Aloft Houston by the Galleria
Swanky budget chain accommodations near the Galleria and Museum District.
Consider the Aloft brand a down-market (but thoughtfully done) version of the W hotels. At this particular outpost, guests can enjoy a combination of urban-influenced design, cutting-edge technology and a social atmosphere enhanced by on-site venues such as re:mix(SM) lounge, a contemporary communal hangout where guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and an LCD TV screening wall. Drinks are served 'til midnight at the w xyz(SM) bar in the lobby, and self-serve snacks can be found at re:fuel by Aloft(SM) pantry. The hotel houses re:charge(SM) gym, a 24/7 fitness center with a full cardio collection from Life Fitness, a stretching zone, strength machines, free weights and a splash pool. PumpOne a-workouts (visual and audio coaching) can be downloaded and accessed on a variety of portable devices. In its 152 rooms, this Aloft features nine-foot ceilings and oversized windows, office areas with ergonomic work spaces and complimentary high-speed Internet access, plug-and-play entertainment centers with versatile connectivity stations so guests can leave chargers at home, wall-mounted 42-inch flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and Bliss Spa bath amenities. Camp Aloft for kids (ages two to twelve) provides child-size air mattresses and special bedding, welcome gift goodie bags and kid-friendly food options. Business travelers can take advantage of 600 square feet of meeting space for up to 30, outfitted with an A/V system including a 50-inch flat-panel TV with laptop hookup and a DVD player.