Smart Boutique Hotel Abuzz with Youthful Energy
In the lounge area at Aloft Winchester, boxy light fixtures illuminate a lime-green loveseat, a pool table draped in pink, and funky minimalist tables. The room's youthful vibe is due in part to Winchester, the quaint but bustling college town that hosts the hotel, where hordes of students from nearby Shenandoah University mingle with shoppers in its thoroughfares and cafés. The front doors of the eco-friendly hotel blend seamlessly into the buzzing atmosphere of Winchester; at first glance, the building gives off the feel of a brand-new, stylish university loft.
Aloft’s in-house lounge and eatery, the w xyz bar, is a popular gathering spot for locals and has cocktails, a snack menu, and events till midnight. Meanwhile, re:fuel by Aloft grab-and-go deli serves up light fare downstairs. Elsewhere, guests can unwind at the splash pool or burn off steam at the fitness center, which is open early morning until late at night.
Extra-large windows let in sunlight within the king or double-queen rooms, which foster tall human pyramids thanks to extra-high ceilings. A walk-in shower furnishes the bathroom, which features Bliss spa products.
Winchester, Virginia: Civil War Sites and Shopping near Shenandoah University
Residing next to the Shenandoah University campus, Aloft is just a short drive to Winchester's Old Town area, which features more than 200 shops, galleries, and restaurants. Guided walking tours can dish on the various historical markers that pop up throughout the city's quaint thoroughfares. At one such marker is a preserved Civil War headquarters of a former general, complete with restored antique furnishings and a museum of personal artifacts.
Local, seasonal dishes abound at Winchester's myriad eateries. Just outside of the town, a wooded wilderness park plays host to more than 200 wild animals from around the world. Visitors can get up close and personal with the likes of lions and monkeys, or give domesticated animals food in exchange for penny stock tips in a feeding area.
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