New carpets in the hallways, new light fixtures in hallways, room carpets look new, new paint and finishes throughout, new shades, blinds, furniture finishes, coffee makers are back in the rooms now. Logo/lobby updates and signs on and outside the building all updated. TV had the new remotes and all digital and HD programming. Free water for all (Nestle). I got two bottles, FDC said they are refreshed daily.
Overall, a positive refresh of the property IMO.
No change to the hard product, same bathrooms, kitchenettes, room layouts, etc. (though the toilet may have been replaced in this room, not sure.)
The rooms are still huge here as noted above. The standard room is an L-shaped studio suite.
ETA: Same breakfast buffet .. continental is $15. Coffee is still good and free at the breakfast buffet.
I think the main change for me is 250 points welcome amenity points instead of 500 when it was a W.
The hotel as reopened as an Aloft, and I'm on my second stay since the reopening. Overall it looks to be the same property with a nice refresh of the carpets, rooms, etc.
Just a few comments / thoughts...
- No room service anymore, which I used to use, but there are still plenty of places nearby
- No real update to the gym, which is what I was really hoping for
- I hope they participate in the Smart Check In program at some point
- Rooms are pretty much the same with a refresh, so the rooms are quite nice / large for Aloft
Room service is available. I used it a couple times on my last stay. Maybe they didn't have it initially available?
The gym will apparently be getting some new equipment.
Smart Check-in will eventually be coming as well (many of their doors have mag-stripe card reader issues and I was told by the front desk they don't want to bother replacing them until they move to smart check-in).
I decided to try out this property again, and yes they did swap out one elliptical, but the gym is still the same overall. Its a shame because I really like this property and the gym is the the only reason I've been staying elsewhere.
I did get some good runs in this past week though in the neighborhoods around the hotel.