I am a meeting planner/marketer in the Nashville area and have had the opportunity to work with many hotels in middle Tennessee. On my drive to work I noticed a new hotel off Interstate 65 that was a member of the "W Hotels" family called "Aloft Hotel" and decided to give the sales team a call for a tour of the facilty!
My first impression was a positive one...Kristen McBryde, Director of Sales, for the hotel responded to my voicemail within 30 minutes. We spoke briefly about an upcoming meeting I was planning for executives coming in from across our company and immediately set-up a time to meet the next week!
Upon walking into the lobby of the hotel I immediately noticed the urban chic design of the entrance...local artist's works covered the wall adjacent to the pool table across from a really cool looking "WXYZ" bar...A fresh scent of the tropics tickled my nose and I was blown away by the friendliness of the front desk associate who welcomed me as I walked in the door. If I had been hungry or thirsty I had my pick of healthy treats such as yogurt, or granola or could have satisfied a sweet tooth with Ben & Jerry's ice cream. I loved the cappuccino/espresso machine located with the breafast foods and knew my guests would enjoy that perk as well prior to an early morning meeting!
Kristen promptly welcomed me and gave me a tour of the entire hotel! The meeting space was amazing! A 52" flat screen TV with all sorts of modern technological capabilites lined the front of the room and I loved that the chairs in the room could be arranged "school style" or any other manner I felt would best suit the needs of my collegues.
Kristen continued showing me around the hotel and I immediately was impressed with the state-of-the-art fitness center was held many different cardio machines, yoga mats and free weights! AWESOME for all those wanting to stay in shape while away from the conveniences of homes!
The actual rooms felt European to me. Though smaller than other hotel chains, very, very nice! The rooms are "Loft" style (thus the name of the hotel) and feature a very comfortable stand alone shower and nicely featured vanity. The beds come in queen or king sizes and face a very large flat screen TV...amazing!
My favorite part of the hotel, though, was the courtyard. The inner layer of space between the lobby and indoor swimming pool features nice, modern furniture in a quiet, yet social atmosphere!
When Kristen and I starting talking rates, I was blown away with the affordability of the hotel! I expected a four-star price tag on such an amazing place in great location and was ecstatic we were able to settle on something much, much, more business friendly!
The hotel greeted my guests with enthusiasm and the meeting went off without a hitch! That was over a month ago and everyone from our CEO from Charlotte to Vice-Presidents have stayed at the Aloft when coming to town for business! This is the new gold-standard for travel and I know when I travel for work or pleasure anywhere in the U.S. the Aloft Hotel chain is the first hotel I look for in any city!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft Nashville-Cool Springs is adjacent to Cool Springs Galleria Mall, and within easy access to Interstate 65 and the birthplace of country music. Relax and recharge with the pool, gym or lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Nashville - Cool Springs Hotel Franklin
- Aloft Hotel Franklin