The 100-room, four-story Aloft Hotel officially is under construction with Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony at Westgate. The new hotel is designed with millennials or Generation Y in mind. Located in the Westgate Entertainment District, the new Aloft-Glendale plans to open in January 2019 or in about ten months. From the information sheet at the groundbreaking, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, “Aloft’s business model providing a hip, modern atmosphere at an affordable price.”

At the official groundbreaking, Councilmember Joyce Clark thanked Jeff Teetsel and credited his vision and leadership for what Westgate has become. Councilmember Clark said, “You have to thank Jeff for what Westgate has become. He has literally crated it.”

Aloft Hotels were once owned by Starwood; however, now that Starwood and Marriott have merged, the new Aloft-Glendale will have a higher energy and more technology feel to its interior.

Rick Huffman, HCW President/CEO said this would not be the last project for his company in Glendale. He thanked the City of Glendale and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce for all that they did to make this groundbreaking come about. Rick Huffman, “Glendale is by far the friendliest city to work with.”

Project team includes financing by Equity Bank, Erickson & Meeks Engineering, LLC from Phoenix, Arizona, contractor Killian Construction Company from Springfield, Missouri, and architects Butler Rosenbury and Partners of Springfield, Missouri, who also designed the Scottsdale Hampton Inn and many other projects for HCW Development. 

Aloft Hotels owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts has taken the lodging industry by storm offering urban, modern design and a hip social experience all at an affordable price. Catering to the next generation of travelers, Aloft is experiencing strong guest satisfaction scores, receiving third-party recognition and stealing market share. The phenomenon that went global within six months of creation is now in 18 countries across 4 continents with a portfolio of 110+ hotels in 2016. Depending on the market and project, Aloft Hotels offers flexible building options including a turnkey prototype, non-prototypical new builds, adaptive reuse and conversion projects.

Aloft Hotels has been an innovative brand since its inception in 2008. From design to programming to food and beverage, the brand has revolutionized the way the staid hospitality landscape approaches the guest experience. Keyless check-in? They were first. Robotic butler? Check. Global music programming? (Mic) Check. And with more than 126 hotels around the world, there are no signs of slowing down.