The Harlem Aloft is not some big, generic hotel. It's only five stories, above which are condos, and the modern Aloft vibe is ideal for Harlem's burgeoning population of young and connected locals. There's a sunken patio, just outside of the lobby and W XYZ bar, which serves up pop culture-themed cocktails.
For guests, of which there were plenty piddling about the hotel throughout the event today, the hotel adheres to Aloft standards like free wired and wireless internet, an in-room desk with plenty of A/V and laptop hookups, Bliss toiletries, a lobby with a pool table that encourages hanging out, and a great little fitness center. Don't forget that Alofts don't have hotel restaurant, but a 24-hour "pantry" called re:fuel, which charges for various items like cappuccinos, cupcakes, deli sandwiches and fresh fruit. But with a location surrounded by some of the best eating in the city, we don't know why you'd want to eat at Aloft at all.
Room keys are nifty RFID cards, so a little touch and you're in. If you're a frequent Aloft guest, you can take advantage of their Smart Check-in program, which texts you your room number on check-in day and your special Aloft Starwood card (with embedded chip) will open the door; no dealing with the front desk at all. Rates look to be starting around $159 per night, but be sure to check out all their offers before booking.
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