Aloft opens doors to in-town and out-of-town visitors

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With a chic, urban design and a dog-friendly atmosphere, the Aloft Greenville Downtown hotel at ONE City Plaza opened its doors to the public.

The final touches were put on the 144-room hotel right up until its opening at 5 p.m. Monday by Georgia-based hotel management company McKibbon Hotel Group. The hotel sits atop a new 474 space public parking garage.

Hotel guests enter through a motor lobby offering a full-service concierge and providing visitors a first taste of the vast array of local art displayed prominently throughout the hotel.

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The heart of Aloft, however, is on the fourth floor: a bright, open area which includes the main lobby where guests check in. The floor also houses Refuel at Aloft, a grab-and-go and cook-to-order station featuring local ingredients and Starbucks coffee. W XYZ bar and Re:mix offer local craft beer, signature cocktails, wine by the glass and bottle, small plates and shareables with a fireplace, lounge seating and glass walls that open for outdoor seating overlooking ONE City Plaza. A business center and entertainment area with a billiards table and tabletop Pac-Man video game round out the floor.

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Hotel representatives stressed that the hotel isn’t just for out-of-town guests. “We want to encourage locals to come in and have breakfast or meet people for cocktails and use the space,” said Michael Bonasia, director of sales for Aloft Greenville Downtown.

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On the third floor is 3,444 square feet of convertible meeting space which can handle anything from small business meetings to a plated dinner for up to 120 people.

The pet-friendly hotel charges no pet fees and provides pets with their own bed, water bowl and treat and toy bag. A sixth-floor “air level” dog walk, complete with a fire hydrant, is located next to an outdoor fire pit, the swimming pool and outdoor cabanas.

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The hotel includes six poolside cabana rooms, seven king suites and seven corner suites for guests. Glass carafes are included in each room to refill at a water and ice station, which also provides bags of ice, eliminating noisy ice machines. Aloft will also use a mobile, keyless entry system that allows guests to use their smartphone as a room key.

Live@Aloft will feature live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Aaron Bowen and Craig Sorrells Project will be the first performance at the Aloft Greenville Downtown New Year’s Eve celebration.

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