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Aloft Harlem

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Starwood Hotels' fast-expanding Aloft brand pitches to a young, design-conscious traveler whose budget might not stretch to fit a room at one of the company's W properties. Launched in December 2010, Aloft Harlem was the first hotel to open in the area since the early ’60s. The public spaces combine high-tech amenities (a pair of iMacs, in addition to free hotel-wide Wi-Fi) with colorful, contemporary decor (a scrolling news ticker above the elevators, a pool table in the lobby-lounge). The industrial-edged w xyz bar hosts DJs, karaoke and jazz nights, while a slick, open-plan convenience store, re:fuel, dispenses coffee, sandwiches and snacks around the clock. A minimalist approach mitigates tight space in the bedrooms—despite 275-square-foot dimensions, standard quarters are outfitted with king-size beds (dressed with deluxe cotton sheets and recycled-cork headboards) and 42-inch flat-screen TVs, while bathrooms feature oversize rainfall showerheads and products created by W collaborator Bliss Spa. Rooms: 124.
Venue name: Aloft Harlem
Address: 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave)
New York
10027
Cross street: between 123rd and 124th Sts
Venue phone: 212-749-4000
Website: http://alofthotels.com
Transport: Subway: A, C, B, D to 125th St; 2, 3 to 125th St
Price: $169–$400 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V

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Amai

My second time staying at this Aloft Hotel in Harlem and probably my last. The hotel is conveniently located to the hub of Harlem activity on 125th Street close to the Apollo Theatre. The staff is pleasant. The rooms are very small and clean. However, for the amount of money per evening, you receive very meager accommodations. Aloft Harlem has taken "minimalism" to the minimum.