Saturday, August 24, 2013

Aloft Phoenix - Airport: Hotel Review

We decided to stay at the Aloft Phoenix Airport (@AloftPHX @SPG) on our recent trip to Arizona, mostly because our flight got in so late. We landed around 23h00 and the drive to Prescott (our final destination) would have us arriving around 02h00. No good.  The Aloft had a complimentary shuttle from the airport, which had us arriving at the hotel around 23h30.

When we arrived the Lobby was pretty packed. Who knew that a Wednesday night would be the rockin' night at an airport hotel bar?  At check-in I was offered either a free drink at the bar or 250 Starpoints as my Gold Welcome Amenity. I opted for the points (figuring that since it was nearly 02h00 on our body clocks we'd just go to bed - I was wrong).  

We headed to the room to drop off our bags.  The halls were absolutely sweltering. Phoenix was hot - when we landed - it was still 41C (107F) outside at nearly midnight.  We made it to our room and were quite surprised at how hot this room was too.  We cranked up the A/C and knew that we'd be tossing and turning all night if we tried to sleep in that heat.

When you enter the room, immediately to the right you find a small closet, room safe and the bathroom sink.  Continuing on through the sliding mirrored door you find the toilet and the shower.  The very standard / cookie-cutter design for an Aloft.

Closet

Bathroom vanity with mini-fridge
I am disgusted when I enter a room and find a gaping toilet greeting me.  How hard is it to close the lid after you clean it.
Shower Room and Gaping Toilet
The main room, on the other side of the closet wall, consisted of a king bed, a small desk and a chair in the corner.  The bed was the standard Aloft bed - which isn't as great as the W Bed or the Westin Heavenly Bed, but I do find them to be quite acceptable. A whole hell of a lot better than the Hotel Indigo beds.

Main room with desk
Bed and Chair - Mike relaxing
Another bed / room shot
Since we arrived so late, I didn't get a chance to take a picture of our view until the next morning. Whoa, what a beautiful industrial Arizona view, eh?  Makes you want to sit and stare out the window watching the world go by, doesn't it...

Stellar view
I didn't get any pictures of the common areas, unfortunately. We arrived too late and were in a hurry the next morning.  The service at the bar was very lackluster. All the servers were too busy on their phones and attempting to coordinate an ad hoc karaoke party amongst themselves - they need not quit their night jobs to be singers, that's for sure.  Unfortunately they didn't even know the items they were serving. We asked one server about the beers they had on tap and she suggested we go up to the bar and look -- then she left us.  It took us quite a while to get our check too - everyone was a little preoccupied that night.

I would stay at this hotel again, but only if I had either a late arriving flight or an early departure the following morning. There really isn't any other reason, in my mind, to stay at this hotel.  I must admit, I do like the Aloft chain.  They are consistent.  Interestingly enough, as I write this review, I sit in an Aloft near O'hare and the room is EXACTLY the same as the PHX room, except I got stuck with two queen beds and no chair.  Sometimes it is nice to find a reasonably priced hotel that is extremely consistent.

Have you stayed at the Aloft - PHX before? Do you dig the Aloft or do you prefer slightly more glamorous digs?

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