We chose this hotel because of its close proximity to the Chilean Consulate where my husband had business, and its price. We travel extensively, and stay almost exclusively at Sheraton hotels. This is our first experience with the Aloft brand. This hotel is up to Sheraton's standards with clean, comfortable rooms, and friendly, helpful staff. Everyone speaks English and Spanish, with Spanish being the primary language heard. With SPG Platinum status, we upgraded to a suite on the 8th floor, which gave us a sitting room, separate bedroom and two balconies. Every room in this hotel has a balcony. With the sliding glass doors open, there is nice cross ventilation for fresh air. The street noise - nearby construction and elevated train - is loud, but not obnoxious. Close the doors, and the noise all but disappears. Service is excellent. The included breakfast is a Continental-style buffet with assorted breads and pastries, cold cuts, fresh fruit, and a coffee/tea bar. There is no self parking. At $22/night, parking is expensive, but is in line with the standard rate for this area where available parking is at a premium.
The hotel has a loft-vibe, which is the signature of the brand. That being said, it is not my aesthetic, appealing more to young professionals than those of us who are middle-aged and used to slightly more upscale and plush furnishings. The rooms and common areas are darker than we prefer. The color scheme is muted with splashes of color - plum, teal, cranberry... I do like that there are no spreads on the bed - just a comforter sandwiched between crisp, clean sheets. The bed is comfortable. Other than not being my style, the only negative I have is the absence of drawer space in which to store small items such as underwear, socks, etc. Hanging space is adequate.
All in all, a comfortable hotel in a prime location for business. We'll stay here, again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Celebrate your style at Aloft Miami-Brickell! Set in the financial district and minutes from Downtown, Port of Miami, Miami Beach, and major attractions like American Airlines Area and Bayside. Walk & explore -only a block from Brickell Metro train station and Mary Brickell Village (shopping, restaurants, nightlife, groceries).Our new Brickell hotel is unlike any other hotel in the Miami-Brickell area. You can mix and mingle over drinks and appetizers at our in-house W XYZ Bar. Relax in our Re:mix lounge, while shooting a game of pool and listening to some tunes. Plan a meeting in Tactic, our sleek meeting space, and come check out our beautiful Backyard for outdoor events!Rest easy, our guest rooms start on the 7th floor. Featuring loft-inspired rooms and suites with ultra-comfortable signature beds, oversized showerheads, custom amenities by Bliss Spa, and more. Every guest enjoys a 42" LED TV, desk with ergonomic desk chair, and connectivity station to maximize work and play.About Us:Aloft Miami-Brickell opened in August 2013. This vibrant and fresh hotel brand is a vision of W Hotels and part of Starwood. Offering 'Style at a Steal' this select-service hotel features loft-inspired rooms and suites set in a fresh and vibrant atmosphere. Offering 'Style at a Steal' this select-service hotel brand is doesn't feature room service, but does feature:(All items open 24 hours unless otherwise listed)* Re:fuel Grab & Go Snack Station- featuring healthy snacks, light meals, and sweet treats. * Re:mix Lounge- featuring mood music, a pool table, comfortable seating, and board games. * Re:charge Gym- connect your iPod/Android to brand new Life Fitness equipment, free weights, and yoga mats.* In-Touch Business Center- Check emails, print directions, or just surf the web.* W XYZ Bar- enjoy signature cocktails and appetizers. (5pm-12am)* Splash Pool- take a dive, swim some laps, or simply catch some rays. (6am-11pm)* Tactic Meeting Room- available for rent. ... more less
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