Monday, April 21, 2014

W XYZ Bar at Aloft Orlando Hotel

500 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 380-3500

Thanks to Orlando Style Magazine, I had the opportunity to get a peek at one of Downtown Orlando's newest bars. In case you missed it, the folks at Starwood Resorts and Hotels have brought their modern and upscale hotel brand ALOFT... to Downtown Orlando.

The hotel occupies the former Orlando Utilities Commission building that has been a part of Downtown Orlando for over 45 years.

For the most part the building was completely renovated, but the folks at Starwood have left a few original pieces from the former OUC building. Some original artifacts like the teak wood panels and terrazzo floors in the lobby still remain. The hotel takes up 110-thousand square feet and features 118 guest rooms with sixty of those being suites.

One of the first things you will notice upon entering the hotel is the trendy and ultra modern W XYZ bar that is vying for a spot among Orlando's bar scene. The WXYZ is flashy and chic with tables in the bar area that are equipped with outlets and chargers for all of your electronic 

gadgets and includes free WiFi. 

There are daily happy hour specials, as well as planned events throughout the month like Thursday Night Ladies Night with live music and drink specials.

Some evenings will feature a live DJ while other nights there may be a live acoustic band playing in the lounge.

The bar itself is vibrant and full of colors that change randomly.

Inside there is a pool table and and a few flat screen TV's to keep you up to date. 

Overall...the new Aloft in Downtown Orlando is seeking to be a destination for business travelers and locals alike.

If you are in need of a unique and stylish hotel with plenty of meeting space options...Aloft has you covered.

However if you are an Orlando local and are seeking a new hangout space to unwind and wash away the work week stress...The W XYZ Bar should be on your list to visit.
With all of the new developments in downtown like the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and a new soccer stadium in the works, Aloft has a  good chance to lure the business of the ever increasing young professional demographic that is looking for a more urban environment to call home. 

I'm told that standard rooms start at around $160.00. Although this was more of a bar and lounge preview...stay tuned to Tastes Of Orlando for a more in depth review of the hotel and all of its amenities coming soon.

W XYZ Bar and Lounge on Urbanspoon