Nestled in the vast frontier of Alaska’s wilderness, where copious tracts of land still remain untouched by human hands, Hotel Alyeska at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, is the perfect basecamp for meeting in the mountains. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the hotel first opened its doors in 1994 and today offers a year-round respite with 304 rooms that incorporate the hotel’s wildly lush surroundings into an indoor haven for memorable events.
“Alyeska Resort should be on everyone’s bucket list,” said LenElla Tabor, resort director of sales. “The resort has breathtaking views of rugged mountains filled with hanging glaciers. As the snow gives way to summer, Alyeska transforms into the land of the midnight sun, where long days provide time to experience all of the summer activities that are as vast and unique as the landscape.”
The hotel was built in a chateau style and gives guests the feeling of staying in an alpine retreat, rich in natural beauty and gleaming with updated amenities and modern touches. During the summer months, guests come from all over to hike the hills and trails of the Chugach Mountains surrounding the resort and try their hands at fishing the rivers and lakes that freckle the landscape. During the winter, the hotel becomes the retreat for guests looking to make their way up and down the more than 2,500 vertical feet of snowy slopes in Alaska’s largest ski resort.
Although the seasons dictate the activities, there’s no in-season or off-season when it comes to meetings and events in this mountaintop venue. The hotel boasts more than 9,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and exhibit space and an additional 15,000 square feet of special-event space, giving meeting planners maximum flexibility to craft the perfect settings for their events.
The hotel’s array of amenities; great activities, including a full-service spa and delicious dining options; state-of-the art technology; and naturally inspirational environment make the Alyeska Resort an exciting venue for hosting corporate events and meetings in Alaska.
The Alyeska Resort features 11 unique spaces for hosting meetings and events. Each venue comes complete with banquet, catering and meeting-planning assistance; audiovisual services; Wi-Fi on the second and third floors; and viewing screens with simultaneous translation of up to seven languages. Rooms are the Columbia Ballroom, which holds 500; the Portage Boardroom, which holds 16; the Portage Salon, the Harding and the Bering, which hold 50; the Hubbard and the Summit Room, which hold 30; Kahiltna Court, which holds 300; the Seven Glaciers Restaurant, which holds 118; the Glacier Express and Patio, which holds 205; and the Daylodge, which holds 650.
The direct connection to the Alaskan outdoors sets the Alyeska Resort apart from other meeting locations. After meetings, teams can take a quick hike to a glacier, hit the slopes in style, or book a full-day wildlife cruise. The sales and conference services team knows the region well and can work with groups to design a personalized itinerary to get the most out of a trip to this natural paradise. The hotel is also the perfect viewing point for one of nature’s most sought-after sights, the northern lights. Officially known as the aurora borealis, this colorful light phenomenon dances through the Alaska sky in autumn, winter and spring. The hotel offers a Northern Lights Wake-Up Call, which notifies guests if there’s activity in the sky.