I suspected I was in trouble when the cab driver from DFW had never heard of the place. It's a recently remodeled warehouse - only been in use as a hotel for a couple of years. The desk staff consists of a handful of 20 somethings who can be complimented for their enthusiasm and willingness to print out a Mapquest of anyplace you want to go, but getting something like ice, another towel or an extra blanket takes several requests. The rooms have all the basics you need, but it's not a "warm" place at all - literally. The windows don't seal and it's very drafty. Because it's a renovated a warehouse everything is cement with thin squares of carpet strategically placed. It's known as a place that can be rented for raves, and the cement structure sends the vibrations from the basement party room throughout the entire building; sleeping on those nights is difficult. One evening the bar area had been rented for a private party so the hotel guests had very limited access. The bar staff were very good, but it's rude to be told we couldn't sit at the bar when we're staying at the place. We arrived one night to a valet attendant insisting he had to park our car even though we were hotel guests with a parking pass. The manager on duty, a lovely young lady who had helped us with other things, went with us to chat with the valet attendant. He reluctantly acquiesced, but seemed miffed that he should have to take orders from a woman and was surly to us when we returned to our car later.
The pluses: You're walking distance to Union Station and the West End. There's a 24 hour McDonalds a block away. It's across the street from the convention center. The view of the changing lights on the outside of the Omni hotel a block away. I think I'll stay at that Omni next time.
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- The Aloft Dallas Downtown is a vibrant, loft-inspired hotel, conveniently located near City Hall, the Dallas Convention Center, American Airlines Center, and Arts District. ... more less
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