I previously stayed at the well-located Aloft Scottsdale when it was a Hotel Indigo (using my free IHG award night at the time). In three short years, the property has now been turned into an Aloft property, and I was excited to check out the differences!
A Review of the Aloft Scottsdale
Given it was summer in Scottsdale, rates were dirt cheap, at $90 per night all-in. That’s a steal, compared to points rates at 10,000 points per night or 5,000 points and $75 for a Cash and Points reservation. This helps me requalify for next year’s Platinum status at a cheap rate, and positions me well for my early flight out to New York the next morning.
The hotel is located right in the nightlife district of Old Town Scottsdale, behind some of the loud “ultra-lounges” in the neighborhood. If you’re prone to noise, this is not your hotel.
My uber pulled up to the hotel’s valet area, and since my fiancée had already checked in, I walked straight up to the room.
I did select the Platinum welcome gift of 250 SPG points (Aloft and Element hotels are 250 points or breakfast, other brands are 500 points). The breakfast they were offering was sub-par at best- merely a muffin, fruit, and orange juice.
Since this wasn’t a new-build Aloft, there are actually rooms that differ from the normal “Aloft-style” rooms. Due to my Platinum status, I was excited that we had been upgraded to a suite (one of 8 in the 126 room property).
Since jetlag took over, I regretfully didn’t take pictures of the room! However, here’s what the website shows. It essentially is a large “studio-style” room, but very large for a traveling couple, and a definite upgrade over typical Aloft-size rooms.
There was also a bathroom, which annoyingly had a shower with no doors whatsoever. I love a hot shower, so doors are usually a must (though not a deal-breaker).
Since it is Arizona, the property does have a pool open year round, though not as clubby compared to the W Scottsdale’s!
There was also a gym on property, which looked adequate.
As typically found at Aloft properties, there’s also the Re:Fuel “Grab and Go” stand on the lower floor, and W:XYZ bar serving cocktails on the second floor.
The property was fine, but it was after the stay that was annoying. Points didn’t post, and the property tried to say that it was a points stay, when my SPG account clearly said it was not. A call to the SPG Platinum desk cleared things up, but I hate having to hunt down my points after a stay!