Rancho Cucamonga Travel Guide
We tripped down to the Ontario-area over the weekend to spend the night at the first ever Aloft in the U.S. We couldn't wait to finally see the inside of a real Aloft (not a Second Life one).
As we turned off the 10 freeway and started making our way to Fourth Street, we saw the Aloft building in the distance. It looked just like the renderings we have been posting for the past couple of years which was a strangely eerie feeling.
We snapped out of our haze and pulled into the parking lot, parked our car next to the Aloft van, grabbed our bag and headed in.
While the website says reservations are accepted only for June 30 and beyond, that's just a lie. Reservations can be made for today and beyond.
We also called the hotel to verify and a manager said they were getting ready for the official opening at 11am today.
Rates for this weekend were a little pricey for this area in between Los Angeles and Palm Springs at $139 a night (that's an internet/no cancellations rate.) Considering we stayed at a Palm Desert resort (albeit an aging one) for $94 a night two weeks ago, this is not really a budget stay. So Aloft--you better live up to the hype!
[ed. note: if aloft insists on lower-casing its name, we will insist on writing about aloft in all lower-case.]
finally, aloft hotels, after consistent hyping, has broken ground on its very first property in rancho cucamonga, calif. the company has put together the cheesy aloha! action news team which documented the groundbreaking in this video above.
Meanwhile, the w hotels spin-off brand has some changes to its "second life."
The aloft hotel hype machine has been trucking all over the country for the past year but we were pretty sure their first property was going to open up in Lenox, Mass. sometime in 2008. Now, it looks like Starwood Hotels have changed their minds as Rancho Cucamonga outside of LA might be the first property to open its doors.
"We firmly believe that tomorrow's traveler is coming to this area," said Brian McGuinness, vice president of aloft hotels. That traveler currently pays for limited wireless Internet access or high-speed cable hookups in most large hotel chains. Some offer alarm clocks or separate stereos to hook up MP3 players. Aloft promises an easy system to plug music players and laptops directly into the hotel's high-definition televisions.
Another hint that this place will open before the others? They held the official groundbreaking yesterday morning near Haven Avenue and Fourth Street. Looks like California is just a better fit for aloft for their first property what with the whole aloha welcome theme and car wash. But we are genuinely excited about the propose room rate--from $100 to $120 a night.
· High-Tech Hotel [Press-Enterprise]