After our first night in Charlotte, we moved hotels. The one was booked and so we could only get one night there and we had friends coming in who were also staying at Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne, so that made the decision to stay a few nights there easy!
As we pulled up to the Aloft, we totally could feel the stylish, modern hotel vibe. It was clean, fun and as we walked in and were greeted with a friendly welcome from the staff. As I checked in, the kids did their obligatory
run scan of the space and lobby and checked out all snack options. My adult eyes caught the couches by the fire place and the fully stocked bar. 😉
My kids were kind of running wild (it was close to nap time and we had been sitting for a bit and running errands) and the gentleman at the front desk mentioned that if we needed any toys during our stay to let them know.
Not going to lie, that option and service impressed me. Do other hotels do this and I have just never thought to ask?? Do all Aloft’s provide this service? If they don’t, they should as it won major bonus points for the parent within me!
We took advantage of their offer and both days Brother snagged balls from the front desk to take out side and play with. There was green space near by and it was a great balance of getting outside to run and play, having toys to play with and being in a hotel and reminding our kids to be sweet and behave! Haha!
The first day, after checking in and going up to our room, a bottle of wine was delivered with a note welcoming us to the Aloft family. We are Starwood Preferred Guests (you can be too – when you stay at a Starwood property by signing up for their perks!) so I am not sure if this is because of that or if they do it for all first timer Aloft stays. Regardless, between toys being offered, the time they took to orient me to the property and then a bottle of wine with a handwritten note, I was already happy with our stay.
Another thing that impressed me about the Aloft property was the eco-friendliness of the hotel and the green initiatives it met and standards it upheld. I felt like it was comfortable, nice, friendly for all travelers from business to family, yet it still took steps to care for and to better our earth.
For example, the lights in the room would not stay on unless the room key was in the switch. We left the key in the switch when we were in the room and then as we left, we pulled our key and the room lights went out. I didn’t have to run around pushing buttons (or attempting to push buttons I couldn’t find) to turn out lights and I didn’t leave and have to worry about leaving all of the lights on. Simple things like that felt modern, but very conscientious and I liked that.
Annie M and I were gone during the day doing bridesmaid duties for the wedding we were in town for and while we were gone, my Hubby and Brother again played in the green space nearby and ate lunch at the hotel. They have a breakfast area with a chef in the morning that turns to a snack area called “re:fuel” throughout the day.
In the evening time, the snacks are still available and then there is a fun bar called the “w xyz bar” and Lounge that includes bites and drinks.
It was a warm December day while we were there, and the kids begged for pool and so my Husband took Brother for a dip! The pictures I snapped of the pool are a bit blurry, but I have linked to Aloft’s main site and you can click through to see all pictures there. I also am not including images of their meeting rooms, etc – but they have it all!
All in all, it was a great hotel, with stylish spaces and gave off a well cared for but fun vibe.
If you have questions about the Aloft property, feel free to ask! If you have stayed at one (they are world wide!) I would love to hear about your experience as well!
I was provided a discounted rate in exchange for the review. All opinions are my own and we will happily travel to and stay at Aloft again!