The first new hotel to be built in Harlem in 40 years, The Aloft Harlem, recently opened its doors to their cool clientele and to an even cooler community. Last week I had the pleasure of exploring both the hotel and the neighborhood to see what it is all about.
Just off the A train to 125th street (A to the Aloft!), the new hotel literally lights up the block. Across the street you can find a little bookstore where celebrities have book signings. Around the corner you will find the iconic Silvia’s Restaurant and when you stay at the Aloft Harlem you are just down the road from the Apollo Theatre. And I spotted some good shopping that I will certainly go back to check out in greater detail.
The lobby is anything but hotel-typical. A bar with plasma TV’s to the right, a mini food court to the left and a pool table in the rear. Tons of books, of course all “Harlem-esque”, and fun, funky furniture fills the space. Supposedly it’s a “who’s who” of Harlem after 9 PM when the space fills with locals and visitors alike.
The rooms are large; the décor is fun. The creative use of space reminded me of a college dorm room… in a good way!
If you are looking for something different and you are on a budget, I would highly recommend staying at the Aloft Harlem. Or if you have never taken the time to explore this neighborhood that is so rich in culture and history, now you have the perfect home base to stay in while doing so.
The Aloft Harlem is a great example of one of the hotels that we provide for our clients, but is not available for booking online. Though we have many wonderful New York City hotel options ready for you to book on our New York City travel planning website, this hotel can only be reserved by calling to speak with one of our expert NYC Travel Planners.
Call us today at (212) 302-4019 to book your stay at the Aloft Harlem!