The Aloft Hotel at the Portland International Airport (PDX) didn’t surprise me at all. I knew what what was coming even before going in the front door, and thankfully, it met all my lofty expectations (pun intended).
I consider the Aloft brand of hotels be some of the best bang-for-the-buck properties anywhere. They are hip, fresh, casual, and cool – and a much appreciated departure from the crusty hotel brands I seem to always find myself in whenever I’m out on the road.
A full review of my 1 night stay at the Aloft Hotel at PDX
Walking up to the Aloft / PDX brought back a lot of great memories from some of my past Aloft stays. I also appreciated the fact that it was in a fairly walkable area with a variety of restaurants and shops just minutes away. Before going inside, I was already nearly breaking my arm from trying to pat myself on the back so hard.
I kid you not – this was exactly the same as I remembered from the Aloft PHX with the only difference being the staff at the front desk. The floorpan was exactly the same, as was the decor and food in the little self-serve “kitchen” area just off the main lobby. The Aloft brand is all about consistency.
For example, every Marriott or Hyatt (or whatever large chain hotel you go into) is slightly different from one to another. But the Aloft brand, apparently, is 100% “cookie cutter” in it’s approach to setting up franchises all over the world. I didn’t know that. I was expecting something slightly different than what I had experienced before, and not getting that was a bit of a letdown at first.
But the more I thought about it, the cookie cutter approach makes a lot of sense. It’s kind of nice being able to book an Aloft hotel and know exactly what you’re going to get before you even arrive. Less worry makes travel so much easier…
Getting to my room
As you can see from the pics, there’s nothing different from this property compared to the one in Phoenix I stayed at previously. I probably could have used the same pictures from that old trip report and nobody would have known the difference. However, this room was a lot nicer (and more stylish) than the room I had at the SFO Aloft.
So now that I’ve learned that Aloft hotels are mostly (but not always) identical from location to location, would I go out of my way to stay at one again? Yes and no.
- YES because I find this brand to be a fun and refreshing change from all the other boring airport hotel chains.
- NO because that would make SleepAndReview.com boring and I want to try and review as many different hotel brands as possible to keep my archive of hotel reviews growing!
ScottScott is the founder and author of SleepAndReview.com, and has been a frequent traveler since 2014. He never had any aspirations of being a hotel reviewer, but one thing let to another, and...well...here we are.
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