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“trendy, clean, reasonably priced on weekend” 5 of 5 stars
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aloft Winchester
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1055 Milwood Pike, Rt. 50 East, Winchester, VA 22602   |  
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Ranked #9 of 27 hotels in Winchester
Naples, Florida
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4 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“trendy, clean, reasonably priced on weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

we stayed at the hotel on Friday night. Did not know what to expect and it was a pleasant surprise.Very contemporary hotel with a little indoor pool, fitness center and indoor and outdoor lounge. Indoor lounge has a bar serving quick bites. Nice size and spot clean room, very comfortable king-size bed, well equipped bathroom with a walk in shower(no tub), good breakfast included in the price of the room through AAA. We stayed there because of their liberal pet policy and would do it again.Friendly personnel at the desk and the price/value was unbeatable.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Saint Albans, West Virginia
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This was a welcome change to us from the usual hotel.
Its sort of modern minimalistic.(Think Ikea) No artwork on the walls of the rooms.
Vivid accents with sleek clean lines in the no wasted space layout of the room.
The staff was all very friendly and helpful.
I feel this is a hotel that a single or couple would enjoy more so than a family with children,
Yes the one wall of the shower is frosted glass look plexiglass that you can see into from the bedroom, but with the wife and I only, it was no problem at all.
So this may not be the place for mom n dad and teens.
The pool is very small but nice and it has a nice Gym area, bar and foods available.
We will return again as we really enjoyed our stay and the price is really hard to beat for something as nice as this.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We quickly found out that we are not as young as we thought we were...

We were going to stay at this hotel since we could use our Starwood points and have a free night for a quick stay on our road trip. The hotel was booked according to SPG's website, but after calling the hotel we found out they still had five rooms available. So, we called SPG back and they helped us out so we could use our points and enjoy a free night.

We arrived at the hotel around 8pm on a Saturday evening. The front desk clerk was perched at the bar, but came over to help us. I thought it was strange that they don't wear uniforms - she looked like any other guest. She was very helpful in getting us checked in quickly.

We got in to our room, which is set up like the other Aloft hotels with furniture similar to Ikea. But, we expected it, so it was not a big deal. The TV is hanging on the wall, but no one has bothered to hide the wires - they looked like a rats nest hanging from the TV. Then we turned on the A/C. It sounded like a demon was about to come out of it! We could, however, hear the "kids" banging on the walls and apparently doing some sort of gymnastics next door and down the hallway over the demons in the A/C. We called the front desk and they sent "engineering" up to our room. The man that arrived was also in plain clothes, which made us a little uneasy letting him in to our room. He didn't even bring tools. Then, believe it or not, his way of "fixing" the A/C was to bang on it! We made a comment to him about the sounds next door and he told us that they had about 60 college kids LIVING at the hotel! After his banging attempts failed, they moved us to another room down the hall.

The new room was much bigger than the first room, and the TV wires were tucked behind the TV. The new room had the lovely sounds of thumping that was coming from the DJ in the bar. We could also hear the next door's music coming through loud and clear in to our room.

We promptly picked up our belongings and headed back down to the front desk. This hotel was not even worth staying at for free! And, we have learned our lesson that Aloft hotels are not for us (this was our second attempt at staying in one). We went down the street and checked in to the Holiday Inn and even though we had to pay $129, we had a nice, peaceful, quiet stay.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

We arrived Friday afternoon excited to stay at the fairly new Aloft after staying down the road at Holiday Inn the past couple years for the wine festival. Part of the reason for the change was because we were bringing our dog along and Aloft touts itself as a "dog friendly" hotel.

When we arrived, we were not greeted by anyone but the bartender and stood at an empty front desk until a rather unpleasant woman made her way begrudgingly to the desk as if we had interrupted her nap. No hello, no smile, no "welcome." She checked us in with no personality at all and we went on our way. Even though we obviously had our dog with us, and it was listed in our reservation notes, no one ever offered the treats, dog bed, or toys that are advertised on their website as "welcoming your pet as part of your family." That was disappointing.

The grounds are nice, the lobby trendy but loud on weekends, and the rooms have a nice setup. Everything was pretty clean. The pillows are too big (they should have more options) and the bed left a lot to be desired. I agree with other posters that the window in the bathroom is a bit awkward if you are not staying with a significant other. Overall, disappointing from the first impression.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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46 hotel reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

After staying in several traditional hotels during the past week, Aloft was a break from the conventional room. The hotel/room reminds me of a cross between the Hard Rock and the W Hotel chains (actually, Aloft is in the W family). It's sleek and interesting. Trendy. The lobby is a large open space with an open front desk area, a bar, and pool table. The hotel is more suited for couples v. families. There is a very good small gym and a nice indoor pool.

The rooms are a good size and follow in the sleek/modern look. The hotel leaves a couple of bottles of gratis water in the room, which is a nice touch. The beds and linens are very comfortable. The rooms don't have a great deal of light (e.g., for reading), but are fine for everyday use.

We stayed only one night, but it was very pleasant.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia, USA
Top Contributor
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Prior to this weekend I had never heard of the ALoft brand by Sheraton / W. We only stumbled on it because we needed a hotel in Winchester VA that took pets. Normally I avoid hotels that take pets because they tend to be hotels that are past their prime. We were in a pinch though for dog care so we took a chance and I'm very, very glad we did.

This is an extraordinary hotel. Exceedingly well designed with European style lines and new approaches at every turn for taking care of guests. The room had a wonderfully modern bathroom with a gargantuan slider door that separates the shower and toilet from the sink area. Looking for the closet? The closet has been reinvented...words are hard to explain but the approach is brilliant for hotel use. Beds...great. Exercise room and pool looked fantastic. Mr. Clean would be proud. Exceedingly friendly staff that put up with way too much noise from dog...kids...etc.

A review though must be balanced. The couple we stayed with heard elevator music throughout the night. Also, the water pressure was a bit low (I expect this is out of environmental concerns). I should be okay with a green shower but I'd rather indulge on vacation.

All in all, a splendid experience.

Well done Starwood!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hartford, Connecticut
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Stayed here a few times. Not only are they pet freindly, but the place is neat and clean. The front desk is very accomodating too. I'd stay here any time I'm in the area. I've stayed in Aloft hotels in other places and I really like the modern sleek style of the room.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Aloft Winchester Hotel Winchester
Aloft Winchester Hotel
Address: 1055 Milwood Pike, Rt. 50 East, Winchester, VA 22602
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Location: United States > Virginia > Winchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Winchester
#11 Family Hotel in Winchester
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Hotel Class:3 star — aloft Winchester 3*
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