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  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
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With a stay at Aloft Harlem in Manhattan (Harlem), you’ll be minutes from Apollo Theater and close to Central Park. This boutique hotel is within close proximity of Columbia University and Museum of the City of New York.


Make yourself at home in one of the 124 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and plasma televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while video-game consoles and cable programming provide entertainment. Bathrooms have showers and hair dryers.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and a television in a common area.

Food & Drink

Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and express check-in.

How to Get There

Aloft Harlem
2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY 10027 United States


Hip, Minimalist, Close to Columbia

This hotel has a young, hip, minimalist feel, designed for people on the move in the digital age. Depending on how fast you walk, it's 20-30 minutes from Columbia. Anyone concerned about the neighborhood (as I was, having grown up in the New York suburbs in the 1960s and 70s) need have no fear. The historic Apollo Theater is nearby, and there's a multiplex cinema across the street. This is a busy, bright neighborhood full of shoppers and restaurant-goers, and I felt safe even when walking back from Columbia at night. The hotel has its own small convenience store likely to meet most guests' needs. This hotel isn't cozy or comforting, but it has an energetic, modern feel.

Not even close to a 4 star hotel

The hallmark of a 4 star hotel is the service. While the staff are very nice,
the service is minimal. This hotel is expensive, over-rated & poorly laid out.

There is no one to greet you—no doorperson, no bellperson, no valet.
The lobby can only be reached by going down a long flight of outdoor stairs & crossing a courtyard or going into a small vestibule, taking a tiny, rickety elevator & walking down an ugly service hallway. The lobby is cramped & has over-loud music playing. The elevators to reach the rooms are down yet another ugly hallway & are somewhat claustrophobic.

The valet parking service is very expensive & requires someone to call from the front desk, although they were fairly quick to pick up & deliver the car.
If you drive & are checking in alone,
you will have to risk being ticketed &/or towed because you have to leave the car in a loading zone next to a bus stop.

The room was also cramped & was poorly lit. The beds are very comfortable, but nothing else is. Even the flat screen tv is small. The inadequate bathroom area is at least bright, but the sliding door to the even smaller toilet/shower area lacks a bottom runner & bangs loudly whenever opened or closed. Not pleasant for anyone else trying to sleep.

The room had not been thoroughly cleaned. My daughter found a plastic toy spider just under the bed when she bent over to tie her sneakers.

The continental breakfast ($15),
available in the little store in the miniscule lobby, included 1 bagel/english muffin/danish, 1 fruit, 1 yoghurt (they did let me exchange the yoghurt for a tiny milk). There were no choices with protein other than the milk or yoghurt, not even hard-boiled eggs.

There are much more comfortable, reasonably priced options, with much better accomodations & services. This was a disappointment. Unless you absolutely have to stay in this area, pick a different hotel.

It is an 'okay' hotel

Stayed here with my wife and daughter because we had an appointment near 168th Street. The entrance to the hotel is a little odd. You enter a small vestibule and take a rickety elevator up to the lobby. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful, but there was no one to greet you at the door and luggage carts are really small. I found the room to be small with not much of a view. The lighting was 'okay' but the room is a little dark: two small lights over the bed, a small desk lamp and the lights in the bathroom area were it. The closet is also rather small as is the shower/toilet stall. As another reviewer said, the door to the bathroom slides closed and opens with a BANG! The shower was a nice 'rain' shower and there dispensers with shampoo and body wash from Bliss. There is free internet, but the breakfast is skimpy: you are allowed only one bagel/muffin/danish, one fruit and one yogurt. After that, you have to pay for everything. If you need a place for an overnight stay, Aloft will suffice. Overall, the hotel is 'okay' but definitely not a four star hotel.