For the last night of my stay in San Francisco, I picked to stay near the airport since I have an early flight to catch the next morning and I could return the rental car first and ride the hotel shuttle to the airport. The hotel is one of the closest to the airport and can be reached via a complimentary hotel shuttle that it shares with the neighbouring Westin Hotel. From the airport the shuttle drops off guests at the Aloft first and towards the airport, it also picks guests from the Aloft first.
Like all Alofts hotel, there is an informal lobby lounge and a reception desk with a convenient grab and go beverage/snacks counter beside it. The whole setup is targeted towards the younger travellers with a limited service offering. There are no bellboys or concierge desk here. Instead trolleys like those in airports are provided so guests could use them to bring larger luggage to their own room. Check-in was quick and the friendly agent asked for my preference of points for breakfast. She also asked if I wanted late check-out and it was a polished service, better than many other SPG hotels I have stayed at. The only difference here though was the parking charge can be quite expensive for an Aloft property at $25++ per night. In most cases, parking at Aloft hotels or limited service hotels were complimentary, so this can be an added cost to consider.
Room No: 504 Category: Aloft Double Queen Room
I had reserved a double queen room previously since it should offer more comfort when sharing the room. With just standard rooms in the property, there was no mention of an upgrade and there really was no need for one either. As a standard hotel room, the bathroom is located beside the entrance, though Aloft properties have the vanity counter and closet outside with a sliding glass door separating the shower and toilet. The in-room safe and a copy of ‘Wired’ magazine is found inside the closet.
However with most limited service hotels, the amenities are placed on the wall mount instead in individual bottles. There is a shampoo and a shower gel. While the lotion is still individually packed. All amenities are by Bliss, similar to the supplies in a W Hotel. After all Aloft is branded to be like a ‘W light’.
The room itself was a nice size with a full length table that acts as a countertop space for odds and ends. There is also a luggage bench on the side and a TV mounted on the wall. As I mentioned, there was 2 queen sized beds in the room, a nice perk staying in rooms with 2 beds within North America.
The cool part of staying in an Aloft is the lobby which is like the social epicentre of the hotel. Besides the spacious lobby lounge, there is the wxyz bar and a billiard table beside it. The design and furnishings does make the space funky and comfortable at the same time.
There is also an outdoor lounge space to enjoy the Californian sunshine when it comes out.
And for those looking to work out, there is an indoor swimming pool that has limited hours of operation and a fitness centre accessible 24 hours with the key card. For a limited service property the equipments and furnishings were a grade higher than the usual Holiday Inns.
As an SPG member, I was able to get a complimentary beverage which I used to get cappuccino from the self serve espresso machine beside the reception the next morning. There was also a variety of bottled drinks, snacks and fruits that guests could purchase in the lobby and the cost is very reasonable for weary travellers not wishing to get out of the hotel.
With a room charge of $125++, the stay was quite good value considering the 2 generous sized queen beds in a nice and comfortable setting with complimentary airport shuttle. The wide range of facilities that I did not use during this short stay does make this hotel a consideration if I need to stay near the airport in the future. The airport shuttle was also frequent and prompt enough that makes this one of the better airport hotels in San Francisco.