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Aloft New Orleans Downtown 

click to enlarge Aloft Hotel's lobby connects to a bar with a free music series.


Aloft Hotel's lobby connects to a bar with a free music series.

Aloft New Orleans Downtown (225 Baronne St., 504-581-9225; curates a live music series featuring local bands including Renshaw Davies, Dana Abbott, Alexis and the Samurai and Andrew Duhon.

  "You never know who you'll find here," says New Orleans sales manager Maureen Greany. "And we're always looking for new performers."

  With 100 locations worldwide, the hotel is a chic cocktail bar dressing as a concert venue dressing as a hotel. It offers a bright, open lobby and bar along with its free Live At Aloft music series. Its 24-hour Re:Fuel market is a grab-and-go cafe catering to guests and locals in neighboring apartments.

  Connected to a lobby with free WiFi, pool tables and local art, the WXYZ bar serves craft and traditional cocktails. During Carnival season, the bar featured a traditional Bramble — a festive concoction of Beefeater gin, creme de cassis and house-made sour mix rimmed with gold sugar flakes. There are bloody mary and mimosa specials on game days. There's also a rooftop pool and gym at the pet-friendly hotel.

  "I think our hotel was the first in the city to really focus on the millennial traveler," Greany says. "Aloft New Orleans is perfectly positioned to serve today's successful young professional."

  For instance, guests can check into the hotel and pay via smartphone. Price is another way Aloft appeals to younger travelers. "We stand among our competitors by offering an energetic and social experience to the modern guests at a 'style at a steal' price point," Greany says.

  Summer and holiday staycation packages are listed on the hotel's website and Facebook page.

  "It's a hotel that celebrates the individual and gives you freedom to control and customize your travel adventure to fit your style," Greany says. "Aloft is just like New Orleans — a place where anything can happen and everyone is welcome."

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