Rated 2 out of 5 by EmKC30 Overpriced, dated and uncomfortable
I've always thought it would be fun to stay at an aloft hotel. The main reason I booked at this hotel was for their really great pet policy. We have a 23 lb non-shedding grandpa dog that is very uninposing. So I will start with commending them for being pet friendly! I can't bring myself to pay some other hotels' outrageous pet fees for this lil guy.
Check in was fine. This hotel quickly started showing its age during the elevator ride up to the 4th floor. The Muzak all seemed to be from 2009 (when the hotel was built) so it just emphasized the rest of the dated decor.
The hallway walls were all scuffed the whole way to our room. The room itself was a bit underwhelming. The grey carpet walls felt very institutional and the window shades made us feel like we were in a school or a dorm. Maybe in the 80s?
The tv already feels dated and the screen had been cleaned or wiped down and was covered in streak marks.
There's plenty to nitpick (loose toilet base that rocks when you sit down, no towel or bathmat for the cold sink tile, noisy fridge) but THE biggest issue we had was with the massive pillows! They are just fine if you're sitting up watching tv but they are impossible to actually sleep on. My husband sleeps with a big puffy pillow at home but these were even too big for him. We had a terrible 3 nights of sleep. I did ask the front desk if they had any other pillows and they said they didn't and sorry.
The breakfast is kinda dumb. For the price I paid, I'd expect it to be included. Also, be aware that Homewood's lodging tax is a whopping 17% !!! It is worth looking in other townships solely for this reason.
The architecture of the building is really cool, the way the parking garage connects to the lobby.. Good bones I suppose but time to redecorate and upgrade! The highlight of the stay was the shower. I appreciated the bliss products but didn't like the smell.
Next time I think I'll just pay the outrageous pet fee at the other place.
November 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by deanbeaner pleasant stay
A pleasant stay at a comfortable hotel. There are a few things I would recommend to management:
1. Give more detailed information at time of check-in regarding availability of breakfast, food and beverage options on location, and other amenities available.
2. put dimly lit night lights in bathrooms for night usage.
3. Refrigerator in room made noticeable humming noise all night.
November 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BBLC A great place for a good night's rest
I stay at this hotel when I am on call at work as it is much closer to work than home and I can go to the hotel quickly from work and sleep for a couple of hours or eight if work doesn't call. The staff members are always friendly and always recognize me as an SPG Platinum member. I've never had a problem here in multiple stays, except ESPN going out and not being able to watch football on two different visits that were several weeks apart. The beds are outrageously comfortable.
December 29, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Penne CHIC hotel with great features and a perfect location
We love this trendy hotel and often travel to Bham just to stay there. Aloft has wonderful rooms, a great bar, breakfast/snack features, and free parking. There are even small refrigerators in each room. The ONLY addition I would make to this fantastic hotel would be to provide small MICROWAVES in each room. A microwave is a MUST for me and the only perk missing from this cool hotel.
May 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RenGM Stumbled on this one
Using the SPG app. Got stuck in traffic on a cross country trip, decided to stay in B'ham. Nice hotel, great staff, wonderful bar and walking distance to some great places to eat
November 8, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by SusanHLama Housekeeping really blew it!
I stayed three nights in this hotel. I returned to my room on the second day of my stay -- after a very long day -- to discover that none of the supplies in the room -- coffee, creamer, etc -- had been replaced. And when I returned to my room the evening of the third night I found that housekeeping had not visited the room at all. No clean towels, bed not made, nothing. The room rate was very high for Birmingham, AL, so at least these basic features should have been met. The hotel seems to be all flash and little substance.
October 28, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Samford2013 Samford parent
This hotel is in a good location. The common areas were dirty and the staff in the xyz or whatever where you can buy sundries rude. The rooms are not comfortable at all. Hard beds, loud air conditioner, bad lighting, the switch for the over the bed lights are only on one side and on the same switch. Who came up with that? There is one desk chair and that is it. I couldn't find one piece of paper or any information on the hotel in the room. The front desk was fine but not really pleasant. I think they missed the mark on chic and stylish. It's more like cheap and uncomfortable. Not to mention overpriced. I would not recommend
February 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lac3 Awesome Hotel
We love the Aloft. We have stayed at the Birmingham Aloft several times. It is a trendy and fun place to visit. Homewood has a lot to offer visitors with many shops and restaurants within walking distance. The staff are awesome- from the front desk to the housekeepers everyone is friendly and always willing to help.
September 11, 2012