This was my first trip to Austin, TX, and the aloft hotel was an interesting place to stay. Located right behind the Domain shopping center, it is close to some very nice restaurants and shops. Overall, the stay was very pleasant. The room was large with ample storage and a very nice, modern bathroom. Although construction was going on outside the room, noise was never much of an issue.
As far as spending time around the hotel goes, the bar and lounge area is nice. Although a bit small, the pool area is well maintained. Unfortunately, the hotel is mostly surrounded by a business center and a parking garage, so views are nothing spectacular. It is not the cheapest place to stay, but the overall proximity to the shopping and businesses in the area make it worth the price.