The grandest hotel in Anchorage is Hotel Captain Cook, which has more than 500 rooms in three towers that take up an entire downtown block. It’s got amenities galore: a shopping arcade, racquetball courts, gyms, jacuzzis, saunas, massage, yoga, pilates, around-the-clock room service, dry cleaning, concierges, three restaurants, and more. This place was built by Wally Hickel, a colorful Alaskan businessman and politician who was governor in the 1960s, then Secretary of the Interior for the Nixon Administation, then governor again in the 1990s. In the rebuilding of downtown following the 1964 Good Friday earthquake, Hickle the entrepreneur started building the first tower of this three-tower hotel, filling them with nautical décor and lavish teak interiors that include decking salvaged from a battleship. As the list of amenities mentioned above suggest, this is the place people go to for pampering in Anchorage. Rack rates are steep, however you can often find better deals at such online sites as Expedia and as they've got a LOT of rooms to fill here.