Aloft is not for everyone. If you read negative reviews, it's most likely due to the fact that people do not like/understand the aesthetics of the brand. It's style is minimalist and modern, it's not plush and swanky. The rooms are designed for solo travelers or intimate companions -- with the shower and bathroom layouts, there's really no privacy. If you know and understand this, then a stay at an Aloft can be really enjoyable.
Every person I came into contact with at this property was extremely helpful and courteous. While the $25 a day charge for valet parking wasn't ideal, their speediness, helpfulness, and politeness made it worth it. They even pointed out a tire issue on my vehicle, which showed me that they actually pay attention to your vehicle. When we returned to the hotel, they would ask if we were planning on leaving again soon. If so, they kept the vehicle out front.
The 24-hour pool is a wonderful amenity, however, we didn't have time to take advantage of it. The hotel is right on the river and the pool area affords some really nice views.
As other reviewers have mentioned, noise is a serious issue at this property. You hear everything -- inside and outside. Outside noise is to be expected in a city, however, the inside noises were annoying. You could hear people in neighboring rooms opening and closing the window shades. You could hear people slam, slam, slamming their doors at all hours of the day and night. The in-room air conditioner sounded like a jet engine each time it kicked on. The walls are so thin that we heard someone sneeze in a neighboring room. My partner said "Bless you" at a relatively low volume and the sneezer replied "Thank you."
I would stay here again because of the convenient location, friendly staff, great amenities, and unique experience I've come to expect and appreciate from the Aloft brand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft Milwaukee Downtown is a modern boutique-style hotel near the business district, Bradley Center arena, Milwaukee River, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and is 15 minutes from MKE Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Milwaukee Downtown Hotel Milwaukee