OVERVIEW OF BRAND
Aloft was founded in 2005 as “a vision of W Hotels” and is a part of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) family of hotels. Although you will find some crossover with the W brand (e.g., Bliss bathroom products and the bar is named “w–xyz”), don’t expect what you will find at a W Hotel…but room rates are markedly cheaper than W. The vibe that I get when I stay at any Aloft is that of a hip, college residence-hall with commons area for food/drinks and games (e.g., there’s a pool table and usually board games on the coffee tables) and compact rooms that efficiently use the limited space.
The brand is very consistent—once you’ve been to one Aloft, you’ve pretty much been to them all. Most variation between properties seems to be in the amount of gym equipment available, the upkeep of properties, freebies you get in the room, and the range/quality of the bar food.
Aloft–DIA opened in December 2008, and I have stayed here three times. It is located 10 miles from the airport, and there is a shuttle that picks up from the airport every 30 minutes (on the hour and half-hour). To find the shuttle, exit the baggage claim area via Door 506 or 511 and walk straight-ahead to the “Hotel Island.” The shuttle is shared with two Marriott properties and a Hilton property as they share the same parking lot (and I think are all owned by the same person).
This is the same as any other Aloft. You should find an LG flat-screen TV (42”, LCD, 720p), free Internet, two free bottles of water, a coffee maker with 1 regular/1 decaf pod, a safe, a well-hidden iron and ironing board (look behind the bed’s “headboard”), and a fridge under the sink. Although there is an ice bucket in the room, there are no ice machines on the floors. You can only get a bag of ice in the pantry by the front desk, so you may want to grab a bag at check-in. The room will have “Tried+Blue” Bliss products, including a bar of soap and a small tube of body lotion by the sink; and shampoo-conditioner and body wash in built-in dispensers in the shower stall. I actually like the “Tried+Blue” smell; but sadly, unlike W’s “Lemon+Sage” Bliss products, you cannot buy “Tried+Blue” via Blissworld.com.
There is no room service. The bar menu at this Aloft is limited—from cold appetizers (e.g., chips and salsa) to simple American junk food (e.g., pizza and chicken fingers)—and the bartender seems to double as cook. Prices for the bar food range up to $12.00, and the hours of service are 5PM until midnight. The re:fuel pantry is open 24-hours a day and you can get pre-made sandwiches and desserts. If you prefer something better, you can go to the adjacent hotels or the full-service restaurants within a block of the hotel.
GYM AND POOL
The gym is limited for those who prefer weight training: There are two basic benches, a rack of dumbbells ranging up to 50 lbs., and 1 universal cable machine. The cardio equipment is in very good shape, consisting to 2 treadmills, 2 bikes, and 2 elliptical machines. There is an indoor pool across the hallway from the gym.
No club lounge and no suites. Gold & Platinum Members should get a “Sip on Us” card for 1 free “hot sip of choice…each day of your stay.” Internet is free for everyone, which is typically a Platinum-only benefit; I wasn’t offered anything to compensate for that lack of benefit. Platinum Members can get 250 bonus Starpoints (not 500) for staying at Aloft. One major frustration I encountered is that I was granted late checkout (4PM) as a Platinum Member; however, facilities repeatedly knocked on my door even though I directly told them that I had late checkout. The worse was someone who heavily banged on the door three times while I was showering around 2PM.
The Aloft-DIA is an acceptable stay for those not needing any niceties and who want to rack up SPG Starpoints or Stay Credits. The atmosphere is “hip” and the bar/front desk staff is friendly. The food and gym are lacking, but I would have been okay with that. Ultimately it is the unwelcome feeling I repeatedly got from facilities for checking-out late that led to my rating of three stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fly to a hotel of new heights high in the Rockies and stay in state-of-the-art loft-inspired design at Aloft Denver International Airport, near the corporate offices of Boeing, Invesco, Pepsi, & more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Denver International Airport Hotel Aurora
- Aloft Hotel Aurora