Stayed here for three nights over Thanksgiving while visiting family. Found the experience to be very good except for a few small issues :
The rooms are really beautiful, large with fresh, bright design, comfortable beds, brand-new bathrooms, bliss spa products (!), and amenities like a safe and a wall-mounted flat screen TV (see my photos, attached to this review). I loved the décor and how bright and sunny our room was.
The fitness center is top-of the line, with LifeFitness treadmills and ellipticals, a decent set of free weights, exercise balls, etc. Super nice! Also chilled water and towels. The pool is small and probably best for kids to paddle around in.
The service is very friendly, thanks to Andrew at the front desk who always had a smile and was very willing to help. The room was cleaned thoroughly, quickly and early each day, they have an excellent staff at this place. There is free coffee in the lobby all morning, and it is pretty good coffee, too.
The bar has some good specials and is a pleasant place to unwind.
The Less good:
If you are staying here you should know that breakfast is not free, it's about $6 for a (really delicious) breakfast sandwich or $1-2 for a bagel with a spread. It's fine if you're on your own but if you're traveling with family it can add up. I have found that hotels in this price range or cheaper offer free breakfast. The breakfast at Aloft is tastier than what you might get at a free breakfast, though.
Parking is also not free, you have to pay $5/night for it. Given the rates at this hotel one would think they could just eat the cost of the parking.
Sleep quality I gave 4/5 stars to because in them middle of the night I could hear some drunk UNC fans screaming. Otherwise it was very quiet except for on the night of that game. This is not the hotel's fault, just an occupational hazard of being in a college town I suppose.
Finally, my main quibble with the room is that there really aren't very many places to put your things away. There is a minimalist closet kind of thing where you can hang some stuff but besides that no drawers or anything. I really hate messing up my hotel room and leaving stuff all over the place and it was a source of irritation that I could not have enough space to put things away and keep it tidy. They should add some drawers or something. I understand the whole minimalist thing but seriously I am not a minimalist, if I were I wouldn't need to insist on staying in a fancy hotel while visiting family. minimalist is the concept, not the guests!
If you stay here: bring your movies on your computer! they have this cool thing where you can hook up your computer to the flat screen in the room, which is really awesome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft Chapel Hill is by UNC's Campus, area universities, Research Triangle Park, and RDU Airport. Our hotel has 1,600sq ft of meeting/event space, free wifi, an indoor pool, and w xyz, a bar/lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Chapel Hill Hotel Chapel Hill