Trip Report: Aloft Hotel, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

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My primary reason for booking the Aloft hotel at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport was because of Ben Schalppig’s excellent review of it from his stay there last summer. There are a lot of airport hotels around PHX, and since I don’t have any status with any of them, I thought it would be fun to try it for myself.

I knew what I was getting into before I arrived. Aloft hotels are not known for being luxurious – their premise is high style and comfort at a good price, without over the top service. However, I was a bit skeptical – it seems to be a chain targeted towards a younger “hip” crowd, and this middle age guy was worried that he’d stick out like a sore thumb in a place like that. Worries be damned, I was still looking forward to giving it a try.

Walking in the front door, I was instantly impressed. The place is really well designed. The check in counter was a small circular desk off to the left, with a bar and lounge taking up most of the space on the right. Behind the checkin desk was a small self-serve cafeteria with an assortment of salads and sandwiches, along with a variety of beverages.

lounge area

Lounge area near the lobby the Aloft hotel

I should also mention that I was happy to see that I was not the oldest person there – the guests were a varied lot, and no different than you’d see at any other airport hotel in America. Checkin went perfectly smoothly, and I had my room key in a matter of minutes.

hallway of the aloft hotel phoenix

Hallway leading to my room on the third floor

room number 325

My room: 325

aloft hotel bed

Bed in the Aloft hotel, Phoenix

bed in my hotel room at the Aloft Phoenix

View of the bed looking the other way. The bed was comfortable, but the pillows were not. Much too big!

view of the far wall

Looks like a college dorm room, right? This is the view looking the other way

bathroom sink

Bathroom sink and vanity

toilet and shower

Toilet and shower

view from the hotel room window

This is the view looking out of the window towards PHX. It’s a bit too far to do any meaningful plane spotting or photography.

Overall, I thought that the place had a “college dorm” type feel to it because of the basic rooms and thin walls. How thin? The person in the next room was watching TV at a normal volume and it was highly distracting to me. However, that’s not to say that I had a bad experience here. The hotel was clean, very well maintained, and quite comfortable. And thankfully the TV was turned off at a decent hour…

So – did I feel out of place while staying at the Aloft / PHX? Hardly. While they strive to be hip and stylish, they do offer a comfortable atmosphere (which the most important thing for any hotel). It was a very pleasant stay with friendly and efficient staff, and I’d stay here again without thinking twice.

All Posts in this series:

01. San Diego to Phoenix on USAirways – Introduction
02: USAirways economy class San Diego to Phoenix
03: Aloft Hotel, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
04: USAirways economy class Phoenix to San Diego

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