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Aloft Cleveland Downtown Hotel in Ohio

Cleveland is a city most only think of when talking sports. The Cleveland Browns or the Cavaliers. There are some nice hotels in Downtown Cleveland that are near many attractions for sports fans and non sports fans. When I got the chance to stay at the Aloft though I was pretty excited. I had yet to stay at one and it looked like a nice area.


The Aloft Downtown Cleveland is about 15 – 20 minutes from the airport. It is great to have a car in Cleveland, but they have public transportation and places to park bikes. Ubers are also pretty cheap and it is what we used to get around. The Aloft also has a complimentary van that can get you around the area as well. If it isn’t too cold your 2 feet can get you around pretty well from the hotel!

The Flats ©2017 HollyDayz

The hotel is located in an area called The Flats. It is considered a very industrial area, but is transforming. There are a bunch of restaurants, sports bars, and breweries across the street and some a minute or two on foot away. There is also a great boardwalk where you can walk or run along the river. Views of Lake Erie can also been seen.

Aloft Downtown Cleveland

Once we arrived we walked into the building and got on an elevator that took us up to the lobby of the hotel. We were instantly greeted and even though we arrived early our room was ready. I was very happy about this as it was cold outside and we had been up since 4am. I wanted to warm up and relax a bit before heading out.

Aloft Entrance ©2017 HollyDayz

As we headed to our room I realized that they hadn’t told us or written down the room number. We only knew what floor. As we walked off the elevator looking confused a staff member immediately walked up to us to help. She picked up a phone near the elevator and found out our room number within seconds. This was so very nice because we didn’t have to go back down to the lobby and instead straight to our room.

We called down to the front desk for a few items and they were quickly brought up to us by the same lady who helped us get our room number. She even ran to get more stuff and came right back. There have attentive and very nice people working there. Many of the restaurants in the area didn’t open till 11am so the lady at the front desk suggested a place. It wasn’t good at all, but because it was a low-key morning the General Manager offered to pick us up and drop us off which was so very nice him!


The hotel has King and Double Queen rooms. We stayed in the spacious Double  Queens which is 315 sq feet. As soon as you walk in the bathroom is right there. There is a long counter top and then a sink. A sliding door with a full length mirror leads to the stand up shower and toilet. I thought this was great because 2 people could be getting ready at the same time.

Standing Shower ©2017 HollyDayz
Sink Area ©2017 HollyDayz

I located a coffee machine in the room that was accompanied by cups, coffee, and tea. There were also 2 bottles of complimentary water. There were also some magazines that kept you in the know of what was going on in Cleveland. The closet is right across from the sink. There were no doors just a curtain. I wish the curtain was more colorful or vibrant.

Comfortable bed and pillows ©2017 HollyDayz

It took a moment for me to realize there was a mini fridge located under the counter near the door. Great to put the waters in or whatever else. The location of the fridge wasn’t that great. I hit my leg on it a few times. There is a wall between the bathroom area and the rest of the room. Once you are walk around you have 2 nice Queen sized bed.

Other side of the room ©2017 HollyDayz

I thought it was cute how modern the hotel is, but they had an old school looking clock. Across from the beds were two long desks on either side. One chair was there because the AC/Heat was under the other desk. In between both desks was a nice 40 inch flat screen television. I loved the big windows as well, boasting views of Lake Erie, Cuyahoga River, and a ton of restaurants.

Room Views ©2017 HollyDayz

The beds were very comfortable. I enjoyed relaxing in it and glad I really had opportunities to do so. We loved the pillows so much we took note of the brand and purchased some when we got home. Now I sleep every night like I am at the Aloft. The room was very nice, clean, and once in a while the trains could be heard outside, but it didn’t bother us at all.

Hotel Amenities

Oh where to start, this hotel has some really nice amenities. Of course free wi-fi is located throughout the hotel including the rooms. It was fast and I had no issues with it. I really loved the look of the lobby. Once you walk in the front desk is round and in the center giving a different dynamic. To the left of that is ample and I do mean ample seating all throughout!

Some of the many places to sit ©2017 HollyDayz
One of the outdoor areas ©2017 HollyDayz

There was some outdoor seating, but the cold and rain wasn’t the time to be out there, but during nice weather I would have definitely taken advantage. There was also a pool table, dart boards, and a fire-place providing some nice ambience. There is also the WXYZ bar. I wish they provided little appetizers and not just drinks, but it looked really nice. At night the music is going and I felt it was a great place to meet up with people.

WXYZ Bar ©2017 HollyDayz
Darts ©2017 HollyDayz
Pool Table ©2017 HollyDayz

To the right of the front desk is the Re:fuel by Aloft which came in handy to grab breakfast before heading to the airport since restaurants in the area didn’t open till 11am. They have coffee, tea, ice cream, fruit, salads, and so much more you can purchase or charge to your room. At particular times they have someone there who can make certain things for you so we had a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich made for us and grabbed some juice!

Re:fuel ©2017 HollyDayz

Staying at the Aloft Cleveland Downtown provides access to two gyms. One is a really big one at 17,000 square feet that a lady at the front desk told me she really liked it. I tried to go check it out, but it has just closed. It looked really nice when I peered though the glass despite the lights being out. They also have a 24 hour Re: charge gym, but I didn’t get to see it. Either way you can get your workout on!

There is also a complimentary shuttle van that takes you around the area. It starts up around 4pm and is a great alternative to Uber if you aren’t going too far from the hotel. I would highly suggest using it. It is a really nice van and is very spacious.

Overall this was a great hotel to stay in and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again. I really loved the area and would explore it more in better weather. The staff is amazing and go above and beyond to make sure you have a great stay.  I look forward to going back and visiting. So if you are looking for a hotel Aloft Cleveland Downtown is a great one.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Aloft Cleveland Downtown for having me. While receiving a media rate all opinions and views are my own. 

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  • Darvel Harris

    The Flats have been doing some major upgrades within the last 10 or so years. You captured some great photos that depict great views of Cleveland, Ohio! I recently had a chance to visit Aloft hotel and it was a great experience as well. The lobby has a lot to offer!

    Glad you enjoyed your stay and Cleveland welcomes you back anytime (especially in warmer weather).

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. I am glad that you thought the lobby area was nice too. I thought it was a great place to vibe and hang a little. Yes, I look forward to coming back in warmer weather.

  • Jimmy

    The modern look and feel of the Alof seems dope. Plus with everything up and coming in that area, I know it’s just going to get better. I would definitely want to visit during the warm weather so I can take advantage of everything outside and their other amenities. Your photos are always on point. Nice post.

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. Yea it was pretty nice. I really liked it. Yea warmer better I am sure everything is really live!

  • Joanna

    Definitely looks like an awesome chill spot to rest up while in Cleveland

    • Holly Dayz

      It was really nice. I enjoyed it!

  • Shutterbug Sage

    The up and coming US destination of Cleveland is on my 2018 travel calendar, so I’m so glad to have your review of this hotel to reference when it’s time to book my trip!

    • Holly Dayz

      Oh that is awesome! Well stay tuned because I have even more info coming out very soon on Cleveland. I definitely want to go back. You will enjoy this hotel, I want to stay again and bring some friends along.

  • Debra Schroeder

    That Aloft looks great and you can’t beat the location, especially with restaurants and breweries across the street.The WXYZ bar sounds like a fun place to hang out. Although, after a few drinks my darts would probably go wild.

    • Holly Dayz

      The location was great! I loved there was so much food and stuff just across the way too. Haha then you head over to the pool table.

  • Noel Morata

    What a chic place, I think I ate at a cool seafood place along the waterfront area close to there – it’s all an up and coming area and fun to hang out at night.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea they have a lot of places to eat. It is a nice up and coming area. I really liked it.

  • Claire

    I love when my room is ready early, I hate waiting to check in! The shuttle van is a great idea too, such a handy way to get around. I suppose you can’t control the weather though, so hopefully next visit will be a bit warmer!

    • Holly Dayz

      I do too. And not for an extra charge either! I loved that they have a shuttle van. More hotels should.

  • Elaine J Masters

    I’ve seen Aloft hotels from afar. Nice to see that their amenities don’t disappoint. Cleveland sounds interesting too.

    • Holly Dayz

      Same here, so I am glad I got to experience one. I would love to stay at more they are really nice.

  • Adelina

    I love how the hotel had its own shuttle around the area. I wish more places would do that especially in spread out cities where having a car is a must. Otherwise, the Aloft looks very comfortable and that bar area looks fantastic.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, I loved that too. That was a great amenity. I think more hotels should do it. Great hotel, I would stay again.

  • diningtraveler

    Big fan of the Aloft brand and this one looks fantastic. Glad that they gave free WiFi, that’s always a must!

    • Holly Dayz

      It was so nice I really enjoyed it. Yes, free WiFi is a must.

  • Paige Wunder

    Aloft Hotels are always so rad. I’m glad to hear that the one in Cleveland is no different. I hate that you hit your leg on the mini-fridge. I hate when I do stuff like that in hotels. I’m glad they were super hospitable and helpful with your room number and everything!

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea, it was great. I really enjoyed it. Ha, I did that a few times. I was like darn how do I keep doing that. They were super nice!

  • Taiss

    Sound like a great place to stay with some nice amenities. It was so nice that you were able to get a room even though you were early…4am starts are pretty rough! I love when hotels give you complimentary water, it’s so simple but very nice to have. I would also enjoy using the shuttle van, especially if it was cold!! I’ll have to look it up (Never heard of Aloft before)if I ever visit Ohio!

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea they are so it was great they were able to have a nice room ready. It is a nice touch when that complimentary water is there. The shuttle van was great and it started raining so it was a life saver. They are all over so if you get to stay in one definitely check one out.

  • Agness of Fit Travelling

    This hotel seems so cozy, lovely, and comfortable, Holly. Thanks for the awesome review!

    • Holly Dayz

      It really was. I enjoyed it and want to go back when it is warmer.

  • Medha Verma

    It looks like the sort of simple yet chic hotel that I prefer to stay in when I travel. Thanks for sharing, will bookmark it for when I plan a trip to Ohio.

    • Holly Dayz

      It was really nice. I loved it and want to go back.

  • Flying Fluskey

    I do like a hotel bar that has a bit of personality and I think that games really help! I’d happily spend an evening in there playing darts 🙂 The aloft looks like a nice place to stay. I love that sink counter, finally, no more splashing water over my make up!

    • Holly Dayz

      The games looked like a good time. It was so nice I want to go back. Yes! Ample counter space.

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