New hotel showcases contemporary style

“A go-go stay and play” is the tagline of the newest and boldest hotel to be added to the Tallahassee downtown area.

The trendy Aloft Tallahassee Downtown Hotel opened on August 27 with 162 rooms for visitors to the state capital. It offers a new style for guests to come relax and experience the finest hotel Tallahassee has to offer.

This is not your average hotel. It’s contemporary loft style is mixed with bold neon patterns and colors, which stand out from a standard hotel. Located in the heart of downtown, the hotel gives a twist to Tallahassee living.

Aloft, apart of the national W chain hotels, replaced the Floridian, which originally opened in 1927. As ALoft is the 30th worldwide and second hotel to open in Florida. The hotel is affiliated with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, along with McKibbo Hotel Management, Inc. Both companies are not new to the hospitality world; McKibbon has more than 83 years of hospitality experience and Starwood Hotels has more than 960 hotels.

Jenaye Nolan, 18, a first-year psychology student from Daytona Beach, looks at the change within downtown as a positive aspect that “would bring more people into Tallahassee.”

The rooms are spacious and filled with vaulted ceilings, which offer a sense of freedom. Each room features a 42-inch flat screen television along with a “plug and play” station, which recharges all of your standard electronics.

Each room is also equipped with WiFi Internet throughout the hotel.

The beauty of the hotel does not just stop inside the rooms, but throughout the hotel. It includes a mix lounge, splash outdoor pool and a “camp Aloft” program. They also sponsor a green economical program using natural materials to help support the international cause of going green.

The hotel offers a place to mingle and meet. The 24/7 Fuel restaurant offers sandwiches, salads and java drinks.

And for those looking to get a taste of nightlife, the hotel offers, the “WXYZ bar,” filled with drinks and music to add flare to Tallahassee’s nightlife.

Rashaad Joseph, 18, a first-year pharmacy student from Orlando said Aloft is a nice and contemporary hotel, which “puts a nice spin on the modern hotel.”

The opening of Aloft brings not only a twist to living, but offers a unique place for FAMU students and families. Instead of the traditional Hilton or Marriot hotels, Aloft offers Tallahassee a new age of fun vacationing.

There is a reasonable price if you want to book a room at this chic hotel. For a standard one or two bedroom king or queen suite, the prices start at $139 during the week.

The weekend rates are lowered to $99. They are currently running a stay one night; get the second night half off special.

The hotel offers rooms for events along with catering. For more information on Tallahassee’s Aloft, visit or call 1-877-GO-ALOFT.