We needed to spend a night in Winchester, and when we used Priceline to get a cheap room, we ended up booking the Aloft. It sounded fun on their website, so we were happy. Then we saw that they're 100% smoke-free and we were THRILLED, we didn't have to make a phone call requesting that! The Priceline raiting for the hotel was 3-star, so I expected that.
The hotel was good - the room was clean, the beds were pretty comfy, I appreciated the decor and fun colors and design throughout. The in-room amenities were sufficient - soap and lotion at the sink, dispensers 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner (didn't try it) and body wash (smelled great) that reminded me of being on a cruise but unfortunately we weren't ;) , two free bottles of water that we put in the small refrigerator and were GREAT the next VERY hot day, coffee maker (without much creamer or Splenda, as usual for hotels), etc. Free WiFi made things easier, too. The pool and exercise room looked good, but we didn't get a chance to visit them. The lounge area also looked nice, but again, no time for us. :)
Our biggest downfalls were that we were travelling with younger children, and the sinks, although fun in design, were very challenging for our kids to manage because of their height (and our kids are tall!)... it would have been nice to be offered a stool since they were so much higher than most sinks. We also found the shower (no tub) a bit of a bummer, simply because the shower head wasn't hand-held, so it was challenging to clean two shorter bodies. ;) My husband and I were fine with the shower, of course. The chairs in the room (desk chair and a bench) were uncomfortable, but I probably wouldn't have noticed if I wasn't trying to fill my time quietly while my kids were sleeping.
There were convenience-food items available for purchase by the lobby, which was nice to have, but they were much pricier than if you just ran to a closeby store for the same items. I understand that, but wished I could have justified the cost of a breakfast sandwich in the hotel. :)
Overall, for the price we paid, I was pleased with our stay. I do think the star-rating was a bit off... it seemed to me pretty similar to 2.5-stars like Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn Express, just without the free breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When it comes to Civil War history, the La Quinta Inn & Suites - Winchester hotel is the perfect landing spot to start your trip! Local haunts include Stonewall Jackson’s headquarters, the Old Court House Civil War Museum, Kernstown Battlefield, and Pritchard House. After spending your day touring the local hot spots, venture downtown to Historic Winchester to grab a bite at some of the local eateries. If you are looking for something special, take in a show at the Bright Box Theater or visit Patsy Cline’s house from the 1940’s and 50’s. As we’re located right in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, you cannot miss wandering the Museum of Shenandoah Valley and playing at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Winchester Hotel Winchester