I recently visited the newly opened Aloft Philadelphia Downtown. It’s a breath of fresh air! It may occupy a historic bank building in the heart of Center City just a few blocks from City Hall, but step inside and its blend of fresh, contemporary design is invigorating and very of the moment. Historic mouldings are offset by modern artwork and decorative accents play up the building’s past (see the bookshelf with safety deposit boxes in the picture above).The gym is located in the former vault so you can practice your pushups in style.
From the lobby, where each seat at the bar has a USB port, to the in-room Netflix and Hulu access, the amenites are equally modern. “We designed this hotel with its socially connected spaces to appeal to millennials, but discovered that everyone really liked it,” says Evan Evans, general manager.
The location is ideal, especially for those attending conventions at the adjacent Pennsylvania Convention Center since there is private access to the center through a hallway on the first floor. The Refuel Kitchen delivers breakfast sandwiches to your room or lobby and while there isn’t an all-day dining restaurant, the self-serve pantry has a variety of snacks and beverages (besides, Reading Terminal is two blocks away!).
Meeting spaces include the Tactic ballroom off the lobby with access to the appropriately named Backyard. The room seats 40. An upstairs meeting room is sized to handle up to 50 and spills out to the public space overlooking the lobby–perfect for pre- or post-event cocktails.
Aloft is proof that just because you’re attending a business meeting or a conference, you can still stay and sleep in style without a lot of fuss right in the heart of Center City.