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  • Hotel Aloft in Harlem

    The new Aloft hotel will is the first hotel to serve Harlem in 40 years. The lobby is meant as a place were younger guests can socialize.
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  • Hotel Aloft in Harlem

    Aloft is Starwood hotels' relatively new affordable but chic chain. It's basically a W hotel but with more self-service.
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  • Hotel Aloft in Harlem

    Besides free wi-fi, rooms comes with a high-tech box that connects iPods, cameras and other devices directly to the flatscreen TV. Nightstand clocks are old-fashioned style with analog faces.
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  • Hotel Aloft in Harlem

    Music is pumped through the first floor and the outdoor courtyard, bright colors are everywhere and the hotel tries to be whimsical with names and services. For instance, there is no housekeeping, just "refresh."
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  • Hotel Aloft in Harlem

    Guests come through a courtyard with bright colors and energetic music.
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  • Hotel Aloft in Harlem

    While the Apollo Theater and several churches with beautiful gospel music are all within a block or two of the Aloft, there are plenty of tattoo and body piercing stores and men sandwich boards walking the streets for pawn shops announcing that "We Buy Gold Diamonds & Watches."
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  • Hotel Aloft in Harlem

    The last major Harlem hotel was the old Hotel Theresa, which closed in 1967. The landmarked building, around the corner, now is home to offices. The Theresa was a temporary home for many prominent African-Americans in an age when they weren't welcome at hotels elsewhere.
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  • Hotel Aloft in Harlem

    A street scene in Harlem near the new Aloft hotel.
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