Dallas, Texas is nearly my home away from home when it comes to business travel. On one of my recent trips, I had the opportunity to stay at the Aloft Hotel in Plano. It was my first time ever staying at the trendy and contemporary hotel chain from Starwood Resorts and I came away very impressed by this hip relative of the W Hotels chain.

Walking into the Aloft Hotel in Plano, I immediately understood the Aloft motto of “Style at a Steal.” The check-in desk was placed just off the lobby bar, where I was greeted immediately by friendly staff member. The delicate beat of electronic dance music wafted through the air as my eyes glanced over to the rather inviting pool table.

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During the late afternoon, the lobby was sprinkled with a few people unwinding, but I noticed through the lobby windows the outdoor pool, which had it not been raining, would have been the perfect accessory for a long-travel day.

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I made my way up to my hotel room, yet at approximately 300 square feet, the typical Aloft room isn’t all that large compared to other hotels I’ve stayed; however the room layout and design are very functional and maximize the space to create a functional, yet highly comfortable hotel room.

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While I’m a pretty easy traveler without a lot of expectations, when I do travel, there are three things I mainly look for in a hotel room to determine if I will return for a future stay: a comfortable bed, vacuumed carpet and good water pressure in the shower. Good water pressure in the shower is often over-missed, but after traveling or being in meetings, a nice hot shower, with great water pressure helps to alleviate my stress. Therefore, in these three requirements, the Aloft Hotel in Plano exceeded my expectations. It was truly a “heavenly” experience.

The Aloft Hotel in Plano has an exceptional list of additional amenities, as some travelers prefer a fitness center (they have one), bars (they have one) and free Wifi (they have it), but this Aloft Hotel is also a pet friendly hotel.

So the next time you are traveling in the Dallas area or any where near the nearly 160 Aloft Hotels, make sure you stop by for a night or two. Just like me, you’ll be able to experience “Style At A Steal.”