Hotel Review: Aloft El Segundo / LAX

Since I am in Los Angeles only for the night with an early afternoon flight the next day, I chose another hotel close to LAX. This time around, I picked the Aloft at El Segundo which has its own complimentary shuttle service from the airport. The shuttle service is shared with Fairfield Inn & Suites, which is another Marriott property, and comes regularly in 30 minutes interval as the hotel is quite close to the airport. The shuttle drops guests off directly by the hotel entrance at the porch and the driver would also help guests with their bags.

Drop-off porch
Drop-off porch

Like all the Aloft hotels I have been to, there was trolleys by the entrance for self-service transport of your luggage since this is a limited service property and there are no bell desk.

Trolleys by the entrance
Trolleys by the entrance

The lobby is shared with the other facilities and it was crowded in the late afternoon I arrived with many guests basking in the glorious sunset streaming into the lobby. There was several staff manning the reception desk and I was served immediately. Check-in at Aloft properties are usually a quick affair since most rooms are standard in size and guests do not usually have much requests. I was able to store my ski bag at the luggage storage area rather than bringing up to my room since it was more convenient that way.

Lobby reception area
Lobby reception area

As a welcome amenity for Platinum guests, I was also able to collect a pack of chips and a bottle of Voss water from the basket next to the reception desk.

Welcome package of chips and bottled water
Welcome package of chips and bottled water

From the lobby it was a short walk to the elevator lobby which is past the pantry. There is actually another doorway from the elevator lobby that can lead directly to the roadside though this requires a key card for access.

Elevator lobby space
Elevator lobby space

Room No: 909 Category: Aloft King

Floor plan
Floor plan

I was assigned a King room on the 9th floor on what seems to be a standard room. Like most room layouts the bathroom was the first section by the foyer. The bathroom has a sliding door with a tall mirror to maximize the use of space.

Foyer entryway
Foyer entryway

Inside, the bathroom was brightly lit and is a modern space with an over the countertop sink with plenty of space to store your toiletry bag on the counter. Hangers by the wall also provides a convenient space to hang towels.

Standard bathroom space
Standard bathroom

The toilet directly faces the doorway while Aloft hotels usually have a walk-in shower cubicle, which is something I prefer compared to the bathtub and shower combination. The shower here is also spacious and brightly lit, with sliding glass doors that ensures water does not splash out at all. Both the shower and the countertop in the bathroom are great features to have in a hotel bathroom.

Toilet and shower area
Toilet and shower area

Heading to the bedroom, the closet is actually hidden by the sliding bathroom door while there are more shelving space along the wall beside the bed. The in-room safe, coffee brewer and kettle are found here. A King size bed is placed in the centre of the room and there are bolsters placed on the bed. Another feature that I enjoy in hotel rooms.

Bed with beanbag chair
King bed and beanbag chair

Another funky feature in the room is the addition of an oversized orange beanbag that functions as a lounge chair. This does tie in with the Aloft’s target market of younger adults. By the window, there was a work desk with a basic swivelling chair. A luggage bench was placed next to the desk with the flatscreen TV mounted on the wall above it.

Interior of the guest room
Interior of the guest room

There was a digital photo frame that promotes dining offers at the hotel and general Marriott Rewards promotions. The table lamp also has power outlets extensions making it convenient to plug laptop and mobile phone chargers.

Welcome package
Welcome package at the Aloft

The room I was assigned was on a reasonably high floor so it receives more light. I expect the lower floors to be a little bit darker by the evening. This section also faces the backside of the hotel which will be quieter as opposed to those facing the parking lot. However the view faces the upper floors of the Fairfield Inn & Suites which is not exactly anything nice.

View from the room
View from the room

Dining Facilities

On the lobby floor right behind the reception desk, there was a pantry that sells chips and drinks at reasonable prices. In addition, they do sell a variety of light food like french fries with toppings, salad and pancakes that can be ordered all day.

Food counter
Food order counter at the pantry

This area comes with its own communal dining table in the centre of the pantry. Otherwise guests could also bring food to the lounge where there was plenty of seating. However there are convenient fast food chains around the hotel such as an In-N-Out, Five Guys and a Rubio’s Coastal Grill across the street.

Pantry and dining table
Pantry and dining table

Like all Aloft property, there was a nice lounge and the WXYZ bar taking up the bulk of the space in the hotel. In the evening they even have live music in the lounge so it was a nice space to hang out before dinner and to enjoy the sunset.

Lobby lounge
Lobby bar and lounge in the evening

Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre

However the best facility of this hotel would be outdoor swimming pool located one floor below the lobby level. Guest access could be via the staircase beside the lounge or via elevators.

Pool area from the lobby
Pool area from the lobby

Not only was there plenty of deck chairs by the pool side, guests could also find inflatable tubes to laze in the pool. There are also 3 cabanas set up in the corners of the pool creating for a very nice pool area.

Hotel pool
Swimming pool in the hotel

Located on the same floor as the swimming pool, there was a room dedicated for the fitness centre. The fitness centre receives natural light from the wall-to-ceiling doors and windows though it also meant guests could see occupants inside clearly. Inside there was a couple of treadmills with cycling machines, a weights and bench space along with a lateral workout machine. Equipments were fairly basic even though the space was not bad at all.

Fitness centre
Fitness centre

Other Facilities

Other facilities for guests in the hotel are outdoor lounge spaces beside the pool and in the lobby.

Poolside lounge area
Poolside lounge area

The outdoor lounge space is a really nice place to hang out throughout the year since during the winter, there is a fireplace in between that makes for a cozy space for groups to enjoy the outdoors. This outdoor lounge space is connected to the main lobby via staircase so guests having a drink from the bar can easily come down here with their drinks as well.

Alfresco lounge with fireplace
Alfresco lounge with fireplace

On the main lobby lounge that is indoor, there is even a pool table which is common in Aloft hotels. The large common spaces for lounging in this Aloft hotel is especially nice and enjoyable for the Southern California winter.

Pool table in the lobby
Pool table in the lobby

Final Word

When I checked out, I was able to take the complimentary hotel shuttle back to the airport. The staff handling both check-in and check-out along with the shuttle driver was very helpful in storing, retrieving and placing my ski bags into the shuttle van, so I have a good impression of the service here even for a limited service property.

Palm trees in the courtyard
Palm trees in the courtyard

A night here can cost anywhere between $160-180 before taxes and the prices are definitely higher compared to similar limited service hotels. However the convenience of the complimentary shuttle, and the clean and modern rooms makes it a very nice stay for one night. For future layovers in Los Angeles or even when I am staying in town, this is one hotel I would consider to stay at again!

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