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Aloft Harlem
Ranked #243 of 468 Hotels in New York City
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Muenster, Germany
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“Great hotel”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

So we stayed there for 3 nights while attending a meeting in NYC and we were very VERY pleased.
First the location, well it's in Harlem, but nowadays it is a safe neighborhood (and a great one) just like the rest of Manhattan. It's actually quite practical as it is located about 15min walking distance from Columbia U. and has the subway nearby. It's also close from all the nice stuff you want to see in Harlem like the Apollo theater. We came back to the hotel several times really late and always felt super safe.
The staff is super nice, very welcoming, doing anything they can to make you feel at home.
Price is actually reasonable for NYC. We paid 230$ a night (including taxes) for a big bedroom with a king size bed for 2 people. Note that breakfast is not included however you can get a 5$ voucher every day if you just hang on your door a sign saying they don't have to make the room (and honestly seeing how when you get in, it's pristine clean, you don't need them to redo the room the day after!)
Breakfast is really good. They have actually quite good coffee (which is free btw) and excellent muffins!
They're open 24h so it's really nice when you want to check in late and they also have a storage room to leave your stuff and enjoy your last day in NYC before you leave. The wifi is very good and you get it in the rooms and not just in the lobby.
The bedrooms are very spacious with a huge bed which is soooo comfortable. They have a safe and a fridge and tea/coffee, big TV, plenty of storage space. Only little problem, the AC is loud and you definitely need it on during summer!
But definitely a great hotel in a great neighborhood (especially if you like jazz) and I really would recommend it. Also if you don't really know where to go or what to do in the evening, ask at the front desk, they'll give you plenty of fliers and directions...

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Luisa P, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Harlem, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for the great review! Just by reading this it sounds that you had a blast during your visit to NYC, we are lucky to be in such great location full of music, great dining and great transportation. Our staff works very hard to make sure all of our guests are welcome and happy during their stay. Thanks again and come to visit soon!
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Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed June 4, 2013 via mobile

We had a very nice experience there. Real NYC! Great neighbourhood. Very good restaurants in the area. Hotel staff was friendly and helpful. Public transporttation very close. Quiet hotel you don't hear the others. You hear the typical NYC Street noise.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Luisa P, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Harlem, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Awesome review! Thanks for the kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your trip to NYC and thought our hotel was something different but nice. Please come to stay again in the near future.
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Monterey, California
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Stayed a week at the Aloft Harlem & couldn't have been more satisfied! The location is centrally located to EVERYTHING - trains, restaurants, Central Park, the staff was extremely accommodating & friendly, the gym had all the necessities & was open 24-hr, and the rooms were spacious, clean, and quiet. Will definitely use this hotel during a future visit to NY!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Luisa P, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Harlem, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
We are glad that you loved our hotel and thought it was a perfect for your travel needs. Thank you for staying with us, and it sounds like you are going to be staying with us in the near future, so we will see you then.
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We were trying to find a reasonably priced and decent hotel in NY City vicinity and Aloft Harlem is as good as any. Nice, clean rooms, interesting decor. Decent prices. Just a $20 cab ride to Times Sq area. Nice breakfast options around the hotel, and it is close to Columbia Univ. I'll definitely consider staying there again on my next trip to NY City.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Luisa P, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Harlem, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
We are glad you found a great and convenient hotel, we are very happy to be away from all of the busy areas in midtown and still only be 15 min away from all the fun. Thanks again for staying and please come back soon!
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This hotel is a gem. The rooms are large, clean, very well equipped and modern. Only minor criticism was a lack of wardrobe hanging space. Very good value. The location in Harlem is a bit out of the way for Manhattan attractions but the cab ride to Times Square is only 15 minutes and costs around $15. Cabs at any time of day or night can be hailed on the street outside the hotel in a matter of minutes.

Room Tip: The ground floor Bar is next to reception and there is sometimes a DJ and loud music and a lively at...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Luisa P, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Harlem, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Thanks for the great words!! We are glad you thought our hotel is very convenient and you loved everything about it!

Please come back to stay with us again!
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Stow, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Courteous, friendly staff and efficient use of space mark this hotel. While there are very few frills at Aloft Harlem (take your own shower cap, etc.) and not a drawer in sight, all your major needs are well met. Our room was pleasant and lit by a large window. It was exceptionally quiet. A second chair would have been nice, as it was a king-sized room, with two knee holes for working at a window-wide counter surface which have easily accommodated each of us and our computers. Breakfast was provided by a stocked mini-mart-like lobby area. The Tuesday night we were there, we were able to spend pleasant and quiet time in the bar area.

Room Tip: Our room was on fifth floor and looked out on a side street and was probably quieter than some.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Luisa P, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Harlem, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Thanks for staying with us! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and that you liked our hotel. We are very lucky to have such wonderful staff who cares about the guest. Please come visit us again when you are in the NYC area.
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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

My husband & I had the pleasure of staying at the Aloft in Harlem, just around the corner from the Apollo. Not only are the prices much cheaper than downtown Manhattan the room was clean, modern and a decent size with a big desk and TV, and the staff were all fantastic. Every time we came back to the hotel every staff member we encountered said 'welcome back!'. Although we didn't hang out in the bar it was always packed full of people playing pool or having a late night drink. It was only a 15 minute subway ride to Times Square for those that like the touristy areas. For us we prefer going where the locals go, and we did just that in the area. The Harlem Vintage store just re-opened and we scored some great deals on wine. The Harlem Tavern is a 10 minute walk and it's a lively bar with big TVs for sports and good food. The Red Rooster was my favorite restaurant of our trip, a nice eclectic mix of food. The best fried chicken I ever had. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to get away from the touristy areas and try something different.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Luisa P, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Harlem, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Thanks for staying with us and thank you for giving us such great review! We are glad that you not only enjoyed the hotel but everything else that Harlem has to offer. It seems that we have a loyal guest in you, so please keep visiting our hotel when ever you are in NYC.
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Property: Aloft Harlem
Address: 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-5324
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Harlem
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#133 Business Hotel in New York City
#212 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#237 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aloft Harlem 3.5*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aloft Harlem hotel is steps from the Apollo Theater, Central Park, and NYC express subway stations. Our boutique accommodation has free wifi, on-site dining, and Plug & Play equipped guest rooms. ... more   less 
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