It seems if you stay in one Aloft, you've stayed in them all (or pretty much most of them). It makes for a very dependable, consistent experience, and at a good price.
Location: This one's not really in a good spot. It is the one hotel in what I might call the no-man's land of Plano. It's right next to the highway, and as such you need a car to get everywhere. There is no safe pedestrian travel. Perhaps in recognition of this fact, the hotel does offer a regular shuttle to nearby major points (like the Starbucks!).
Hotel: The Aloft makes up for its budget style with a hipsterish attitude of a boutique hotel that's quirky. The staff are always super(!) helpful and perky to the point of making you wonder just how much coffee they hide behind the front desk. But that caffeine makes them remember, because if you ask for something one day, you are likely the next day to get tagged with a request if you want the same as you walk through the lobby. The fact these front desk folks are half my age (and I'm not even 50) and they're trained this well, well that's major kudos to management. The lobby and bar area is quite nice, with wifi available and very comfortable seats near a nice fireplace. The gym is on the small side, but still nicely equipped (and I never encounter many people in the Aloft ones, anyway). Finally, there is a great little mart area for just about anything you might need.
Room: As elsewhere, the decor here is Euro style minimalism. There is no chest of drawers. There is no closet. There is an open armoire-style (sorta) area to hang your clothes, and some cubbies for the other stuff. The bed is usually on the harder side than standard American beds (which doesn't bother me). The shades are of a colorful industrial type effective at blocking out light (and leaving the room pitch black for those of you who do not like to wake up to sun). The bathroom is a bit too open concept for my colleagues, tho it doesn't bother me. This time, tho, I found the sink edge so far from the mirror that I nearly needed my glasses to shave (I just leaned way in). There are no toiletries per se. Rather, shampoo and shower soap are all in dispensers on the shower wall (in keeping with the budget prices).
If you're on a tight budget, frankly the Aloft is one of the nicer places you can stay. As for me, I pick them when I go to an unkown place with very mixed reviews of other hotels because I know exactly what I'm going to get here - and I'm perfectly happy with it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft Plano offers guests a bold, new hotel experience in the heart of the booming business area of Plano, TX, just minutes from Cadbury, Ericsson, Oracle, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Plano Hotel Plano