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A Trip Inside the Aloft Phoenix Airport

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January 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yeah, we know: airport hotels are little more than a necessary evil.

Whether it's a delayed flight, a layover, a late arrival or a god-awful early departure the next day, our reasons for staying in one rarely involve the word fun. Or even "nice."

Imagine our relief then, when we arrived at the Aloft Phoenix Airport recently—after midnight, tired and cranky—and were rewarded with something closer to a city boutique hotel experience.

Check-in was fast and simple, and the front-desk guy made sure to tell us about the free WiFi. Bless.

Click through our gallery to check out our room and you'll understand why we wish we were staying longer than eight hours.

In short, we were won over by the brand and will be seeking out Alofts wherever we can on future travels. They totally remove the scummy feeling you get when staying at a tired, cheap airport hotel chain, and make you feel human, rested, and ready for whatever life throws at you next.

Our favorite bits?

· The free water (almost unheard of!)

· Free WiFi (duh)

· Comfy, big bed in front of glossy flatscreen TV

· Lots of power outlets

· A cool selection of magazines

· Bliss products (even if they're the tiny variety or in a dispenser in the shower)

· A convenient location not only near the airport but a five-minute walk to Phoenix's light-rail system.

Then there's the stuff we didn't get to sample but totally will next time: the pool, the 24-hour grab 'n' go snack bar, and the w xyz bar.

It almost makes you wish for a delayed flight. (Almost.)

We paid a non-refundable rate of $109 a night for a room with a King bed back in December.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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