At first glance, the Aloft Winchester hotel gives off the feel of a brand-new, cosmopolitan loft. In the lounge area, boxy light fixtures illuminate a lime-green loveseat, a pink pool table, and funky, minimalist tables. The vibrant atmosphere is a product of Winchester, a quaint but bustling college town where students from nearby Shenandoah University mingle with shoppers in sunny streets and cafés. The front doors of the eco-friendly hotel seem to blend seamlessly into the town’s buzzing atmosphere.
Aloft’s in-house lounge and eatery, the w xyz bar, is a popular gathering spot for locals and serves cocktails and bites from a snack menu until midnight. Meanwhile, re:fuel by Aloft grab-and-go deli serves up light fare downstairs. Guests can unwind at the splash pool or burn off steam at the fitness center, which is open from early morning until late at night. Upstairs in the king or double-queen rooms, sunlight streams through the extra-large windows and fills the high-ceilinged dwellings. The bathroom’s walk-in shower features Bliss spa products.
Winchester, Virginia: Civil War Sites and Shopping near Shenandoah University
Located next to the Shenandoah University campus, Aloft is just a short drive to Winchester's Old Town area, home to more than 200 shops, galleries, and restaurants. Guided walking tours explore the historical markers that pop up throughout the city's quaint streets. One such marker identifies the preserved Civil War headquarters of a former general, complete with restored antique furnishings and a museum of personal artifacts, including his iPod.