BEST WESTERN Golden Lion Hotel

1000 E 36th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99508-4304
Phone: 907/561-1522   |   Fax: 907/743-4814   |   83 Rooms
Check Out Time: 12:00 PM   |   Check In: 3:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

The biggest city in Alaska boasts the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race and has an abundance of oil companies nearby, which makes convenience a big plus for our Anchorage hotel guests.

Close to hospitals, local businesses and annual events, this Anchorage hotel has it all. We're close to major oil companies and have a great location right off the highway. Tourists and medical travelers alike enjoy the warm, welcome atmosphere of our hotel. With a friendly staff, spacious rooms and luxurious bedding, we're proud to be your home away from home.

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race and Fur Rendezvous are big reasons why many people come to Anchorage, but there's also an abundance of outdoor recreation available. From sightseeing to hiking and fishing, outdoor activities reign supreme in this region. The nearby Alaska Native Heritage Center is a must-see for history buffs and any travelers looking for a slice of culture.

At our Anchorage hotel, we also welcome many business travelers from around the world. Some of our regular guests are in town for work with BP Global, CH2M HILL and of course various other oil companies. We're also a favorite for employees of Providence Alaska Native Medical Center. Our service men and women traveling for business at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson choose us because of our well-appointed rooms and quality amenities, including our small banquet rooms for meetings.

Whether you're visiting Anchorage for business or for a once in a lifetime vacation, it matters where you stay. We're proud to offer our guests the best in service and quality. From a weekend trip to extended stays, we aim to make your visit special.

Book your clean and comfortable room at the BEST WESTERN Golden Lion Hotel for a great value and a fantastic vacation! Enjoy your stay.


Hotel Amenities & Services

  • Wireless internet connection in public areas
  • Exercise facilities
  • Restaurant on-site
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Exercise facility, 24-hour
  • Dancing
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Safe deposit box
  • Baggage hold
  • Elevator
  • Shipping - UPS pick-up
  • Guest laundry, available 24-hours for a nominal fee
  • Ice/vending machines, located on second and third floor
  • Parking for physically challenged
  • Free parking
  • Meeting facilities
  • Banquet facilities with sit down buffets available, please contact hotel direct
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Conference facilities
  • Business center
  • Catering services
  • Fax services
  • Photocopy services
  • Weight lifting equipment
  • Stair stepper
  • Stationary bike
  • Interior corridor
  • Cable or satellite television
  • Mail services
  • Free wireless Internet available in public areas, and all guest rooms.
  • Dry cleaning
  • Golden Lion Restaurant
  • Breakaway/breakout rooms available
  • Laundry/valet service available 24-hours for a nominal fee
  • Easels/flip charts available
  • Free high-speed Internet access
  • Lions Den Lounge

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Conveniently located, the best western golden lion hotel in Anchorage, Alaska is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 61.187635  /  Latitude: -149.863815


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From: New Seward Highway. BEST WESTERN Golden Lion Hotel is located on the southeast corner of 36th Avenue and New Seward Highway.

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We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Alaska Aviation Museum

Along the southern shore of Lake Hood you'll find the Alaska Aviation Museum. Your next trip to Anchorage should be met with a tour of the Alaska Aviation Museum. The Alaska Aviation Museum seeks to "preserve, display, and honor Alaska's aviation heritage." A gem of the Alaskan tourism landscape, the Alaska Aviation Museum is features more than 30 aircraft, displayed for your viewing pleasure.

Make your way to the Rasmuson Hangar and check out the Jack Carr T-Craft, and a number of unique exhibits like a James Haven Oil Painting. Keep an eye out for the 1928 Hamilton Metaplane H47 NC7791 – it's one of only two remaining. In the Main Hangar, be sure to look for the Curtis J-1 Standard, or head for the First Class Theater where you'll be able to watch videos detailing the history of aviation in Alaska.

Alaska Botanical Garden

Enjoy your time in Anchorage with a visit to the Alaska Botanical Garden. Opened in July of 1993, the Alaska Botanical Garden covers nearly 110 acres of land near the Far North Bicentennial Park in Anchorage. Open year round, the Alaska Botanical Garden is an ideal destination to learn a bit about the native Alaskan flora. There are more than 1,100 species perennials.

Whether you're staying in Anchorage or driving in from nearby Wasilla for a fun day trip, make plans to visit the Alaska Botanical Garden. Traverse the rich birch and spruce woodland southeast of downtown Anchorage when you explore the Alaska Botanical Garden. From June to August, the Alaska Botanical Garden offers daily, guided tours through the Wildflower Trail, the Rock Garden, Herb Garden, and the Lower and Upper Perennial Gardens. There are few ways to better experience Alaska.

Alaska Heritage Library Museum at Wells Fargo

When you travel through Alaska, spend some time in Anchorage and be sure to visit the Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo. With more than 900 artifacts for your viewing pleasure, the Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo is one of the largest private collections in the entire state. Visit from nearby Wasilla for a fun afternoon.

A permanent exhibit, the Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo features artifacts from many of the Alaskan Native cultures, like the Inupiaq, the Alutiiq, and even the St. Lawrence Yupik. Don't miss out on seeing the full-size Bering Sea kayak. When you're looking for a bit of history on Alaska and the Anchorage area, be sure to visit the Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo.

Alaska Museum of Natural History

Located in the Alaskan city of Anchorage, the Alaska Museum of Natural History is a non-profit museum dedicated to preserving science and history exclusive to “the Last Frontier.” The museum is great for visitors of all ages, housing a variety of exhibits, including Polar Dinosaurs, Ice Age, Alaska’s Animals, and more.

The museum hosts numerous family-friendly Anchorage events as well, like the Frosty Festival in January, as well as educational workshops throughout the year. Guests can also take a piece of Alaskan nature home with them by paying a visit to the museum gift shop.

Alaska Native Heritage Center

Ten years after its original incorporation, the Alaska Native Heritage Center opened its doors in May of 1999. The mission of this non-profit organization is to share, perpetuate and preserve the languages and cultures native to the state of Alaska. This facility offers much more than a museum, visitors experience the cultures and languages by immersing themselves in them. Native storytellers and dancers perform for guests and dwellings and games offer a unique opportunity to experience life in the native tribes.

Located in Anchorage, Alaska, the ANHC is open to the public from mid May to early September. During the winter and fall months the facility is open only to special events. Exhibits range from Iditarod Dogsledding to the Hall of Cultures to the Theatre, where visitors can view movies on the life and various cultural aspects of Alaska’s 11 major cultural groups.

Alaska Pacific University

Located in Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University is a private liberal arts college featuring a small student body and emphasizing experimental learning. The Alaskan university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, making APU one of 1,200 United Methodist colleges founded in America.

The campus is comprised of several historical academic buildings, including Grant Hall, Carr Gottstein, the Atwood Center, and the Moseley Sports Center. APU’s athletics program proudly features the Nordic Ski Team, a nationally recognized ski group.

Aleutian World War II National Historic Area

Highlighting an important landmark of World War II, the Aleutian World War II National Historic Area can be found southwest of Anchorage. The monument preserves the natural and cultural history of the area alongside the remains of Fort Schwatka, which served an imporant role in the Pacific Theatre of the war as a coastal defense.

Today, the area educates the public on the history of the Aleut people and the posts desingned to defend the United States during wartime. The visitors center is located at the Unalaska airport and a few miles from the shipping docks. Visitors can reach Unalaska through the Alaska Marine Highway or through commerical flights from Anchorage.

Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum showcases Art of Alaska, historical materials, circumpolar Native prehistoric materials and non-northern collections. Located in Anchorage, visitors enjoy strolling through the museum to view more than 20,000 artifacts, photographs and pieces of art. In addition to exhibiting art native to Alaska, the museum also preserves, interprets and collects cultural materials.

The Imaginarium Discovery Center is a wonderful section of the museum with hands-on activities and exhibits. Permanent exhibits in the Science area of the museum include the Planetarium Hall, Bubble Space and BP Kinetic Space. Rest comfortably with Best Western hotels, while traveling in Alaska.

Aniakchak National Monument

Located on the Katmai Peninsula, Aniakchak National Monument offers visitors a remote and drastic piece of the Alaskan frontier. Launch off in Anchorage and expect to invest a signifcant amount of time and energy planning and exploring this wild and beautiful place.  

The monument offers its guests the chance to sightsee volcanoes from the "Ring of Fire", vibrant calderas, and numerous wildlife, including the grizzly bears. Round out the experience wtth a river rafting trip, sport fishing, hiking through the volcanoes, and more. 

Arctic Valley Ski Area

Located just 10 miles from downtown Anchorage, the Arctic Valley Ski Area offers some of the best mountain skiing opportunities in the region. The ski area encompasses over 500 acres of winding trails – like New Tube Park for beginners, Powder Town for intermediates, and advanced trails like Thompson Run.

Summer visitors looking for some Arctic fun of their own; fear not – recreational activities like hiking Rendezvous Peak Trail and getting views of Anchorage Bowl are a great way to experience the Alaskan scenery. Guests are encouraged to visit during one of Arctic Valley’s frequent event as well.

Chugach State Park

Chogach State Park, located near Anchorage, encompasses 495,000-acres of land. This incredible state park in the Chugach Mountains is the United States' third largest state park. Recreational enthusiasts love spending time in this wonderful area of Alaska. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking views from the scenic viewpoints and keep a lookout for the wildlife in the park.

Lace up your hiking boots and choose one of the twenty-eight marked trailheads to begin your journey through the park. Mountain climbers love scaling up the peaks for an awesome birds-eye view. Kayaking and whitewater rafting on the Eagle River is also a great way to spend time in the park. After a fun-filled day outside, kick up your feet in a comfortable Best Western guest room and enjoy excellent guest services.

Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve was established in 1917 and initially named Mount McKinley National Park. In 1976, the park was designated an international biosphere reserve. In 1980, the Denali Wilderness was established within the park and the park was renamed to Denali National Park and Preserve. This 6-million-acre park and 1-million preserve is home to Mount McKinley, the highest mountain peak in the United States, at an elevation of 20,320 feet.

Visit this beautiful park to see the incredible mountain peaks, glaciers, forest and tundra. While in the park, be aware of the grizzly bears, black bears, gray wolves, moose and sheep that inhabit the park. Marmots, beavers, snowshoe hares, owls, hawks and golden eagles also live in the park. Mountaineering, backpacking, hiking, fishing and mountain biking are popular activities in this wonderful Alaska treasure. After exploring the park, travel to Anchorage to enjoy comfortable accommodations with Best Western hotels .

Imaginarium Discovery Center

The Imaginarium Discovery Center is found in Anchorage, and is a part of the Anchorage Museum. At 9,000 square feet, the Imaginarium Discovery Center features over 80 exhibits, hands-on displays, and plenty more to amaze all members of the family when you visit Alaska. You'll want to check out the BP Kinetic Space, the Thomas Planetarium, and the TOTE KidSpace – all open and ready for a visit.

When you check out Planetarium Hall, you'll be awed by the moon rock on display. At 3.3 billion years old, it's got quite a history – it was collected by the crew on the 1971 Apollo 15 mission. At the BP Kinetic Space, check out the air cannon and the infrared camera – science! Experience all the scientific fun at the Imaginarium Discovery Center when you stay in Anchorage. It's also a short drive from Wasilla.

Katmai National Park and Preserve

Showcasing the beauty of the Alaska Peninsula, Katmai National Park and Preserve is located southwest of Anchorage and offers an extraordinary backcountry experience. Visitors to this remote site often come to see its rugged peaks, the stratovolcanic Mount Katmai, and the surrounding wilderness, which features the Alaskan brown bears.

Don't miss the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, where the ash flow remains of a volcanic eruption one hundred years ago creates a twisted scene of canyons and pyroclastic rocks, reminding visitors of the great natural power that lives here.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, located southwest of Anchorage near the Alaskan Peninsula, is a land filled with craggy mountains, turquoise lakes, and complete solitude. Offering a taste of Alaska's famous wilderness and isolation, this destination is for those who are experienced with the backcountry.

Lace up your hiking boots for trekking along one of the park's trails or take a journey to the wild side by embarking on wild and scenic river rafting. Those looking for a more peaceful time should take to paddling or kayaking on the namesake lake while the creeks and rivers around the lake offer world-class wildlife viewing. 

Oscar Anderson House Museum

One of Alaska's more charming museums, the Oscar Anderson House Museum is in downtown Anchorage, just along the banks of Knik Arm Lake. Travel in from Wasilla and check out the Oscar Anderson House Museum – built in 1915 by Oscar Anderson himself. There are many ways to experience the history of Anchorage and Alaska – make the Oscar Anderson House Museum one of those.

The Oscar Anderson House Museum is noted as being the first wood house in Anchorage. Between the years of 1978 and 1982, the Oscar Anderson House Museum was restored to it's original appearance. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the Oscar Anderson House Museum will give you a peak at what life was like in the early days of Anchorage.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Established in 1951, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) serves the city of Anchorage in southern Alaska. A public airport connected to the Kulis Air National Guard Base, ANC is a 4,500-acre airport featuring two terminals and three runways.

ANC is served by major airlines like Delta, Frontier, United, and US Airways – plus state-based airlines like Alaska Airlines and Era Alaska. ANC also supports many cargo airlines, and is the third largest hub for Alaska Airlines.

The Alaska Zoo

The Alaska Zoo has been providing animal fun to Anchorage visitors for over 40 years. Stroll the grounds to see a wonderful variety of animals including, Moose, Yaks, Alpacas, Owls, Bald Eagles, Lynx, Wolverines, Red Foxes and River Otters. Be sure to take the kids to the petting zoo and the Discovery Center.

The zoo offers behind-the-scenes tours, Discovery Tours and Animal Encounter tours for those looking for more time and fun with the animals. Sign up to be a "Keeper for a Day" to feed the polar bears and prepare meals. Rest comfortably with Best Western hotels while visiting northern Alaska.

University of Alaska Anchorage

Originally established in 1954 as Anchorage Community College, the University of Alaska Anchorage is a public school and the largest of any in Alaska. Found just southeast of downtown Anchorage, the University of Alaska Anchorage is divided into separate colleges like the School of Engineering, Business and Public Policy, and Health and Social Welfare, just to name a few.

The University of Alaska Anchorage fields 11 sports teams ranging from hockey, gymnastics, volleyball and even track and field. The UAA sports teams are named the Seawolves and compete in Division I and Division II. Drive in from Wasilla and check out any of the Seawolves teams play. Enjoy your visit to the University of Alaska Anchorage.

William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center

Located in the Alaskan city of Anchorage, the William A. Egan Center is one of the premier multi-purpose convention centers in the state. In fact, the center is centrally located in downtown Anchorage, featuring roughly 85,000 square feet of event and exhibit space.

The center is comprised of eight rooms and two halls in total – the Explorers Hall and the Summit Hall. The center hosts a myriad of corporate events, trade shows, and community events throughout the year.

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

Highlighting an important landmark of World War II, the World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument can be found southwest of Anchorage scattered across the Aleutian Islands, deep into the Pacific Ocean.

The monument preserves the remains of battlefields, a Japanese occupation site, and the crash site of a B-24 bomber. All sites are located on Attu, Kiska, and Atka Islands, respectively, and are only reachable by boat.

Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve encompasses over 13 million acres of land east of Anchorage alongside the Canadian border. Established in 1980, this is the largest park in the United States. Travel to the St. Elias Mountains to see many park highlights including massive glaciers, ice-fed rivers leading onto the sea, and land that has been untouched for millennia.

The park is also one of the more accessible in the state, yet it's vast size means there is plenty of room for visitors to explore the scenery on their own terms and avoid the crowds. See the colorful history of the town of Kennecott, drive down a primitive backcountry road, or take the air and enjoy the landscape from a scenic flight.

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 4.00 mile(s) from downtown
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Alaska Botanical Gardens
  • 5.00 mile(s) from the zoo
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Goose Lake
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Elmendorf Air Force Base
  • 20.00 mile(s) from Thunderbird Falls
  • 0.10 mile(s) from shopping mall

Distances to Popular Points of Interest

  • 2.00 mile(s) from Providence Hospital
  • 2.00 mile(s) from University of Alaska
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Charter College

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • 4.00 mile(s) from fishing
  • 35.00 mile(s) from skiing at Alyeska

Nearby Restaurants

  • Choose from a wide selection of restaurants near this Anchorage, Alaska hotel.
  • On premises Lion's Den Lounge, serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, desert open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Family dining with wide menu variety and convenient room service

BEST WESTERN Golden Lion Hotel

Enjoy your stay with us even more by checking out some of the most popular area points of interest and local area events happening in or near Anchorage. Chase the links to explore the local region even more.

Local Events Worth Considering:

May 2015

May 9 - September 6, 2015
Anchorage Market and Festival

The heart of Anchorage opens up each Saturday and sales fresh produce, Alaskan souvenirs, and goods from the region and from around the world.

September 2015

September 5-7, 2015
2015 Kodiak Rodeo & State Fair

Enjoy the fun of Alaska this Labor Day Weekend with a plenty of fair activities, food, and more alongside Kodiak's annual rodeo. The event will be held at Kodiak State Fairgrounds.

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