the canopied walkway, which is about 600 feet from the hotel. Turn right under the canopy and proceed down the steps to 1st Avenue and the entry to the train station.

Drive

From the hotel, head north on 2nd Avenue (behind the hotel), and the road will naturally turn to the east. Take the first left onto Cordova Street, then the first left onto 1st Street. You are traveling west and will continue until you see the signs for parking at the Anchorage Railroad Depot.

Hotel Shuttle

The hotel provides free shuttle rides from the hotel lobby to the Anchorage Railroad Depot. Sign up for a timeslot, and you're all set!

Public Transportation

Four lines on the People Mover have access to the Anchorage Railroad Depot. From the hotel, however, it is faster to walk using the instructions above.

Anchorage History

Anchorage was founded in 1914 as a construction base for the Alaska Railroad. The city quickly grew into a thriving metropolis, and today it is the largest city in Alaska. Anchorage is home to a diverse population of people, and its culture is reflective of this. The city has a rich history, and many landmarks and museums document the city's evolution.

Since then, Anchorage has become the largest city in Alaska and is home to more than 40% of the state's population. The city is known for its beautiful scenery, outdoor activities, and vibrant cultural scene. Anchorage is also a popular destination for business travelers and home to many large corporations.

Tips for Your Stay at the Ramada by Wyndham

To make the most of your stay, follow these tips:

– Request a room with a view of the mountains – you won't regret it!

– Take advantage of the complimentary breakfast buffet each morning – it's delicious!

– Select top-floor rooms facing the mountains to enjoy stunning sunset views or choose city views if you prefer.

– Save on transportation costs with the convenient hotel shuttle.

Summary

If you're looking for a comfortable overnight stay in Anchorage, look no further than the Ramada by Wyndham in downtown Anchorage near the railroad depot. This budget-friendly motel will make your stay memorable with its convenient location and valuable amenities. 

More Things To Do Near Anchorage

Helicopter Glacier Dogsled Tour + Lower Glacier Landing

Glacier Landing Tour from Girdwood

Alaskan Salmon 8-Hour Fishing Experience

Northern Lights Tours and Lifetime Adventure from Anchorage

Sunset Photo Safari

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