BY LORI BETH LEMMON
My husband and I spent the weekend at Dallas’ new ALOFT hotel celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary, and the hip, new urban venue did not disappoint. The hotel has a unique flavor of historic building mixed with savvy cool urban urchin. The atmosphere is chic and elegant and at the same time very casual and cool. At times, I really had to remind myself that I was in Dallas. With guests checking in on bicycle, and a spicy hot salsa disc jockey attracting lots of dancers on Friday night, it felt a lot more European than Texan.
The hotel boasts many amenities, including a heated, salt water lap pool, a cozy first floor lobby that incorporates lounging areas, a state-of-the-art workout facility, a business center, meeting rooms, a pool table, fireplace, free shuttle service to anywhere within 5 miles, and the WXYZ bar and grill. We enjoyed it all. So, whether you are looking for a place to accommodate your out of town guests, or just looking for a nice weekend getaway, the ALOFT definitely delivers. It is eclectic, well-appointed, and cozy casual all at the same time, with an amazingly friendly staff.
ALOFT Dallas Downtown occupies an eight-story antique gem built in 1924 as a Santa Fe Railroad freight terminal and commercial dry goods warehouse. Evoking an era when train tracks formed the arteries of the commercial district, the sleek, new hotel delivers the ALOFT brand’s signature, urban-influenced design elements, while incorporating the building’s distinct, structural attributes including original buff brick, large windows, structural pillars and high ceilings.
Blending seamlessly into its loft-like, historic setting, this singular, contemporary hotel is owned by a joint venture between Hamilton Properties Corporation and Sava Holdings, Ltd., both Dallas-based development companies. (http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4043249.search?query=santa+fe+railroad+building+dallas+%2b+aloft).