The Hungry Wanderers

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Aloft Nashville-Cool Springs

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on April 26, 2010

When planning out our cross country move, the Husband and I looked at our route, decided which cities would be good to stay in based on distance driven per day, and began searching for hotels to stay in.  While we could have driven each day and just found a hotel along the way, we were hoping to find unique hotels to experience and blog about.  Booking a hotel in Nashville in our price range was a bit difficult, likely because (as we found out later) the Country Music Marathon was the same day that we would be arriving.  I perused TripAdvisor.com as well as Hotels.com to get reviews and general price ranges before going to individual hotel websites to see what was available.  One hotel that caught my eye was the Aloft Nashville-Cool Springs.  It looked to be a bit farther outside of the city than I had hoped, located in Franklin, TN, but after lots of contemplation, I decided to book it.

The reviews on Trip Advisor were quite mixed, but I was interested to see what it was all about after seeing Aloft hotels pop up in Charlotte and Washington, DC.  The drive down to Franklin felt a lot longer than I expected, but it was a nice commercial area once we  got off of the highway.  We found a close spot outside of the hotel and headed in to check in.

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The lobby itself is was very overwhelming.  It’s both dark but brightly colored.  There were a lot of children running around and it made it feel like we were walking into Chuck-E-Cheese.  We didn’t want to judge right away as it could have been just poor timing on our arrival.  The reception desk was a circular section, oddly placed just off the the left but in the middle of the room.  I looked around a bit first to make sure I was headed to the correct counter.  Our once over of the lobby noted a bar, a lounge area, a seating area, and a place to order food.

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As some of the reviews I’d read said, it felt like they were trying too hard to be trendy.  Check-in was quick and easy, though, and we were soon headed up to our room.  The elevator was dark (were we in a club?) with a bright blue floor.

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The bright color theme could be found throughout the hotel including the hallways to the rooms.

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When we made it to our room, we were generally pleased with it.  One of the negative reviews of the hotel mentioned that the bathroom was in the room.  Perhaps that reviewer had a very different room than we did, but we really liked the layout of the room.  When you walked in, the bathroom was immediately on your left with plenty of mirrors and counter space.  The mirror on the far end slid closed to section off the toilet and very large shower.

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Across from the sink, was a “closet” – behind the current were numerous hangers, all the space you really need, if any, to hang clothes for a few nights.  There was a magazine rack, safe, coffee/tea maker, and a selection of coffees and teas (plus a free bottle of water). IMG_2624

IMG_2627The next morning, as a quick side note, the Husband made coffee and I had some tea.  The coffee/tea maker is a pod single-serve which apparently I’m not very good at using! So, for those of you like me out there who haven’t used one before, make sure the cup that holds the pod on top is seated properly AND that your pod itself is seated properly in the holder.  Otherwise, you’ll end up like me with tea not brewing directly down and dripping off to the side, losing half of your tea to the counter before you realize it.  Yep, keep an eye on it 🙂

Ok, back to the room! I’m a fan of checking out the toiletries hotels provide.  Aloft had foaming face wash (loved it!) and some body lotion and the usual soap at the sink. IMG_2625

In the shower, there were large dispensers of body wash (also a fan) and shampoo/conditioner.  While I didn’t use the shampoo/conditioner (I prefer separate, not 2-in-1), I love the earth friendliness of the mass dispenser (like a cruise ship). IMG_2626 On the other side of the wall (closet, tea maker, magazine rack) we found the king size bed and the rest of the room.  Personally, I love soft squishy beds and this wasn’t one of them.  It was a bit firmer than my taste but not bad.  I believe the Husband liked it.

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Facing the bed, there was a shelf, a bench and wall mounted television, and desk.  There was sufficient room to walk around and we were generally impressed with the economical use of space. The only frustration was that our tv would randomly lose sound, but we didn’t let it bother us (not enough to call the front desk and ask for help).IMG_2629

The hotel had free wi-fi, which we loved and appreciated.  Why don’t more hotels do that?!?! So very frustrating.

Overall, this was a unique hotel.  While we didn’t love it, it met our needs for the night.  We believe, based on our first walk through and our return later from dinner, that this is a very kid friendly hotel.  In the lobby, they had shelves of board games and good sized tables for families to sit down and play together (and the adults could enjoy some drinks if they so chose).  If you’re in the Nashville area and are looking for a fun atmosphere for your kids, this might be the place for you.

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