Aloft Hotels: Dadeland in, South Beach out and more on the horizon

Aloft Dadeland opened its doors last week, marking the Starwood select service hotel’s third location in Greater Miami with previously opened hotels in Doral and Brickell.

The Aloft South Beach, which opened in July 2015 inside the historic Ankara Motel on the Indian Creek Canal and Lake Pancoast, was sold last month for $105 million to Rockpoint Group, a Boston-based real estate investment company. It’s now called The Gates and operated by DoubleTree by Hilton.

What was once the largest Aloft hotel at 235 rooms and the first resort concept for the brand is now the second location of the fledgling Gates hotel, which opened its first property in Key West in 2015. 

Stephen Starr’s popular Continental eatery is still operating onsite and The Gates South Beach has not undergone any major renovations or redesigns yet. 

While the South Beach location has changed hands, six more Aloft hotels are slated to open across South Florida between January 2017 and January 2019 with locations in Coral Gables, at the Miami Airport, Aventura, Weston, Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

The brand distinguishes itself as a destination for the Millenial traveler with a high tech, design-forward approach and branded features like the w:xyz bar, re:fuel grab and go snack bar, re:charge gym, splash pool and original art by local artists at each property.

Opening rates at Aloft Dadeland from $149 and opening rates at The Gates South Beach from $143 per night.

Shayne Benowitz is the travel editor at Miami.com. Sign up for her monthly newslwetter at ShayneBenowitz.com and follow her on Twitter @ShayneBenowitz.

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