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A New Southie Star(wood) Property Is Born: Aloft Seaport

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In the middle of the burgeoning Seaport desert, a hotel has sprung up to dazzle with bright lights and high tech. While it's not walkable from the center of Boston, it's worth it if you time it to the next big event.

Photos courtesy of April Gardner.

Who doesn't love a hotel bar? The travelers who are just there for a few nights can allow you to be someone new. Or at least be incognito. If you're looking for this kind of escape, then Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc has come to the rescue with their new bookend properties in the Seaport District. The recently opened Aloft, which officially opened earlier this month, is the edgier and more gregarious cousin to the more staid Element Hotel across the street.

But while distinctly different from each other, they both serve a need for more options for overnight stays. In addition to the Element's 180 rooms, the Aloft brings 330 rooms to the area across the street from the spaceship known as the BCEC. In contrast to the cool, calm, and restrained feel of the Element, the vibe skews dynamic, modern, and anticipatory--as if there is a party happening soon that you should attend. (And there usually is. This Thursday, WBUR On Tap—The Art & Science of Podcasting, is happening at 5:30 p.m. The event is free.)

The lobby holds a lot of energy. Lounge chairs and sofas surround a billiards table and the XYZ bar, which is framed by digital art and a stage for up and coming talent to take every Thursday.

Aloft Boston Seaport offers, as you might have guessed, loft-like rooms, nearly 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and a robot butler to bring you towels when you don't want to talk to a human. Other amenities include the re:fuel grab & go snack cafe, and the signature W XYZ bar. The hotel lobby area will also play host to the Live at Aloft Hotels concert series.

The 13-story Aloft Boston Seaport is the second Aloft-Element dual hotel development in the Boston area, joining Aloft and Element Lexington, which opened in 2008. Ready to go?

· Website: Aloft Boston Seaport [Starwood]

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