We got a great deal for a night at Aloft Chapel Hill through livingsocial.com, and had a wonderful overnight getaway. The pool is saline (instead of chlorinated - how cool is that?!), the 24-hr workout center has big windows so you can see outside, and the room, oh man, the room! The decor was simple but very funky and cool. While small, the room's layout was European (a friend called it the "Ikea of hotels") and there was plenty of room for the two of us. Good-sized windows overlooked a beautiful plaza that we never would've guessed was there. We had a king-sized bed with an enormous flat screen TV on the opposite wall. The bed's headboard went nearly to the ceiling and formed one wall of the sink area of the bathroom (which included a safe, magazines, a lovely closet area, small fridge, and full-length mirror). The toilet/shower area of the bathroom was entirely closed off, but the shower stall had frosted glass on the wall shared with the bedroom. As a result, privacy was maintained, but it was the best-lit shower I've ever been in. The window opposite the frosted glass let in wonderful light. There was a little hideaway for an iron and ironing board near the frosted glass in the bedroom. There was even a funky blue-green vintage clock on the bedside table.
The desk contained a neat little box that you can plug your computer into (free Wi-Fi, if you want it) that hooks up to the TV, so you can show movies or anything that you have on your computer or DVD (or download from on-line) on the big screen TV. That rocked! Harry Potter looked great on the big TV.
My favorite part of the room was the bed. The bedspread was a pure white down slice of heaven. I *never* trust hotel bedspreads b/c they're always dirty and gross. Here, though, you can see that how clean it was - and it was soft and warm and wonderful. The entire facility was spotless. I walked around the room in my socks the whole time to see if it was all really as clean as it appeared (I have a pseudo-phobia of hotel room floors - I hate nasty, dirty floors), and my socks stayed white! That was a huge deal for me.
Lest you think I work for the company (I don't, I promise!), our stay was not perfect. There was no room service, although there was a bar and a snack area in the lobby. My husband went downstairs and bought me a fruit salad for breakfast, but some of the fruit was moldy. The staff replaced it with apologies when we took it back, and the second one was fine. Overall, the staff were all kind and gracious, and the service was excellent throughout.
We have little kids, and can't afford to go there regularly, especially at Aloft's normal prices, but we had a fabulous time there and will definitely be on the lookout for deals in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft Chapel Hill is by UNC's Campus, area universities, Research Triangle Park, and RDU Airport. Our hotel has 1,600sq ft of meeting/event space, free wifi, an indoor pool, and w xyz, a bar/lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Chapel Hill Hotel Chapel Hill