Designed with the Millennial customer in mind, this boutique hotel sacrifices ultra-luxury amenities for a more social and connected atmosphere. The entire property has free wi-fi, and the rooms have multiple plug options for travelers with various devices. Fun at this hotel starts in the lobby, where guests can enjoy a free pool table, open lounging, a 24-hour grab-and-go café, a unique bar that hides booze behind panels that spin around, a scrolling news ticker, and a relaxing fireplace. The lounge atmosphere continues into an outdoor space perfect for parties. The lobby also offers touch-screen kiosks that display local information and can access email, so guests are always in the know about area happenings.
The rooms themselves have comfortable platform beds and large windows, high ceilings, and urban-inspired modernist décor. The bathrooms are sleek and modern, with walk-in showers, oversized showerheads, and luxury spa bath amenities. Every room has a mini fridge and coffee and tea station. The gym and pool are a little small, but have what it takes to get the job done. Families with kids and with pets receive special gifts for their smaller companions.
Location is king at Aloft. The hotel is the only one in the area connected to MB Financial Park, a major entertainment district. Plus, O’Hare airport is nearby and the hotel offers a free shuttle, so it’s ideal for travelers overnighting on a layover. A short drive away, guests can find the convention center, a designer mall, and a sports arena and theater.