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Introduction: Road Trip through Texas and Oklahoma
Review: Springhill Suites Oklahoma City/Del City
Review: The Garage – Del City
Review: Holiday Inn Express and Suites – Windcrest
Review: Thai Chalurn – Windcrest
Review: Mash’d – The Rim/San Antonio
Review: Gristmill River Restaurant – Gruene
Review: Aloft Hotel – Fort Worth
Review: Ashim’s Hibachi Grill
After a little less than a week in San Antonio, it was time for me to return home to North Texas. I heard all week about the impending inclement weather that was to blanket Texas. I figured it would blow past so that I can could make the five hour drive home. I was wrong, very wrong. Before I left San Antonio, there was a constant rain which made driving difficult. I took to the roads anyway, but decided to call it a night when I was near Fort Worth.
While on the road, I decided to stay at the Aloft Hotel in Fort Worth. The recently opened property was minutes from The Worthington Renaissance that I visited earlier this year. I used my Marriott free night certificate to book the room, but the process was harder than it should have been.
The hotel was located just off of Interstate 35 in downtown Fort Worth. Valet parking was available for $25/night, while complimentary parking (on the weekends), was available just across the street.
The front desk was to the right when I entered the hotel through the main entrance. I immediately fell in love with the property. (I hope my pictures do it justice)
There were no guests ahead of me so Christie, one of the two front desk agents, quickly welcomed me to the property. We had a brief back and forth about the hotel where I found out that it opened only three months prior. She thanked me for being a Marriott Platinum Elite, offered complimentary breakfast on the next morning, and provided me with a welcome snack. Christie also offered me a complimentary upgrade to a suite, which I appreciated. After just a few minutes, I made my way to the room.
The room was located on the ninth floor. I exited the elevator, made a right, and the room was straight ahead. Speaking of elevator, check out the sleek design of the elevator controls.
The room had an open layout. This made the room feel humongous.
A small desk was located to left of the entrance. I liked the design and lighting around the desk.
Just after the desk was the sleeping area. It consisted of two comfortable queen beds and a flat screen television. I seem to get pretty good sleep at Marriott properties and this was no different.
On the opposite side of the sleeping area was the living area. It consisted of a small couch, and awkward chair, and the same television from the bedroom.
The bathroom was located to the right of the main entrance. It was separated into three parts. The main part consisted of two sinks and complimentary toiletries. To continue the theme, the lighting was amazing.
To the right of the of the sinks was a small hallway. The shower room was on the right and the toilet was on the left. Both of the rooms had doors. I also appreciated that the shower room had shampoo and soap dispensers.
The property had a few dining options. There was a market just passed the front desk on the left. It had quite the selection.
There was also a bar located past the market. It had a small menu, but I did not order anything. I did enjoy that the bar had a pool table, sitting area with a television, and some private seating.
The fitness center was located on the basement level, one floor beneath the lobby. It was very well appointed. If I had a longer stay, I would have used this room numerous times.
There was an indoor pool. It was a decent size and could entertain quite a few people. I did not see anyone use it while I was there. The outside temperature was in the 40s, so that might be the reason.
The Aloft Hotel was, in a word, AMAZING. The design, friendly staff, and huge suite made me fall in love with the property. It has become one of my favorite properties after just one stay. I cannot wait to visit the property again. Well done Aloft.