Aloft Orlando Downtown
500 South Orange Avenue
Photo courtesy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Aloft Orlando DowntownFlorida visitors seeking a break from theme parks can find a not-so-small world of culture downtown, with top-tier concert acts, upscale taquerias, lakefront markets, and no mouse ears in sight. Aloft Orlando, a repurposed 1960s office building, cleverly kept the 10-foot ceilings, teak wall panelling, and mid-century modern vibe from its original iteration, and added a buzzy lobby bar and lounge as well as an outdoor pool. Spacious guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, mini-fridges, and Bliss spa bath amenities. Suites invite business travelers to spread out between a separate seating and work area. The W XYZ bar serves cocktails and snacks and hosts live acoustic music performances. The hotel’s Dog in Residence program brings in shelter dogs to interact with visitors in the lobby, hoping to foster a forever-home love connection. Traveling with your own pet? Dogs stay free with special treats and toys for their stay. Aloft is across the street from the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, walking distance from Amway Center and Church Street restaurants, and ten miles from Universal Orlando Resort.