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aloft Washington National Harbor
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I Wanted to Love It...
Aug 18, 2014 by: CoastieinVirginia from Virginia
Wanted to Love It... First time staying at Aloft (I/mine normally stay at the Gaylord). The National Harbor is absolutely a beautiful place to be. The Aloft hotel is in the wonderful location for walking to nightlife, restaurants, adjacent to other hotels if your group could not get booked together. Park in the Mariner garage a few is steps away and costs $13 for 24 hrs. The bar/front staff are the principal assets of this hotel; We checked in & Marvin was very friendly & helpful. If you are there to party, this hotel is the place to do it. Good size room with 2 Queen beds, and a desk. Bathroom was to the left as you entered the room in a corridor-style setting. Sink on the left--hanging space on the right--keep going to get to the toilet/glass stall shower. Bathroom door was a sliding door. Nice flat-screen TV, an old school alarm clock with an old-fashioned flair. Do not get a room that is facing Waterfront street or on the 2nd floor lounge side (STAY AWAY FROM THIS SECTION IF YOU CAN)- you will SORRY it. That seemed to be the party spot for folks enjoying the fully stocked bar. If there to sleep as I was trying, the music from the passing cars, party goers and although just for a 3 minutes the fireworks were unbearable. The fireworks show sound was very similar to a war zone battle. In addition, during the night someone kept slamming their doors. The shower was big and a walk-in shower and not a tub like most hotels, instead of individual bottles of shampoo/conditioner and bars of soap they have "communal" shampoo and soap dispensers inside the shower. They have a 24 hour grab and go on the 2nd floor for a COST or unless you have a voucher. You can walk up and order a breakfast sandwich, omelets, muffins, etc and then there are many a la carte items to go with it. I want to return and will I do, will do off peak season and ask for a room on a higher floor.
Aug 15, 2014 by: pvel from jonesboro, arkansas
All the hotels in the area are above average price, including this one. You can get a better rate by booking ahead and using an auto club discount, which I did. Ask for a higher room with a water view, it makes a huge difference. It is wonderful. I did like that you can decline housekeeping service for a free drink at the bar. Win-win!! Genius. In other hotels I hang the towels to indicate I will reuse but they replace them anyway. So I prefer this idea. Breakfast was nice and healthy, perfectly satisfied. Helpful and friendly check in staff.
Good Deal in a hard to find Good Deal Place
Aug 14, 2014 by: Z2620LGmarcs from
STaff was very accomodating, location was very good with access to local shops and restaurants. Price was excellent compared to others in the area. I was there for a convention at the Gaylord and prices were exhorbitant there. Searched an SPG property and found a deal at this hotel. A Loft hotel have a different appeal but they are nice and have a good work desk arrangment. Staff was very helpful when i needed to print some documents for a meeting and computer was easy to use. If you travel for business you know when you have to download your own documents this is not always plug and play.
Great staff ! Nice place!
Aug 13, 2014 by: Shae83 from Calgary, Canada
Me and my husband were here for a few days and had a great time ! The staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel was clean an had a great view. Special thanks to Marvin :) the hotel has a shuttle to the outlet mall but you could also walk there. Didnt try the pool and the food though.
Great Staff, Nice Vibe
Aug 10, 2014 by: joelfromthe716 from Buffalo, New York
The Good: * The guys at the front desk were great. They were always helpful, engaging and really a pleasure to work with. * You could not ask for a better National Harbor location. This was centrally located, seemingly a half a block from everything and very close to the pier. * A sweet program called "Go Green." Forego room cleaning and earn $5 per day in aLoft bucks for use in their lobby food provider. * Room was clean, elevator was quick and the internet was free. What more could you ask for? I especially loved the shampoo dispenser! What a great idea! * Dark and rich complimentary coffee. Superb! The Subpar * The internet was free but a bit sketchy. I eventually had to jack into the free internet cable in my room to get a consistent connection. You get what you pay for I guess. * The gym. It had everything you needed (aside from the 25 and 45 lb dumbbells) but was small and about a thousand degrees. * The food. They have a good selection of yogurt, fresh fruit, chips, etc. But the eggs and sandwiches were "precooked." I think that is shorthand for "cooked and frozen by a factory and then nuked." The breakfast sandwich was passable but mediocre. The omelet was ridiculously overpriced and garbage inside a plastic container.
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