Sunday, August 30, 2009

Our room @ Aloft

The hotel is in LOVE with stripes! For example, this is the hallway that led to our room:

One of our favorite features of the room was this desk-top box that lets you easily connect all your electronics to the big wall-mounted lcd tv. It even has electrical outlets on the right and left sides.

Here's that tv! We decided the wall color should be called Avocado Black. Even the texture of the wall reminded us of a ripe avocado. The other walls in the room were a light blue.

View of the sunset from our room. Yes, that's the old round Holiday Inn on the right!

There were a few downsides. The sheets on the bed felt scratchy to me. I couldn't tell if they were too new, too starchy, or too low a thread-count. Perhaps with a few trips through the laundry, they'll improve. As the evening went on, the music in the lounge and lobby got progressively louder. Even at 7:30pm it was loud, and we could hear it from our room. Fortunately we travel with a small fan to create white noise and that drowned out all but the thump of the rhythm of the music. If you're an early-to-bed, early-to-rise type, you might request a street-side room (on Call Street might be best) higher up in the hotel.

Overall, the room felt very high-end, without the high-end price. Thoughtful touches abounded: reading lamps in each bed and on the desk; free local calls; reading material - current magazines - in the bathroom; outlets placed just where you needed them; and wireless internet that worked without any hoops to jump through.

See official photos of the hotel here, and more of my photos here.

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