This was our first Aloft experience, second actually, given the scouting trip we did before we picked it. You have to understand the concept of the connected business traveller hotel, and for its price point and hip style, it just worked great for what we wanted. Even if many of our guests were not from that demographic, the trendy style worked.
This is excellent rating is within the class of hotel...this cannot compete with full service hotel in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, or even Chapel Hill, but that was not what we were looking for. We looked at Marriot Courtyard, really nice, Hampton Inn, etc. Wanted to keep the room price before tax in the $100 - 120 range. Did not want to go Sleep Inn or Econo Lodge, nor did we want to go Carolina Inn.
This hotel was used as a base of operations for out of town wedding guests. The actual wedding venue was about 40 minutes away, but people from around the country came in. The rooms were all the same, either a double queen or king, with lots of nice Aloft touches. Prices were all the same and no one got their feelings hurt because they got shunted off to an inferior or superior room. The lobby was great. The physical lobby set up meant that it was hard to miss anyone, and it was a great gathering place for breakfast, meeting for lunch or closing out the evening, but three nights in a row at the great bar took its toll...but was lots of fun.
The staff was exceedingly hospitable, from the group reservations to front desk to bar tenders and cleaning staff.
There was no restaurant, no room service, but 24 hour snacks including (sandwiches and healthy snacks like fruit cups, yogurt and fruit cups, etc) and drinks were available. Breakfast was self serve buffet with a kitchen where made to order eggs, bacon, sausage, etc were available. Valet parking and self parking available, luggage in Aloft style was strictly self service, airport luggage cart style, but the staff would have helped even if it was not part of their job.
We got a better or equal group rate from the Marriot Courtyard (which was way better than any Courtyard we have ever stayed in, more like a regular Marriott hotel), but we liked the intimacy of the Aloft setting, and as I said it worked out great.
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June 26, 2013
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Thanks for the kind words - we're thrilled to hear that Aloft was the right fit for your group. It sounds like we were just what you were looking for, and we're glad you found us!
So happy to hear that each member of our staff took good care of you and made you feel welcome. This is a top priority for us. We're also glad you enjoyed our rooms, W XYZ bar, and Re:fuel grab-n-go eatery.
We appreciate your comments and hope you'll come back and see us again in the future!
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