I didn’t know anything about the Aloft hotel brand before last Thursday, but today is a different story. (;
I was invited to experience the Aloft Birmingham last week, so I packed up my little family for one last visit away from home before baby.
You guys, we had the best time.
As soon as I arrived, the sweet girl at the check in desk knew just who I was (I asked her if it was the baby belly or the two yorkies that gave me away). First, the people couldn’t have been nicer, which for this girl, is always most important.
I got a quick tour of the hotel, its colorful lobby, cute courtyard and wxyz lounge (couples can host “post toast” wedding after-parties here!), an indoor pool with fluffy white towels on every chair and a gym with everything you’d need, including a wall of Dasani waters (I get excited about the small things just as much as the big ones, clearly).
The hotel is set in the adorable Homewood/Soho district of Birmingham, so there were dozens of restaurants, boutiques and dessert spots within walking distance. After a little exploring, we headed to Saw’s BBQ (Paula Deen voted it Number One BBQ spot in America!) for the cutest al fresco date and a split-Dreamcakes cupcake for dessert.
We headed back to Aloft after dinner and got cozy on one of the lounge’s trendy couches, which was exactly where I wanted to be after a packed week of “being on” almost every minute of every day (you know that feeling?). There were a couple cocktails, a couple of my signature waters-with-lemon (I miss you, champagne – I’ll see you soon!) and the hotel’s live guitar duo in the background.
And bonus: Our room had a perfect up-close-and-personal view of Birmingham landmark Vulcan statue, a fun little local perk. (;
Brides: With all this friendliness going on inside and the neighborhood’s heavy dose of cuteness going on outside, this is the perfect pick for wedding blocks, and Sales Director Sallie Hallmark makes things easy-as-can-be.
Thank you for having us, Aloft – you’ve created a fan in me for sure!