First Experience Staying at Aloft Hotels (Aloft BWI Airport)

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As a loyal Starwood Platinum, I’ve stayed at most of their 11 brands, but I’ve never stayed at an Aloft hotel before, so I was excited to experience my first stay at the Aloft Baltimore Washington International Airport, which is a Starwood Category 2 meaning free nights range from 3,000-4,000 points per night.

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The hotel was located near the airport and did offer a shuttle leaving about every half hour from the hotel to the airport. The hotel has 155 rooms on 6 floor, though I was assigned a room on the 1st floor.

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The room featured two queen beds, a desk, and flatscreen TV with views of the parking lot.

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The bathroom had a single vanity, with a free standing shower with a rain shower. There was bliss soap and lotion in by the sink, but the shower had a dispenser which I’m sure is refilled every so often.

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The hotel had an open lobby with plenty of seating

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Despite being told the hotel was sold out, there was hardly anyone in the lobby (more to come on the parking lot)

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Other hotel amenities included a small indoor swimming pool

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As well as a small gym

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There was also a small outdoor searing area with a fireplace.

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For breakfast, I headed down to the lobby where they had one chef cooking up made to order items.

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As a Starwood Platinum, I chose the breakfast option which included two hot entrees (either omlettes or egg sandwiches)
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Bottom Line

As this was a Category 2 hotel and only cost me 3,000 Starpoints, I went into this with low expectations and for the most part was content with my stay. It was a no thrills select service property which was fine for one night.

When it came to parking however, the parking lot was completely packed and there was no parking anywhere, so I was forced to park down the street from the hotel. I don’t know if hotel guests part here when they fly out or what, but parking down the block was a less than stellar experience.

If you’re looking for premium Starwood Platinum treatment, you’ll most likely not find that staying with Aloft, as they don’t have any suites for upgrades. The free breakfast was alright, however the ingredients for my “made to order” omelet were incorrect.

Would I stay with Aloft again? If I had a one night stay in a location where there weren’t any other hotel options I would, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to stay with them.

Whats your thoughts on Aloft hotels? Please share your thoughts below!

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Comments

  1. I thought Aloft’s didn’t have suites either, but I’m writing this from a suite at an Aloft, it’s much nicer than the usually basic, no frills room.

  2. Stayed in Sarasota,never again. Just opened and I am not a fan. The light to the bathroom was on the other side of the wall that the bed was on. So when you put bathroom light on the whole room lit up. Closet was so small and there was a bench in the room that was attached to the wall and ended up keeping luggage and clothes there. Nothing to sit on but the bed and a desk chair.

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