Aloft San Antonio Airport

 
 

The Aloft San Antonio Airport, a Bonvoy Rewards Category 3 hotel, is located less than five minutes from San Antonio International Airport. There is a complimentary hotel shuttle or on-site parking. I called the hotel after I received my luggage and was told the shuttle was on a rotation and it wasn’t necessary for me to call - but if you stay here it wouldn’t hurt just to be sure.

This was my first time staying at an Aloft property and I honestly didn’t know what to expect. The staff was very friendly and the check-in process was seamless. The property reminded me of a Moxy Hotel, with the one big difference that there is a distinct check-in desk, unlike at Moxy where you check-in at the bar.

The room was clean, though very minimalist and seemed slightly dated (I think it was all of the faux wood). There were power outlets and USB charging ports conveniently located next to the bed and reading lights on the headboard. The bathroom had a single sink, but a large counter top and a large walk-in shower. There was a small closet in the room, right next to the microwave and coffee station.

The bed was very comfortable and I fell asleep almost immediately. However, I was awakened sometime in the middle of the night to the sound of a conversation that seemed so close it could have been in my room. Once I was a little more awake I got out of bed to see where the noise was coming from. I was surprised to find light streaming into the room from the small cracks in the ceiling panels, right where it met the wall. That was also the genesis of the noise - I could hear my neighbors conversation clearly, as if they were sitting right next to me. And they weren’t being loud by any means, they were just talking normally, as anyone would in a hotel room without fear of a noise complaint. I slept off-and-on after that and never really did fall back asleep soundly.

Aloft does not have a restaurant for breakfast, but they do have a few grab-and-go options in the lobby. As a Marriott Elite member, I was entitled to a meal credit, but nothing looked terribly appetizing so I forwent it and decided to find a coffee shop instead.

Overall Impression: My initial impression of the hotel wasn’t bad, until I was awakened in the middle of the night and found that the wall clearly wasn’t fully covered from the room next to me. Now, I don’t know if that was just limited to my particular room, but it will definitely make me choose a different hotel next time I need to stay by the airport.

Regarding the brand - as I’ve said before in previous reviews - I prefer full-service brands (I.E. Marriott or Westin). Marriott classifies Aloft as a Select hotel, in the same classification as Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, and Moxy (among others), so you know what to expect. If you’re looking for a more contemporary, social experience, Aloft is great. However, if you’re looking for a more classical, business travel experience, Aloft isn’t your brand.

 
The Aloft San Antonio Airport has a complimentary airport shuttle.

The Aloft San Antonio Airport has a complimentary airport shuttle.

It was a little too chilly to utilize the outdoor patio, but I’m sure that would be nice in warmer weather.

It was a little too chilly to utilize the outdoor patio, but I’m sure that would be nice in warmer weather.

The lobby had a very modern feel.

The lobby had a very modern feel.

I arrived late, just as the bar was closing down, but it looked like there was a good selection. I’m not sure how the food options were, if there were any.

I arrived late, just as the bar was closing down, but it looked like there was a good selection. I’m not sure how the food options were, if there were any.

Aloft has a contemporary design style and branding, much like Moxy, another Marriott brand.

Aloft has a contemporary design style and branding, much like Moxy, another Marriott brand.

The faux wood theme greeted me at the door, and was found throughout the room.

The faux wood theme greeted me at the door, and was found throughout the room.

The view from my door. The bed is behind the wall and the bathroom is to the left. There was a small closet behind the curtain.

The view from my door. The bed is behind the wall and the bathroom is to the left. There was a small closet behind the curtain.

The room was a decent size, but the interior design seemed slightly dated - I think it was because of the faux wood that was used for everything.

The room was a decent size, but the interior design seemed slightly dated - I think it was because of the faux wood that was used for everything.

I did like the reading lights above the bed and the use of local art - The Alamo was pained on the headboard.

I did like the reading lights above the bed and the use of local art - The Alamo was pained on the headboard.

The reading lights put off a decent amount of light.

The reading lights put off a decent amount of light.

There was an outlet and USB charger conveniently located next to each side of the bed.

There was an outlet and USB charger conveniently located next to each side of the bed.

The bathroom only had one sink, but had a large counter.

The bathroom only had one sink, but had a large counter.

There was a large walk-in shower.

There was a large walk-in shower.

The room had a microwave, coffee station, and safe.

The room had a microwave, coffee station, and safe.

There was a small closed located in the bathroom.

There was a small closed located in the bathroom.

I found the source of the noise! Each spot where the ceiling pieces intersected the wall had a hole that allowed sound and light from the room next to me to emanate in (in the middle of the night).

I found the source of the noise! Each spot where the ceiling pieces intersected the wall had a hole that allowed sound and light from the room next to me to emanate in (in the middle of the night).

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to enjoy the pool, but I’m sure it is nice when the weather is warmer.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to enjoy the pool, but I’m sure it is nice when the weather is warmer.

 
 

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