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“Disappointing” 3 of 5 stars
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aloft Winchester
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1055 Millwood Pike, Rt. 50 East, Winchester, VA 22602-4311   |  
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Ranked #13 of 25 Hotels in Winchester
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

We arrived Friday afternoon excited to stay at the fairly new Aloft after staying down the road at Holiday Inn the past couple years for the wine festival. Part of the reason for the change was because we were bringing our dog along and Aloft touts itself as a "dog friendly" hotel.

When we arrived, we were not greeted by anyone but the bartender and stood at an empty front desk until a rather unpleasant woman made her way begrudgingly to the desk as if we had interrupted her nap. No hello, no smile, no "welcome." She checked us in with no personality at all and we went on our way. Even though we obviously had our dog with us, and it was listed in our reservation notes, no one ever offered the treats, dog bed, or toys that are advertised on their website as "welcoming your pet as part of your family." That was disappointing.

The grounds are nice, the lobby trendy but loud on weekends, and the rooms have a nice setup. Everything was pretty clean. The pillows are too big (they should have more options) and the bed left a lot to be desired. I agree with other posters that the window in the bathroom is a bit awkward if you are not staying with a significant other. Overall, disappointing from the first impression.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

After staying in several traditional hotels during the past week, Aloft was a break from the conventional room. The hotel/room reminds me of a cross between the Hard Rock and the W Hotel chains (actually, Aloft is in the W family). It's sleek and interesting. Trendy. The lobby is a large open space with an open front desk area, a bar, and pool table. The hotel is more suited for couples v. families. There is a very good small gym and a nice indoor pool.

The rooms are a good size and follow in the sleek/modern look. The hotel leaves a couple of bottles of gratis water in the room, which is a nice touch. The beds and linens are very comfortable. The rooms don't have a great deal of light (e.g., for reading), but are fine for everyday use.

We stayed only one night, but it was very pleasant.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank elaine212
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Virginia, USA
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127 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Prior to this weekend I had never heard of the ALoft brand by Sheraton / W. We only stumbled on it because we needed a hotel in Winchester VA that took pets. Normally I avoid hotels that take pets because they tend to be hotels that are past their prime. We were in a pinch though for dog care so we took a chance and I'm very, very glad we did.

This is an extraordinary hotel. Exceedingly well designed with European style lines and new approaches at every turn for taking care of guests. The room had a wonderfully modern bathroom with a gargantuan slider door that separates the shower and toilet from the sink area. Looking for the closet? The closet has been reinvented...words are hard to explain but the approach is brilliant for hotel use. Beds...great. Exercise room and pool looked fantastic. Mr. Clean would be proud. Exceedingly friendly staff that put up with way too much noise from dog...kids...etc.

A review though must be balanced. The couple we stayed with heard elevator music throughout the night. Also, the water pressure was a bit low (I expect this is out of environmental concerns). I should be okay with a green shower but I'd rather indulge on vacation.

All in all, a splendid experience.

Well done Starwood!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Hartford, Connecticut
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Stayed here a few times. Not only are they pet freindly, but the place is neat and clean. The front desk is very accomodating too. I'd stay here any time I'm in the area. I've stayed in Aloft hotels in other places and I really like the modern sleek style of the room.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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WA, USA
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42 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

A first time stay at an Aloft. The initial experience was positive. Clean, firm, new beds, excellent storage space for luggage. Excellent lighting over vanity area and it is separate from shower area which made 2 people getting ready in AM easy. Negatives - Only one chair in room that sleeps 4, only 1 pouch of coffee ( single cup maker), printer attached to computer had no ink for 36 hours despite requests for refill. Continental Breakfast was not free and despite the fact we paid for a "rate including breakfast" nothing was available before 6.30 on week days and 7 on weekends. On Saturday by 7.15 still nothing available - not even cereal.
On Friday night extreemly loud music until well after midnight - thank goodness we were on 6th floor. Safe not working and never repaired during 4 night stay. A request for tissues could not be fulfilled at 5pm on Saturday as room attendants had gone home and sole front desk person could leave desk for over an hour

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Knightdale, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The hotel was really nice. The rooms were very contemporary. The beds were however like sleeping on a futon and not very comfortable. I stayed here two night with my husband and 3 children, and I must say the window in the shower that can be seen in the bedroom is not ideal with children. If I was just traveling with my husband I would have given a higher rating.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Ajnourie
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Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I've always liked aloft hotels, and this was was no exception. It was fairly new, and it was absolutely spotless inside. We only stayed for a single night as part of a drive through Virginia, but would definitely stay again if I was back in that area. The staff was friendly and attentive, rooms were clean, comfortable, price was fair. Just a pleasant experience on par with what I've grown to expect from aloft. We were also given a 20% off coupon at checkout for a future stay.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: aloft Winchester
Address: 1055 Millwood Pike, Rt. 50 East, Winchester, VA 22602-4311
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Location: United States > Virginia > Winchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Winchester
#13 Family Hotel in Winchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — aloft Winchester 3*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aloft Winchester Hotelis nestled in Winchester, VA, a community tucked away in picturesque Shenandoah Valley and full of history. Whether you have half a day to enjoy or are planning a week long vacation, our Winchester hotel's accessible location and hip style will answer all your needs. Enjoy our hotel amenities, whether you meet, mix and mingle at w xyzSM bar or play in re:mixSM lounge. Or for a change of scenery, head out and about and peruse the Historic District for the perfect gift and step foot on some of our nation's Civil War battle sites. You will be glad you made the trip! ... more   less 
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