ALOFT Downtown New Orleans
Being that this was my first time staying in New Orleans, I was a little nervous when my taxi pulled up to the glowing pink valet podium. My taxi driver hadn’t exactly been the best representation of a friendly New Orleans resident. However, when I walked into the lobby of ALOFT Downtown New Orleans I was almost instantly greeted by Maureen, the director of sales, and also one of the lovely front desk associate’s. I instantly felt welcome as they gave me a brief overview of the property and what I could expect from my stay. Right off the bat I knew I liked the “feel” of the hotel. It seemed like it was tailored more for the younger generations with the pool tables, brightly colored bar, a specials menu written on a giant chalk board in calligraphy, the list goes on.
BONUS: ALOFT is a property of Starwood Hotels, so if you’re a SPG member (it’s free to sign up!) you can earn points at this hotel!
We were booked an Aloft Room and, while modest, it contained everything we need for a comfortable stay. The room came with the essentials: free wifi, AC/heat, complimentary coffee and a work desk. But it came with a few upgrades as well: huge windows overlooking Baronne Street with a rustic wooden bench for people watching, one of the most fluffy white comforters and – wait for it – Bliss shower products. I absolutely adore Bliss and was so excited to see that ALOFT offered them complimentary and what’s even more – rather than just giving you one little complimentary bottle of each product, they are filled in a dispenser in the shower. For someone with long, thick hair… it matters.
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Judging from the exterior of the building, you wouldn’t know that the inside is a warm, glowing safe haven for weary footed traveler’s who have been walking up and down the French Quarter all day. Nearly the entire time I was in New Orleans it was about 45 degrees Fahrenheit with a 10 degree wind chill. But that damn dedicated valet boy was ALWAYS standing outside at his podium (with his tiny little space heater) waiting far too eagerly for the next car to pull up. I really felt for that man.
When you first walk through the double doors you’re pretty much at the front desk. To the left is a small lounge area with a pool table and television, usually playing sports. To the left is the W XYZ bar and a larger lounge with about four televisions. The bartender was extremely friendly and at night the whole room glows a soft coral color. There is live music on Thursdays and Fridays and daily bar specials beautifully written on a giant chalkboard.
In addition to that, there’s an outdoor rooftop pool that I am SO LIVID I did not get to try out before leaving. It just didn’t get warm enough. There is also a gym and a 24 hour “ReFuel” station where you can get breakfast or snacks at any hour. Basically, you just wander through and pick what you’d like and pay at the concierge desk. I didn’t personally try any of the snacks because, I mean – come on, I was in New Orleans. I was trying some cult favorite or niche restaurant for every single meal.
ALOFT is located in what’s called the “Business District” but don’t be alarmed! It’s a short five minute walk to the historic Bourbon Street. Not to mention if you head one block downriver (trust me… you can’t navigate with N, S, E and W here. You use lakeside, riverside, upriver and downriver. Confused? So was I) and take a right on Common Street, you will find the BEST coffee shop that I found while in New Orleans. I loved that ALOFT was close enough to the French Quarter to eliminate the need for a taxi or Uber but far enough away that we didn’t have drunks stumbling around at all hours of the night. And day.
Book This Hotel If you are looking for an affordable, chic hotel near the French Quarter. ALOFT is suitable for couples, families, business travelers and, of course, solo travelers.
Kayti VS the World was invited as a guest of Aloft Downtown New Orleans however, as always, all opinions are my own