I have stayed at the Sheraton in Birmingham and really did not like it - very poor location, no vibe, etc. Thankfully I found the Aloft. I travel to Birmingham frequently and only stay at this Aloft. The hotel is located in what is basically the (safe) downtown of an upscale residential area just outside of Birmingham (less than a 10.00 cab ride) and probably 20 minutes from the airport. Downtown Homewood has a few restaurants/bars/taverns and quite a few clothing boutiques and antique stores, which I think is the big draw to Homewood for people who do not live there.
The Aloft also has its own lobby bar and a nice restaurant attached to the hotel, both of which attract many locals in addition to hotel guests. There is generally always a vibe/scene in the lobby area consisting of locals and guests of all ages and backgrounds. The lobby area is designed to feel like a big casual lounge, which in addition to the bar includes a pool table area, as well as a fireplace area with plenty of couch seating and nooks from which to socialize/people-watch. The hotel desk staff and bar staff are absolutely top notch. The Aloft has the most sincere and friendliest team of people I have encountered at any hotel.
The rooms are not the main attraction of the hotel, however they are totally in line with what a reasonable traveler should expect for the rate. The rooms have a minimalist design and as noted elsewhere do not have dresser drawers. There is open shelving and a closet hanging rod that can be concealed with a curtain. If you designed a hotel room using Ikea it might turn out to feel similar to the Aloft rooms. The rooms are clean and the cleaning staff friendly.
I highly recommend this hotel as a great Starwood option in the Birmingham area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft Birmingham Soho Square is a hip new hotel! Enjoy the chic amenities of Soho Square. Walk to great shopping and local restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Birmingham Soho Square Hotel Homewood
- Aloft Hotel Homewood
- Birmingham Soho Square Aloft